Style Cravings of Unique New Yorkers

Afaf

I woke up this morning with the sun streaming in my window reviving my inner 70s bombshell wannabe (hello Brigitte Bardot) and a little of Carmen Sandiego’s catch-me-if-you-can mystery while trying to hide under the covers for some extra sleep. What better way to satisfy my style icon craving than with a floppy hat? The hat, might I add, is the ULTIMATE understated, attention grabbing accessory. Everyone always notices the girl in the hat before anyone else in the room. A Lovely Bird floppy hat is an excellent choice for a look similar to mine or a Civil Clothing snapback for those urban glamazon days.

Back to my icon cravings.

My cravings stem not only from the signature styles of the icons but their finesse to pull off their unconventional looks. I refer to them as cravings instead of inspiration because the word has become cliché. It is forgotten that style inspiration does not entail a literal imitation of another person. Inspiration is the indirect influence of another’s articles and attitudes into our own wardrobe, essentially a collection of many influences.

Washington Square Park

I took a trip to Washington Square Park to see who my fellow New Yorkers were craving in their closets and to possibly tantalize your, the reader’s, taste buds.

I met Schmidt, visiting from Germany, who was looking so effortlessly masculine, cool in his moto jacket, harem sweatpants, lace-up boots and coordinating snapback and backpack. Take note of the leather cuff, Ray-Bans and scruff that really are the cherry on top of his bad-boy look. He said no one influences his style besides himself…. Rock on Schmidt.

Get the look:

Jacket: Belstaff FB Rubber Fleece Cardigan Sweater in Black

Tee: Rag & Bone/JEAN Thin Perfect Stripe T in Navy Stripe

Sweats: Splendid Mills Whitley Thermal Pant in Storm

Boots: Red Wing Shoes 6 Inch Iron Ranger Boot in Black Harness

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer 50mm Sunglasses

Stylish Couple Cutest couple award goes to Jeanette and Randy who were out casually walking their dog looking laid-back chic. Randy says Jeanette is his style inspiration. Cute. Jeanette says it’s not people but everything around her that feeds her style.

Get the look:

Him:

Coat: Belstaff Roadmaster Belted Coat in Black

Pants: Spurr Pipe Jean 3 Year Wash Stretch Denim in Grey

Sneakers: SUPRA Vaider LC in Grey/Charcoal/Lime

Her:

Jacket: Brian Lichtenberg Patchwork Fur Jacket in White

Jeans: Frame Denim Le Skinny De Jeanne

Boots: Steve Madden Tarnney Studded Boot in Grey Leather

Hat: Genie by Eugenia Kim Lucy Sequin Ribbed Beret in Pink/Burgundy

Sunglasses: Persol PO0649 52 Suprema Sunglasses – as seen on Lindsay Lohan

Student

I ran into two friends Sam and Aliya, both students, passing through on a study break. Sam’s jacket caught my eye with the juxtaposition of the matador-esque appliqué on a sporty anorak. Her inspiration comes from herself “as an eight-year-old getting into my closet every morning and playing dress-up.”

Get the look:

Anorak: Bec & Bridge Bella Anorak in Pistachio

Tunic: Flynn Skye V Neck Tunic in Black Floral

Jeans:  Rag & Bone/JEAN Skinny Jean in Wonderland

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell France Boot in Grey Distressed Suede

Student

Aliya said she looks to Kate Moss’s iconic grunge with a girly twist for her inspiration. She has a signature Chanel Bag, paired with a nautical blazer, and flare denim.

Get the look:

Blazer: SMYTHE Flat Lapel Blazer in Navy with Cream

Camisole: Tibi Solid Silk Cami in Ivory

Jeans: James Jeans Play Girl Flare in Hampton Blue

Flats: Yosi Samra Flat Leather Ballet Flat in Black

New York City

I also caught a few NYC characters in action. Check out pigeon-man, the chalk artist, and the piano player.

Stay hungry and keep feeding those closets!

Yours truly,

Afaf

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