New York, New York. City that never sleeps, my favorite city in the world, and a place I hope to eventually call home one day. Growing up in rural (South) Jersey, I was close enough to the city that I could visit often enough, but I always wanted to live there as opposed to just visiting. In fact, growing up I would BEG my mom to. Just. Freaking. Move! Can we please get out of the suburbs?! I would go in and out of Philly all the time to get my city fix, but eventually I realized that New York was calling my name – so every time I get the chance to go back and visit, I jump on it. Thank goodness for good friends who let you crash with them for free!
There’s nothing like being somewhere that just completely inspires you – and NYC is one of those places for me. So many things about New York invigorate my senses and make me feel alive – the food, fashion, architecture, art, culture, the hustle and bustle of it all – but I feel particularly energized when I think about the fashion there. New York street style is honestly it’s own art form, in and of itself. I had this Nylon street style book growing up that I worshipped endlessly…all I ever wanted was to be one of those bizarrely dressed strangers that adorned the pages of my book (one of whom was actually Robert Pattinson wearing a purple sweatshirt during his pre-Twilight days! SO funny.).
New York is one of those places where you can wear anything, weird, fancy, or bizarre as it may be – and no one will bat an eyelash. Because it’s almost a guarantee that they’ve seen something weirder! Any time I see a piece that’s kind of insane but I LOVE it, I’m just like… I could wear that if I lived in New York. It basically gives you a free pass to get as experimental as you want – because why not? You’re in the greatest city in the world (filled with people far crazier than you)…
Now, this maxi romper might not be the most experimental piece in the world, but I felt like it was a great item to bring to NYC with me because it was something I could wear comfortably, but still make me feel put together and like I had put some effort into it. I mean, things that provide both style and comfort – aren’t those the best pieces? When you’re walking as much as you are somewhere like New York, you’d better make sure you’re comfortable…or just have a lot of money handy to take a cab or an Uber!
Taking these pictures in such an iconic part of the city was kind of funny because there were SO many people around, and it can feel a little awkward to get all posey in front of strangers. But the truth was, they were all there to take pictures too, so it made me feel a little less conspicuous. I have to say though – I felt totally validated when some stranger came up to me and told me that my outfit was absolutely perfect for the weather that day. Why thank you, stranger! Maybe I actually know what I’m doing more than I think I do. 😉
I’ll be posting more about my trip and some of my favorite places that I visited this time around later on in the week, so make sure you follow along on Insta to catch all my upcoming New York posts! I promise to give you some good suggestions on places to visit. Catch you later babes!
Photos by Caitee Smith Photography