No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Joyous Outfits

by Sarah on November 12, 2018, no comments

sweater- Everlane, pants- Everlane, shoes- Vans

A girl I met the other day told me that this sweatshirt was the exact color of my hair, and it made me wonderfully happy. It’s also the exact color of these pants and when I wear the two together I feel like a crayon in a delightful Goldenrod or Atomic Tangerine (real crayon names- how do I get the job of whoever came up with those?) While wearing this outfit I realized it did something I often disregard in getting dressed; it made me happy. Not “I like my jeans” or “I look great today” happy, but the sort of happy that whenever I looked down and remembered what I was wearing I got a little thrill of delight.

There’s something remarkably freeing about wearing one color. For one, you look like a kid who puts together outfits based on what matches. The first rule on most articles about how to match your clothes is to choose pieces that compliment, not pieces of the same hue. But what could possibly go better with Atomic Tangerine than more Atomic Tangerine? One of my favorite New York memories is the afternoon that I came across the Green Lady walking down Mott street. She’s famous for her one-colored outfits, and she seems pretty happy.

I’m in a moment of quiet personal style. I used to “dress up” much more, but my collegiate style, from space limitations and personal style growth has proved to be more subtle, more simple. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just that I know what I want more than I ever did before. I’m still experimenting, and I’m sure I’ll laugh at myself when I’m a senior and wonder why wearing monochrome made me so happy. But for now, I’m happy wearing my Banana Mania colored outfit.

Ur-Clothing

by Sarah on October 30, 2018, no comments

pants- Everlane, shirt- Zara

A cozy day in.

I once read a fashion theory that your ideal style is the way you dressed as a child. I vividly remember wearing and owning a pair of flaming hot pink corduroy pants. I’m pretty sure I did not like them, but with the resurgence of corduroy, I’m suddenly envious of my 7 year old self, and I’m reconsidering my entire childhood wardrobe. My triangle coat, overalls, red shoes, yellow raincoat — all are slightly more grown up iterations of pieces I used to have. Lately all the pieces I’ve been gravitating towards the most are evolutions of my ur-clothing.

These ur-pants really are great. They’re a straight leg version of Everlane’s wide leg crop pants, and have a wonderful thick corduroy feeling. I teamed them with my favorite black turtleneck, a Zara piece from four years ago. The outfit felt deliciously fall, especially with a cup of hot cider and a grey day accompanying.

School Uniform

by Sarah on October 23, 2018, no comments

shirt- Everlane, pants- Levi’s, shoes- Everlane

This is the winter version of my favorite summer outfit. Boyfriend jeans + tight black top + good shoes. By virtue of living in a dorm room and the space constraints that entails I’ve been much more into uniformed dressing than ever before. I only packed three long sleeve tops to college, so I suppose it was an inevitable. Some days I miss having more options, but most of the time I embrace wearing the same sweatshirt 4/7 days of the week.

Also, these DIY jeans are holding up well! I have to reattach one of the pockets a bit, but especially for how much use I’m getting out of them, they’re great. The denim is tough enough that I don’t have to worry about them stretching out, and my stitches have held (so far). I’m trying not to wash my denim any more than is necessary, and I think this pair is holding up the best out of all of my jeans. Anyone have any tips for preserving the life of denim?

Fall Shopping x Catalogue with Credit

by Sarah on October 16, 2018, no comments

A relic of going to school for 14 years is that every fall I look into my wardrobe and feel the need to spruce it up. It’s back to school shopping, preparation for a winter hibernation and sartorial restlessness, all wrapped up in one. But I’m also bound by reason, and know a complete wardrobe overhaul is both wasteful and inefficient. I like to think I’m a pretty good budgeter (and read on for a budgeting idea!), and so I try not to drop a lot of money on revitalizing my wardrobe each season.

That being said, adding a few new pieces to your fall wardrobe is a great way to keep from getting sad about the impending winter. Plus, fall is a season to buckle down and get to work, and investing in a few new bits can help to reflect any changes you may want to make in your life. Here are a few pieces I’ve seen around that could spice up any fall wardrobe. They’re all from small or sustainable stores, so indulge and help the earth!

  1. Picasso-inspired hand earrings ($5)
  2. High neck ribbed lavender tank ($19.99)
  3. High rise flare blue jeans ($25)
  4. Hammered brass post earrings ($39.31)
  5. Open neck slim ribbed top ($48)
  6. Tie front linen blouse ($60)
  7. Marine striped shirt ($68)
  8. Corduroy cropped trousers ($68)
  9. Double strap cami ($85.17)
  10. Leggings and top set ($95)

Be it your fall shopping list or a new computer to do your fall shopping with, budgeting and saving up for a bigger purchase can be hard. Catalogue with Credit is a great resource for some credit lending sites that can help. And while you should never purchase something you can’t afford, if the need to see Hedi Slimane’s new Celine collection on a new flat screen TV is proving too much for your wallet, check it out for some budgeting friendly options!

Day in the life: NYC Edition

by Sarah on September 17, 2018, no comments

8:30 – Wake up. My apartment was on a one way street, and there wasn’t a lot of through traffic, so I could normally sleep in a bit. By 8:30, light would be coming in, and I would wake up, double check the hours I was working on my phone, and get up.

8:45 – Shower time! One of the joys of NYC living is having old water heating systems, so my water alternated between freezing and scalding. There was a mid point where it was perfect, but it would always take some time to find it. Also, my bathroom was pink, which always made me super happy.

8:55 – Fresh out of the shower, I’d put on a bathrobe, because I had neighbors and my closet was on the other side of the apartment. I’d do my skincare routine, and let it soak in while I chose an outfit. For work, I was supposed to wear all Everlane clothes, or clothes that embodied the Everlane look. Not a problem, because I love Everlane stuff. My go to outfit was jeans and a tee, with a cashmere sweater layered over for warmth, because the Prince street store has huge, gorgeous glass windows out front, which on a cold day would be chilly.

9:05 – I’d put on some makeup- mostly Glossier products, and always super lightly. In the winter, the Zip lipstick was my hero, because it gave my face some warmth and made it look like I wasn’t dying of the cold. Then I would tidy up and pack my bag. I always made sure to bring an Everlane pin, a portable charger, headphones, gloves, work shoes and my wallet and metrocard.

9:15 – I’d zip out the door, and pop over to the local bakery to pick up some breakfast. My favorite place was Runner and Stone, which is an absolute gem. Their breads are to die for. I would pick up a croissant and a baguette, and walk over to the train.

9:20 – The R train would arrive, I’d settle in, look over some emails, listen to music, and read the news.

9:45 – I’d make it to Prince street! I liked to arrive at work early, to get settled in and avoid being late. The trains in New York are terrible, but are especially terrible in the winter, so you never know what you’re going to get. My work was only a few blocks from the Prince Street stop, so I could make the walk leisurely. If I had more than five minutes to spare, I would do a loop around the block to see the Elizabeth street garden. In the summer, it’s an eden of greenery. In the winter, I liked seeing the lion statue with a little snow hat on.

10:00 – Work time! I’d head in, swap out my shoes, and start opening the store.

2:00 – Lunch time would fall sometime after noon and before 4. Nolita is packed with great lunch places, so I had my pick. I frequented Sweetgreen, Dig Inn, and the Little Cupcake bake shop (for desert!), but if I had bought bread in the morning, I would head to the bodega and pick up some fruit to eat with it. Also, I would inevitably be needing a caffeine fix, which I would fulfill at Gimme coffee.

8:00- The store would close! Some days I would have shorter shifts, but when the store first opened, the days were longer. I didn’t mind it, as time always flew by, and my co workers were such amazing people that it never felt long. We would close, restock, and pack up to go.

8:45 – I’d walk over to the train, and start my adventure back. If there were no trains for 10 minutes, I’d walk down Broadway to the Canal street stop, and take the N home. I always loved looking out onto Manhattan at night.

9:15 – Heading home! If I didn’t have food, I would stop at the 24 hour bodega to pick up something. Most days I’d head home, and sit down to rest my feet. In the evenings, I’d watch a movie, read, write, or have an adventure to go get ice cream from Ample Hills or sweets from Milk.

11 – Bed time! If I was working the next day, I liked to get a full 8+ hours. After standing for so much, laying down always felt heavenly.