Outfit Inspiration

THE SUMMER TOP YOU NEED NOW

It’s finally summer in NYC and somehow spring came and went?!

With these hot temps up to 95 degrees…you have to stay cool in more ways than one.

This summer, I’m loving the white eyelet top. This one has a beautiful square neck-line (very on trend + flattering) and the cutest button detail.

Guess where I got it….Forever 21!

Shocking I know. This could be mistaken for a Reformation top which I’m obsessed with. Pairing something eyelet with your favorite pair of jeans adds the perfect feminine touch for the season. Accessorize with your favorite gold necklaces, an easy summer sandal and a straw bag and this outfit can take you from work, a date or a fun day with your girls.

Here’s a few more styles I love for easy shopping by American Eagle, another American Eagle, H&M and another great H&M find.

Happy Summer!

 

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BLACK DENIM ON DENIM

I’ve always been a jeans girl and black denim has consistently been a wardrobe staple for me. Living in NYC, you can never have enough black. It’s timeless, can go from day to night and an all black look adds that model-off-duty edge I can’t get enough of.

I’m all about an oversized denim jacket. I couldn’t find the perfect black denim jacket for some time then I realized…why not try a men’s? There’s something very cool about “borrowing from the boys”. This one is by American Eagle and worn in a men’s size small. It gives just the right amount of boxiness without looking like the jacket is wearing me.

What’s great about wearing an oversized jacket is that you can layer so much underneath. To stay warm throughout the longest winter of my life (blizzard in March?!) I pair a cozy sweater underneath. This sweater is by H&M and I discovered it via one my favorite fashion bloggers of all time, Sincerely Jules. (Thanks, Jules!) She wore it one day on Instagram and I immediately purchased it via my phone because I’m always on the hunt for the perfect grey sweater. I’ve never loved a sweater more, it’s a great crew neck and has become a piece I’ve repeated all season long.

The jeans I’m wearing are also by American Eagle. These are the Vintage Hi-Rise. I sized down in these since they are pretty high-waisted and added a personal touch by cutting the bottom for some undone fringe. I wear these jeans all the time. They’ve faded to a unique greyish-black tone that I love.

To complete the look? I’ve added the bold white bootie and Gucci crossbody. I know many people are a bit indecisive about the white bootie but anytime I wear these with an all black look like this I feel like it completely elevates my look. I enjoy wearing these with a wide leg jean or pant to let the shoe really make the statement. Also, these are very comfortable! I scored these at Urban Outfitters and am very pleased with my purchase.

Are you ready to make your next denim look black on black?

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Shot by Kevin Tun in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: American Eagle, older style — updated version, here

SWEATER: H&M, similar, here 

JEANS: American Eagle, older stye — updated version, here

SHOES: Urban Outfitters (currently on sale!)

BAG: Gucci

THE PARTY TOP: UPDATED

As the holidays approach, it seems like this month is filled with even more events, birthdays and dinners with friends before family time and some much needed hibernation. When the temps drop it can be challenging to put effort into your outfits. I know I tend to gravitate towards dark jeans and cozy sweaters but sometimes that can get a bit boring for a night out.

Quick way to upgrade your look? Add a fun blouse! It’s been a while since I’ve updated my “going-out tops” and for the longest time it was a sea of tank tops. However, I came across this top at Zara and was immediately drawn to it. I love the unique shade of blue and contrast of color with the floral print. The drapey fabric is so pretty and fun fact –it’s actually a bodysuit which makes it super easy to tuck into a high waisted jeans.

Keeping the rest of the look simple is key. I kept it clean with my go-to black jeans by American Eagle to let the top be the star and added my black ankle boots. I accessorized with my black Gucci bag and gold vintage earrings.

Linking below a few of my favorite tops similar to this one to ease you through the holiday season. Happy shopping!

 

Photos shot in NYC by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Zara; similar here, and here — also loving this one by Mango.

JEANS: American Eagle, similar here

BOOTS: Steve Madden, similar here

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

STAND OUT IN THE STRIPE PANT

Stripe pants can be a bold statement. I came across these last summer at H&M and wore them frequently with a simple black top because I didn’t want to compete with the pattern. However, I got inspired to pair them with something a little more daring — a rock tee to mix things up a bit.

Rock tees have become a wardrobe staple for some time now. I had an obsession of trying to find the perfect vintage tee but it was a constant struggle. Luckily, a lot of mass brands have done some cool collaborations to bring that vintage feel in a more attainable way, like this awesome Rolling Stones tee by American Eagle.

I love how this pairs with the stripe pant for an updated look. As we get into the cooler days now that it’s October (!), you can take this into night by adding your go-to leather jacket.

Finishing touches? A simple slide sandal and my Gucci cross-body. Also, my lob. More on that hair transformation later though…I could go on and on….:)

Hope this look inspired you to try out a statement pant. These feel practically like pajama pants so I don’t think you’ll be dissappointed. 🙂

SHOP MY LOOK

TEE: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

PANTS: H&M, similar here and here

SHOES: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

BAG: Gucci

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

 

 

 

Sugar + Stripes

I didn’t know I could become so obsessed with gummy candies again until I had my first Sugarfina Sugar Lips. Sweet, tangy and yummy…they are simply delicious. They’re basically the sour patch kids I had as a child, all grown up and in way better packaging. (Talk about Instagrammable!) I thought how fun would it be to mix up my outfit blog shoots and take this one on location.

Behold, my editorial + candy dream come to life on one Saturday in NYC…

Back to our scheduled programming — the outfit. This look is ideal for a summer weekend brunch or day party. We’ve seen a version of classic blue stripes everywhere this season. I love this simple silhouette by Zara. What makes it stand out is the amazing embroidery on the sleeves. The wrap style can be worn in a few different ways but I think it looks best worn slightly off the shoulder.

To keep the rest of this outfit simple, I wore my Kendall Jenner inspired jeans by Citizens of Humanity from Aritzia. This fit, called the Liya, has a great hight rise and just the right amount of distressing. I sized down in these for a more flattering fit.

Lastly, I added my go-to suede wrap heels by Steve Madden from ae.com and I’m ready to grab some sweets and hit the city in style.

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If you haven’t tried Sugarfina, I highly suggest it. I have no shame buying some for myself and while you’re there grab a few for your girlfriends too — they make the best gifts! The store is the cutest – if you have a chance, definitely visit this location on the Upper East Side in NYC!

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Photos by Christina Emilie at Sugarfina in NYC

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Zara, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Steve Madden

CANDY: Sugarfina

ON REPEAT: Slip Dress + Tee with Aerie

Two closet essentials by Aerie – a striped tee and slip dress. I’m all about a 90’s comeback! Wearing a classic slip dress like this over a t-shirt makes this #OOTD super fun and casual.

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It’s a perfect outfit for running around NYC in the summer heat. Paired with my go-to sneakers of the moment adds a little edge to my look and not to mention, super comfortable which is so important.

I love the versatility of these two pieces – rocking the tee with a pair of jeans or wearing the slip dress by itself for a night out on the town is definitely in my future. These are two key pieces in my wardrobe I know I’ll be wearing on repeat.

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Shot at NYC downtown favorite, La Esquina by Christina Emilie. Highly recommend the chicken tacos and Jaritos if you’re ever in the neighborhood. 🙂

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Aerie

DRESS: Aerie

SHOES: Vans

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE: TOP 5 DRESSES

Summer is officially here — can you believe it?! I wanted to share my top five favorite dresses to celebrate the season we’ve been waiting so long for.

It’s finally time to wear those off-the-shoulder numbers you’ve put away from last year’s wardrobe and bring them back out. This trend may seem a bit overplayed I know but I promise it is still relevant.

I’ve added a few more dress trends I’ve been loving this season and hope you find a fave amongst the list below.

Happy summer and happy shopping!

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Going global. Embroidered pieces have been all the rage. Love the details of this by Zara


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A maxi is always a good idea in these warmer temps. Love this AE dress.

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Can’t beat a classic cold shoulder white dress. This Aerie one is perfect to take from the beach to the streets.

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A bold print is what your wardrobe needs to have some fun! Living for this Mango mini.

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Can never have enough slip dresses. This silky dress from H&M looks school layered over a tee with sneakers or paired with your favorite tassel high heels for a night out on the town.

UNEXPECTED EMBROIDERY

This spring it’s all about embroidery.

I’ve seen so many unique pieces this season with the most beautiful embellishment. Anywhere from denim, tees, jackets and accessories — this extra detail can really update your look.

This jacket by French Connection just spoke to me. Maybe it’s my Pakistani roots, but the embroidery on this jacket is so reminiscent of my heritage. I love the intricate detail and color combination. It’s such a statement piece that is made super wearable on a sporty silhouette — the classic bomber jacket.

I decided to make the jacket the star of the outfit and keep the rest of the look super simple. An easy white v-neck tee, by Don’t Ask Why, has the best slouch and oversized fit. I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee and this one is by far one of my most loved.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a denim girl. These Vintage Hi-Rise Straight distressed jeans by American Eagle make this look easy, relaxed and casual.

One of my favorite parts of this outfit? My earrings by Baublebar. Not only are these a great accessory to add to any outfit – they’re very light weight and won’t hurt your ears by the end of the day! I’m a huge fan of statement earrings but the worst part is that most are so heavy and painful. However, these are quite comfortable and I want every color. Dangerous! It was hard for me to not buy them all…I opted for the white and pale pink for now. Highly recommend!

Completed the look with my go-to menswear loafer and I’m ready to hit up brunch with the girls or some easy shopping around the streets of SoHo.

Ready to recreate?

Photos by Kevin Tun in SoHo, New York City

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Courtesy of French Connection

TEE: Don’t Ask Why

DENIM: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Target

EARRINGS: Baublebar

 

 

 

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