As some of you may know, I’m in New York City for the summer for a beauty internship at Cosmopolitan. To say that the city inspires me would be a grave understatement – every free moment I have I tend to spend at art museums, city parks, concerts and sidewalk markets. What I find so amazing about New York, though, is that I’m even inspired by the people I pass on the WAY to those places, namely in terms of fashion. I’ve started to see a pattern, and notice that I wake up every morning trying to emulate what I deem New York style “types”. Here are some of my favorites.
The Off-Duty Model
This woman understands that simplicity is often the key to spot-on style, donning denim and black like it’s nobody’s business. I credit this to the fact that this gal has probably sashayed down dozens of runways wearing bedazzled-this and embroidered-that, and wants a break from complex fabrics while still looking totally on trend. To nail this look, take the advice of one Coco Chanel, and remove one accessory before hitting the streets of someplace chic like, say, the Meatpacking District. DVF awaits!
The Oxymoronic Flower Child
I had to include “oxymoronic” in the title, because, let’s be real, there are about ten flowers total in this city. However, that doesn’t stop this chick from rocking maxi skirts, crop tops and floppy hats with genius abandon. She’s ready to embrace the summer sun, even if it’s just in Central Park surrounded by skyscrapers. After all, the Hamptons are just a bus ride away, right?
The Downtown Punk
NYC is an undeniable music hub, awash with punk bands holding guitars on every street corner. I spot this grungy girl every morning on my way to work, and wonder just where she’s going in those leather pants and badass boots so early in the morning. But that’s her thing – she’s a woman of mystery, and her love of black (allllll over, unlike the Off-Duty Model) works on stages all around the city, from Williamsburg to the West Village.
The Uptown Art Guru
You can spot this woman a mile away in her wrinkle-free shift dress and sexy-yet-sensible heels. She’s got money – lots of it – and prefers both her clothing and the art hung in her Upper East Side home to be of a recognizable name. She’s adopted the painterly strokes of such art into her fashion as well, lending her look a creative flair that ensures she never looks uptight. Not to worry, though: you don’t have to be loaded to pull this look off, you just have to purchase an iron.
The Magazine Mogul
Just saw some frizz-free fashionista wearing those designer shoes you didn’t even know were out yet? That’s because they’re probably not, and she likely didn’t pay a cent for them. You see, she’s an editor at one of the city’s top magazines, and designers send her these things in swarms. You’ll find her in Times Square or near Columbus Circle, and she’ll blow you away with the number of on-season items she’s donning.
I tend to think of myself as a well-cultured blend of Magazine Mogul and Downtown Punk. Which are you?