Syma Style

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.

 

BREAKING: IT’S STILL SWEATER WEATHER

Daylight savings has occurred and we’ve had a couple of amazing warm spring-like days in NYC…

Just when I thought I could put my parka away for good (rejoice!) it’s somehow freezing again in the big city.

Before we go full-on spring closet flip — let’s keep it real. We might as well get some CPW (cost per wear) out of our favorite winter sweaters, right?

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I love an oversized sweater with a leather legging. This look is by Aritzia. I love the oatmeal shade of this sweater. It’s super cozy and insanely warm.

I’m always into a good texture mix so I brought back my go-to leather leggings to keep it cool and sleek.

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My favorite accessory of the moment? The bandana. First I was a little nervous about the whole neck-tie thing but again, blame the world of Instagram to see so many of my favorite Fashionistas rocking it.  (Tutorial coming soon!) 

I styled this bandana like a choker. It gives a little bit of edge to any look.

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Added my American Eagle Outfitters sunnies, Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse and my Sam Edelman booties and I’m good to go. 🙂

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Don’t worry…we won’t be wearing sweaters for too much longer but while we are we might as well be cute — wise words to live by from Reformation:

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Photos by Jess Rao in Soho

SHOP MY LOOK

SWEATER + LEGGINGS: ARITZIA

BANDANA: TARGET

BOOTIES: SAM EDELMAN

BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF

WARDROBE STAPLE: THE BOMBER JACKET

One of the most exciting moments of my life happened recently… I was featured on WhoWhatWear.com! If you are not familiar with the website, I highly recommend checking it out. It is one of my go-to fashion sites for trends, tips and the inside scoop on the industry. What made the moment even better, the picture they chose features one of my key wardrobe staples – the bomber jacket. If you recall, I did a post awhile ago on Syma Speaks on ‘athleisure’ — I rocked my American Eagle Outfitters bomber jacket and am thrilled this trend is here to stay.

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I wanted to revamp the look a bit with a little inspiration from one of my favorite models of the moment, Kendall Jenner.

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There’s nothing I love more than a model-off-duty look and Kendall nails it every time. Kendall has mastered the athleisure look to make leggings look completely put together and the epitome of cool.

This look is super simple to recreate and you can wear these pieces multiple times which gives you even more reason to shop them below.

I started my look with my black bomber jacket. Yes, I also own this jacket in olive green but when an item is so good, you buy every color – right?

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Layered underneath, is this cool sports bra from Aerie. I love the color-blocking. This bra fits like a crop top, so it’s a perfect match with a hi-rise legging. These high-waisted leggings are also from American Eagle Outfitters – they have a great feel and won’t stretch out which is exactly what you want in a legging for endless wear.

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Accessorized with the bag that perfectly mirrors my motto in life, “After This We’re Getting Pizza”. The bag is a great size to keep a change of clothes if you’re hitting the gym or packing some weekend essentials for your next getaway.

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Add my sleek Nike sneakers and go-to Ray-Bans and I’m ready to hit my favorite dance class or do a little shopping in style.

Photos shot in Soho by Jess Rao 

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET + LEGGINGS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

TOP: AERIE

SNEAKERS: NIKE

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

BAG: BAN.DO AT AERIE

 

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

Bae Mine

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and whether you’re planning a day with your bae or night out with your best girlfriends it’s always fun to dress up!

Color for me, especially moving to New York, has not always been easy. My wardrobe, as you’ve seen, consists of 50+ shades of grey, black and white. However, my strategy to mix in color is all about the accessories.

Over the holidays I went to Chicago to visit my sister. Before we even hit the after Christmas sales I already had visions of the perfect red pump dancing in my head.  I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment; in a sea of chaos otherwise known as “7 am on the Saks designer shoe floor”, I found them. The perfect red Jimmy Choo pumps in my size!

Cue up the heart-eye emojis because it was love at first sight.

What better opportunity to wear my new red pumps then V-Day? To turn up the volume on this look, I added a cherry red lip stain which is the best type of red lip because it won’t come off for hours, so there’s no need to reapply!

I always feel my best when I’m in denim. High-rise jeggings like these Denim X from AEO are my new favorite jeans. I love the slash at the knee – they are just destroyed enough to edge up my look but dressy enough to wear at night.

I love a good graphic tee especially when it immortalizes the words to one of my all time favorite jams, Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement”. When I found it at Aritzia, I had to have it.

Throwing on a blazer adds structure to my look and pulls it together to make it appropriate for evening. I love this tuxedo blazer, also from Aritzia — it’s a staple in my closet. I can always add this blazer on to pull any outfit together in no time.

Have fun this Valentine’s Day and do something different. Ditch the dress and wear your favorite jeans, chances are you’ll feel more confident and look effortlessly chic.

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My wish to you this Valentine’s? Hope you find your Jay Z…

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

Blazer: Aritzia, (similar)

Tee: Aritzia (similar)

Denim: American Eagle Outfitters

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes: Jimmy Choo, (similar look for less here)

Lipstick: Stila

Best V-day Card Ever: Urban Outfitters

 

TEXTURE MIX

Denim, a fuzzy sweater and leather might be my favorite winter combo.

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This texture mix is a bit unexpected. It makes it the perfect “model off duty” combination — my favorite look to rock!

I got these leather leggings last year at Aritzia and usually wear them for a night out but wanted to try them out for day time and what better way then wearing them with a great denim jacket?

This one is from American Eagle Outfitters – it is a boyfriend fit which I love. An oversized denim jacket modernizes the look – where so many denim jackets can be awkwardly cropped or too short for most tops. #thestruggleisreal

This one pairs great with this sweater by Babaton (also from Aritzia). I love this shade of cream, it’s super cozy soft and softens my leather leggings.

Throwing on my classic black Converse keeps the look casual with some edge but I can easily add a black bootie for the evening and meet friends out for dinner in no time.

I bet you already have these pieces in your wardrobe which makes this look super easy to recreate.

Are you excited to try this look?

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters (similar)

Sweater: Aritzia (similar)

Leggings: Aritzia

Shoes: Converse

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

GREY ON GREY ON GREY

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 50 shades of grey — almost.

I live in grey. From my wardrobe to my bedroom — it is by far my favorite hue. One look I love is wearing this neutral from head to toe.

This coat I first discovered on Instagram and instantly took a screenshot. After dreaming about it for a week, I purchased at Aritzia and was so excited to wear it.

I wanted an alternative to my black coat this winter, and sometimes being in a sea of puffers around the city can get a little boring — having a statement coat to mix in every now and then is a great way to switch up your look.

I layered my coat with this dream of a sweatshirt I found at Forever 21. Under 20 bucks, I regret not buying two!

My jeans are Denim X — the latest fit from American Eagle Outfitters. They feel so soft, almost like a second-skin. The fabric has a ton of stretch and keeps their form. No one likes a saggy skinny jean!

My shoes are All Saints, I scored them last summer — they have become a staple in my closet and are surprisingly comfortable.

You can easily recreate this look with my picks below — who knew one color could be so versatile  – how will you wear it?

SHOP MY LOOK:

Coat: Aritzia (now on sale!)
Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Shoes: All Saints (Similar)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

Photos by Allison Schaller

FLORALS FOR FALL? GROUNDBREAKING.

Some might say florals are just for spring (Devil Wear’s Prada) but at Syma Speaks we beg to differ and are loving this trend for his and hers style. I enlisted my favorite Fashionisto friend, John to showcase how the floral trend can work not just for the ladies but for the guys in our life as well.

It takes a confident man to rock a trend like this but when pulled off correctly, it can have dramatic results. Though florals are mainly a warm-weather staple, the designs from the spring and summer 2014 collections were dark — thus making them easy to transition to the cooler months. If you’re not afraid to wear a bold color and fun pattern, put on a pair and match it with your key basic pieces in your closet like denim to balance it out.

Denim is your best bet. I wasn’t sure I could wear my favorite summer dress into the cooler months but layered over my favorite pair of destroyed AEO Jeggings and with my Aritzia trench it was a smooth transition. This look can easily take me from shopping in Soho to brunch with the girls. My boots by Rachel Comey are super versatile and not to mention comfortable when I’m running around the city.

John’s keeping it classic with a denim jacket and white button-down that don’t compete with his amazing Kenzo pants. We just so happened to color coordinate — promise we didn’t plan it. 🙂

Will you wear this trend in time to make Thanksgiving a little more festive? You can do it! Xo, Syma & John

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

OUR LOOK:

Syma

Trench, Aritzia

Dress, American Eagle Outfitters

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Rachel Comey

 

John

Jacket, Gap 

Shirt, Zara

Pants, Kenzo (similar)

Shoes, Keds

 

HOW TO BE A WRAP STAR

My absolute necessity for fall is the blanket scarf. I can’t live without it. I purchased my first one a few years ago from Aritzia and decided I needed a fresh one for the season! At first you might wonder, “How does one wear so much fabric?” or “Does it look like I’m wearing an actual blanket?” Have no fear. Here at Syma Speaks, we’ve made our first .gif (#trendy) to show you a few ways to wear this season’s most versatile item.

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1. Easy Breezy – I like this look for a day where I’m not freezing and just want to add some color and texture.

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2. The Shawl – This adds drama. Draped as a shawl, this not only keeps you super warm but plays up on the Kimono trend we’ve been seeing this past summer and the heavier fabric works for the cooler months.

_MG_02183. The Classic – Fashion meets function. Your safest bet to stay warm all winter long. Your scarf tied with an easy loop around your neck won’t go anywhere and is best when you’re running  errands around the city.

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4. Wrap Star – Wearing your blanket scarf like this lets it double as a coat  and you mean business. Your arms might not be handy but who cares – you’re as warm as can be.

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5. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf  the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’m obsessed with this navy and it gives a whole new feel to this look.

With so many ways to wear it – how will you rock the Blanket Scarf?

Shop some of my favorite options from Aritzia and aerie.

My Look

Hat, American Eagle Outfitters 

Sweatshirt , Forever 21

Scarf, Aritzia

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Sam Edelman 

Photos by Allison Schaller

SNEAK PEEK.

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Sneaker style has always held a dear place in my heart. I remember in 3rd grade getting a pair of suede navy Vans and being so excited to wear them to school the next day I could hardly sleep. In 7th grade came the adidas Superstar obsession where me and my best friend Jessica had to have a pair.

The excitement holds strong to this day, and living in NYC has given me a whole new appreciation for sneaker style. In the city you’re constantly running around and as the fashion world may look like it’s a sea of women in high heels – it’s not. A good pair of casual street sneakers is key in your wardrobe!

I love the idea of making your sneaker be the statement. In this look I chose to salute Hov and do “all back everything.” These olive green Nike Blazers are from J.Crew and a dear gift from my co-workers. I had my eye on this pair for some time. What’s awesome about this style of sneakers is that you can customize them at Nike, and they come in an endless range of colors – I need them all!

I love the look of a high-top. With a skinny jean you can really show them off and have some fun. I paired my sneaks with a pair of high-rise jeans by Talula at Aritzia, tank from American Eagle Outfitters, leather jacket from this random boutique in Soho and Kate Spade Saturday sunglasses which make me always feel put together. A leather jacket  keeps this look structured so you still feel polished. I also enjoy pairing this type of sneaker with a dress — a bit unexpected and adds that cool-girl edge I love.

From high-top to low-top you can’t really go wrong. This is not the sneaker you are wearing to the gym but could totally work at a Beyonce dance class (a personal favorite activity)!

Are you ready to step up your sneaker game?

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Photos by Allison Schaller. Check out her Tumblr!