When you live in New York City, the unexpected is always right around the corner. And if you're lucky, the unexpected can come in the form of unique ways to shop on a dime. A few weeks ago, I walked out my door and on to 2nd Avenue to discover a street fair, mostly filled with stands selling hot dogs, lemonade, prints and jewelry. I happened upon a stand selling vintage clothing and furs, and among bras from the 1940s and wool collared dresses, I found this $10 white eyelet-patterned button-down shirt. I didn't even try it on, I just handed them the money and walked away with my prize.
It's pretty delicate and requires some reinforcement stitching, but it was such a steal and is a fun addition to my closet. It's a bit conservative in its shape, but the eyelets create an opportunity to layer it over and under so many things. Here are just a few ways I figured I could wear it.
The first way is the most casual way I can think of. No matter how lazy-girl you want to be, the easiest way to have your own style, even when you're on the go, is the acquire great and unique pieces. I paired the top with ripped boyfriend jeans and Converse sneakers, and threw on a black bra so it could show underneath, taking the femininity of the shirt down a notch, and the grunge up a bit. Just super low key. I'd throw this on getting coffee in the morning, grocery shopping, running errands, etc.
This next one is my summer girly-girl look, and in my head I call it "the blue fade" since the outfits gets bluer from top to bottom. I swapped the black bra for a nude one, tucked the shirt into high-waisted shorts, and threw on basic flats. Also, you ya think I can get Harmelss Harvest Coconut Water to sponsor me? It was HOT when we were shooting and it got me through the day. There's only one way to find out.
This last look is my version of "fancy." I'm wearing it under a black Theory romper with J Crew black heels and eyeglasses from SEE Eyewear. Fun fact: these glasses turn into the sunglasses (seen above) with clip-on tinted lenses. I'm making an effort to incorporate glasses into more outfits because I wear contact lenses every day of my life, can't see a thing without them, and I've been told many times that it's healthy for eyes to catch a break from lenses a few days a week. So they aren't just a prop in this photo, they are for real-real. Anyway, this outfit makes me feel like I should be in a piano recital.
All of the photography in this post is by Sydney Angel. Check her out. We had a lot of fun putting this together, and she has another project in the works that she let me help out with. So you'll be seeing more from us soon!