By: Caroline Vazzana
Planning my Fashion Week looks is different than planning outfits for any ordinary day. I wish I could tell you that it is a simple, spur of the moment decision, or that I start planning a month before, but it's usually a chaotic scramble about two weeks in advance. Which still, overall, could be worse, I guess. For me, I always like to play with color, and experiment with my clothing. But, when it comes to Fashion Week, I feel like this is a time to really push the bar and try something new. Like any work of art though, it takes time, and definitely some trial and error. The way I usually start planning, as corny as this sounds, is by visualizing how I want myself to look. From there, I then start writing down outfit ideas in the notes on my phone so I don't forget, because what good is visualizing if I then forget everything? My note feature on my iPhone is pretty much my best friend, I tell it everything, even the crazy ideas I don't want to admit to myself. So below, are all of my final looks from Fashion Week and the crazy reasons why I wore them. Enjoy!
I wanted to ease into the mad dash that is Fashion Week with something comfortable. To me, nothing is more comfortable than a floor length pleated skirt. I loved the metallic pleates on this one because when walking to and from shows, it really sparkled.
Shop the look: Sarah Swann top, similer styles sarahswann.com. Neubau glasses, similar styles neubau-eyewear.com. Floriane Fosso skirt, $500; florianefosso.com. Qupid shoes, $43; qupid.com. Ann Taylor earrings, $60; anntaylor.com. Bag is vintage from EBay.
For the second day, I felt like a chic school girl, this is what I wish I was allowed to wear to high school everyday. Both my top (obviously) and my skirt (if you can't tell from the picture) had sparkles on them so I was a full on disco ball. I paired my look with sandals and socks, which is one of my favorite combos.
Shop the look: Topshop top, similar styles topshop.com. M Missoni skirt, similar styles m-missoni.com. Frances Valentine shoes, $325; francesvalentine.com. Glitter socks, similar styles farfetch.com. Making it in Manhattan Bracelets, $15; makingmanhattan.com. Bag and Necklace are vintage. Neubau glasses, similar styles neubau-eyewear.com.
I've always been a fan of orange and blue, so when I received this top, I knew I needed to do a full orange and blue look. This outfit gave me preppy safari vibes. The beaded necklace I'm wearing has birds on it. It's vintage and the moment I saw it I was in love.
Shop the look: Asos top, similar styles asos.com. Ann Taylor skirt, $80; anntaylor.com. Manolo Blahnik shoes, similar styles manoloblahnik.com. Bag and Necklace are vintage from EBay, Neubau glasses, similar styles neubau-eyewear.com.
To me, jeans like these just scream Fashion Week. I dressed up my painted jeans with fancy flats and a floral top. At first look, I was torn if my earrings were too much but then decided I was just overthinking things.
Shop the look: Asos top, $54; asos.com. Kate Spade Earrings, similar styles katespade.com. Manolo Blahnik shoes, similar styles manoloblahnik.com. Zara pants, similar styles zara.com. Moscot glasses, similar styles moscot.com. Francescas bag, similar styles francescas.com.
Nothing says "New York Fashion Week" more than pants with metro cards on them! But instead of making it look like I'm wearing pajamas, I dressed up these pants with kitten heels and a bright yellow blazer, because more is more. Am I right?
Shop the look: Yeah Bunny pants, $149; yeahbunny.shopify.com. Nina shoes, $79; nordstrom.com. Lauren Cecchi bag, $495; laurencecchi.com. Brandy Melville shirt, similar styles brandymelvilleusa.com. Zara blazer, similar styles zara.com. RVS Eyewear glasses, similar styles rvseyewear.com.
I'm a huge fan of pearls, so when I saw this jumper I knew I had to wear it at Fashion Week. I layered it over a white t-shirt for a nice contrast and finished it off with my favorite black mary janes. To me, during Fashion Week, comfort is key when it comes to shoes!
Shop the look: Deux A Official jumper, similar styles deux-a.com. Yeah Bunny shirt, similar styles yeahbunny.myshopify.com. From St. Xavier bag, similar styles fromstxavier.com. Manolo Blahnik shoes, similar styles manoloblahnik.com. Betsey Johnson earrings, $45; betseyjohnson.com. Tura Inc. glasses, similar styles tura.com.
As we began to wrap things up, I started to feel like I had nothing to wear. Thankfully, I had these amazing pieces from Ann Taylor & Rachel Roy to help me finish off on the right foot. I love a good mini skirt and this one with a metallic floral pattern worked well when paired with my oversized off-the-shoulder top.
Shop the look: Rachel Roy skirt, similar styles rachelroy.com. Ann Taylor top, $50; anntaylor.com. Zara shoes, similar styles zara.com. Skinny Dip London bag, $80; skinnydiplondon.com. Necklaces are vintage from EBay. RVS Eyewear glasses, rvseyewear.com.
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