September is one of my favorite months for so many reasons. It's fashion month, New York City is back in full swing, and the weather is the delicious combination of slightly chilly yet still sunny enough to enjoy a glass of wine outside. There is just something in the air during early fall—that back-to-school nostalgia feeling that I look forward to every year. But let's be honest, what I look forward to every September the most is New York Fashion Week. As an NYC-based editor, this is definitely my busiest time of year, and as my calendar stocked up with previews, events, fashion shows, and dinners, I knew I was going to need some killer outfits.
After all, it's fashion week, and if there has ever been a time to bring my A game, it's now. I spent hours scrolling through my favorite brands looking at new arrivals and outfit planning like crazy. There may or may not have been a PowerPoint presentation involved. But I have to say all of my planning paid off, and I ended up with six outfits that earned me tons of compliments. Not to toot my own horn, but these looks were pretty fire.
Keep scrolling to see which six looks were hits in the month of September, and shop them for yourself.
I have loved and worn Ulla Johnson for years now. When I was in college in the city, I would stand in line for hours patiently waiting for the Ulla Johnson sample sale since that was the only way I could afford to get my hands on the designer's pieces. A celeb-loved brand based in New York City, its known for its bohemian-style prints and showstopping dresses. Ulla Johnson herself is an über-stylish born-and-bred Manhattanite. Every time NYFW rolls around, I comb through the new arrivals to see if there is anything I'll fall in love with (and let's be honest, there always is).
Once I saw the Marcella Dress, I knew I had found The One. The first couple weeks of September are still on the warmer side, so I wanted something breathable but not necessarily too summery and found that this dress sat perfectly at that intersection. I topped off the look with these cat-eye Bottega Veneta sunglasses and clutch for a day of previews and events during the first day of fashion week. After all, I always want to start off with a bang.
Normally, I'm a '90s fan. But lately, I have been obsessing over all things '80s, and once I saw this Nana Jacqueline blazer, fitted perfectly with shoulder pads and over-the-top diamond buckles, I said, "Yes, absolutely." I have to say out of all of my looks, this one was my favorite to wear. On the agenda was a cocktail hour at the oh-so-chic Beekman hotel, followed by a Retrofête fashion show and dinner with friends. While I normally wouldn't wear hot pants to dinner, I have been seeing them all over the runways and some fellow Who What Wear editors' Instagrams and decided it was my turn. As someone who is on the shorter side, I was thrilled to wear something that gave the optical illusion that I have long legs.
For me, the real stars of the show were these sleek patent peep-toe mules from Steve Madden. I think they might be the sexiest shoes I have in my collection.
I'm a huge Cult Gaia fan, and once I saw this pretty white off-the-shoulder top, I knew I had to get my hands on it. There is something so effortlessly stylish about a white top and denim that I have always been into, especially when the jeans are from cult-favorite quiet-luxury brand Khaite. I topped off this look with these drop earrings and Bottega accessories. I don't think I've ever felt so chic in a white top and jeans.
If there is one thing I love, it's a good Simkhai dress. So when I was invited to a celebratory mid–fashion week dinner, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to wear one. Sheer clothing has been trending for a while now, and when I saw this pretty one-shoulder sheer midi dress, I knew this was the one. This dress is the perfect combo of pretty and sexy, and this snakeskin clutch just went with the color story of this outfit so seamlessly.
Of all of the outfits I wore in September, this one was by far my most complimented. This allover lace dress from Miss Circle is honestly the gift that keeps on giving. It's so pretty and flattering on and under $200. It's basically completely lace with some coverage for the bust and up to your discretion with the panties. I went for my skims and highly recommend those if you're looking for comfort that doesn't ride up. I topped off the look with a red lip and a Chanel handbag—giving this one a 10/10.
If you're a fan of cutouts, then I have the dress for you. Aya Muse is known for looks that are made to make you feel cool, sexy, and confident, and all of its pieces are ethically made and plastic free. So now you can look and feel great while being environmentally conscious. Who doesn't love that? There are so many things I love about this dress, from the color to the cutouts to the super-comfortable stretchy fabric. I wore this dress to a very busy night of events and dinner and have to say I felt so cool in this look. One tip I would suggest is using lingerie tape when wearing this. I may or may not have flashed someone while getting out of my car.
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