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The Hoodie

October 17, 2013

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I wore so many hoodies throughout college and high school I may as well have been Eminem in 8 Mile. While most hoodie-wearers paired the cozy tops with equally cozy bottoms — i.e. gut-expanding sweatpants or leggings — I took my hoodie cues from the homelessly chic Olsen twins; these sweatshirts weren’t just about comfort, they were style.statements. Hoodies were a more important component to my day-to-day look than shoes (guilty!), and I paired them with everything from fitted blazers to flared denim to cropped t-shirts that exposed my peach baby-fuzz snail trail.

This all began to fade away however, when I graduated from the days of textbooks and cafeteria food to day planners and martinis. Suddenly an outfit paired with a hoodie was no longer a desired look; it felt too youthful and casual for my New York City life. And soon, the hoodies which once took residence in one of the more accessible drawers in my apartment moved to a plastic bin under my bed.

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In the past year, the relaxed, casual trend has made a comeback and consequently slithered its way back into my day-to-day style (let this be a lesson to all of you out there who love to throw things away. Things do come back into style!). I’ll still always have an affinity for sky-high heels and more sophisticated pieces, but it’s refreshing to have the option to wear, say, a fuzzy camouflage hoodie, and not look or feel like a complete and utter college-campus-bum. Other perks to the reintroduction of hoodies is the convenient kangaroo pouch (hello, cell phone!), the hood (hello, nap time!), and the sheer softness of the fabric (this isn’t your average itchy mohair sweater).

When it came to styling said hoodie, I opted for pieces that one might not immediately assume to pair with a sweatshirt (i.e. not jeans). After a few trial and error periods — the jeans were just so tempting! — I went with this crisp white pleated skirt, the heeled booties you’ve likely grown sick of, and the leather jacket that I may remarry this weekend just to make sure it knows the level of my devotion.

Do I think this trend will stick around? No, probably not. But hoodies, no matter how you wear them, be it curled up on your couch on a Sunday night or attempting your best Carrie Bradshaw strut down 5th Avenue, will always be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe.

You can quote me on that.

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Alternative Apparel hoodie | Schott jacket | Supertrash skirt (this one is awesome, too) | Kelsi Dagger booties

 

// photos by Emily Malan

The Perfecto

August 6, 2013
tags: acne, affordable leather jacket, biker jacket, davidson, , harley, , , , perfecto, , , ,
by Sonia

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I know, we’re in the sweaty midst of summer, so what am I doing sharing a leather jacket with you? I’m preparing you, that’s what.

As much as we may resent the faster-than-we’d-like end of summer, now’s the time to start prepping your wardrobe for the best sartorial season of the year, Fall! And what better way to get into gear than with the ultimate fall necessity — no, not a rake for leaves — a leather jacket!

While getting my neck and wrists decked out in jewelry at a shoot last winter, I noticed a deliciously buttery leather jacket draped across the accessory stylist’s shoulders. My first assumption was that it was the Acne biker jacket I’ve been writing to Santa about for years, but much to my surprise — and my wallet’s delight — it was by a brand I’d never heard of before, Schott. She told me she bought it at one of those Harley Davidson stores interspersed around multiple neighborhoods in New York City, and with one quick Yelp search, I was on my way to what I assumed would be the next best thing to a Biker Bar, of which I have been to one and it was not that great. ZZ Top, so not my type. A man’s beard should never be longer than my hair. I’m getting off topic here. Back to leather jackets.

I went into the biker apparel Mecca, expecting to turn around within thirty seconds of entering, but my eyes locked in on the leather number I’d seen only an hour before. A glance at the price tag, $530, and I knew it was mine. Now, I know it’s still a hefty sum, but comparatively speaking, it’s a pretty decent price for a leather jacket, as most run between $700-$2,000. What’s more is that these are the types of pieces I for one think we should all be investing in. If you’re going to wear something everyday — which, when it’s cooler out, I do — then it’s well worth paying a little extra on, don’t you think? I’d also like to note the durability of finding a piece that’s apparently worthy of a biker babe cruising down the highway on her Harley. If it can withstand the rough and tough lifestyle of a Hell’s Angel, then it can certainly handle my life on the L Train.

Here it is in action:

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Pink Sneaks, They Be Chic!

May 29, 2013
tags: , jack and jil, , little white dress, nike, , pink, running shoes, , sneakers, , , , , trainers
by Sonia

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If I were to ask a room full of people if they thought a pink pair of running shoes could ever be considered “chic,” I can almost guarantee that the majority of the room would say, “No way José.” And until recently I would have agreed with them. For at the time before the recent, my limited noggin deemed running shoes appropriate for treadmills, trainers, and trailblazing.  Since none of these were activities included in my daily routine (I’m more of the elliptical type), I never put much thought into the sneakers I strapped on for the purpose of burning calories. Clunky white trainers fit for a tourist with socks rolled up to the knee (aka my stepdad) were my athletic style statement (if you could even call it that) and I never thought twice about it. If anyone were going to try to pick me up at the gym, I guarantee my sweaty tomato face and oversized t-shirt would be more dissuading than the clunkers on my feet.

Since then, which to be honest was about a year ago, Nike has decided, to hell with exercising, I’m getting plastic surgery. And with one giant facelift, the go-to athletic brand went from treadmills and track shorts to sidewalks and little white dresses. Or at least in the image above, which may be the  epitome of comfortably chic and totally babe-a-licious, and therefore worthy of copying to a capital T.  So I guess what I’m telling you is that you’re going to see me in something similar very soon, and I hope to see you do the same.

PEACE.

//photos via Tommy Ton & Likette

 

Because It’s Awesome

March 21, 2013
tags: , , , burberry, clutch, creepers, , , , fringe leather, lace up, , , , , power dressing, , , sartorial, , splendid, , , , wedges, william rast
by Sonia

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Each time I wear either this jacket or these shoes I get a variety of comments — some positive, some negative. For example, a boy once said to me in reference to this outerwear, “why on earth did you buy that?” Ok, a few things here. One: I can’t believe a guy actually said “why on earth” — I feel like only people who say “geez” or “golly” or “soda pop” say that.  Two: do you really want me to explain why I bought this jacket? Because it’s a pretty uninteresting, anti-climatic story. So, I simply responded with “because it’s awesome” and walked away. (Jerk.)

Now, when I was younger (ages 5-24) a comment like that would have sent me to Insecure City where people hide in corners and try to blend in with the walls. But as I’ve matoooooored (that’s “matured” with an obnoxious accent), I’ve grown to care less and less about what people think in regards to my sartorial choices. Much like the belief that most people would rather be overdressed than under, I would rather dress like myself than try to blend in with the vanillas of the world. This is starting to sound like a preachy post, and though that wasn’t my initial intention I’m going to roll with it. You see I’m under the belief that if you feel like your look is a little on the “is this appropriate?” side then you should definitely wear it. So I leave you with this: should someone question your outfit or comment on its ridiculousness, tell them it’s awesome and walk away. (Cause they’re a jerk.)

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William Rast jacket (similar here) | Splendid shirt | Moschino skirt | Tibi clutch | Burberry wedges | Ray-Ban sunglasses

// photos by Emily Malan

The Purpose of Style

March 6, 2013
tags: 90s, , , , cardigans, catherine malandrino, chloe, , , fur scarf, , , kurt cobain, layers, , Michael Kors, paraty, , pictures, plaid, , rail shirt, , ripped, , , , sid vicious, slip dress, , , the purpose of style, tied around the waist, tights, tompkins square park, , white,
by Sonia

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With the exception of skyscraper heels, I’d like to think my style is pretty functional. Sure I’ll pile on the accessories or wear an extra layer or two, but it’s important for me not to have an outfit that requires a lot of fidget and fuss. Outfits that have you constantly pulling down a skirt or adjusting a belt are not only frustrating, but make you look uncomfortable. Style is supposed to be fun and experimental, not a nuisance. So for the most part, I nix any outfit additions that get in the way or serve no purpose.

I’ve often admired punks and 90s grunge icons for their ability to look effortlessly cool when really we all know their outfits took some serious time and thought to put together. Sid Vicious and his piling of spiked belts. Kurt Cobain and his multitude of layered cardigans. The kids hanging around Tompkins Square Park or St. Marks Place with their tattered tights and mohawks. Do you know how long it takes to actually get a mohawk to stick straight up? I don’t, but I imagine it takes awhile. And Sid Vicious, I love you, but I’m fairly certain your three spiked belts all fastened to the side were not all there to keep your pants up. Yet, while these pieces serve next-to-no-function (i.e. ripped tights do not keep you warm), they do serve a purpose; the purpose of style.

Taking cues from the Fall 2013 runways, I’ve been testing out different ways to add more layers to a single look before spring and summer roll around and I’m stripped of anything that will cause an excess of sweat. I don’t like things to feel too bulky — having socks bunch up while inside my shoes may be one of my biggest pet peeves — so I started simple with a 90s grunge inspired plaid shirt tied around my waist. Though it serves no functional purpose, it added an extra element of proportion, texture, and style to a look that felt a little too simple without it. I can also report that when double knotted I never had to fidget to keep it in place.

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Schott leather jacket | H&M sweater (similar here) | Catherine Malandrino dress (similar here) | Rail shirt (similar here) | Zara boots | Chloé bag | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Michael Kors scarf

// photos by Emily Malan