No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Summer in the City

by Sarah on May 16, 2018, one comment

shirt- Zara, pants- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

Summer in New York goes a little like this: HOT. I was in the city a week ago and the 90+ degree weather was only exacerbated by the concrete and masses of people. You have three options in that kind of heat. You can leave the city (hopefully via the Hamptons), sunbathe on your roof, or get over it. Here’s a classic deal with it kind of outfit. The top is breathable, looks cute, and has a back, making sunscreen application much easier. Plus, it could definitely double as a swim shirt if you have to dive into a fountain in an attempt to recreate the Friends intro. The pants allow for maximum air flow and protect one’s legs from sweaty subway seats. The shoes are comfortable, and look cute. Seriously- they carried me from Brooklyn Heights to Gowanus to Union Square with narry a blister. Plus, they don’t show your toes, which is perfect, if, like me, you haven’t yet had a pedicure and your toes look like winter snails. Accessorize with an iced coffee and sunscreen.

What’s your summer in the city look?

3 Steps to Chic

by Sarah on May 11, 2018, no comments

Being fashionable seems like a great thing to be. It means trendy and up with the times and fabulous. It’s the sartorial equivalent of the perfect instagram photo, taken at Coachella, with an overpriced popsicle. Essentially, it’s great on the surface, but rather empty not far below. Being stylish, on the other hand, is being chic, staying true to one’s own personal style, and not pandering to trends. It goes a little deeper than just whatever Forever 21 and Zara have decided to mass produce (no shade to Forever 21 nor Zara- they have their time and place). But how does one achieve this deeper than surface level stylishness? Read on for my top three tips.

One. It may seem contradictory, but winnowing your closet to the essentials will actually make you feel as though you have more choice, not less. I’ve worked (and continue to do so) to create a closet full of clothing that goes together, with each garment fulfilling a certain roll. By creating a foundation of great basics, you can spend more time styling each piece, and less time staring into the wardrobe abyss wondering why you have absolutely nothing to wear. Bear in mind; basics don’t actually have to be, well, basic. One of my favorite “basic” piece is a red shoe. And while a red shoe isn’t the quintessential basic of a black pump, for me, it fulfills the same role of dressing up even the most basic outfit, and going from meetings to walking in the park. My current ‘capsule of ‘easy‘ is a 13 piece collection that 13 year old me put together. Here’s what’s in it: a grey wool coat, high waisted jeans, white button down, breton shirt, black pointy toed shoes, a white tee, party dress, grey t shirt, black flowy trousers, a graphic tee, high waisted shorts, a black tee, and black pointy toed boots.

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Two. Comfortable is chic. Not just that it’s significantly less glamorous to have to carry one’s shoes home than it is to plan and bring insoles, but also that it’s very easy to tell when someone is uncomfortable in an outfit, and it’s not a great look. I think it’s wonderful to embrace wearing clothing outside of your comfort zone. However, don’t be fooled by fashion magazines or Pinterest. If you don’t like it, or don’t feel your best, don’t wear it. There will always be days when your clothes just don’t feel right, but if that’s every day, it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul. Whenever I’m helping style someone, my first question is “how do you feel?” If the feeling is off, no matter how trendy the look is, it’s just not chic.

Three. Basic outfit on, it’s time to make like Elle Woods and bedazzle. If glittery rhinestones aren’t your thing, one, why? and two, pick some accessories that work for you. Regardless of your marital status, get some Tacori Engagement Rings at Whiteflash.com for a little bling. Tie a scarf round your neck/ wrist/ ankle/ purse strap. The accessories maketh the man. Sure, Chanel supposedly advised that in order to be chic, one must take off the last thing one put on before leaving the house. But to me, that seems like a potential pants-less nightmare, and advice that should be avoided.

What are your three steps to living a more chic life?

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Rain Ensemble

by Sarah on May 7, 2018, no comments

jacket- Helly Hansen, sweatshirt- thrifted, jeans- thrifted, shoes- Vans

Here is my ideal rain ensemble: yellow jacket, red rain boots, blue umbrella. Clearly, being in the rain turns me into a Mondrian painting. I firmly believe that a yellow coat repels the damp more than any other colored coat could, as its waterproofness is half real and half psychological. I love this particular coat for its striped lining and big pockets, perfect for schlepping around all sorts of things. Here, I went for a rather practical under layer, of a sweatshirt and raw hem jeans. Practical! And sneakers, of course, though white sneakers + muddy woods ≠ practical.

Red Red Red

by Sarah on April 27, 2018, no comments

dress- Everlane, jacket- Gap, shoes- Topshop, bag- thrifted

It was only when I put this outfit together that I realized I had two red scarves and four pairs of red shoes. It’s FINE I’m FINE.

Addiction to red accessories notwithstanding, this is a good look. The dress is a gorgeous silk number from Everlane (on sale right now!), here worn backwards to get a high neck. I teamed it with my black denim moto jacket to toughen it up, and because it’s not quite summer yet. Actually, it was February when I took these pictures, when it really wasn’t summer yet. Global warming is scary.

City Look

by Sarah on April 8, 2018, no comments

jacket- Gap, sweater- Gap, jeans- Everlane, shoes- Anthropologie

Welcome to my city girl look. On the weekends, this is what I’m wearing about 99% of the time. Jeans, sneakers, sweater, ponytail, moto jacket. These pictures are actually from more than 6 months ago, before I moved to New York (and then DC). Though my personal style has evolved since then, basic silhouettes and pieces have stayed. I feel like I’ve been undergoing a gradual fashion evolution, where I slowly introduce new pieces that advance my look while leaving behind pieces that don’t further my outfits. It’s been 6 months of sartorial growth and change.