I’m definitely not thrilled that summer is over, but new styles the changing seasons bring are always exciting!

This summer in New York City was unbearably hot and much rainier than usual, so I spent a lot of time in cropped tops and slinky dresses with an umbrella in hand. As the weather starts to cool down, I am definitely ready to add more variety to my wardrobe.

Lately, I have been gravitating towards a mix of new and old favorites and finding inspiration from tons of sources. I narrowed it down to five easily identifiable trends that can be dressed up or down.

Menswear

Menswear is a trend that seems to resurface every fall, and I can never get enough! I absolutely love the look of oxford shirts, tailored pants, thick wools and preppy plaids.

My most recent favorite is anything and everything from Rowing Blazers, a New York City-based modern take on old-school prep style. The brightly color alternatives to staples like oxford shirts and rugbies are such a fun way to get dressed for the office.

Athleisure

Ever since the release of Issue No. 4, I have been devouring Emily Oberg’s magazine Sporty & Rich. After nearly a year of obsessing over her @emilyoberg and @sportyandrich Instagram feeds, I am so happy to have a more in-depth look at her impossibly chic personal style.

An art director, tastemaker and the so-called “Martha Stewart of streetwear,” Oberg’s effortless, minimalist style is the envy of women (and men!) everywhere. Equal parts sexy and tomboyish, as-seen-on-Oberg outfits are beautiful and, most importantly, functional!

When you live in New York City, comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially when you have feet as flat as mine. I recently started investing more in quality sneakers (read more about that here).

Collegiate apparel (à la Princess Diana)

Is anyone else still obsessing over Hailey Baldwin’s Princess Diana-inspired spread in September’s Vogue Paris? I’m so in love with it that I even purchased it in print. (If you know me, you know that keeping print alive is important to me! I have been an avid magazine since age 12.)

This season, I will continue to pair collegiate crewneck sweatshirts with bike shorts and retro tube socks. It’s such a classic look that never goes out of style! Plus, any excuse to rep my alma mater is a good one!

Graphic t’s

Graphic t’s have been a wardrobe staple of mine since my early college days. After all, what college kid can be bothered to attend class in anything more than glorified pajamas?

As an adult, I love mixing different colors and designs with a variety of weights and textures; I especially love mixing high and low! For example, a vintage band t or Harley Davidson t looks killer with my silk skirt from Are You Am I.

Oversized fits

It’s rare that I feel comfortable in a pair of skinny pants; I prefer the look of baggier pants on my figure. During the colder months, I pair loose trousers and oversized cardigans with tiny tank tops and skin-tight dresses.


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Growing up, I was a total girly-girl. In middle school and high school, you could find me walking down the halls in dresses, mini skirts, stockings and, as I got older, high heels. When the farthest I had to walk was from the 200s section of my high school to the 700s, wearing heels all day long was no big deal. But, I graduated, went to a university with a large campus and scored a job in New York City, a place that requires tons of foot travel.

Don’t get me wrong: I love being a New Yorker, but when 20 blocks is considered a short walk, my most fabulous shoes just aren’t practical! And as I get older, I am constantly discovering that there are more ways to be feminine than just slipping on a pair of high heels.

I am thankful to be coming up in an era where “athleisure” styles are not only acceptable, but fashionable. Even the chunkiest sneakers look sleek with a suit; subtly sexy with a mini dress and impossibly cool with a midi or maxi skirt.

In terms of my everyday style, I still wear heels from time to time, but most days of the week, I’m in sneakers. I have some of the flattest feet on earth, so I truly feel my best in a supportive pair of sneaks. (16-year-old me was extremely disappointed when my doctor recommended ASICS for my flat feet; now, I can’t get enough ASICS! I’m guilty of browsing their website at least once a week.)

While there are quite a few classic styles that need no improvement (such as Nike’s Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1, plus New Balance’s 990), recently, high-end brands like Yeezy have made sneakers a lot better looking. They’ve also indirectly forced heritage brands to step up their sneaker game, as well.

Have you seen the makeover Nike gave their Air Max 97 or the way Kith’s Ronnie Fieg transformed so many ASICS styles? Additionally, coveted street-style label Stussy and go-to women’s shop Aritzia have both brought hyped pairs of New Balance sneakers to market.

My personal favorites? All the Harmony Paris x ASICS collabs; ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 OG; Nike Air Force 1; Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid and High (especially in the navy/cream and black/white colorways); and APL TechLoom Pro.


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