If you’re like us, you’ve probably asked yourself how It girls—you know, the girls who rule the streets during fashion week—do it. With their on-point fashion game, knowledge of all the hot spots, and ability to get snapped by street style photographers left and right, it’s safe to say we could all learn a little something from these style stars. With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, we tapped three pros—Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie, Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary, and Nicolette Mason of her self-titled blog—to give us insider tips on navigating the chaos while looking polished as ever (thanks to our Who What Wear collection!).
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“I usually get photographed the most on the first day of fashion week, probably because I wear my boldest look (then),” explains Mercedes. “Also, I suspect that street style photographers are the most eager during the start of the week.”
“Your outfit might be on-trend, but if it won’t photograph well, you won’t get snapped by a street style photographer,” explains Alberdi.
Obviously it depends on the season, but a basic black coat—or cape, for that matter—is something all fashion girls should own. Add a simple accessory, and voilà! It looks brand-new.
“While print-on-print-on-print can be awesome, I’m much more likely to pair my bold prints with a fantastic solid and pick up on the color palette to accessorize and finish the look,” says Mason.
“Mind your own business! A street style photographer is more likely to snap your picture and post your photo if you’re not posing,” says Alberdi.
“When the shows were mostly at Lincoln Center, you would always run into girls at the Empire Hotel across the street,” explains Mercedes. “Now you have to coordinate to find a hangout. Mercer Kitchen in SoHo is always a good pick.” What’s another hot spot? “I love hanging in the West Village or getting a quick bite and drink at The Standard,” says Alberdi.
Want to swap out your neutrals for something more colorful and fun? Do it! Because sometimes our outfits just need to pop.
Have you ever been to New York Fashion Week? What are some tips you’ve learned from your experience? Share in the comments below!