What To Wear to the Park Slope Food Coop

Help for those who may be 'au-fait' with the veg boxes but less certain on the casual v. style ratio

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    This weekend is big news for shoppers, it’s the time we stock up for Fall, whether that means hitting Home Depot or, er, the Park Slope Food Co-Op. Since the 1970s, the Brooklyn cooperative has been spelling out s-a-v-i-n-g-s for its exclusive, wait-listed-then-accepted band of 16,000 members, who put in a little under three hours of work at the Park Slope Food Coop every four weeks. The trade? Some 20-40% off the prevailing market value. Not a bad deal, when you consider their free-range meats, pesticide-free produce and triangles of salty, tangy parmigiano reggiano cut and wrapped in their basement…

    Choice of attire may be the furthest thing from your mind when setting off to shop at the  Coop. Yet choosing the right outfit for a weekend ramble round the veg boxes matters more than many will admit. After all, if you work in the creative industries in New York and are fortunate, well-planned and well-connected enough to belong to the Coop, chances are you will bump into someone you know by the beets. Help is at hand!

    The Observer has put together a wee list of suggestions for any-old-thing-type garments that can be purchased new but that, when thrown on, look like you have owned them for years. Pull any one of these items on just before you head out the door and you will be sartorially sorted. We imagine that you already have a lot on your mind, such as—Did I get enough bulgur last week? Could there be e-coli in my reuseable shopping bag? Or, who’s watching the kids while I cover my shift?  That last one—despite perhaps a steady supply in Park Slope—should never be farmed out to your nanny, by the way.

    Click on the slideshow for our take on co-op dressing.

  • Blend in with the distressed, weekend look , a pencil skirt also happens to be the denim silhouette to wear this summer. Erin Wasson looks cool in hers from Swede-founded Frame Denim (left). Try the brand's bleach, distressed version, the Le High stretch-denim pencil skirt ($235, right).

  • Bandana Of Outsiders: The rebellious Americana brand recommends you tie a kerchief around your hair, in the campaign images for their women's Resort 2015 collection. (Band Of Outsiders)

  • This open weave scarf from Trademark ($58, www.trade-mark.com) is also cute knotted around the neck. (The better to dry off with when the sprinklers nail you by the mizuna greens)

  • Peasant blouses might be taking the whole farm-to-table movement too literally, but we can't resist this embroidered Altuzarra (on sale at $369, Barney's).

  • Certainly earthy, espadrilles are bubbling up as the next-great-fashion-shoe. (Detail from Tomas Maier Resort 2015)

  • Rag and Bone's Sayre II Espadrille ($450) gives you a stable base for shopping cart duty.

  • Stuff your groceries in this canvas sling tote ($26, baggu.com) from Brooklyn-based reusable bag company Baggu.

  • All-over madras looks like a faintly good idea in this Trademark Resort 2015 lookbook (left), but urban peasants can stick to the city-ready plaid of the label's Wright Dress ($168, right).