Here’s my semi-annual report on street styles in NYC. Well, downtown NYC; no Park Avenue or Bergdorf’s here, although there’s nothing wrong with those uptown styles. I only went above 14th Street once, for a vocal lesson, and my teacher was wearing shorts and a tee (artists, you know). Downtown styles are more of-the-moment and youthful and casual. I observed some translatable trends for us over-40 stylistas.
- Sneakers/trainers, on any age and with skirts as well as shorts/jeans. This trend is a joy for me to see as it recognizes that comfort counts. NY is a walking city, through and through, and the sidewalks are hard. Give me a couple pairs of high or low end sneakers and I am pretty well covered. Although I still saw sky-high heels, many of the young women agree:
- Loose and asymmetrical tops for days and nights out. I think this trend is nearing its end for those who follow such dictates, but I’ll keep doing it because I love the look. The looser shapes are cooler for the summer, and the open necklines are perfect for art-necklaces.
- Maxi dresses! So many more than last summer’s trip, when short summer dresses ruled. I saw lots of floral and print dresses/skirts, worn with sneakers or platform sandals, summery bags and a few Boho rings. I don’t feel comfortable in a slinky halter dress, even if it’s to my ankles, but I love a maxi with a deep v-neck.
- And not for me, but I saw dozens of adorable rompers in florals and prints. Mostly on the New York University women who study in the park. So fresh and pretty and youthful, and a lovely summer sight.
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