10 Ways To Dress Like NYC Fashionista

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My cousin visited me from Florida over the holiday weekend and remarked that she loved looking at how fashionable everyone was here in NYC. She lamented that everyone there dressed the same and aren’t so creative when it comes to their dressing.

Not to get all Carrie Bradshaw on you, but it got me thinking, what is it about New Yorkers that make our style so unique?

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top: Aritzia | shorts: Tinley Road for Piperlime | shoes: Report | sunglasses: Ray-Ban | bag: Topshop | earrings: Tom Binns | necklace: c/o Chloe + Isabel | bracelets: c/o Twistband, c/o E. Kammeyer, c/o Chloe + Isabel

 

Here are my STYLIST TIPS on dressing like a NYC gal—even if you live in the South:

1. DARE TO WEAR BLACK IN THE DAYTIME.

There’s really nothing chicer than a well made garment in black. If it seems too drab for you, punch it up with a pop of color in your accessories.

2. MIX IN SOME EDGIER PIECES WITH YOUR CLASSIC OR FEMININE ONES.

Go ahead and pair that floral boho style top with a leather pant. If you put an unexpected twist on something then it looks more exciting than wearing it like everyone else does.

3. OPT FOR CLEAN LINES.

I’m all about wearing comfortable and flowy pieces, but a true NYC girl mixes in some polished, modern pieces into her wardrobe.

4. JUST SAY “NO” TO FLIP-FLOPS, RUNNING SHOES, AND SWEATS IN PUBLIC.

There’s a time and a place for these wardrobe pieces, so please don’t wear them when you’re not working out, lounging at home or at the beach. It just looks sloppy. If you must, there are some great alternatives that can make you look more put together like patent Birkenstocks, slip-on Converse, and motorcycle pant style leggings from Aritzia.

5. SHOW SKIN TASTEFULLY.

New Yorkers aren’t known for revealing too much when it comes to their outfits. We tend to shy away from push up bras, and body-con tight dresses. If we must show skin, it’s usually in an unexpected way.

6. IT’S ALL ABOUT FUNCTION.

Sure, we love heels like the next girl, but 5 inch stilettos just won’t do strutting around the streets of the city.

7. ALWAYS WEAR OVER-SIZED SHADES.

We need to conceal the lack of sleep during the day in the city that never sleeps.

8. IT’S OKAY TO WEAR NAME BRANDS, BUT DON’T FLAUNT THEM.

If you’re a big fan of a brand, please don’t wear their logo. New Yorkers wear pieces where if there is a logo at all, it’s just a sweet little kiss on the item—and not visible from across the street. Items tend to look cheap like they came from Canal Street otherwise.

9. LEAVE THE BLING TO THE RAPPERS.

Maybe it’s because we think we will get mugged on the street (maybe less in the Bloomberg era), but we don’t really bejewel and bedazzle ourselves. It can look cheap and fake, even if it’s not. If you must rock your diamonds or a rhinestone studded accessory, mix in some metal costume jewelry to create a balance.

10. TAKE RISKS.

Don’t wear something because everyone else is wearing it. That’s the least fashionable thing you can do. Try to find your own style and have fun with it. Remember nothing in fashion is permanent.

Unless you’re Marc Jacobs and get tattoos of the Simpsons version of yourself on your body.

Easing Into Fall

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Happy unofficial first day of fall. Yes, fall isn’t here just yet, Labor Day usually marks the end of summer and the start of new beginnings. Though, after this Labor Day, I’m not quite ready to let go the ease of my summer wardrobe. It probably doesn’t help that it’s still extremely humid in NYC.

I recently styled a look book for a new store in Chile called Vagamundo and while the seasons are opposite to here, it seems that the wardrobes over there don’t need to be so black and white when it comes to seasonal dressing. This caftan/dress from the shop is so versatile that it can be the perfect beach cover-up, then wrapped into a cute boho top, then belted to make a slightly fancier dress, and you can continue to get creative with it. Plus, the rich colors make it seem kind of autumnal, right? If only winter dressing could be this easy breezy!

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dress: c/o Vagamundo | dress worn underneath: Loomstate | bandeau: Free People | hat: Urban Outfitters | belt: vintage | bag: c/o Gentlefawn | shoes: Kathryn Amberleigh | bracelets: c/o Chloe + Isabel, c/o E.Kammeyer, etc…

STYLIST TIP: When you don’t know how to wear a garment, just try it on. You may be surprised that it inspires a new way to wear it that even the designer didn’t think of. Also, never underestimate the power of a belt, which can transform a garment.

BONUS STYLIST TIP: If you want to wear a belt around your waist that’s meant for your hips, try using this handy tool that I keep in my kit and add some holes that are the same distance as the others.


#FridayFavorites / Ornamental Things

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I met Jessica at a Poshmark event a while back and recently she contacted me with her newest venture, selling jewelry for Chloe + Isabel in Brooklyn. We got together at the Barclay’s Center the other day (luckily before the craziness of the VMA’s) to check out her beautiful hand-picked collection from the company.

These mixed metal bangles were one of my favorite pieces of them all. Together, they create a gorgeous trio but they stand alone quite well, going with just about any outfit you put on. Even a friend of mine remarked on their weight. These pieces are surprisingly high quality with beautiful details (even the logos are a design well thought out) at costume jewelry prices. Check out her online shop here and if you want these, contact her directly!

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I’ve also been obsessed with these E.Kammeyer wrap bracelets for a while now, as you’ve probably noticed. I just borrowed a bunch of these bracelets for a shoot this week and the designer, Emily, kindly included one for me to keep! She recently added these 18kt gold filled tassels to her collection. I can’t wait to wear this one nearly daily now, knowing that the gold color won’t fade.

I’m also excited to announce that E.Kammeyer is now being sold on one of my favorite online retailers, Open Sky. Check it out.

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Speaking of ornamental things, I’m so excited to announce that for those of you that have been following my home decor adventures in my new Brooklyn apartment, this crazy light fixture that came with the place and was hanging over my dining room table is no more!

I fell in love with this chandelier I found at The Klaff’s that’s the perfect combination of industrial Brooklyn and vintage, which is my aesthetic apparently.

I’m sorry to disappoint that I won’t be having a party with the color light show, but not to fret, I still have two more that still need to be replaced. If you or anyone you know may want to be the proud owner of this, please contact me (dearandistyle@gmail.com).

The Most Coveted Vintage Tee

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The past couple of weeks have been dangerous being a stylist! I’ve been working on photoshoots where the collections have been totally my style and I’ve been shopping for the closest thing to my own style lately.

I had a client this week that asked for great vintage tees for their look book shoot, so I scoured one of my favorite resources in NYC, Buffalo Exchange. I scored some great ones, including this one that I found in the men’s section and ended up buying for myself. Even the male photographer on my shoot yesterday asked if he could buy this one from me and I told him that this was one I couldn’t part with just yet.

It was only fitting that I found this “NeMTV York” tee came in to my life during the same time as this past week’s MTV VMA’s in Brooklyn made us all nostalgic for the days of old school MTV when…dare I say…there were actually music videos (sorry Miley and YouTube).

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top: vintage (found at Buffalo Exchange) | shorts and jacket: Lucky Brand | bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | sunglasses: Ray-Ban | sneakers: Converse | jewelry: c/o E.Kammeyer (now on OpenSky!)

STYLIST TIP: Vintage tees look best and more sophisticated when they’re worn a bit more fitted and polished. Pair with a jacket, statement jewelry and a great handbag for best results. If you found the perfect tee, don’t be afraid to take your hopefully frugal find to the next level by cutting off the sleeves and making it more fitted by tying a knot in the back. If it looks too new, take some coarse sandpaper to the t-shirt for that perfect worn in look. Don’t forget to look out for stains before purchasing and give your “new” shirt a good washing before wearing!


White Wedding Blues…And Reds And Silvers

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I went to a wedding of a good friend over the weekend and it happens to be one of 5 weddings I have in a span of 6 months, so I decided I needed to get creative with my wedding attire and reuse one in my closet rotation.

This frock that I scored at T.J.Maxx nearly two years ago was able to resurface with the help of new jewelry and a pop of colored shoes. It almost felt like a totally new look—especially when I was getting stopped in the bathroom about my dress and necklace.

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dress and clutch: T.J.Maxx | shoes: Christian Louboutin | all jewelry: c/o Chloe + Isabel

(on Rachel) dress: Shoshana | shoes: J.Crew | bracelet: custom design for Nona E. Rose

STYLIST TIP: Freshen up an old dress or outfit in your closet with new shoes and accessories. No need to spend a lot to create a new look.

Shop for your own statement jewelry to update any of your old wardrobe and make it feel like new. I’m loving everything from this online shop from Brooklyn-based merchandiser that is selling pieces from Chloe + Isabel on her own online boutique.

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