Personal Style

FALL ESSENTIAL: THE PLAID BLAZER

Menswear inspired pieces have always been a favorite of mine and this season there’s a print that has resurfaced…plaid.

Around NYC and my Instagram feed the plaid blazer began taking over which in turn led me to looking for the perfect one. I normally don’t jump to plaid prints, but something about this in a blazer silhouette felt very wearable and easy to add to my usual casual looks.

I found this gem at a store that is very dear to my heart — Target. Can you believe it?!

I was home visiting my parents in Indiana and had to make a trip to my classic suburban Target because in the city I don’t have the luxury where the Target inventory is fully stocked and organized. Any New Yorkers feel my pain out there?

But there it was, the perfect plaid blazer and guess how much it cost?? $34.99!!! *crowd roars*

It was a no brainer. I bought it and about 100 other things I don’t need in a matter of minutes because that’s what happens at Target…you get overwhelmed, excited and all of sudden you need everything.

When I got back to NYC, I wanted to style this blazer in a very easy way. I paired it with a fun graphic tee by American Eagle. I love the bold red letters and ‘Femme Vibes’ is always a good message.

Next, I’ve been obsessed with the Levi’s Wedgie fit jean. They have just the right hint of stretch and a thick vintage like denim feel without having to go through billions of thrift stores to find the best fit — ideal!

As for accessories, I kept it simple with my Gucci cross-body, minimal black heel by Steve Madden (comfy too–important) and my go-to round Ray-Bans.

Are you ready to add a little plaid to your closet? I say yes.


Photos shot in NYC by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

BLAZER: Target

T-SHIRT: American Eagle

JEANS: Levi’s

SHOES: Steve Madden

BAG: Gucci

SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

 

 

 

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POWER SUIT

A monochromatic look is always in style. I love wearing all white — it always looks so classic and chic.

For this look I rediscovered a blazer I have from Aritzia and completely gave it an update by pairing it with a white crew neck tee and my high waisted cropped Levi’s.

This is my modern power suit.

I’ve always been a denim lover and a pair of white jeans is a wardrobe essential. The frayed hem trend isn’t going anywhere for a while and this little detail helps show off what I call a ‘wow factor’ — these heels.

I bought these shoes impulsively before a trip to Vegas with my sister and am so happy I did. The block heel is actually pretty comfortable and I love the shade of gold.

The finishing touch? My Gucci crossbody.

I have shared this item on my Instagram but haven’t blogged about it yet! After probably a year long thought process of what designer bag to splurge on (many conversations, focus groups, lengthy group texts with my sisters) I finally decided that this Gucci bag was what I wanted most. The classic camera style is perfect to fit my necessities; iPhone (Plus), mini wallet, metro card and a lip color. I am obsessed with the gold hardware and am excited to officially start my designer handbag collection….which could be dangerous.

Photos by Christina Emilie in NYC

 

How will you wear all white everything this summer?

SHOP MY LOOK

BLAZER: Aritzia, similar here

TEE: Aritzia

JEANS: Levi’s, similar here

SHOES: Mango

BAG: Gucci

 

Remix Your Rock Tees

The rock tee trend isn’t going anywhere and I can’t get enough.

Worn by top street style stars – my faves, Kendall + Gigi, this is the perfect way to add some vintage flare to any outfit.

And it’s ok if you don’t know every song to the band’s name you’re wearing…but maybe at least google them so you’re not totally stunned when someone asks you, “What’s your favorite AC/DC song?” Lol.

I was inspired by Gigi ever since I saw her wear this look; rock tee, amazing wide leg white pants and sneakers. I love the unexpected wide leg pant with this tee. Sure denim looks classic with this top but something about a wide leg pant gives it an entirely different vibe.

I found these amazing pants at H&M. I’m always a huge fan of anything high waisted and this pair had an ideal rise. I also love the oversized belt they came with!

Adding my leather jacket to this look was a no – brainer. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a solid leather jacket in your wardrobe. With the amazing styles they have now at Zara, you can get a luxe feeling jacket without an insane price tag. I love the details of this Moto one – the hardware can edge up any look.

Lastly, it’s all about a clean white sneaker. I decided to give my Stan Smiths a break and go for something different. Hello, Puma’s! So comfortable and so chic – yes, it is possible.

A pop of my red bag, by (now vintage) Kate Spade Saturday, and I’m ready to be snapped by the paparazzi in style. Just kidding, but hey, shouldn’t you always feel like a model walking down the street? The sidewalk is your runway.

Let’s recreate.

Shop the look below and be sure to follow me on Instagram, @symaspeaks, where I post even more frequently and have recently joined the Reward Style family so you can shop my looks easily and directly with LikeToKnowIt!

Photos shot by Kevin Tun in Brooklyn, NY.

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: Zara

TEE: Zara, love these also by American Eagle Outfitters

PANTS: H&M, similar here

SNEAKER: Puma

 

Sunday Styles

Crisp fall weather means one thing…cozy cardigans…and lots of mocha lattes.

Sundays are always filled with running countless errands around the city — instead of grabbing your go-to black leggings (which I fully support), switch things up with an oversized cardigan and a great pair of denim.

I’ve been loving the two-tone denim look for a new take on your favorite pair of jeans. This pair from American Eagle Outfitters is one of the latest fits from the brand – the Vintage Hi-Rise. At first you might be confused on how to wear the two-tone style but think of them as a statement pair of jeans when you want to switch things up.

I love a dramatic cardi in these cooler months. It’s easy to throw on and be comfortable but the length adds a new level of chic.

It’s been all about the menswear loafer — whether or not you’ve got your hands on the Gucci loafer (#goals) you can still have this trend in your wardrobe by so many brands offering a similar look without breaking the bank. I scored these over a year ago from Target — yes Target. Fun fact, these were on major clearance for $8.00 – talk about deal of a century! I’m still beaming. That’s cheaper than your Chipotle burrito bowl which means more money for guac. #winning

Layered with a simple white tee and an addition of round  Ray-Bans  and gold hoop earrings, this is an easy breezy outfit to wear while checking off your to-do list and meeting up with your girls for brunch.

Ready to recreate?

Photos taken in Downtown Brooklyn by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER, T-SHIRT & DENIM: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Target, similar here

BAG: Aritzia

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

EARRINGS: H&M

 

 

NEW YORK IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

Take your bomber jacket to the next level. This style of jacket isn’t going anywhere. Whether you’re digging the athleisure trend (a Syma Speaks previous post) or wanting to be casual cool and wear at the jacket with some jeans — this outerwear piece is here to stay.

What’s been all over my Instagram feed is the embroidered bomber jacket. I’ve come across some amazing styles at vintage stores around Brooklyn but great news for the rest of the world — you can score a version of the trend at Forever 21.

I have always loved the color mustard yellow and when I came across this jacket with this message true to my heart on the back, “New York is Always a Good Idea” — I had to have it.

I love making this the statement piece so I kept the rest of my look pretty simple. I adore a great pair of distressed denim –these I had my eyes on for months after seeing countless paparazzi shots of Kendall Jenner wearing them I had to try them on!

The result? Just as amazing as I imagined. The ‘Liya’ jean by Citizens of Humanity  at Aritzia will definitely be a wardrobe staple. A similar pair at an amazing price point would be the Vintage Hi-Rise by American Eagle Outfitters — there’s a ton of shades with a true denim feel that I love.

I completed my look with a simple white tee and my new favorite booties (I got on sale!) by Steve Madden. I’ve been on the hunt for a block heel pointy black boot for a while and these don’t only look great but are actually comfortable (rare). Highly recommend.

 Photos by George Evan in Downtown Brooklyn

SHOP MY LOOK:

BOMBER JACKET: Forever 21, similar here 

T-SHIRT: Aritzia

JEANS: Aritzia

BOOTIES: Steve Madden

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

 

 

THE UNIFORM – MOTO + STRIPES

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This spring the weather has been a little all over the place. This week has really warmed up but some days it turns back to cooler temps so it’s important to be prepared and layer it up!

What I can’t stop wearing? A moto jacket and stripe tees. I was so excited last fall when I got this jacket from Aritzia and I love that I can transition it into spring/summer easily with my Aerie stripe t-shirt. Around this time of year, I’m all about a bold nautical stripe. It’s a timeless trend that always looks great.

My favorite accessory of the moment? Round sunglasses. I love this style by EyeBuyDirect — it’s a take on the classic round Ray-Bans for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to check them out, here.

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Paired with a my current favorite American Eagle high waisted jeans and menswear inspired flats I’m ready for any spring day that comes my way — warm or cool.

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Photos shot by George Evan in The Meatpacking District, NYC

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: ARITZIA

TOP: AERIE

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: TARGET (SCORE! BUT SIMILAR HERE)

EYEWEAR: EYEBUYDIRECT 

 

UPDATE YOUR STAPLES: JEANS + TEE

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What I wear more than anything? Grey tops + jeans. This combination will never get old to me. However, the type of silhouette of your top can take your classic t-shirt and jeans to a whole different level. Queue: the off-the-shoulder top.

I’ve been obsessed with off-the-shoulder anything since last spring and I’m so excited this trend is here to stay. One day I was browsing one of the 100 H&M’s in NYC and there it was – the perfect update to my grey tee collection: the off-the-shoulder grey top! I envisioned another Kendall Jenner outfit recreation and had to purchase.

I paired the top with my go-to high waisted American Eagle Outfitters jeans that are this amazing saturated indigo blue. These jeans seriously do not lose their shape — the Denim X technology is incredible wear after wear – I highly reccommend!

Now to accessorize — I completed my look with the belt of the moment: the concho belt. I’m pretty sure my oldest sister wore this belt in high school (mid 90’s) and I kind of wish she still had it. I found this one for under 10 bucks at Forever 21 — it was a must buy!

Next, I added a simple gold choker, my latest round Ray-Bans (obsessed) and my beloved Dolce Vita ankle boots.

Are you ready to recreate?

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Photos by Jess Rao

TOP: H&M

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: DOLCE VITA (OLD, SIMILAR HERE)

EYEWEAR: RAY-BANS

BELT: FOREVER 21 (SIMILAR HERE)

BAG: KATE SPADE

TOP 5 SPRING TRANSITIONAL JACKETS YOU NEED NOW

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The forecast has been a little all over the place in NYC but we’ve had a few amazing days hit the high 60’s which basically makes me feel like a completely different person. Like I said in my last post, I can’t officially put my parka away but my go-to Spring jackets are making their way to the front of my closet and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve rounded up a few favorites for you to transition into the new spring season with ease — hopefully you’ll get a little inspiration from the below!

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I love this AEO classic military jacket. This style is boxy and fits a bit oversized. A timeless piece and a must-have in your closet.

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The perfect Anorak from Aritzia. The hood saves you on rainy days and won’t go out of style.

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Everyone need a good denim jacket. AEO never fails to give you this classic. This borrowed from the boys inspired fit will add just the amount of edge to the cute spring dress you’ve been dying to wear!

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You can never go wrong with a trench jacket. This structured style by Aritzia is a great staple to add to your wardrobe. Mix it up with some clean white sneaks for a minimal and clean look.

 

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I really can’t get enough of the bomber jacket. This is my fourth one I bought but “can’t stop won’t stop” – it’s the perfect update to take me into spring in style, found at Zara.

 

Athleisure: Not Just Your Weekend Wear

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Ladies– it is now socially acceptable to wear leggings and sweatpants outside of the house and gym.

Yes you read that correctly.

“Athleisure” is not just a trend that has brought workout wear to the streets, it’s a lifestyle.

Though I am not an avid gym go-er, I do consider myself  an avid Beyoncé dance class fanatic where I can wear  a sporty look. This may derive from my second-grade obsession for the “windbreaker suit” while working the halls of Indian Meadows elementary school – but I digress.

In today’s time – it’s all about staying polished. Leggings can be a substitute for pants if you make them appropriate.

It’s important to cover the obvious “assets.”. Take a note from  the 90’s and wrap your favorite gray sweatshirt around your waist if your top doesn’t make the mark.

For this look, I added structure with my American Eagle Outfitters quilted bomber jacket. A military green is a great addition to your wardrobe since it acts as a neutral and can be very versatile as we gear into spring. Layering with my current favorite cropped sweater from Aerie adds the perfect mix of texture.

These leggings that I call my “scuba pants” are awesome because they don’t lose their shape. Many brands are starting to sell this fabric in cool new ways from track jackets to tops to even dresses so you can incorporate this trend into your wardrobe whatever your style.

Purchasing these Nike Free sneakers changed my life. I didn’t know walking around the city could be so comfortable. The shoes feel like you’re walking on a cloud – not to mention, on my walk to work in the morning I usually spot about 5 other men and women rocking these kicks and we all have an understanding of how comfortable we feel.

Who knew a simple black knit sneaker could be so amazing? (I need more!)

I finished my look with this baseball cap from Aritzia. I love the simple black design and that I can throw it on when I want to feel a little more mysterious.

How will you athleisure?

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

Hat: Aritzia

Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters

Sweater: Aerie

Leggings: Forever 21

Sneakers: Nike

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lip: Custom, Bite Beauty Lip Lab (see my previous post)

THE SWEATER DRESS: Your Most Unexpected Spring Transitional Piece

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I honestly haven’t worn a sweater dress since 2007, which was my senior year of high school and probably with a combination of Ugg Boots. (Whatever, you did it too!)

Now when I think “sweater dress,” I picture “soccer mom going out with her girlfriends on the weekend and feeling hot” – this is not my ideal look.

However while browsing one of my favorite sites one day, aritzia.com – I fell in love with their take on the silhouette.

There it was, black, sleek and complete with an edgy hem. I had to have it! I didn’t know a sweater dress could make me say, “damn!” but it did.

I decided to make this look super easy and casual with my over the knee boots — and for some extra texture and warmth, I added my knee-high American Apparel socks. I like that these socks elongate the boots and allow you to show some skin without being over the top. You still get a touch of spring but still keep your legs from freezing as we transiton out of the cooler months. (Thank God!)

I can easily add a heeled bootie for a night out or give my feet a rest and wear these over the knees out on the town. What I love about an over the knee boot is that it gives the illusion of being dressed up but they’re flats so I can literally run to grab a cab or dance all night with ease.

These mirrored sunnies I scored at Urban Outfitters  add that cool girl flare I long for (and not to mention super Instagram worthy). I am all about a mirrored moment right now.

This sweater dress is not only warm, but comfortable and chic – which you might consider an oxymoron, but I speak the truth! I would highly suggest scoring one if you don’t already have it in your closet.

Are you ready to join me in my new found love for sweater dresses? You won’t regret it, I promise.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

Dress: Wilfred Free by Aritzia (Similar here)

BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Socks: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Watch: Michael Kors