The Art Of Shrobing
What Is Shrobing, And How To Wear It?
We can thank Balenciaga designer, Demna Gvasalia for our obsession with artful outerwear off-shoulder styling. His debut show for AW16 showcased an upscale anorak, which was cut and styled to be worn peeled-down off the shoulders. The contrast of wearing ordinary outwear as though if were an exotic opera-coat was startlingly modern. And so…. The trend for ‘shrobing‘ (i.e. shoulder-robing) was born!
I believe there is always appeal in a look that appears nonchalant and ‘thrown on’, which is what this is (similar to the shirt half tucked-in, half tucked-out trend). Although, of course, it takes a lot more prepping than if you just put your coat on properly.
Fast forward to 2017s February fashion month, and it seems the only way to wear that pinstriped, puffer or track top, is yanked downwards. The neckline skimming the décolletage and revealing the back of the neck. There are a few rules to note in order to pull off a successful shrobe: It doesn’t work with every coat, the fabric has to be fairly fluid – you can’t take a tailored wool coat and shrobe it; it just looks wrong! Be prepared to go hands-free; there’s no shoulder left to hang a handbag on, so its about going it alone with your iPhone and credit card, and making the most of those oh so stylish utility pockets.
Our advice? Move quickly. There’s the danger of the shrobing trend reaching saturation point – we might all have to actually start wearing our coats properly, with arms fed through sleeves and fitted up onto the shoulders.