Although most students look forward to their spring break because they will be visiting tropical resorts or staying at beach houses, I look forward to my opportunity to visit New York City. New York City is just as much of a break for me, as a lounge on the beach is for another student. I find the city thrilling–an adventure constantly unfolding–and satisfying for my passion to be surrounded by art, fashion, good food and eclectic, unique people. The concept to be fashionable on Spring Break is important to me because I am most comfortable and confident when I know I am dressing to express myself as an individual. I think everyone should embrace their Spring Break destination and dress appropriately, adopting its aesthetic to incorporate and complement their personal style.
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1. I love this pair of pant because it makes me nostalgic for my past summer abroad in Montpellier, France, where I found a similar style of pant, yet that pair was floral print and boasted more vibrant pinks. I would put this pant with my vintage Christian Dior snakeskin belt, my sheer black chiffon button-up collarless blouse from American Apparel, my black lace-up chunky-heeled ankle boots and my pair of gold sword earrings, which were made by a University of Georgia jewelry design student. Lastly, I would hate to forget my Saint Laurent lip-stain in 10, a bold red, one of my vintage clutches and my vintage wool coat with a fox-fur collar.
2. I am drawn to this pencil skirt because of how loud the color is. The slit is a nice contrast to the feminine floral print because it adds a blunt geometric shape, adding an edgy aesthetic. I also fall for pretty much anything that is high-waisted.I would put this skirt with an all-black ensemble, in order to really make the skirt my only statement piece. Thus, I would wear a pair of black tights, a black sweater and a pair of black strappy heels. Basically, I would want this ensemble to be very sleek.
3. I think you can never go wrong with a basic piece, like this denim shirt. It’s a nice alternative to the classic white button-up shirt, but the denim shirt still maintains that minimalist aesthetic. I would button this shirt all the way up and tuck it into a pair of high-waisted hot-shorts, which are an east Asian-inspired print. Since New York City will still be cold in March, I would wear a pair of black tights under these hot-shorts, and my pair of black lace-up chunky-heeled ankle boots.
4. I love this mini dress because its shape and cut reminds me so much of a dress by Alexander dell’Acqua that Sarah Jessica Parker wore for Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex in the City movie. I think the back’s detail is so intriguing, which would be shown off because I have a pixie cut.I think, with this dress, I would want to contrast the elegance of the silk print with my vintage rabbit-fur bomber jacket and my pair of Dr. Martens. I would throw on a pair of black tights, my Native-American-inspired turquoise-drop earrings and my nameplate necklace.
5. This crop top is great because it’s best for girls, like me, who love high-waisted bottoms or who want to show off a tiny bit of midriff. I also love the scoop-neck, so the collarbone is revealed. I would get this top in black, so I could easily put it with my pair of black high-waisted tailored peg-leg pants. I would add my cow print belt, my pair of mustard yellow woven Jeffrey Campbell Lana boots and my vintage wool coat with a fox-fur collar. I love a bold red lip with an all-black ensemble, too.
6. I’m not big on wearing flirty, flouncy mini dresses, but what I love about this one, specifically, is its structured bodice and cinched-in waistband.This dress could look very sweet with my vintage faux-fur coat from the 1960s, my black lace gloves, a pair of black tights and my pair of black strappy heels. I also would want to wear my cobalt blue costume jewelry-inspired chandelier earrings, which would stand out against the stark white dress.
7. This tank dress reminds me of the 1920s, and of the black gowns Mary wears in Downton Abbey, a show I am currently obsessed with. This tank dress, to me, screams liberation and rebellion, which I find is sometimes fun to express with my outfits. Although this tank dress is meant to be worn at the beach, I would be wearing it in New York City. Thus, I would wear a black lace bustier top underneath this tank dress and my pair of black high-waisted riding pants from American Apparel. I would also throw on my black lace-up chunky-heeled ankle boots and my rabbit-fur bomber jacket.
8. I love this pair of short because it reminds me of the years that Hannah MacGibbon was the Creative Director at Chloé. This pair, in particular, with its scalloped front hem, taps into the scalloped details MacGibbon featured in her spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection. Like Chlöe Sevigny, I would pair this short with a button-up blouse and oversize blazer. My blouse would be my vintage cream and black Escada blouse, which I would tuck into this pair of short. My blazer would be my black one, and as a statement accessory, I would throw on my Grandmother’s mink-fur collar on top of my blazer. I would finish this look off with my pair of black tights, my black lace-up chunky-heeled ankle boots and my Saint Laurent red lip-stain.
9. I love this pair of pant because it is a style that can honestly be dressed up or dressed down! I love a good versatile style of pant.I would put this gray peg pant with my pair of nude smoking slippers, which have a bow embellishment over the toe-box, and my light gray sweater that has a vibrant-colored pear on front. I would wear my sword-earrings and my wool coat with a fox-fur collar, too.
10. I love this backpack because on my radio talk show, Edith on Fashion, last week, my co-host and I discussed the history of Op-Art and its influence on fashion in the 1960s and currently! The fashion industry witnessed many creative directors and fashion designer’s obsession with optical illusion prints for their spring 2013 ready-to-wear collections. I find that this backpack would be perfect with any of the above outfits, and for walking around New York City. The backpack is versatile enough–print and style–that it could be worn from day to night. The blunt geometric structure and print would look great with an edgier, sleek ensemble, or would be a great contrast against a more feminine ensemble. I think this backpack would look best with my look #7.