It’s that time of the year again: New York Fashion Week. There’s nothing quite like the city when it’s bustling with designers, models, and everything else in between.
In this blog post, I’m going to tell you what I did to prepare, what I wore, some city essentials and how to break in your new designer shoes.
Let’s start with what I did to prepare. I was bad this year. I started getting ready only two weeks ago. There are some bloggers who start months in advance…but it’s okay because it’s how you can tell that I’m still learning. I used the majority of the past two weeks to figure out what in the world I was even going to wear (I’ll get to that in a little bit). I went to over 15 stores, visited four different mall complexes and tried on more clothes than I’d care to admit. The one thing you always have to remember: comfort is key…but you still have to look nice. My suggestion: get something that’s nice but on the casual side (so you can dress it up or down), grab some accessories and always have two pairs of shoes picked out (I’ll also get to that in a little).
Check the weather before you pick out your outfit. I found the CUTEST suede crop top with gold buttons from Lord & Taylor that I wanted to pair with jeans and my Louboutins. Weather Report for the day: 89 degrees, 75% humidity, full sun. Needless to say, that outfit was nixed immediately.
I also worked out harder, longer and more consistently and watched what I ate. If you know me personally, you know my love of food trumps all. I will never, EVER tell someone to starve themselves. I don’t believe in it; I believe eating whatever you want is part of the key to happiness.
Key points of preparation:
- Start planning early
- Check the weather
- Comfort is key but still look nice
- Consistent Exercise without sacrificing meals
So since I’ve been talking so much about clothes, let’s get to what I wore. As I’ve said, it took me a very long time to pick something out. Since I knew it was going to be hot, I was either looking for a crop top/skirt combo or a dress. The more I thought about it, the more I was leaning towards a dress (always a solid go-to). I also knew that I was going to be wearing my Louboutins so I set a color scheme for myself. I stuck with black, white, and red. Setting a color scheme helps so you’re not just roaming around stores looking for whatever. It helps you keep some focus. Also, if you’re going to go for a statement piece (designer shoes, big necklace, etc.), keep your accessories to a minimum. Also, don’t try and dress up in too many designer items. Remember: it’s called fashion week because it’s for the designers to show off their new clothes, not you. Don’t steal their thunder. I went with a black and white dress from Lord and Taylor and to be honest, I couldn’t even tell you who made it. Okay, I just checked. It’s made by “Love…Ady.” I also just spent the last 15 minutes looking at more of their clothes. I’m a fan. Anyway! Let’s get back to having two pairs of shoes. You’re probably asking why? Because. Walk around the city all day in 5-inch heels and then get back to me. It’s best to pack some comfy flats or even some slip ons if they match your outfit so that what you’re feet won’t want to fall off by the end of the night. Trust me, absolutely no one will judge you if you have two pairs of shoes. They know what it’s like…and if for some reason they decide to judge you, well then they’re stupid. I went with my Tory Burch black “Reva” flats. They still matched my outfit and my feet weren’t crying an hour into walking throughout the city. Perfect.
Key Points of What I Wore:
- Set a color scheme
- If you have a statement piece, like a big chunky necklace or red soles, keep other accessories to a minimum
- Fashion week if for the designers to shoe off their pieces so try not to steal their thunder
- Pack two (or three…?) pairs of shoes
Carrying around two pairs of shoes can be a hassle so next we’re going to talk about some city essentials: Tote Bags. If you’re not into a tote bags, that’s fine. I just think they just make life a lot easier. I stuck my shoes in there and still had plenty of room. I used my Michael Kors’s “Jet Set Travel Saffiano Leather Tote.” I love it. I use it for basically everything aka my entire life is in a bag. I also always have an umbrella with me (I stuck in it my bag one day and it’s stayed there ever since). Other things include: makeup and makeup remover, wallet, keys, phone, multiple phone chargers (actual charger and a mobile charger), multiple pens, my Lilly Pulitzer agenda, gum, band-aids and Neosporin, and to be honest, who even knows what else. The thing is a black hole. I can fit everything!
Key Points of City Essentials (Otherwise known as: Your life in a tote bag):
- Get a great tote bag so you can fit your life in it. I have a Michael Kors one (and a C. Wonder one, too)
- Extra Pair of shoes
- Makeup and makeup remover (you never know when you’ll need to touch up)
- Wallet, keys, phone, phone charger(s)
- Something to write with and something to write on
- Band-aids and Neosporin
Okay I know that I promised this weeks ago, but I’m finally getting around to telling you how I broke in my shoes. You’ll need a damp sock (NOT a soaking wet one), a blow dryer, and some moleskin from your local pharmaceutical store. If you don’t know what moleskin is, don’t worry, I’ve included the link to the moleskin I use below (I didn’t know what it was at first, either).
So you just bought a pair of heels! Congratulations! Before you leave the store, ask the sales associate if you can have them stretched. Usually all of the big designer stores (Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Ave, etc.) will be able to stretch them for you. This definitely helps so you won’t have to do the breaking in all by yourself. Over the next couple of days you want to make sure that you’re wearing your shoes as much as possible. This will help the shoe mold to your foot. After I got my shoes stretched at the store, I started the first day with the damp sock. This loosens the material. The second day, I used a blow dryer to hit the target areas (where the shoe was still hurting my foot). I stayed under the blow dryer for a minimum of 10 minutes for each foot, just to make sure. The third day, I did a combination of the damp sock and the blow dryer. I saved the moleskin for last. If there were any other spots where my shoes were pinching, I just cut off a piece of the moleskin and stuck it to my skin and wore the shoes around. Notice how I said that I stuck the moleskin to my skin. Do Not stick the moleskin to your shoes. It will ruin them and won’t help you break your shoes in at all because it’ll just slide around in your shoe.
Key Points of breaking in new heels:
- Get them stretched
- Damp Sock
- Blow Dryer