Syma Style

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

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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 BLACK ALBUM

_MG_5250Not only one of my favorite Jay Z albums but when I wear ‘all black everything’ I feel like a bo$$.

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Maybe, it’s living in New York for four years now (crazy how time flies) but there’s nothing I love more than some monotone.

Wearing one color makes this outfit super easy to recreate if I do say so myself. (Are you sick of my Jay Z lines yet? I’m not.)

This entire outfit besides my accessories are from one of my favorite stores, Aritzia. They’re known for their killer outerwear and I am obsessed with their sweaters/everything they have.

This coat is the Aubertin coat by Wilfred. It is the perfect long black coat that not only dresses up your look but is insanely warm. The oversized pockets are great to hold your large iPhone Plus (I just got one) so that’s definitely a “plus” in my book.

I’m a big fan of oversized sweaters, there’s nothing cozier you can put on in these cooler months as we are still making our way through winter. This sweater is the Tyrion Sweater by Babaton. It’s a super thick knit that feels like you borrowed it from your favorite boy but has a feminine cut with the v-like neckline — basically the perfect sweater.

EDIT-10Lastly, the faux leather legging. I’ve had these Wilfred Free Daria leggings for years and they never fail. I love wearing them with a simple black bootie — mine are the Petty’s by Sam Edelman — or adding a cool white sneaker to keep it casual. The perfect pant to take you from day to night. These also have a nice hi-rise so they won’t sag which is never a good look.

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Are you ready to rock all black everything? I got 99 problems but my outfit isn’t one…hit me:

Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET, SWEATER & LEGGINGS: Aritzia

BOOTS: Sam Edelman

BAG: H&M

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

WHAT TO WEAR TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

It’s pretty unbelievable it’s almost 2016! One of my personal goals for 2015 was growing my blog and staying more consistent with it as my main creative outlet. If you’ve kept up with me from the beginning, I originally started Syma Speaks as a print magazine while in 3rd grade. I’ve always had a love for fashion and writing, so being able to share that is very special to me. I hope to share more of what inspires me in 2016, here’s to the new year & new content!

Now let’s talk NYE. Your plans might not be set in stone yet (always stressful) but your outfit totally can be!

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I’m usually very into a metallic or sequin moment for New Year’s because those pieces aren’t always the easiest to wear post holiday fun. However, this year I’m feeling something a little different; faux fur.

I have never been a fur person…I attempted rocking a vest a few years back but couldn’t totally commit. Then came the fur collar which I really enjoy for it’s versatility and ease into the trend.

Perhaps it’s the power of Instagram but all I have wanted these first few months of winter is a faux fur moment. This jacket is from a favorite, Aritzia. I love the creamy hue as you know I love me some neutrals.

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Underneath this statement jacket, I wanted to keep it simple with this black wrap top layered with a champagne gold metallic tank for a touch of sparkle.

Now what’s my perfect NYE collab? Faux fur X velvet.

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I rocked these Velvet X Jeggings by American Eagle Outfitters in my last holiday post and can’t get enough of the texture. If you don’t have a little bit of velvet in your closet, I highly suggest getting yourself a pair of these!

You can never go wrong with #allblackeverything, this monotone look allows my jacket to not compete with the rest of outfit.

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I couldn’t exactly say goodbye to sequins for New Year’s so I found a way to work them in with this vintage clutch! It’s a great way to add a bit of shine without going over the top.

 I completed this #OOTN with my nude pumps from Mango and I’m ready to ring in the New Year!

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Cheers to 2016 and you recreating this outfit! Hope I inspired you a bit this past year, and can’t wait to continue the fun very soon!

Thank you so much for your support!

Xo,

Syma

Photos by John Soper

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Aritzia

TOP: Forever 21 (wrap), Forever 21 (tank)

PANTS: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Mango, similar here

CLUTCH: Vintage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR: THIS HOLIDAY

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Crazy to think that Christmas is this week! The weather in NYC lately hasn’t exactly been the “Winter Wonderland” of my dreams but I’m never opposed to warmer weather.

What I am very excited about? Giving my parka a break and wearing one of my most favorite Aritzia wool coats but this time adding a pop of red.

I wasn’t always into the color red or much color at all really since moving to NYC as you can probably tell from my numerous posts raving on neutral color palettes. However, when it comes to the holidays — I think it’s important to switch it up and get a little festive. Now this does not mean go break out your “ugly sweater” but embrace a little color when it comes to #sweaterweather.

 

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This sweater is my new favorite from American Eagle Outfitters. It’s the perfect shade of cherry red that looks amazing on a variety of skin tones and an ideal cropped length.

I decided to continue the holiday fun and work a little velvet into my outfit — my American Eagle Outfitters Velvet – X Jeggings.

When it comes to velvet – I think it’s best to go classic. You can’t go wrong with a black velvet pant. These are a subtle way to wear this seasonal trend and add a new addition to your closet full of black skinnys.

A simple pom-pom beanie also from AEO and my red Kate Spade Saturday bag and I’m ready to celebrate the holidays in style!

 

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Now let’s cue some classic Mariah and get this party started!

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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

Syma

Photos by Allison Schaller, shot in East Village, NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

COAT: Aritzia

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

PANTS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BEANIE: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: Sam Edelman

BAG: Kate Spade Saturday

THE COAT OF THE SEASON: CAMEL

The camel coat has made quite the statement this season and the one piece I was so excited to add to my wardrobe this fall.

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If you saw my last post, “Thankful for Neutrals” — this coat continues my love for all things grey, tan and taupe.

When it comes to outerwear, I think it’s important to have three key coats in your closet: black, grey and tan. You can’t go wrong with this combination — the outfit opportunities are endless!

This camel dream is the Babaton Jacoby Coat from Aritzia. Be sure to check out the rest of their outerwear as well, I’m pretty much obsessed with all of it and don’t even get me started about their blanket scarves….(post coming soon!)

In this #OOTD I wanted to dress up my go-to day-to-day outfit; a grey sweater, black jeggings and my Stan Smith’s. This camel coat was the perfect touch to elevate my outfit.

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This look is great for our current weather conditions in NYC, thanks to El Nino, my ankles do not freeze and I can show off my footwear game a bit with a cropped length.

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I cut these American Eagle Outfitters jeggings myself to add some frayed detailing to the bottom. I’m going to admit, I did not cut these that great but after a few washes, they evened out ok. 🙂

I paired my jeans with this comfy and cozy American Eagle Outfitters mock neck sweater which I highly recommend. It comes in a few colors so you might need all of them, naturally.

_MG_5133Paired with my Ray-Bans, black tote and light grey Adidas Stan Smith’s, I’m ready to hit the streets of NYC in not only comfort but so on trend .

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Are you ready to make this your new uniform?

Be sure to follow @symaspeaks on Instagram for even more fashion & fun.

Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ARITZIA

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: ADIDAS

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

THANKFUL FOR NEUTRALS

If you’ve been following my blog thus far or know me well – all I love is grey. I don’t know what it is about this neutral but I can’t get enough of it.

It’s also the perfect hue to travel with this Thanksgiving weekend!

When it comes to traveling – it’s all about layering. I used to be an “over-packer” but now since moving to NYC, I’ve gotten much better at it due to my favorite people living in various cities and I can’t lug so much luggage around alone!

It’s all about packing with items I can wear in different ways to maximize my outfits for the weekend.

This look is ideal and perfect for the airport – with the key item; the cocoon cardigan.

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I love a good oversized sweater, but it’s important to understand how to wear it so you still keep your shape.

With my favorite go-to American Eagle Outfitters hi-rise jeggings, I tucked in my Aerie turtleneck and added this Forever 21 concho belt to show-off my waist. This allows me to break-up the monotone look and add some 90’s flare.

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Now time to talk about this hat – it’s everything. I literally visited Madewell a total of three times before I purchased because I wasn’t quite sure about the hat, but after dreaming about it and saving a selfie I took on Snapchat (#thesearemyconfessions) I knew the hat had to be mine!

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I can’t think of a better look to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – ready to recreate?

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SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

TURTLENECK: AERIE

DENIM: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BELT: FOREVER 21

BOOTS: RACHEL COMEY

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

 

 

 

 

WEEKEND WEAR: HOW-TO DRESS UP YOUR SWEATS

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November is in full swing and temps are dropping in NYC. When Friday comes around, all I want to do is put on sweatpants. Thank God for the trend of “athleisure” where now it’s socially acceptable to rock your favorite comfy pants outside the house.

However, you must follow some rules when attempting to dress up your sweats so you don’t completely look like you rolled out of bed. Listen up guys, I’m talking to you too.

A staple piece in every person’s wardrobe is a leather jacket. If you can’t break the bank at the moment, have no fear — there are so many types of “vegan” leather jackets sold by your fast-fashion destinations like Zara to give you the look of a classic leather jacket without spending next month’s rent.

Whether you want to dress up a hoodie (a la Kendall Jenner) or simply add some structure to your look – this is a great way to do this. It takes your sweats to next level where you go from borderline pjs to “model off-duty.”

I love a neutral palette – so simply adding a grey tee with my black Aerie sweatpants was an easy decision.

Now for the sneaker, one thing I love about living in NYC is how much of a sneaker culture it is. It’s important to have a variety in your sneaker game – you want the basics; Converse, Adidas and Nikes.

I love a simple white high-top converse. They look very “cool-Euro model” in the summer with a dress and love the way they look with an all black ensemble for a little pop.

At under 60 bucks, you can’t go wrong with this timeless kick.

Throw on your favorite eyewear and you’re ready to hit the streets not only comfortable but completely in style.

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Photos by the talented Allison Schaller in Soho

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Random find in Soho; similar here & here

SWEATS: AERIE, older style but similar here

TEE: AERIE, older style but similar here

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

SNEAKERS: CONVERSE

“Fall” In Love with the Perfect Seasonal Bootie

You could say my fall uniform consists of two things: black booties and black jeans.

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Living in NYC I feel like I have to buy a new pair of black booties every year and it was a never ending search for the perfect pair until I found the “one”.

They say, “you know when you know” and it’s true. The first time I tried on the Sam Edelman “Petty” bootie – my search was over.

It had everything I could want in an everyday boot; black leather, a low heel, sleek look, comfortable and timeless flair.

Paired with my newest destroyed jeans from American Eagle Outfitters — you could say it was a match made in heaven!

Possibilities are endless — and want to know the great thing? This boot comes in a variety of colors so now I need all of them (naturally). Cognac, grey, nude…and suede?! At under $150 – what’s not to love?

P.S. Happy #ShoesdayTuesday 🙂

SHOP MY LOOK:

BOOTS: SAM EDELMAN

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

A MOTO MOMENT

As summer in the city came to an end and store window displays switched their focus to fall, all I had (heart) eyes for was a tan moto jacket.

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It’s all I could think about it! The only thing I needed to start my fall wardrobe right was a tan moto jacket and I was determined to find the perfect one!

On a chill Sunday in the city, I was browsing at one of my favorite stores, Aritzia (a usual weekend activity) and there it was; a tan moto jacket with my name on it!

I quickly grabbed it and tried it on. After taking a few (maybe 10) selfies in the mirror, I knew I had to have it!

I could see it worn in endless ways but the look I was most excited to try it with was an ‘all black everything’ moment. For this look, I paired it with my Aerie turtleneck and my American Eagle Outfitters black hi-rise jeggings.

To add a bit of 70’s flare that I can’t get enough of — I added this fun fringe clutch I picked up at Forever 21. I love that it’s an easy way to add a bit of the era to my look without overdoing it.

I kept accessories classic with my favorite Ray-Bans and my newest black booties from Sam Edelman. I’ve professed my love for the Sam Edelman bootie before and these continue my admiration. They’re simple, comfortable and go with everything — it’s my go-to bootie of the season and I highly recommend them!

I love the moto jacket for an easy way to edge up your look. It’s a quick way to add instant cool and give you that “model-off-duty” look everyone needs in their life.  The tan is a nice alternative to your black. Think of it as your new neutral. Whether you wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, drape it over your shoulders with a little slip dress —  you can’t go wrong with this wardrobe staple.

No matter how you wear it — this is definitely the moto of the moment.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ARITZIA

TOP: AERIE

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: SAM EDELMAN

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

CLUTCH: FOREVER 21