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  • Writer's pictureSarah Mariana

NYFW: My First Fashion Week Adventure and Styling Secrets

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Being a devoted follower of Fashion Week for years, I finally had my moment. Less than a year into my blogging journey, I found myself boarding a JetBlue flight to the iconic New York Fashion Week, thanks to the gracious invitations of some fellow bloggers. The excitement was palpable, and I had no idea what awaited me.

Everyday makeup battle between high end products and their drugstore dupes

NYFW: My First Fashion Week Adventure and Styling Secrets

With just a week to prepare, the crucial decision of choosing between dressing up or keeping it casual loomed large. Winter in New York demanded warmth, ruling out any ambitious plans involving heels.

I raided my mom's closet and turned to the convenience of Rent The Runway to curate a wardrobe that would turn heads. After putting together an ensemble that embraced comfort without compromising style, I was all set for my $200 JetBlue roundtrip flight to the Big Apple. Here's how I tackled styling during Fashion Week:

krewe sunglasses, textured neutral coat, neck scarf, gray pink top, black jeans, and black buckled boots

Styling for Fashion Week in the Big Apple

One recurring word I encountered while poring over fashion blogs was "casual," and it made perfect sense considering the frigid weather. Layering was my mantra, along with sturdy boots to complement each outfit. My strategy involved blending textures and neutral tones for my initial ensemble. Later, I drew inspiration from menswear athleisure, elevating my style to a whole new level.

One unforgettable lesson I learned during this adventure was that there's no wrong way to style during Fashion Week. In fact, a friendly Texan blogger I crossed paths with had this gem of advice: "[...] just grab everything and put it on, you'll definitely get photographed that way."

baby blue coat, olive teddy zip up jacket, yankees baseball jersey, black high top adidas, light wash denim jeans

Lo and behold, mere minutes later, she was striking poses for a photographer against the dazzling backdrop of NYC. While I was initially inclined to stay loyal to my minimalist style, Fashion Week opened my eyes to the power of taking fashion risks, all while reveling in the absence of judgment.

My aspiration was twofold: to grace the lenses of photographers and to unwind with a foot massage during a luxurious spa day. The juxtaposition of these dreams encapsulated my whirlwind experience at New York Fashion Week.

In a nutshell, my Fashion Week debut taught me to embrace the unexpected, revel in the art of experimentation, and above all, be unapologetically me.

Blue blzer, ray ban round glasses, Yankees open baseball jersey, black buckled boots, and skinny black jeans

From debating over outfits to defying the chill with chic layering, my inaugural New York Fashion Week was a rollercoaster of exhilaration and discovery. Through this experience, I gained valuable insights into the world of fashion, realizing that style knows no bounds. The lesson? Take risks, savor every moment, and express your unique self confidently.



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