Another Sundance Film Festival, another fashion style guide. Sure, the influx of Hollywood producers and actors glam up Park City’s eccentric and casual style (albeit temporarily). But there’s no reason to ditch your daily threads for the over-the-top, black-on-black-on-black dress code.
Keeping Park City’s winter weather in mind, we turned to Mary Jane’s owner Lori Harris, who doled out some fashion advice for the local crowd.
Bottom line: raid your closet, repurpose your ski gear and give your Sundance wardrobe the Park City flavor it’s missing.
Use base layers to your advantage
If you heed the advice of Parkites, you’ll discover that Sundance really is the best time to ski or snowboard. Full streets mean empty slopes. And if you’re après plans involve strolling Old Town, make your base layers pull double duty. Those black, moisture-wicking thermals stand in for reliable leggings or camisoles. “You don’t want anyone to actually notice you’re wearing a base layer, so cover it up,” says Harris. It’s as simple as packing a few extra layers before leaving home. “A bottom base layer is very easy to wear as a legging. Throw on a flowy top, like a tunic or an asymmetrical sweater that’s a little shorter in front and longer in the back so it covers your tush.”
If you’re sporting a turtleneck-style layer up top, add a faux fur vest and a belt. “It’s a great way to reuse your base layers and walk into a movie, dinner or party,” says Harris. “No one will notice you’re wearing a base layer.”
Go beyond the black
Black-on-black is a safe fashion bet for Sundance, but strategic hits of color are a welcome addition among a sea of monotonous PIBs—that is, the People In Black who descend upon Park City for 10 days. To stand out from the basic black, Harris suggests playing around with a small dose of sequins or bright colors, using winter accessories to do the job. “A scarf, hat or gloves are a really easy way to add color. Teal, red and purple work well in winter.” They’re also subtle additions that can be stashed in a pocket if you want to tone it down.
Another quick way to increase the color quota is to pull on a printed tight or leggings with color – which conveniently doubles as a layer of warmth when you’ve been wait-listed outside for a movie. Harris points toward Indian or Navajo printed tights. “It’s a popular pattern this season, and looks great underneath tall boots, a long sweater or shorts.”
Bust out the booties
The bootie trend isn’t going anywhere, and there’s a good chance you already have a pair in your closet. Forego the spikey stilettos—which do no good on the slick, hilly sidewalks of Main Street—and choose smart footwear (sans Sorels) that has a small but stout heel. “Booties have become a year-round item,” says Harris. While they’re most often paired with skinny jeans or leggings, you could also pull out the boyfriend jeans, roll them up and show a little skin between the jeans the booties. “Wear some fun tights underneath to show a hint of color if it’s cold,” suggests Harris.
Balance slim and slouchy
Skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. A fitted knit top and slouchy pants. “It’s all about balance, which is why this combination goes together so well,” says Harris. For a casual day or night look, go no further than this easy mix. “If you’re wearing skinny jeans or leggings, you’ll want to cover the largest part of your body, which is usually your behind. So wear something flowy, or pick a larger item that covers the hips and creates a better form.”
You’ll find a lot of eccentric and chunky jewelry in Park City 355 days a year, but for the Sundance crowd, less is often more. “Jewelry is tough in the winter because you’re more covered up,” says Harris. “Necklaces, bracelets and earrings show off so much more with bare skin. What’s trending right now is small, daintier jewelry.” It’s a good excuse to raid your "special occasions" jewelry box for simple, lightweight pieces to adorn your extremities.
Nevertheless, key pieces—like big earrings—can make a statement, even if you’re hiding under hats or jackets. Alternatively, “layering bracelets is popular, though it can be hard when you’re wearing jackets and sweaters,” says Harris. Try stacking a few slim bangles or wrapping a spiral bracelet around your wrist. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with the good, old classic: “Gold is still very much the 'in' metal," says Harris.
All photos in this post provided by Stephanie Nitsch.