STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: When Summer And Winter Collide

Interning in New York City has been a magical experience so far. During the past few weeks, I’ve done more exotic eating, subway riding and people watching than I ever have before. With a city as diverse and unique as New York, you’re bound to run into some daring Fashionistas/os who make you do a double take at their stunning outfits before dodging down the stairs to catch the subway.

While walking through Central Park one sunny afternoon, this Fashionista first caught my eye with her flawless ability to mix two completely different patterns in one cohesive outfit. This is a look I’ve never really had the guts to try out, so I applaud her for diving straight into the tricky trend. But when I took a closer look, I realized that what I really loved about her look was how she managed to mix summer and winter essentials together. By opting for jeans and black ankle boots—two winter necessities—she stood out among the sea of denim shorts and flowy sundresses that flooded the park that day. The beanie was the cherry on top, serving as the perfect accessory and tying the outfit together as a whole. Though beanies are usually only prevalent during the winter months, picking one made with a thin material makes them totally suitable for summer.

This Fashionista managed to keep her outfit lightweight enough by choosing to wear her jeans with summery pieces: a fringe crop top and breezy floor-length kimono. Bold printed kimonos like hers are the epitome of a versatile summer staple because they can be worn as a fun layer with jeans for a walk in the park or as a cover-up with just a bathing suit at the beach.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Summer is for experimentation, not for going by other’s expectations.”