The New York Diaries : White & Pastel Inspiration

Donna Karan New York, Donna Karan collectin, Donna Caran NYFW
Donna Karan New York

Even though I plan on wearing a lot of black to New York Fashion Week, there’s something about springy pastels and soft whites that bring a much-needed ray of sunshine in the winter. From structured, modern silhouettes to ultra-feminine designs, these sweet pieces transcend the seasons (well, with a thick scarf, at least!).

I can’t keep my mind of the Prabal Gurung caped dress that meshes drama with a work-friendly silhouette. And for a date, I’d love to slip on Adeam’s peachy-sweet frock with perfect cap sleeves. As always, Hervé Léger by Max Azria concocted the perfect flirty dress that manages to be ladylike and a little bit vampy at the same time. And look to Donna Karan for the perfect combination of easy-sexy slouch and structure.

I know the polar vortex is going to knock me off my booties as soon as I step off the plane at LaGuardia, but there’s nothing like a little pastel hidden under a parka to keep you warm (emotionally, at least!).

Prabal Gurung pre-fall, Prabal Gurung dress
Prabal Gurung
DKNY dress, DKNY fashion week
DKNY
Adeam, Adeam dress, Adeam NYFW, Adeam New York Fashion Week
Adeam
Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Hervé Léger by Max Azria scalloped dress, Hervé Léger Jules dress
Hervé Léger by Max Azria

 

DVF, DVF Zarita dress
DVF
Rag & Bone vespa jacket, Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone

 

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The New York Diaries : The Inspiration

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

I seriously cannot believe that New York Fashion Week starts two weeks from tomorrow. I’ve been dreaming of attending for years, and now it’s finally going to be real. True, I’ll likely spend most of my time huddling in my stilettos outside the tents, but just being present for the event gives me butterflies in my stomach. Maybe even a sparrow.

A few of my friends have been asking me what I’m going to be wearing. After all, I’ve been lulled into a false impression of winter, given that it’s currently 65 degrees and sunny in San Francisco. But I’m excited to get back in touch with my Minnesota roots and find a way to look somewhat fashionable even when obscured by a giant coat.

I wrote recently about my all-black uniform, and I’m using my no-color palette as a building block for what I’ll be wearing that week. There’s so much fantastic inspiration out there, and a few looks in particular are getting me excited to start styling. I’m going to try my hardest to be selective about what I pack, only bringing the minimum (not my whole closet) for a week of mixing and matching.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

Images (top to bottom) via Net-a-Porter, Caitlin Flemming, LA Cool & Chic, Miss Zeit, Vanessa Jackman, Unknown, InStyle,  Refined Style, Style Lovely, Refined Style, The Style Skinny

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all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

all-black outfit, winter fashion, fashion week style, NYFW inspiration, New York Fashion Week

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The Current Uniform: Winter Style

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leather-sleeve sweater / fingerless gloves / cozy scarf / romper (on clearance!)
skinny jeans / perfect lipstick / neutral nail color
tall boots / live-in booties / cozy sweater

When I was in middle school, my friends would tease me about how everything I wore was neutral. I was especially partial to warm grey and army green, with the occasional shot of navy thrown in for good measure. I suspect that I was trying to blend in, as if my platinum-blonde pyramid hair would have ever let that happen. But as I grew older and more confident, I started embracing color.

And yet, I find myself coming full circle. Lately I’ve been slipping into a winter style uniform of almost all black, but so far I’m digging it. I can pretend I’m a tortured artist, or perhaps even an international spy. The sky’s the limit when you’re wearing non-color!

So for now, I’m playing with texture instead. Winter always calls for chunky knits, and I’ve been switching back and forth between this leather-sleeved sweater and a cozy-cute pullover from Patagonia that my mom gave me for Christmas. Really, all you need in life is a dressy sweater and a casual sweater.

For the finishing touches, I”m turning to more knit and leather. I found a fantastic pair of fingerless gloves at Bespoke on our trip to Truckee, and it’s hard to take them off. I’ve also been wearing the heck out of my new Rag & Bone boots, which seriously go with everything. Let me tell you- the extra 3 1/2 inches they give me are quite handy when trying to spot friends in a crowd.

And finally, when I want to get a little gussied up, I’ll slip on my favorite romper and a thick pair of tights. This funny little romper was an impulse purchase last summer, but its magical elastic waist and fantastic drape have turned it into a staple. I’ll never eat a heavy meal in anything else- I could hide small puppy inside that sucker without anyone knowing.

And that, folks, is my uniform of late. Is this looking familiar, or are you rocking something completely different right now?

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