I only ventured above 14th Street in NYC once on our recent trip, to visit the Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit with my dear friend Ally of Shybiker. I am a Downtown Woman who loves to hang in the Villages: West, East, and Greenwich. The dress code in those neighborhoods is decidedly casual, and I am not sure I saw one man in a tie (oh yeah, when we went down to Wall Street to catch a ferry; the Banker Uniform is in full dominion down there, for both genders).
There’s no uniform for the Villages, but you’ll see a lot of these elements – on me and on other NYC-loving women:
- Jeans – again, no flares this year but plenty of distressed, rolled-at-the-cuff, boyfriend styles, with graphic tees or button-down shirts on top. Someone pointed out last year that perhaps flares are not popular in NYC because we have to climb the subway stairs every day.
- Really, truly interesting hairstyles! From waist-long curls to side-shaves, to dreads, to colorful highlights (think blue) throughout. I am kind of in love with this almost-shaved look, and I’m contemplating a short-short cut, to let my silver come in fresh. Too bold??
- In contrast to last Spring – a shortage of light floral prints, short full skirts, rompers and bright colors. Girlish dressing has definitely diminished, even among the girls. I did observe lots of cool embroidery, especially on jeans and denim jackets in particular – a refined Boho look without the ruffles and fringe.
- Lots of sneakers, flat sandals and other comfortable walking shoes. I only saw crazy heels on Saturday night, when the young women come out to party.
- A refreshing lack of cold-shoulder blouses, which seem to dominate the Florida landscape. Maybe this trend has passed its peak, because a whole lot of cold-shoulder tops are on deep sale.
Are you sporting any of these big-city looks? Is your closet moving away from girly to less-delicate pieces?
Here’s some pieces that suit my NYC vibe:
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