I’ve just spent a few days in New York City with my daughter. She’s 16 and has incredible style. We went to tour a few campuses, celebrate her birthday and check out the happenings at New York Fashion Week.
Here’s what I rediscovered about city style…
City street style is a category unto itself. Whenever I visit a big city, I’m quickly reminded that personal style is just that…personal. The urban vibe seems to spark creativity. While some women want to blend in…it seems most would rather stand out. Crowded streets provide a shield and it becomes easier to take a risk when you won’t be seeing anyone you know.
On this trip to the Big Apple, I saw combinations that were unique and fashionable…and plenty that were so unusual that 'getting dressed in the dark' came to mind. The women who looked the most fabulous had a subtle sense of 'take it or leave it' this is what I'm wearing today! I was inspired. Inspired by the bold and unexpected looks that reassured me...
if you wear a look with confidence...you can really rock any look imaginable!
I think we’re often hung up on what others think of our wardrobe choices. We shy away from trying new styles because we fear that those around us might not approve. We are afraid to feel silly or different.
Here’s the deal. They are only clothes! Branch out a smidge.
Never worn camo or leopard print?…start with a belt or a scarf.
Not sure you can work a leather bomber jacket into your closet?…maybe borrow one from a friend to test the waters.
In most cases, no one really cares what you wear…and if you step out of your comfort zone…you might just inspire someone watching you, as well as yourself!
This season, I’m going to take my own advice. Here’s how I plan to stretch myself and my wardrobe…
I’d like to include a few more urban pieces in my fall wardrobe…like grey suede booties and grey jeans- I LOVE grey denim on other women! So chic.
I’m also ready to venture out of the diamond-stud-only earring situation…maybe some cool colored stone studs or simple hoops. Crazy, I know.
And my usual look is pretty tailored, so I’m going to try a few longer, softer, flowy layers. A little bit of Bohemian-style never hurt anyone, right?
Maybe...I'll even try on a red lip...like my brave daughter:-)
I am repeatedly drawn to these styles on others (who at one time were maybe afraid to wear them also)…so I’m going to give them a go!
Still not convinced you can wear something a bit different? Take another look at the Seat Belt Dress.
Anything is possible!
How do you plan to push your style boundaries this season?
Please share! What would you like to try that’s not part of your usual ‘uniform’? Comment below or shoot me an email -firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,