Until my visit to New York last month, I had only stayed in town a total of 12 days max since the start of the pandemic. When I popped in for four hours in August 2021, I personally found the city had changed drastically in a sad way, so I had avoided returning for extended periods of time until now. Thankfully, my husband encouraged me to extend my Tamu’s Cafe production trip through NY fashion week, because a few days after I arrived, that special space that the city holds in my heart shifted back into place with a click. For this stay, I moved in with my best friend and her family for 12 days in her West Village apartment. I know you’re like “how could you break the guest rule of Etiquette 101 by staying more that 3 to 4 days?” Don’t worry, it was an experiment and test of our friendship that nested extremely positive eggs of affection and admiration.
Living in the West Village those two weeks really inspired and reconnected me with how I used to dress when I was a younger adult running around the city. Y2K vibes, Sex and the City energy, mix-and-match galore capped off with a mega party dress, all interpreted through my current fashion lens. New York’s erratic weather patterns contributed to the mood of my seasonal transition styling as temperatures oscillated between freezing to pleasantly sunny and mild. Hitting the New York City streets in these looks amped up my excitement for Spring dressing. From late winter layering via blazer and scarf combinations to quadruple style denim, I can’t wait to peel away the pieces one by one. With many Spring flings on the horizon, I daydream of moments in pretty party frocks. And a sucker for statement trousers, I will be putting my best leg forward all season long. What will you wear as we shift into warmer and longer days? I hope these looks will inspire you!
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Photographer: Katherine Pekala
Wear a rainbow on your shoulders
Christopher John Rogers Rainbow Stripe Unisex Sweater
Christopher John Rogers Rainbow Fringe Scarf
Trench Coat (similar jacket here)
The eyeconic Canadian Tuxedo, brought to new heights
Animal print is officially a neutral, so is patchwork
Christopher John Rogers Colorblock Mockneck Sweater
Purple Sandals (similar pair here)
Statement blazers meet the season’s hot girl pants
Diotima Rupture Pinstripe Crochet Blazer
Proenza Schouler Polka Dot Flare Leg Pants