Fashion Over Reason: City Slicker

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

City Slicker

Fashion Over Reason, city slicker, fashion blogger, MAC Cosmetics matte lipstick in Lady Danger, SOLO Eyewear

I've been sitting on these photos for a while -- obviously, since you're certainly noticing that my hair is still long here. They were taken right before the chop and then fashion month happened and I wanted my coverage to be uninterrupted, therefore I decided to save them for later. I'm excited to share them because I'm in love with the city vibe they capture. That's the beauty of shooting on the streets of New York City: there's always going to be something in the photo that is bigger than yourself, that is rivaling for the spotlight and that nearly succeeds at upstaging you.

Looking chic and effortless is at the very core of my style credo -- too much polish doesn't feel right and sloppiness just isn't in my sartorial vocabulary. Upon a recent people-watching seance (one of my favorite activities, especially in this city), I inevitably started finding associations between the dwellers passing me by, with one specific thing jumping out: a certain attitude. Whether or not they subscribe to my personal ideology of dressing-like-you-don't-care-but-secretly-you-do, New Yorkers are a mixed bag: all sorts of different dispositions roam the streets, personas and characters abound, and takes on fashion are executed in a thousand ways. The inspiration is endless.

Going back to me, though (ha), the way I approach getting dressed is very straightforward: taking simple pieces that, once paired up, come together really well as a whole. And then I try to add a little something that can elevate the entire thing, like a great shoe, a scarf, or in this case, a bright lipstick. I've worn many variations of this look: replacing the skirt with jeans, or swapping out the stilettos for a flat boot. It's easy, versatile and, I think, a prime demonstration of the effortless chic city slicker.

Chunky cableknit Polo Ralph Lauren turtle neck, Balenciaga flippy skirt, photographed by Ian RusianaUpper East Side, NYC, Chunky knitwear, cable knit, ShoeMint pointy stiletto booties, messy blond hair. red lipstickPolo Ralph Lauren cream cable knit, Balenciaga flippy skirt, ShoeMint pointy toe stiletto booties
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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Turtleneck - Polo Ralph Lauren (mens) (similar)
Skirt - Balenciaga (similar)
Boots - ShoeMint (similar)
Bag - Vintage (similar)
Lipstick - MAC Lady Danger
Sunnies - SOLO Eyewear (similar)

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Unknown said...

such a chic look. I love the places you shot these pictures at. very, very glam but effortless :)
xo Belen, Androbel Insider

Unknown said...

Love this!

Emma| With A City Dream

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic said...

Never seen a cable knit look so good! I love the slim silhouette stiletto-heeled boots and black tights give and the top half of this outfit is the perfect effortless balance. Hope those last corners of pavement snow/slush are gone by now! Need you for Spring styling inspo don't I.

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

Samantha Mariko said...

I love the oversized knit and the booties!! looks so warm :)

Stephanie said...

Obsessed with these pics for the same reasons you are. LOVe how the city plays as prominent a role as you and your outfit do.

The shot of you smiling: So money. But i'm so partial to smiling pictures you know that ;)

The outfit: the nubby knit looks like The Row! Way to go RL aka the hubby's garde robe, I'm assuming ;)

The Balenciaga skirt: WOW!

The pics of you crossing the intersection: I've always been a huge fan of those shots that bloggers and their photogs manage to snap so effortlessly, where no one seems to notice. In MTL you'd snap that kind of pic and literally STOP TRAFFIC. LOL

The shot of you on the stairs! LOVE!!

Also completely agree with your laissez-faire I tried/I didnt try attitude towards Even if i did try, I could never look completely polished. Something innately is always a little off ;) (Seeking) Perfection is literally not even a word in my vocab/personal dictionary.

Unknown said...

Absolutley gorgeous photos - your outfit is effortless and flawless - you look so so chic. I love the polo neck so much and can't wait to see your hair!! Love it here though, oh new york I love you too lol!!

Have a great week!
Lucy xxx
Florals & Corals

Unknown said...

Amazing outfit!! You look beyond beautiful and love that cozy sweater!! <3

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Unknown said...

Love that sweater. It looks so cozy, and the color is gorgeous!

Sam said...

Love this cozy chunky knit sweater, looks so chic and modish.

Corinne said...

you're gorgeous!
& i adore watching people in the city! especially when i'm shopping around near madison and then union square; SO many different kinds of people & styles, its fantastic!
xx Corinne

Barbaraders - Bárbara de Robles said...

as always: perfect!!
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ALLIE NYC said...

Love this look, I have been wanting to get a sweater like this but I guess it may be a wee bit late in the season now, but there is always next year! I have a pleather shirt I got from H&H which would look perfect with a sweater like this. Cool blog following via Bloglovin.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Unknown said...

gorgeous style!..Love your outfit combination!
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