Lately, when we’re in a tomboy mood, we stand in front of our closets and try to channel Aya Kanai. And then, with a little luck, greatness ensues because Aya makes us remember that cultivating boyish vibes doesn’t have to mean choosing drab colors or plain-Jane silhouettes.
That’s one reason the fashion director at Seventeen and Cosmo has us totally smitten with her style. Tough rocker staples meet playful graphics meet bold colors meet classic sneakers meet luxe extras. There’s so much in the mix that there’s no mistaking her for any other editor out there today.
Inspired by her incredible jacket collection, we’ve designed eight outfit ideas around one of Aya’s key staples—the classic leather moto jacket. Scroll down to take a page out of her style playbook, whatever the occasion.
1. Tie It Up
2. School Girl Crush
3. Rock ‘N Tulle
Edgy can have a soft side, too. Balance a gothic tulle skirt with a simple destructed tee.
4. Gala Night
Time to channel your inner diva. For each and every once-in-a-lifetime event, you need an outfit to match.
5. London Calling
A corduroy skater dress with metallic oxfords? We can see Aya covering London fashion week in this fun ‘fit.
6. Per-suede Me
Western, boho, and minimalist touches all roll into one cute look. This is a look we’d wear over and over again.
7. Green with Envy
You don’t have to sacrifice color just because your jacket is black. Green and gold add gorgeous drama for a fun night out.
8. Play It Cool
Silver metal embellishments tie this look together while Saint Laurent checkered sneakers add a playful touch.