Petrol

Tamara Mellon boots4
Tamara Mellon boots10.JPGTamara Mellon boots8.JPGTamara Mellon boots16.JPG
Tamara Mellon boots13.JPGTamara Mellon boots14.JPG
Leather seems to be finding its way into my wardrobe these days, one way or another and I’m not mad about it. However, if you ask me to wear just any moto jacket my answer would most likely be a hard no, with the exception of my Arrivals jacket. I can’t resist the gorgeous Petrol color it comes in and of course, the fur lining that keeps me nice and toasty. It’s been one of my most consistent and trusted pieces in my closet this entire winter season.
Leather + more leather is always a good idea in the “unofficial” Our Second Skin rulebook. I’m all for a statements these days and what’s a better statement than leather squared? I paired my jacket with what was my favorite pair of boots — or should I say pants — until I ripped them completely. I got these boot/pants from Tamara Mellon at the time and was incredibly hyped about them, as the pant/boot combo was something I hadn’t seen before.
Word of advice: don’t try to shoot them in bizarre angles. These boots are badass, that is, until you rip them completely. Hopefully I’ll be able to recommend a pair that doesn’t split in the near future. But until then…Stay tuned for more leather on the blog and more editorials, because your girl’s all about it.

Jacket: The Arrivals

Shirt: Loeil

Shoes: Tamara Mellon

Photo: @skyejones

For more on OSS keep up with InstagramFacebook and YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you’d like to see next!

Rocawear


Few feelings compare to getting your hands on a vintage piece you’ve been coveting for a long time. I’ve been coveting the nineties feel-good era of fashion since, well, the nineties. After thoroughly digging through archives on reseller platforms (eBay, Poshmark, Heroine etc.) I finally came across this rare throwback Rocawear zip up at, wait for it, Salvation Army… in mint condition.

With today’s current political climate, everyone needs an anchor, or something that brings them back to the good times — an escape from all this cultural anxiety that comes with the lightning-fast change of the now. For me, that’s fashion. Things weren’t as complicated as they’ve become. I turn to familiar silhouettes, styles and brands. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it puts me at ease. Oh, and it’s sustainable.

Being sustainable and watching your footprint on earth is something every one of us should consciously work on. In America, where rampant consumerism is at an all-time high, it’s important to try and take steps toward engaging with our earth in less harmful ways. An easy way to do so is by shopping vintage and cutting down on excess spending.

Okay, rant over. Back to the look. It’s as easy as a wife beater, solid denim, sneakers and slicked back hair-do. Don’t you miss when things were simple?

Jacket: Rocawear

Denim: G-star

Photo: @jsalon

For more on OSS keep up with InstagramFacebook and YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you’d like to see next!

Urban Concrete

DSC05819DSC05977DSC05762DSC05739DSC05749DSC05865DSC06077DSC05710DSC05901DSC06024


As some may or may not know, fashion trends often derive from ones surroundings. People tend to pick up inspiration from the world around them, unintentionally, and incorporate it in their fashion without even knowing.

This particular look was inspired by the city that surrounds me and makes me feel my finest, the concrete jungle. It is quite difficult to be uninspired by a city so great, with it’s deep cement gray tones, textured concrete walls and cobble stone roads. Not only is the place I call home the inspiration behind this look, but also an emerging influence within culture and art

My top is a collaboration piece by New York based contemporary artist KAWS and Uniqlo. Vest is from People’s Market, Denim is from Acne Studios and shoes are from Maison Margiela.

Photos: @yeahokayali

For more on OSS keep up with our Instagram and Facebook page.

– Anaa

Impromptu

pic1pic2pic3pic4pic5pic6

 

This look was styled as part of an impromptu shoot, in about 10 minutes tops. I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to embrace more moments on a whim, as spontaneity is how I thrive. I always feel the most inspired when the pressure is on, and stress isn’t within my realm of experience. I’m going to save you the whole spiel on my androgynous style and how this particular look came together and let the photos speak for themselves. However, those more curious about my thought process when styling something like this can look and read more here.

I’m wearing a vintage top, H&M mens trousers and black heeled boots, along with a choker from Zara and some hair clips I threw in the mix for fun. All of the styling and creative direction is done by myself. For personal shopping, styling and creative services you can contact me here.

 


 

For more on OSS keep up with our Instagram and Facebook page.

 

– Anaa

Modern Americana

image2.JPGimage7.JPGimage4.JPGimage5.JPG

 

Denim jackets remain an American fashion classic. Granted my “American” inspired denim jacket was made in France by A.P.C., one of my personal favorite brands especially for denim. A.P.C. does denim like no other company, the detailing and fit is impeccable, if you aren’t familiar I suggest you check them out.

I’ve coupled my denim jacket with a jumpsuit that is pretty much a staple in my closet. If there is something in your closet you are constantly drawn to wearing, try pairing it with something different each time for an alternate look. The most successful fashion trend-setters are constantly recycling clothing and disguise it by the way they style something from the time before.

 


 

Jacket: A.P.C.

Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Chanel

 

For more on OSS keep up with our Instagram and Facebook page.

 

– Anaa

How to Do Neutrals the Right Way

IMG_9220IMG_9223IMG_9222IMG_9221IMG_9225.JPG

A neutral color palette is one you can always be confident in. Colors like these compliment each other, and other colors exceptionally. Not only do they go well with other neutrals, but they are unmatched in the way they appeal to the eye. Always a safe bet.

I wore this particular look to work. Typically, one might say “how on earth does someone wear something this casual to work?” But when you work at KITH, sneakers are imperative, and I’m not one to complain. No matter what you wear, you have to feel comfortable. Otherwise, what’s the point? And no worries; if your job doesn’t allow you to wear something like this to work, you can always make it work as a weekend outfit.

I’m wearing nude Nike Air Max 1 Patch sneakers, and a Fear of God olive green bomber from KITH. I chose to wear all black underneath to make the neutrals stand out. The top and bottom are both thrifted.


Photography: @arab_lincoln 

For more on OSS keep up with our Instagram and Facebook page.

– Anaa

Step Into Springs Must-have Shoes

With the Spring season knocking on our door, we here at OSS are strapping into full gear. And by strapping, I mean into our shoes! As it starts to get warm you know what that means, LEG and more leg. Time to pull the razors out from retirement, lather up in coconut oil and most importantly slide into Springs hottest shoes. Our editors have rounded up the top trends strutting down the runways during fashion month and we are happy to share our Spring 2016 must-have shoe shopping guide. Some of our favorite shoe trends include: Sneaker Fever, Mad for Mules, Lace Me Up, and Slipper Slides.


Mules

We’re going mad for mules with this particular Spring shoe trend, first seen on the most happening runway shows and now finally hitting the streets. Mules are coming in hot with bright Spring colors, prints, suede, and of course hardware details. Mules are perfect for any occasion, day or night, and that’s why we’re obsessed!

Shop here:

  1. Prada
  2. Gucci
  3. Mango
  4. Kendall & Kylie
  5. Acne Studios
  6. Mansur Gavriel

Sneakers

This year we swapped our Spring fever for sneaker fever and it’s hitting us hard! That means pastel colors including pinks and mint greens seen by Acne Studios and Common Projects. In addition to brighter colors we are seeing suedes, metallics, and tons of hardware making a comeback. Most noteworthy and an OSS favorite are Tommy Hilfiger’s slingback SS16 sneakers with unique color embroidery stitching details.

Shop here:

  1. Asos
  2. Acne Studios
  3. Tommy Hilfiger
  4. Paco Rabanne
  5. Calvin Klein
  6. Common Projects

Slippers

The latest trend in fashion we’re seeing is lazy, comfortable, and relaxed. We’re moving away from the overly done glitz and glam and moving towards the everyday on-the-go gal. There’s no better way to achieve that look than sliding into some chic slippers.

Shop here:

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Gucci
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Intentionally Blank
  5. Acne Studios
  6. Zara

lace me up

Lace-up shoes have continued to make its way into Spring 2016 with some new and improved updates. It seems that these shoes are almost becoming a staple for the Summer. The lace-up shoe comes in a variety of styles, high heels, chunky heels, flats etc.

Shop here:

  1. Aquazzura
  2. Asos
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Asos
  5. Gianvito Rossi
  6. Aquazzura

 

So there you have it! Take these tips and make this Spring one to remember.


 

-Anaa

 

For more follow on Instagram: @oursecondskin

 

Street-Casual

Brooklyn PhotoshootNYC Street StyleBrooklyn Street StyleComme Des Garcons Play T

Street style is absolutely critical in fashion these days, as it influences what designers decide to put out in runway collections. Designers are becoming more and more inspired by millennial trends, picking up on what trendsetters are wearing in the streets and in the hottest fashion hubs. And no it’s wonder why street fashion is blowing up, as it’s easy to find, and comfortable as hell! Seriously, who wants to go out and face the day in something they can’t get down and dirty in?

This look was inspired by the hustle and bustle within the streets of New York City, the place I’m grateful to call home. Living among the day-to-day action that’s always a part of city-life means that dressing for the unexpected is a must. For example, someone who has to walk as much as I do is bound to be entirely in love with the sneaker. Sneakers are an imperative staple in any street-casual look. All the realest are rocking them.

For my very own street look, I’m taking it back to the basics: a white-T and jeans. My t-shirt is by Comme Des Garçons play from Barneys, the Cargo Jeans are from Zara, and the cheetah print sneakers (which, by the way, are my new obsession) are from Vans. Shop similar here.


 

Photography: @dearjorge

 

-Anaa