If you’ve seen my Instagram lately, you might have noticed a change in scenery, because I’ve left the cold in NJ for some southern hospitality! It’s my first time in Charleston, and I love it! The weather has been brilliant, and I’ve met so many wonderful people. I came down for Charleston Fashion Week on some pretty short notice, and it turned out to be a perfectly timed vacation from the daily grind, no regrets!
A few moments so far:
The emerging designers competition has be fierce, and I’ll be posting my favorite shows when I’m back home, but while I’m here, it’s all about enjoying myself
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The weather in NY/NJ is driving me completely crazy! Nothing in my closet is cool or warm enough for the next temperature swing/pending snowstorm. Layering is really the only option, but it starts to feel like the same old outfit, so my first thought for a quick fix is always shoes, so a while back I came up with a few affordable options!
My favorites are the quilted sneakers, but they’re not available (boo) so I found similar ones that I’m hoping to pick up as an early birthday goodie!
Full disclosure: I don’t have a relationship with any of the brands shown above, I just wanted to share the flats I’m considering getting myself – if you like any of them, the image is all linked up for you, so check it out and let me know if you end up shopping or are inspired to find your own transition flats!
Now that Fashion Week has moved on to Paris, New York seems lost in the past, but it was only two short weeks ago!
During NYFW, I had the pleasure of attending the By Misha A/W ’14 presentation at the Lali Lali gallery on Broadway. There were strings of light bulbs hanging down from the ceiling which gave the space a warm glow. Models posed in the center of the space, on a variety of small platforms and chairs. The music was energetic, but not overwhelming, just like the clothing!
With delicate textures cut at interesting angles, the pieces speak to women who love the classics but want to stand out. Colors ranged from forest green to soft pink, but my favorite looks were the black and snake-print shorts & tux set (below), and the maroon blazer with lace overlay skirt(pictured above):
The stunning statement jewelry is from GBGH (for “Go Big or Go Home”) and the amazing handbags are from Mary Lai NYC. The best part about the entire presentation was that I was able to meet the young designers behind the pieces! They were all down-to-earth women, and you could feel their passion for their work just by how they talked about the evening. Look out for their upcoming interview features here on Ripped Nylon!
p.s. check out this awesome video of the event by Enrique Vasquez and see if you can spot me the background…
“Any tips on layering up without looking like a mountain man?”
And here I was, thinking that the mountain look was the goal (I blame the Mister for brainwashing me with his super beard this winter) but for all you city boys out there, here’s how to stay warm in style:
1. Ditch the long johns.
The first, and easiest, step is to focus on keeping your core warm with a good insulating layer. Instead of your old waffle knits, which cause preemptive bulk, go for something more modern like Uniqlo’s Heattech shirts in a crew or v-neck, both of which work under just about anything. (note: please do not wear a crew neck under a v-neck sweater)
2. Add texture to your button-ups.
Instead of your usual flat, mid-weight cotton button-ups, experiment with more interesting (and heavier) fabrics, like oxford, patterned corduroy, or a nice washed denim. These choices will keep you in line with your job’s dress code and simultaneously extend your wardrobe choices for the weekend!
3. Get a v-neck sweater or a cardigan.
Seriously, this is an easy way to take your cool new button-up to the next level (double points if there’s a nice contrast). And yes, it has to be a v-neck or a cardigan, because a short “V” will frame your collar and the deep “V” of a cardigan will frame and elongate your torso. Add a tie in the morning and take it off just before happy hour for the easiest office-to-casual transition ever.
4. Invest in an awesome blazer.
By which I mean you shouldn’t even own anything else that looks better on you than this key item, so I suggest you look carefully, try it on with something you intend to wear with it, and don’t be discouraged by pricing. Instead, consider it in terms of price-per-wear. I normally encourage exploration, but because this will hopefully be a longtime wardrobe staple (maximizing your price/wear), I say stick to the classics and try not to be drawn in by of-the-moment patterns and colors. (Side note: this piece is so elusive that I couldn’t even find many examples online because the models don’t look nearly as good as you will when you find your perfect match!)
5. Accessorize (Seriously.)
As important as your core, keeping your extremities warm is a must, and even scarves come in stylish forms. Rule number one, they don’t have to match! Throw some more personality into your look with a patterned scarf and mixed media gloves (ex: wool and leather). If a hat really isn’t your style, a coat with detachable hood is the way to go for when the temperature hits biting lows.
Bonus: Find a tailor, be their friend.
A great way to keep warm is to have jacket linings replaced with warmer materials. Many dry cleaners have a tailor on staff, and all you have to do is bring in the jacket and fabric! p.s. please, no rabbit fur, you don’t want your coat to look like it was designed by Joe Namath.