Fashion (month) is back.
After hiding inside for over a year, the in-person runway returns and I can’t express the joy of being back around the energy of fashion week! Notable shows like Khaite and Proenza Schouler reignited why I fell in love with fashion in the first place. But what I witnessed in streetstyle was more defining that what models carried in the shows.
Like many, I consider New York to be my second home. Since the pandemic, it’s been close to two years since my last trip which made me miss the city more than anything on earth. This time back, I was constantly questioning “what do New Yorkers have? Why are we so obsessed with gritty, noisy, rude, exhausting, NY!?” The difference between New York and everywhere else is, New Yorkers don’t give a fuck what you think of their outfit. There isn’t a shred of judgment at any hour of the day. Whether it was the girls I saw walking home on my morning run sporting head to toe pink sequin dresses, the guys and girls wearing cowboy hats at dinner Sunday night at the Odeon or the couple in Brooklyn that looked like they stepped out of Scarface.
What New York and fashion month have in common is, anything goes. After being indoors for so long, this rings even more true. Here are 4 stand out street style moments captured at NYFW that you need to incorporate into your Fall wardrobe.
Mixing and matching prints was big. The more colorful, bolder and mismatched, the better. From printed long sleeve tops to floor length dresses, all with varying degrees of sex and sheerness. This grunge micro trend has made a comeback within the larger naughties trend. You may remember hearing this summer that this era is back with a vengeance thanks to couples like Kravis and Megan Fox & MGK. Dare to wear a mesh top bare in support of #freethenip or keep it simple with a black triangle bra underneath.
Brown is the New Black
Neutral beiges and whites have dominated for the last year and I’m thrilled to see a richer tone breakthrough and knock Fall’s traditional burgundy to the side. This color is fashion forward but I promise, easy to wear. With any monochromatic look, incorporate a minimum of 2 textures to bring dimension to your outfit. (You never want to look like you’re wearing one solid piece of fabric because it falls flat. Just because Kim did it, doesn’t mean we mere mortals should.) Try a mock neck sweater dress with high leg slit and leather knee high boots like Aimee Song. Or opt for an effortlessly cool approach like Pia Baroncini in a brown leopard print dress with Chanel cap toe slingbacks.
Big Blazer Energy
Remember the game “If you could take one thing to a desert island”? A blazer is that wardrobe piece for me. If ever you’re in search of one piece of clothing that defines confidence, the blazer will do it for you. It is my saving grace whenever I’m feeling uninspired with a look. I’ll throw on an oversized blazer to conceal, a colorful hue for optimism, a structured fit to balance a pretty dress or corset top like super stylist Maeve Reilly. Blazers are and will always be my ride or die.
Gone are the days where we sweat through an outfit in 35 degree humidity. Bra tops are here to stay this Fall. Style them under a leather jacket and khaki pants for an off duty look. Maryam Nassir Zadeh made a great case of bra tops under shirts for their Spring 2022 show as worn by Paloma. For a more concealed look, Jen Ceballos from endlesslyloveclub is wearing the it-piece Jacquemus cardigan that covers as little as a bra.
What trend are you excited to try this Fall? Leave a comment below!