I love fashion week just like the next person. The looks, the models, everything. There’s something about it that just seems plain fun. This keeping in mind that it’s hard for me to take the especially snobby and pretentious people seriously because I’m from Africa, where seeing people wearing the same outfit till it turned to shreds was real life and was seen more often than not. I do, however, love beauty and timeless style and elegance, having fun and playing dress up.
This being said, my favorite part of fashion week is the street style. What the people actually going to the shows are wearing. Sometimes because it’s hilarious, other times amazing, but most times a little bit wtf-ish. Obviously there are those that have ah-mazing looks, all the time. Olivia Palermo is one of those, we all know it and admit we want her wardrobe. She carefully balances being stylish, but not too much, really well. What I mean is, is that she has a stylish undertone with an every day girl vibe, and that’s something I can respect. The “oh ya I could totally wear that” look. (I hope ya’ll don’t think I’m saying her style isn’t very stylish, it totally is!)
I read an article one time about the different types of woman in New York city. You have the ones that, in the winter time, are wearing short skirts and high heels and their little leather jacket (because it’s stylish) and somehow are keeping their chattering teeth and body-shaking shivering to a minimum. Then you have those that wear the bare legs but maybe with a big coat, it is, after all, -20 if you count in the wind chill factor. Then you have those that wear leggings under their wool blend pants with knee high boots and socks, a long sleeve shirt, sweater, coat and scarf, gloves and a beanie. Maybe ear muffs. That’s me. When it comes to being cold, style can suck it. I hate being cold.
This year at New York fashion week, my jaw hit the ground. There were girls literally wearing nothing. On days I KNEW the temperature was icy icy icy cold. I had checked. I’m talking see-through shirts (her ladies I’m sure were ruining the material), high-waisted shorts and tee-shirts (sweetie, this isn’t California), and then the little crop tops and high wasted skirt ensemble we love. People of the fashion world. Those people lost their minds. For the love of all thats good in the world, style isn’t wearing the latest trending look and being distinguished from the crowd as an “it” girl/guy. It’s many other things including wearing weather appropriate clothes. It’s wearing outfits that aren’t an affront to humanities eyes. Literally, nobody wants to see your nipples. It’s fine for the runway, because runway isn’t real life. This, however, is.
I almost want to start a campaign for the real girls. The ones that can be stylish EVEN when it’s freezing. It’s being stylish, or having style, or a sense of “put togethered-ness” when there’s a wind chill that could freeze oceans, waist high snow or whatever evil winter image your scared mind can conjure. It seems impossible, but it’s not! It’s doable! I’ve tried, and I’ve conquered. Many others have as well. Here are some deep winter doldrum styling tips:
(P.S I know we’re headed into spring, but better late then never, eh?)
Starting with the first layer; try stockings and a long sleeved v-neck blouse or shirt. Second layer; thermal tights! Yes these are real. Then throw on a nice oversized but slim fitted wool sweater. It should be fairly thick with a nice collar you can pull toward your neck. Finally throw on a pair of socks then some over the knee heeled leather boots, making sure the soles have some good traction. So far so good, you have a chic outfit thats weather appropriate. Lastly grab your favorite calf length oversized coat, and some leather gloves, and voila! If you’re headed to the office or undesignated destination where you’ll be in a building for 9 hours, then it’s totally ok to throw in some work shoes and pants for the day in a nice oversized handbag.
Some truth: If you’re the girl wearing the ridiculous outfits in the freezing cold; it’s not attractive, it’s silly. It shows a sense of being immature, an inability to make wise decisions and a tendency to lean towards being more concerned with what peoples opinions of you are, rather than actually just being confidant and loving yourself. No trendy or sexy outfit is worth you suffering in silence. It’s the difference between being a girl vs. being a woman. The woman is the sexy one, the girl is the self-obsessed one. Learn to love yourself! You’re beautiful as you are.
Here are some pictures of woman who beat the weather! And looked fabulous doing it.