Cutting-Edge Clothes Look Good on Everyone -- Even Your Dad

What happens when 40 real people go fashion forward for International Playground

With far-flung family, friends, and the occasional ex appearance, the end of the year brings a once-in-a-year chance to look amazing.

If you're anything like me, you think about what you’re going to wear for most of the winter, opt for jeans and a standby sweater at the last second, then get jealous of your friend looking all hot and daring in an offbeat tunic and artfully ripped tights.

For me that friend is usually Virginia Craddock, co-owner with Johnny Pizzolato of the NYC-based style collective, International Playground. Their boutique brings together local and global labels with a playful spin on high fashion. They take risks -- extremely attractive risks.

So when they told me they were starting a "real people" section on their site for the holidays -- showcasing avant-garde clothes on writers, nightlife luminaries, designers, musicians, artists, family, and friends, I found it genius.

A one-day photo shoot brought over 40 plain old people together. "We could have had two models wear the entire inventory, but it was so much more interesting to see they how different people interpreted the clothes," says Craddock. International Playground is all about making the cutting-edge accessible, after all.

The result is like a dreamy, futuristic fashion planet where everyone looks indefinably cool at all times.

For instance Virginia's dad, architect Hal Craddock, wore this multi-colored, multi-layered RHLS humanize master XXXL sars guard hoodie. And her mom, artist Doris Craddock, was completely put-together in a Wackerhaus Ginger Tweed Blazer.

Glass artist Charlene Foster was mysterious in a Mary Meyer scarf top.

Mom and student Claire McCormack made an Andrea Crews Oversize Sweatshirt seem sophisticated.

A classic button up in unclassic PVC looked pretty dashing on chef Don Peavy.

And yours truly, who tends to shy away from volume, felt glamorous in a Wackerhaus Tony Sweater with raised shoulder pads and a Chew The Cud 3 Tier Drape blouse with extra flounce.

I learned a lesson I'll remember every end-of-the-year from here on out: If you really want to sparkle, be bold.

What do you think of these "real people" fashions? Chime in below!

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