In NYC, it’s more than just “street chic,”a nice mani-pedi, or a cool pair of shades. That’s just not enough to garner the attention of some of the greatest style echelons that may live two blocks from you. So WATCH OUT-yes, YOU. Because everyone is watching.
In this city style is made with mandatory components of confidence, attitude, independence, risk-taking, and individualism. That means you can’t just show up to the party, office, club, gallery, lounge, or bar without making a little bit of effort.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur going back and forth to Los Angeles, an ingénue actress in the making who wears duds on camera but looks a million bucks off camera, or a DJ that rules the night….everyone’s style voice has a chance to be heard in this city.
“New York style is fascinating and usually begins with a micro-trend, birthed in a cult-like social circle which quickly spreads to tremendous influence,” says Style.com Fashion Market Director Rachael Wang.
Anti-Stiletto Queen of NYC: Style.com Fashion Market Director Rachael Wang
She told StyleCaster.com that “Some of the best American fashion trends—Andy Warhol and the Factory, Studio 54, ‘80s train graffiti culture, ‘90s Brooklyn hip-hop—all emerged through this contagious underground system that makes New York so special.”
Everyone’s Watching: Holland Roden wearing ICB during the SS15 Runway Show
This true-to-kaleidoscopic visionary city won’t ever break you if you show up and put your best face forward. It won’t break you if you jump out of your comfort zone. That doesn’t mean breaking the bank, spending millions, and sacrificing your income. However, it may appear to be competitive, but it’s all about knowing where to cut corners, and conserve your wallet PLUS your energy.
RISK-TAKING: Try it out. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to push boundaries.
Here are a few pointers for all those ICB girls hitting it and hoofing it hard in NYC (TAKE NOTES)
ICB’s NYC STYLE CHEAT SHEET:
WHEN YOU CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT STAY MONOCHROMATIC:
We’ll say it again and again, head to toe GRAY reigns supreme in this city! And if you can’t figure out what to wear (i.e. stayed out way too late and struggling to get ready for work) keep it simple and match the color tones. You can’t go wrong with this quick fix!
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR NAILS READY, SET, BEAUTIFUL:
EMBRACE THE Anti-Stiletto High Heel PHILOSOPHY:
Ladies! We are ON THE GO. If you aren’t going from Door to Cab and Cab to Club, re-think your ways of hoofing it around the city. NYC girls never underestimate the power of a cool flat, sneaker, or wedge!
BE SEEN ON THURSDAY NIGHTS:
Yes. We said it. You’re tired. It’s still the middle of the workweek, but when everyone’s going bonkers on Friday night you happily save your eardrums for Saturday! Best place to be see on Thursday nights? 1st Thursdays Gallery Walks in Chelsea, and Basement Bhangra at Le Poisson Rouge.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL:
This city will BURN you if you aren’t in shape, have stamina, and are ready, set, go. For those of you who don’t want to bulk up at the gym or be a rat in a cage on a treadmill, we highly suggest something more elegant: PURE BARRE ballet cardio (trust us…it hurts but it WINS)
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET:
Get ready. Your style habits can quickly clutter your closet…only because in NYC our apartments are as tiny as closets. There are plenty of amazing Consignment shops where you can buy, sell, and trade your best vintage and new designer duds. Beacon’s Closet and Tokio 7 are a few of our favorites.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A MILLION BUCKS TO LIVE LIKE A MILLION BUCKS:
There’s no shame in being resourceful, scrappy, and cutting corners when you have to pay your rent, look good, balance a career, and be a kick ass DJ/actress/entrepreneur all at the same time. So, if you don’t want to sacrifice your wardrobe to your budget, cut corners around dinner and drinks. Time Out NYC has the best Cheap Eats and Drinks right here.
BE A SALON GUINEA PIG:
Remember that part where we said risk-taking? This is when you put it to the test! Here’s your resource for free cuts, styles, and blow outs. Yes, yes, you can thank us later when you’re the next IT girl! - Ana Roman