New York’s spring beat is a little different this year it seems. Maybe it’s the weather, cold and rainy one week, balmy and in the 80s the next. Maybe, for me, it’s a new apartment and a new pace, and the excitement of transition. Still, it’s spring in New York and the creative juices are overflowing from everyone, on every corner. Days are busy, yet slower. I am noticing the gifts of intentionality and hopefulness and grace, and I’m aligning my steps accordingly. And in doing so, a new path connects most of my friends and me. They are in it too. And as silly as it may seem after noting all the huge feelings infusing spring, I can see it infusing our style too.
Here’s how I know: recently, in a room full of women, we discussed style and how imperfections, the things that we plan to “one day fix”, hold us back. They weigh down on our weeks, days, and moments. If we’re constantly picking at this and that and left uncomfortable, in the end, aren’t we just missing the moments?
My friends Kaity and Jessica joined me. Kaity, is a mother and co-founder of the pregnancy parenting site Well Rounded NY. Jessica is an ex-Californian who left a glowing professional career as a hairstylist to find new ground here in New York’s booming creative field. One morning, before we all began our days, we met up for coffee and talked about our schedules and styles. In partnership with NYDJ, a company that never disappoints when it comes to denim, style, and comfort for all, we’re sharing our personal style choices for a typical morning…
LaTonya: Even though white is a bit risky, it’s my version of a downtown uniform. I’d rather all white than all black any day. If I get a stain, it adds to the character. Since River is still in school, and our mornings start out early, running around, comfort is of the upmost importance. I love these boyfriend jeans which are slim around the butt but have a loose fit around the ankle. It makes it easier for me to roll them up or cuff them, so styling them with any shoe is a breeze. I chose my trusty pair of Saltwater Sandals because it gives the white a pop, and because the are, honestly, more comfortable than sneakers to me. For a morning layer, I added a vintage cream blazer. When I had a meeting that day it made me feel a little more pulled together; but at the same time, for my daughter’s school event later in the evening, I took off the jacket and felt easy-going.
Jessica: Living in NYC, I am always looking for pieces to add to my wardrobe that can go from a photoshoot during the day, to drinks at night. Being a bigger girl, jeans can be one of the hardest items to find that are first stylish and second comfortable. I love the way NYDJ jeans fit. The waist rise of the jeans is perfect, they stay put on your body and don’t stretch out in weird places. I’m totally into scarves at the moment and mixing them with contrasting patterns of what I’m wearing that day. Pairing these skinnies with a striped tee, scarf, and oversized Liebling and Burke army jacket is one of my favorite looks!
Kaity: This winter, like most New York City winters, felt longer than ever, so I am welcoming these warmer temps and sunnier days with open arms—and some lighter hues. Winters for me are spent in grays and blacks, but spring for me is all about color and being outside. Whether it means running around the city to meetings or taking my son to the playground in the afternoon, my attire needs to come along for the ride. A sleek pair of denim that I can dress up or down (and that I can actually bend in) are key. And the cropped style of these particular jeans are a fresh break to my usual boyfriend and skinny styles.
Spring is a time for renewal and invigoration. We feel it in our spirits, so we should feel it in our wardrobes! Our style, and the clothes that compose it, should enable us to get out, get busy, and enjoy this wonderful season of awakening—not hinder it.
How do you feel now that spring is rolling around? How do you reflect it in your style?