About a month ago, I was scrolling through Pinterest and watching some travel vlogs because I was feeling nostalgic about traveling when I had (what I thought was) a brilliant idea! I wanted to do a mini series of outfits inspired by some of my favorite cities! Now of course, not all of them because there are so many beautiful cities, but I chose 5 that I love and feel inspired by. Some of these I’ve been to and some I’ve only seen in pictures, but they all have a place in my heart.
To start my series off, I wanted to feature my home city of New York, of course. Like most people, I have a certain idea in my head about New York City. It’s the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. It’s where people go to chase their dreams. There’s thousands of delicious restaurants hidden in all five boroughs and millions of people coming into and out of it every single day from all over the world. It’s on just about everyone’s list of cities to see before they die. It’s also the most resilient city in the world (in my opinion, but I’m obviously biased). To me, New York is home. It’s the place I can go to for inspiration and I will always have a huge place in my heart for this incredible city.
For my outfits, I tried to find some inspiration from none other than New York Fashion Week! I scoured the internet to find some wearable, street style looks that would be easy for me (and you) to recreate. Keep on reading to see what I came up with!
The first is one that I am constantly seeing when I walk to and from work (when I used to go there at least). It’s a simple blazer and jeans look, but it’s truly an iconic look for a lot of women in New York. There’s a million ways to wear this look, but I did it in a way that feels most comfortable to me. I took my plaid blazer, a fitted white tank, and some button up black straight leg jeans and paired it all with these simple strappy sandals.
This one is actually my favorite and probably something I’d wear. I took this pretty ruffled blouse and tucked it into these slouchy jeans. Normally, the “rules of fashion” tell you not to do volume on top and bottom, but I think this works so well. The volume from the blouse, is almost balanced out by the volume of the jeans! Plus adding a belt helps to break up the volume and add in a little bit more shape. Adding a pointed toe mule also helps to keep the overall look looking long and lean, even though there’s a ton of fabric that would normally make you look a little frumpy.
This is another favorite look from this series! The original photo I saw featured a cropped cami top and some paper bag style trousers and heels. I decided to switch it up a little bit and wear a regular white cami top, then add a blazer for structure on top. I wore paper bag style soft pants to keep my base a little bit looser and flowy. I also decided to wear sneakers instead of heels because well, I accidentally put on the wrong shoes when I went to shoot this look, but I actually love that it keeps it dressed down!
This last outfit is a super comfy look, and probably more suited to winter because the sweater is quite heavy. In the original photo, the person was actually wearing a turtleneck, but I tried my best to make it more seasonally appropriate. This outfit can easily look really frumpy because of the heavy sweater, long voluminous dress, and frumpy dad sneakers (basically everything). However, what makes this look good, is wearing it with confidence! As silly as that sounds, if you looked uncomfortable in this look, you’d make the whole outfit look bad. It’s true that you could make a trash bag look good if you wore it with confidence!
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