Friday, 25 October 2019

NYC styling survival tips

New York City. It’s the city that never sleeps. It’s also the city that has seen a dramatic increase in my average daily steps to about 12,000.

While exploring the city, trekking to my daily food safaris and bar hoping there are endless stairs and paths.

That’s why when I packed for this trip shoe choice was everything! I also had to be very strategic with my clothing too.  My basic styling survival kit for this trip was the following items.

1. Leather jacket
2. Black camisole
3. Basic black ‘flat’ booties
4. Heeled neutral boot
5.     Bum bag
6. Army pants

Why these items? I knew I would be dealing with the change of season so the leather jacket is a no brainer! It goes with just about all of my outfits and I find leather really warm too.

The black camisole I scored from Parliament Clothing on sale (winning). This style of top is one that every woman own (black and white are usually great foundations for your wardrobe). It's a style that I can wear casually with army pants as shot here, or I can take it up a notch with a pencil skirt and heels. Camis are also great with jeans and some flat boots.

The booties, well I naturally went to Jo Mercer. I’ve recently found a love for this brand. Their leather is amazingly soft AND unlike brands I used to favour their heel height isn’t crazy.

Long gone are the days where I could trudge around in 10cm + heels. These days I prefer flats or very low heel heights.

My two choices from Jo Mercer were these nude heeled ankle boots called Tate. I loved them first of all for comfort and then the neutral colour. Versatility is key! However, please remember for light leathers ladies please be sure to water and spray protector them before wearing.

My black booties are also from Jo Mercer. These are my “flats”. Yes I am aware that it has slight heel but completely flat boots hurt my back. A small block heel suits me better.  Boots like these are perfect for denims, baggy pants, skirts and slip dress combos.

The bum bag has become a surprising versatile piece in my repertoire here in NYC. I use it to go to the gym and pretty much everyday while I am out and about. I like the fact that it is close on my body and leaves my hands free.

My last NYC survival piece is my vintage army pants. I LOVE these. I wear them with heels, and sneakers. Essentially my go to item on this trip

All of these items intersect with the rest of my suitcase. That’s what I love about them! What are you go to items when you travel?

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Leather jacket: Target (years ago) 
Cami: Parliament Clothing Canberra Outlet 
Pants: Vintage Salvos 
Boots: Both booth black and nude Jo Mercer Canberra Outlet 
Bum bag: TK Maxx 

Photography: Patina N Inthavong


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