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!

Click through the credits to shop each look. This month's fashion story has been generously powered by Sherri McMullen and McMullen Boutique.  

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)

Dries Van Noten Platform Boots

The eyeconic Canadian Tuxedo, brought to new heights



Blue Shirt

Over the Knee Boots (similar pair here)

Animal print is officially a neutral, so is patchwork


Christopher John Rogers Colorblock Mockneck Sweater

Sergio Hudson Leopard Pants

Purple Sandals (similar pair here)

Green bag (similar bag here)

Delicate pretty, maxi minimal things


Bevza Slip Dress

Sandals (similar pair here)

Rooftop Y2K dreams


Jonathan Simkhai Acacia Marble Print Dress

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

Aisling Camps Sheer Turtleneck Top