New York Fashion Week 2017 is upon us, ladies! A lot of you have reached out to me for shopping tips and NYFW outfit inspiration, so here are my ride or die tips, what I wore last year, and things I will do differently this year. I will keep providing all the inspo via my INSTAGRAM PAGE and NYFW PINTEREST BOARD, so make sure you follow along on both!
- BE YOURSELF AND STAY ON BRAND. I am SO SO serious about this, yall. NYFW can be intimidating. The last thing you want is to not feel like yourself. Your outfits should help you feel confident and ready to take on the day. NOT deter you and make you feel insecure. The quickest way to feel inferior is by trying to copy someone else and feeling all out of sorts. This is YOUR time to shine. YOUR time with brands. YOUR time to make an impression. Nothing else matters, not what people think, and not what other people are doing. Represent YOU and YOUR BRAND. Last year I really tried to stick to my fav brands that I knew would fit well. I did tie in some high-end designer pieces that I found on sale (see below), but otherwise, I wanted to wear brands that I knew would make me feel ah-maze.
- Opt for comfy chic. And for the LOVE, wear comfortable shoes. Again, I am SO serious about this yall. You are walking running all over the place, sometimes over cobblestones, up and down stairs, whatever. 6 inch heels ain’t going to work. If you need to wear a higher heel to a brand meeting, throw some sneakers in your bag and change in between shows and meetings. Opt for thick heels over stilettos for sure.
- Dress for the weather. Last year it was LEGIT 100 degrees. There were times I thought I was going to pass out it was so hot. I did wear OTK suede boots one day, but I wore them with an off the shoulder dress. I was still hot AF and probably should have made a better choice. Look at the weather before you go. You can tie in fall pieces without being decked out in fur. Light jackets, blazers, and bomber jackets are GREAT. You can throw them over your shoulders or tie them around your waist when the temps start to rise.
- Be bold, take risks. If you are going to take a risk, now is the time to do it. Again, BE YOURSELF, but be bold. Maybe there is a trend you are wanting to try out, but don’t really want to rock it to the grocery store in middle America…well, you will be in NYC, baby! I promise, you will see ev-er-y-thing.
- Shop designer sales. Last year I mixed a lot of lower end pieces with heavily discounted designer pieces. The Outnet was my friend!
- Mix high and low. I know, I am preaching to the choir here. I typically struggle with this, but again, NYFW is a great time to mix your normal pieces with something a little bolder. Also, think long skirts with sneakers, a la this midi slip dress and high top sneakers. You can incorporate your less expensive pieces and STILL look very put together.
- Be versatile. There really is no right or wrong here. You will see everything…girls super cas one day, super glam the next. Some nights I dressed more hip and other nights more fancy. It really depends on the event and what you have going on that day. Again, stick to YOUR BRAND. Obviously if you are meeting with brands or PR companies, take that into consideration. You always want to match your brand while looking profesh.
- Do your research. Here, I did it for you. This year, you should plan on seeing a lot of the following:
- mixed metallics (NOT sequins)
- oversized everything
- modern tailoring
- asymmetrical hems (as well as midi and mini skirts)
- RED (especially boots)
- unusually shaped bags
- blazers (pair with cropped denim and a stylish kitten heel)
- stark white shoes
- vintage floral (I found the CUTEST Rebecca Taylor floral dress that will be perfect for the bump!)
- super wide leg pants
- dresses/tunics over jeans (PTL…this is a preggo’s DREAM)
- velvet (again)
- comfy, yet unique slides
SHOP 2017 NYFW TRENDS
2016 NYFW OUTFITS
SHOP 2016 LOOKS
WHAT I WILL DO DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR
- Mix more less expensive items in with my designer pieces.
- Dress even moreso for the weather. I was pretty transitional last year, but I still felt like I was dying of a heat stroke.
- Accessorize better. I really dropped the ball here. My bags were great and of course my shoes, but I wish I had more cute jackets, hats, and jewelry to tie everything together.
- Pre-plan better. Seriously, I shipped thousands of dollars of clothes to the hotel (obviously, I didn’t keep even a small percentage of the stuff I bought). It was CHAOS. I wish I had planned my outfits PRIOR to going.
- Spend less money! Story of my life.
- PREGGO options (ugh, but I am excited about the challenge!)