I dress more simply when we’re in NYC. I reach for solid colors, basic shapes and fabrics, and good walking shoes. I like to feel stylish and minimal there, maybe because the city itself is so electric and colorful. And it’s fun to build a tiny wardrobe that can live in our tiny studio’s tiny closet.
So far, I’ve got a pair of dark denim jeans, a pleather skirt, two pairs of boots/booties, and several knit tops in black, gray, ivory, and navy. I know you colorful fashionistas are thinking “ugh, boring”. And maybe it is, but this tiny wardrobe works wonders for me. Pick a bottom and a top, add some personality with accessories, and head out for an adventure.
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The pleather skirt in this pic – up against my favorite blue wall on Minetta Lane – was just thrifted at Housing Works for about $10. It’s turning out to be more versatile than I predicted, as NY Spring is cooler than Florida Spring! The ivory cotton knit sweater was thrifted in Florida and it has a nice chunky texture.
The tights are courtesy of Zohara; those are cat faces on the front calf. I had to have them, didn’t I? Old Calvin Klein walking oxfords are finally going to be dumped – they’ve been resoled too many times. Thank you for your service, oxfords, well done.
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What a lovely outfit. The slim sweater with a leather black skirt and mannish footwear is a good combination!
You look super cool and fabulous in your NYC attire. That skirt fits like a dream.
Loving the hydrant. I was thrilled to see them for real when I went to the States, so American! xxx
Patti, those cat tights!!! Love!!!
It’s so nice to see your city self – tres chic and a very cool cat you are too! Those tights are a hoot and work so well with this understated outfit. Shame about those Oxfords, but it sounds like they’ve served you well.
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If this is your NYC look, Patti, I AM IN LOVE!!!!
I love the elegant simplicity of your outfit, with the fabulous cat tights adding a fun element! Fantastic photos!
Wow Patti are these the most divine pictures ever or what? I cannot stop look at them. This hue is a killer….adore xxxx Sabina
NY style suits you dear Patti! Love this simple and sophisticated look. Kisses and thanks for hosting the linkup
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I love New York Patti just as much as Florida Patti! Those tights are adorable. I’m sure the minimalist wardrobe is so freeing, although I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do it…lol!
Love it 🙂
thanks Becky! xox
Even I, Ms Pattern Circus, tone it down in NYC. One is very much “out in public” there, and too much sartorial visual stimulation can bring out the “crazy” in less balanced souls — on the subway, for sure (speaking from experience).
So exciting that you have your own downtown place!
I love that you keep a studio in NYC—I lived in the West Village for 4 years (13 years total in NYC)! And neutrals are totally the way to go there—keep it simple and chic!
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My New York wardrobe tends to be mostly black and grey. It just seems to simplify packing and most of my favourite pieces happen to be those colours. It makes me stand out when I’m with my colourful friends 😉
I have seen you in NYC, and you stand out with your style for miles! xox
What treasures you’ve thrifted, Patti! And those CAT SOCKS were indeed a must! I’m mourning the loss of your oxfords, though. Such cute shoes!
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Patti, that sounds great! stylish and minimal with fun touches, perfect for NY! I love the car tights…so fun! The skirt and sweater the perfect combo as well , less decisions to make too , which means more time in the city 😉
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That is such a cool skirt! Love those cat socks too!
Yes, to cat tights! What a fun element to add to any look. I can see how this pleather skirt would get a lot of wear, as it is so versatile.
You wear these basics so well and look so New York Chic!
I agree having less can be more! The versatility of basics is endless. Love your skirt!
I love NY! Every corner, every wall, everywhere is a great spot for a photoshoot. The one you’ve chosen is so cool where even a fire hydrant looks artistic!
You are a thrifting expert Patti! Great pleather skirt and I love the cotton top too. Kitty tights makes this a very cute outfit suitable for NYC! 🙂
I’ve been packing simply for my last couple of vacations and I’m doing it again next trip to Seattle.
I think that good walking shoes are the key to enjoy city life and have fun!, and I totally agree on having a tiny wardrobe full of neutrals if it is what you need!. Comfort is first and you look fabulous!, I love your accessorizing!
I’m loving the funky pleather skirt and of course you had to have the cat tights! A perfect look for your New York adventure. And I actually like that fire hydrant … xxx
It’s interesting how we dress for a place. I do the same – I think it’s a lot of fun! xx
The perfect outfit for New York, stylish , comfortable but with your own quirky touches. Although with all those thrifts how long will minimal last I wonder. Many thanks for Visible Monday.
Your look is perfect for a chilly summer day. Great tights. Thanks for hosting the party.
I think you are playing very smart here, Patti by taking with you just few key pieces and accessories them as you go. You look very chic, the stockings are so much fun.
I love colors, but I also love being and feeling comfortable! I think you look stylish, Patti – such an edgy skirt, cool Oxford shoes and kitty tights! And what is the most important, you feel yourself at your new home. I visited Washington DC just recently, and I also had a feeling that if I lived there, my style would be somewhat different from what it is here in quirky Seattle. Every place has its own unique spirit and atmosphere, and we influence each place we live in as well as each place we live in influences us! <3
Indeed, tiny can be perfect, and it is great to reimagine your life in a simple, minimalist way. You look fantastic too!
So chic … I’m trying to put together a little travel capsule wardrobe and these ideas help!
When you’re in the city like that—I can totally see why you’d gravitate towards less stuff. Well, maybe? I love the idea, but I can’t guarantee that I could be satisfied….maybe if it’s only for a couple of weeks!!!
Basic, but funky pieces are the key, plus fun accessories! You got the formula right, Patti. I love the tights with this outfit. Thank you so much for keeping us all Visible!
Simple but effective way to dress I say. Very chic. I’m sad you had to say goodbye to those amazing shoes. They were so cool.
When I lived in London I also started dressing differently. I wore lots of black. I do think we are influenced greatly by our surroundings and the people around us.
You look divine, Patti. And I like your chosen wall too.
Oh yes, that is my kind of skirt! And style!
Love that look, Patti. Love, love, love.
Minimalism, yes please! Recently I’ve been battling an overwhelming desire to just toss half of my wardrobe, or rather half of everything in my small flat. I’m sure we could all live with a lot less, and curate and cherish our possessions better.
By the way, isn’t your birthday soon? So, just in case, happy birthday…