Since her career-catapulting season in 2014, during which she walked for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Fendi, and Balmain for the very first time, it feels like Kendall Jenner has been the center of every campaign, magazine cover, and best-dressed celebrity list. Making her mark as a global trendsetter, the 21-year-old has honed her sophisticated-yet-edgy signature style over three short years before launching Kendall + Kylie – her own clothing line with her younger sister – to rave reviews.
It wasn’t long before we saw Kendall’s off-duty supermodel style filter onto the high street, with yellow-tinted glasses (she wore those first), double-buckled Western belts (who knew?), and deconstructed band tees (you owe her those, too) in stores everywhere. But there’s no denying that recently something has changed – and someone has to address it.
Since her highly publicized split from long-time friend and stylist Monica Rose, Jenner has ditched the upscale athleisure look she is so well known for and opted for some rather brave fashion choices. And quite frankly, we’re confused. It’s not her choice in brands or even individual pieces that are questionable, but more so the fact that the L.A. cool factor – which her looks once exuded – is now seriously lacking.
Her newfound style is the work of Marni Senofonte, the fashion eye behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade album and stylist to the stars for the last ten years. You only have to look at Senofonte’s Instagram account for it all to make sense – the outlandish statement pieces, tomboy aesthetic, and love of offbeat pairings is all there. And while it usually works for Yoncé, we’re not so sure this is the correct substitute for the slick silhouettes and polished evening pieces of Kendall’s past.
Browse the seven looks that have us thrown and vote for the most baffling one in the poll, below.
The Pinstripe Suit
This rust-colored Wolk Marais pinstripe suit complete with 50s-style James Dean hair is more “Teddy Boy” costume than off-duty model. And the fanny pack worn across the chest is something Jenner has been championing a lot lately, but we’re not sure it’s entirely flattering.
The Cargo Shorts
We know Kendall favors a noughties trend revival and, more often than not, she rocks it. However, these fitted Vatanika cargo shorts feel off, especially paired with barely-there sandals and an oversized acid-yellow knit. It almost feels like some parts of her outfit are ready for a night out, while the others are headed for a day of errands.
The Brown on Brown
Brown is not a tone favored by many because, even for a supermodel, it’s hard to pull off. This head-to-toe pre-flight look is far from Jenner’s usually chic #AirportSwag.
The Track Pants and Boots
We love the comeback made by the Adidas Originals ‘3-Stripes’ and, when styled correctly, these track pants make for the perfect comfy-but-cool flight outfit. When paired with snakeskin heeled boots and a cropped hoodie, however, they sadly lose their retro magic.
The Belt as a Skirt
We’ve seen Kendall wear some of the most incredible dresses over the past three years (remember her ode-to-Paris-Hilton 21st birthday dress?) and, although some of them have been just as revealing, her clever way of styling meant they still looked classy. This, however, leaves just too little to the imagination and misses the mark.
The Tailored Playsuit
The fanny pack makes another appearance, this time wore more conventionally around the waist of a tailored Self Portrait playsuit. The piece isn’t bad, but when worn with a Kendall + Kylie bodysuit featuring red, gold, and green piping, it becomes all too much at once.
The Fringed Crop Top
Now, if you don’t have this look somewhere in your Facebook archives, were you even alive in the noughties? The fringed cropped top paired with vintage-wash denim would have been a dream outfit in 2005, but today, it just doesn’t carry the coolness of a throwback trend – especially worn with those cerise-pink boots.