Elizabeth & James top / Zara jeans (similar online) / J.Lo shoes / Gypsy Nation vintage bag / etc… watchband bracelets / Gypsies & Debutantes friendship bracelet / rings c/o Vanessa Mooney / Free People sunnies (similar online)
With all of the traveling that I tend to do, it’s tough to pack “outfits,” so I usually opt for pieces that are interchangeable—hence my gravitation towards the color black. I love these neutral pieces because they can be dressed down like so, or they can each be bumped up a notch with other pieces.
Kimchi Blue romper (similar online) / Simply Vera by Vera Wang sandals (similar online) / J.Crew hat (mine is from Brimfield Antique Fair, imported from Ecuador and sold to J.Crew!) / Gypsy Nation vintage bag (Artists and Fleas) / etc… Modern Vintage necklace and watchband bracelet / Gypsies + Debutantes bracelets (coming soon, others online) / Alex and Ani bracelets / Shaya bangles
I can’t resist studs—especially when they’re on accessories and done right. As much as I love the styles from the classic East Village punk shop Trash and Vaudeville, I don’t want to look like I walked out of an 80’s music video.
I do, however, like to balance out what could look cutesy (like a romper) with an edge.
It was the perfect outfit for a stroll around Brooklyn for my neighborhood’s annual “Sunday Funday” festival where I picked up a hand made coffee table from reclaimed wood and piping, as well as some yummy treats from By Brooklyn. The studs may have even helped me get through the crowds of people there.
J.Crew maxi dress (in stores now, similar online) / Converse sneakers / Gypsy Nation vintage bag via the Artists & Fleas / CLO bra / Urban Outfitters sunnies / etc… watchband bracelet / all other jewelry c/o FSMNYC
While I wouldn’t quite consider my style to be “classic,” I do appreciate good classic staples in my wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with an easy maxi dress and a pair of slip on Chuck Taylors for a warm day when you’re running around the city. I like to make it my own by adding some funkier pieces like this studded bag and the edgy jewelry by FSMNYC.
BEAUTY TIP: To get that edgy rock’n’roll hair that looks like you hardly tried (you just thought my hair was naturally that cool, huh?), twist small sections of hair and press with a flat iron to create effortless waves.
When I was contacted by Scout Mob to contribute to their site, I was totally flattered. When they asked me to be a guide to my top five places to find something fashionable in my city, I was flattered AND psyched. When they suggested vintage shops, it was a no brainer. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a big fan of all things vintage and vintage inspired. Check out my top five picks on their site for vintage shopping in NYC.
If you haven’t checked out Scout Mob, you’re missing out. This site is like that friend you have that knows all of the cool things happening around your city and gets hooked up with deals from the owners of the places. You could be that guy!
Vintage cape and hat (Spooky Boutique at The Artists and Fleas); Zara button sleeve sweater (similar online); Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cape sweater (TJMaxx); BDG jeans; Sorel snow boots; Portolano cashmere scarf (similar online); vintage bag (Gypsy Nation at The Artists & Fleas); etc… braided watchband bracelet (By Brooklyn); Vanessa Mooney “Pyramid” ring and necklace (spiked ring from necklace); all other rings, vintage. / photos by Joshua Boccheciamp
Despite the first official winter snowfall in NYC, I took a trip to the Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg. I pride myself, as a stylist, to be a purveyor of unique fashions and accessories. When you have friends like Martha Camarillo and Ricky Becker (pictured above), then this makes it all too easy to find.
As a lover of vintage, these two boutiques within the market are HEAVEN. I’d live in here over Carrie Bradshaw’s closet any day. Every time I visit Ricky at the dual level Spooky Boutique, he gets the excitement of a child playing dress up and immediately pulls tons of pieces that I can’t leave without—like this fabulous cape coat and one of my signature hats, which was his own mother’s, both from the 70’s. Most items are quite reasonably priced for vintage in NYC, like my Givenchy sweater that was only $80!
Martha travels all around the world to find her gypsy-inspired finds, channeling her Southwest roots and my own love with the culture. My mother, “Andi” brought back much of these styles from her own travels and integrated into her own jewelry designs (like the two rings worn on my right hand).
After Martha’s recent travels to the Middle East to find the most amazing pieces, she just had to share them with me. Of course, I didn’t walk out empty handed. I scored a fabulous frock and a cool hat—supposedly once owned by a famous musician—to add to my already too big collection. She loves her finds as much as I do and offered to trade for the studded Moroccan style bag that she once sold me (shown). She conceded and admitted that the special find at least went to a good home.
Vintage cape jacket (Spooky Boutique at The Artists & Fleas Market); Free People top; Gap Kids fur vest; ASOS skirt and belt (asos.com); Kiel Mead forget me knot ring (Uncommon Goods); etc… watchband bracelets (coming soon to bybrooklyn.com); vintage scarf, clutch, and all other jewelry; DKNY tights; Fiorentini + Baker boots (Barney’s Warehouse Sale).
I went to my dear and talented friend, Kate’s art opening last night at the Brooklyn bar in Dumbo, ReBar. Her amazing art for this exhibition —which is already almost sold out—was inspired by the city she lives in with the subject and the various styles.
Like Kate, my wardrobe is also inspired by my city. Someone at the exhibition even told me I must either work in fashion or just be a typical stylish New Yorker. I replied, “both.”
It occurred to me that I normally feel like I have to tone down my wardrobe when I travel. On a recent trip to Miami, I got lots of strange looks when I walked into a trendy hotel wearing all black and combat boots. Upon visiting Boston, I had to switch from heels to flip flops to avoid looking like an outcast on Newbury Street. Though, sometimes attention can be good. (How can you not check out those great boots??).
I think I’m going vow to myself to take my New York City look with me wherever I go. It’s like my own traveling art exhibition.
Check out more work by Kate at her blog and visit ReBar to see in person and purchase what’s left of these must have and affordable pieces of art.
Jennifer Stewart custom reworked vintage top; Free People bandeau top; BDG pleated shorts (Urban Outfitters), Dru New York flats; Nona E. Rose belt; vintage Anne Klien chain bag; Marc New York sunnies; vintage tortoise shell bangle; Shaya NYC square bangles; etc... watchbands bracelets and cuff / photos by Joshua Boccheciamp
To me Labor Day officially ends the summer season and wearing my favorite white Worishofer sandals.
One of my signature looks that I love to wear all year round is, as the Man Repeller dubs, “The Arm Party.” Being a jewelry designer, it came out of necessity to show off all of my designs, while wearing some of my favorite vintage and designer bracelets.
Start your own arm party by coming by the Artists & Fleas “Fashion’s Night Out” event this Thursday September 8th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and stock up with pieces from etc… *like this one that is debuting that night* as well as some of my fav jewelry designers: Astali, Fancy Sexy Me, and Georgia Varidakis debuting their (affordable) fall collections.
On the other side of the BK you can swing by Thistle & Clover’s FNO event and get one of these adorable vintage inspired belts from Nona E. Rose.
There. No excuses. Now you have plans for this year’s Fashion’s Night Out.