New York: The land of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, subway platforms that regularly reach temperature of over 100 degrees and fashion that has no rules.
Besides $9 manicures and $6 dumplings, my favorite thing about New York is the no fashion rules. Scarves in the summer? Yes, white after Labor Day? Need you even ask? Black year round? duh.
This is a city where anything goes. Sure, some areas have specific dress codes: UES is preppy, Fidi is suits, TriBeCa is yacht attire and the villages are expensive looking without being expensive (except for the West Village — their outfits are actually money).
Here are certain looks that I love:
All Black Outfit
My first and favorite thing about dressing in New York is that black is everything. I love wearing an all black outfit, whether I want to dress up or dress down, to work or hanging out with friends, during summer, winter, spring and fall. It’s always appropriate, in style and put together.
You can wear heels no matter what the occasion whether it’s going to brunch hungover or going to Stanton Social for a Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s never not the occasion.
I love the fact that you can wear a $250 pair of jeans, a $25 T-shirt and $40 shoes while carrying a $1,500 handbag and look completely normal and so well put together. My favorite outfit? American Eagle Jeans, a Joie top, Chuck Taylors and a Balenciaga handbag — a total hodgepodge of designers, brands and price points.
On the same note, I love mixing styles. Baggy jeans, ripped T-shirt with a cute pair of heels? silk top, fitted skirt and a pair of Gap shoes? Both acceptable and normal outfits seem on the streets of New York.
You know that Coco Chanel saying about taking off a piece of jewelry before leaving the house? I’m the opposite. I like to add three more pieces. I will wear eight rings, 10 bracelets and three necklaces and not blink an eye, and I’m not the only one. Five chunky rings? Yes, 20 delicate rights, yes please. The second I go home to Maryland and my mom sees me, she’s appalled and thinks I’m overdoing it, there’s no such thing.
I know most people don’t think of nails as fashion, but in New York they are. With places like Valley Nails and Vanity Projects, nails are apart of your outfit. Whether you have nail art, a statement nail (yes I still do this) or just a plain project, your nails must be done. Dark colors in the summer? Yes, pastels in the winter? Why wouldn’t you. I currently have on a dark green polish and I’m loving it.
Other pieces I’d like to point out: fur whenever you want (granted it doesn’t cause you to have a heat stroke), statements handbags and jewelry, wild makeup, colored lipstick, mascara and eyeliner.
The moral of the story that when it comes to New York fashion rules there are none. Wear what you want, when you want and don’t worry about what anybody else thinks.