Basics Redone

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‘Tis the season to feel good about putting absolutely zero effort into dressing up. Yes, you read that right. Comfort over fashion has always been the motto for me (no shocking news here). There’s absolutely no sense in looking good when it’s brick outside, which is why it’s time to enlighten you on how you can shop to keep yourself cozy through this winter season.

With the current over-saturation in streetwear and brands/merch, I’ve been experimenting with going back to the basics by stepping away from logos and redundant graphics. Perhaps this has something to do with my recent trip to ComplexCon a revelation that every kid in SoHo is wearing the same T-shirt — regardless, I’m over it. Give me a hoodie in a monochromatic colorway plus sweats and I’m straight. I know a solid hoodie isn’t a revelation at all, but it still feels refreshing, especially when contrasted with the uniformity we’ve all been seeing on our respective feeds.

Anyways, check out Aritzia’s simple basics; you’ll be sure to find something that does it for you. And for those not quite ready to let go of logo-ing: Kith is eternally the spot-of-the-moment.

Jacket: Aritzia

Sweatsuit: Aritzia

Shoes: Rafa

Photo: @skyeajones

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Nike SF AF-1 MID

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It’s well known that I am and have always been a day one Nike girl. However, there is one common misconception that’s been toying my mind. That is: People automatically assume that because you are a “Nike girl” this must mean you’re athletic, but what they’re forgetting is Nike’s stylistic appeal from a fashion perspective.

Athleisure was created for this sole reason. It’s the fashion trend that derived from athleticism without, well, having to be an athlete.  The casualization of sportswear speaks to my perpetual favorite attribute in fashion: comfort.

The SF AF-1 MID is one of my favorite recent silhouettes that directly coincides with my style. Urban utility is a trend I’ve been touting on the runway for quite some time now, but regardless of it’s urban aesthetic, these sneakers have something even greater: functionality. For someone who’s constantly on the go, a sneaker that is comfortable and stylistically edgy will always be my go-to.

Shop Ivory & Olive SF AF-1 8/11 here.

Jacket: R13

Pants: Thouqi

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. Hardware collection

Vest: Vintage

Pants: Helmut Lang

Bag: Chanel Boy Bag

Photo: @savannarr

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Summer Color Story

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Summer is easily my least favorite season in terms of fashion. Wardrobe becomes stale; minimal effort and monotonous looks become the norm. Differentiation gets pushed to the back burner as everyone turns to their trusted summer go-to’s: cut off shorts, tanks, and tees. Steering away this dryness is pivotal. I always find myself asking the same things during the season: how to look distinctive while dressing comfortable and avoiding dying in the heat (cue easy breezy beautiful Covergirl).

While Summer has its disadvantages – heat and lackluster clothing come to mind – there is a positive takeaway. Color can finally rise to the place that it deserves. Summer and color are a perfect match. When you’re struggling to find anything worth getting excited about it in terms of style, turn towards the basics: color blocking and pairing as an accessory of its own.

I’m wearing a Loéil two piece I stumbled upon while scrolling my Instagram feed. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine IRL. The color was bright, but not too bright, bold, but not too bold. Just perfect if you ask me. I purchased it of course no regrets here. What I admire most about the set is the silhouette, the drape and the flow. I decided to go the color blocking route and paired them with my newly bought pink pirate sandal by Céline from their Fall/Winter 17 collection.

Try a different approach to dressing up in the Summertime, even if it may seem unconventional to start pairing with colors. This is the Summer of color. Embrace it.

Earrings: From Pakistan

Photos: @aminabellaa

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Cotton Citizen x Our Second Skin

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Meet Cotton Citizen, Los Angeles’s hottest athleisure brand of the moment. If there’s one must for summer, it’s a comfortable and versatile two-piece set. I’ve been tracking this celebrity-approved brand for quite a while and can sense from the energy it emits that it’s soon to be ubiquitous. I love this brand because it knows that the modern-day woman has a whole assortment of tasks she juggles throughout a day, so something that’s eccentric and functional can be immensely important. There are so many elements to this brand’s aesthetic that I adore: It’s funky yet minimal, and comfortable while remaining on trend.

Additionally, each of its garments uses innovative wash treatments, timeless silhouettes, and top-quality fabrics. Oh, and let’s not forget my favorite part of the brand: its exclusive monochromatic color stories. Currently, they feature blazing neon colors, fitting for S/S 17. As some of us following the runway trends know, this summer is all about the ’80s neons. Basically, the brand knows what it’s doing. From garment to cut to color, Cotton Citizen will keep you looking cozy and chic all at once. Keep this brand on your radar!

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Shedding of The Trench

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There comes a time and place in everyone’s winter wardrobe when it’s time to put to rest your favorite seasonal pieces. Yes, the familiar ones you’ve been dragging around and swaddled in all Winter. As Summer approaches a farewell is in order to all of those, even for us too hesitant to pack up the prized goods. It’s not goodbye, but as one might say rather a parting. For me, this means letting go of my beloved winter statement piece: the leather trench.

The ‘Shedding of the Trench’ is the moment when you’re holding on by all means to your favorite winter garment and it’s just time to let go. Most can  probably relate. Summer (my least favorite season) is here, which to me is a huge let down. Not because of the weather outside or the time period; mainly just because of the elementary clothes and forgive me if you disagree. Summer is so straightforward think: denim cutoffs, floral dresses and sandals. BORING. Fashion seems cyclical every year during the Summer, whereas the Winter is completely fresh. That’s an objective fact. A look feels incomplete if there aren’t several pieces attached or elements elevating the entire look.

So here it is, my final post (hopefully, if you’re lucky) embodying my favorite Winter-Spring transitional trend: the leather trench. A transitional way to ease into the summer. Shed the trench and underneath you’ll find a vintage sleeveless turtle neck, AGOLDE denim jeans and vintage sling back heels. Colors are key here; pops of color and soft floral prints make great for a shift into brighter tones and loud patterns.

Sunglasses: Giant Vintage

Photos & Video: @jsalon

Style: Alina Ohanian

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The Situationist

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The crux of the matter is that styling has changed dramatically. Focus on individual statement pieces for a not-so-loud yet simplistic root. A total of three pieces can transform your look, all depending on how you adapt to them.

Statement boots and non-conventional button down top all by my current favorite (Bella-Hadid approved) designer, The Situationist. This Georgian underground label emulates Vetements in their design aesthetic. Except, unlike Vetements, it’s hip and on the radar. Don’t get me wrong Vetements has set precedents that fashion will always follow, but I’m tired of seeing these hackneyed items on x,y, and z. However, there is a fresh quality about a new brand that stirs up excitement in my heart. I love supporting smaller designers, especially when you know they are going to be the next big thing. Good luck getting your hands on it!

It’s a simple formula anyone can follow: Vintage jeans + statement boots + button down. It may seem elementary but when it comes down to it, styling is key. Slicked back hair and dewy face makeup with deep charcoal liner is essential. Also this look is so versatile and perfect for basically any situation. The Situationist.

Top: Situationist

Boots: Situationist

Jeans: Vintage

Sunglasses: Giant Vintage

Photos & Video: @jsalon

Style: Alina Ohanian

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Untailored

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It wasn’t until recently, during fashion week that it truly dawned on me that my everyday go-to get up was actually one of fashion’s biggest trends. Almost every fashion influencer, editor, and blogger showed up to fashion shows wearing feminine tailored pieces coupled with cozy athleisure sneakers, track pants, t-shirts or hoodies. I realized that fashion might finally be accepting the fact that we are everyday people, who not only love looking fly as hell but also while embracing the possibility of comfort?

And I’m glad people are catching on because this trend is SO simple. The “untailored” look, as I like to call it, is all about mixing relaxed and effortless garments with polished, lady-like statement pieces. This look takes something tailored and eases the idea up; you can look chic while still giving off that downtown “don’t fuck with me” attitude. It all works! Key pieces to incorporate are blazers (bonus points if vintage), track pants (the brighter the colors the better), and trainers.

For my personal “untailored” look I turned to my Adidas track pants I wore in fifth grade. Yes, I said fifth grade. The lime green detail was so fitting I would choose these over modern day pants any day. Lime green happens to be one of my favorite colors (*drools over SS17 Balenciaga knife bootie*) if I can incorporate it within my wardrobe I take full advantage. I paired my track pants with a pair of classic black boots along with a black turtleneck. For my tailored factor I chose a black shoulder padded and double-breasted vintage blazer from my favorite new vintage shop in Brooklyn, The Break. If you haven’t been there I suggest you go ASAP! If you can incorporate any of these tips into your Spring wardrobe, you’ll be set.

Blazer: Vintage from The Break

Shoes: Aldo

Earrings: Vintage

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Track Pants: Adidas

Photos & Video: @yeahokayali

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Balance

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Finding balance in life always seems to be an eternal struggle, whether it’s life, work, or simply choosing what to wear in the morning. It gets tough out there, ladies, I know! Side note- Yes this post is about balance, and no it’s not because of my insanely high platform shoes.

When I talk about balance, what I mean is simply balancing your wardrobe low-end to high-end. And no, to have a beautiful and versatile wardrobe does not mean designer pieces are required. Finding balance is up to each individual person and how they interpret their own personal style. No one else but you can dictate what works best for you. Well, unless you’re Bella Hadid and have 5 different celebrity stylists. If you’re Bella Hadid, I want you to know it’s okay. For me, balance is about finding a harmonious blend between high and low which comes simply if you follow a few of these tried and true tips:

First off, I love to explore new brands and labels. I don’t care if only ten people have heard of it; newness is key. I also prefer to go vintage shopping because they don’t make ’em like they did before, and that’s a fact. A tip for everyone out there: if you can’t afford designer pieces because they’re not enough bang for your buck (or too much buck for the bang), I would try going to your local thrift stores and scope out what they’ve got. Fashion is always cycling back in, and runway tends to look towards previous decades for inspiration, so 9 out of 10 times you will likely be able to find something that is a one of a kind. Besides, the “Zara effect” won’t be worrying you since x, y and z are most definitely not going to have the same vintage item as you. And lastly, yes, I do love blending in some designer goods and that just stems from my deep roots of loving runway and studying fashion.

This particular look is an ode to vintage. I recently went vintage shopping and came across this gorgeous green silk mock neck dress. As soon as I saw the dress all the bells and whistles started to go off, I had to pair it with my recently purchased Vanessa Mooney red tassel earrings. I for one happen to love red and green together, Christmas or not. Lastly, to tie the entire look together I opted for these Gucci platform sneakers. One, I love sneakers, and two, platforms are everything right now as I mentioned in my last post.

Dress: Vintage

Shoes: Gucci

Earrings: Vanessa Mooney

Photos & Video: @yeahokayali

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Juicy X UO part 2

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My inner 7th grader is screaming about this post, as you should too. Recently, I fell into one of my favorite collaborations in a long time. While the Vetements X Juicy Collab might have put quite the dent in my wallet (still though…so damn cute), Urban Outfitters came through and saved the day.

Let me just start by reiterating how stoked I was for this shoot;  the nostalgia for a brand I was OBSESSED with back in the day was boiling. I went the whole nine yards to best channel who I was then, from heavy black under-eye liner to over-sized hoops, and of course my Juicy tack suit.

I think Juicy is a great example for brands out here who have experienced a fad and loss. They completely rebranded themselves and found a way to come back and conquer the game, strategically focusing on capturing the millennial heart with their inspired “Track is Back” campaign, which featured Instagram’s “it girls”. Doing so, they created buzzworthy news and reminded us that classics never truly fall off. Along with collaborations and new campaigns, I am excited to see where this new era takes them from a business standpoint.

This is the second look to the Juicy Couture x Urban Outfitters collaboration editorial. I’m wearing an oversized Juicy sweater-dress that I paired with black skinny denim and a platform chunky heel from La Moda. I’m currently really into platforms, and not just because of the height they give, but because they’re actually really comfortable. Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Gucci are my current platform crushes.

Hoodie: Juicy Couture x Urban Outfitters

Denim: Mango

Platform Heel: La Moda

Photos: @yeahokayali

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Anaa