For me, picking a favorite fashion week outfit is nothing like picking a favorite child — and by that I mean it’s delightfully easy. I always have a clear preference every time, the one outfit that made me feel like the version of my best self that I find most satisfying to deploy during fashion week: someone who has a point of view, one that coexists with the practical necessities of schlepping to and fro on the subway, sitting down, standing up, bundling for the outside and de-layering for the inside, unconcerned with the prospect of being photographed. Curious to hear from my teammates about their most beloved ensembles and the thought process behind them, I asked those who attended shows to share. Scroll down to read what they (and I) said.


Leandra

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why?

Historical data has taught me that the best of my fashion week outfits occur late into the week, after I have settled into and quenched my thirsting to say something grand about myself. The outfits always start out a little more ambitious. Subconsciously, I am pretty sure I want to Show Up with a capital S and a capital U to prove there is more to me, that I am ambidextrous when it comes to my ability to both style and wear an outfit.

But by the middle to end of the week, I always come back to the chicken soup equivalent of my wardrobe — jeans and a shirt and very feminine shoes. I wore this on Monday and even though counter to everything I just said, it contends with what I wore on day 1 (a dickie styled over a cropped jacket with a white poplin blouse underneath it and jeans and suede flat boots). I chose this look and not that look because I wear it all the time but it never feels stale or old or boring. I guess in that way, it’s like home. No matter how many times you leave, you always come back and if you are lucky, the return is always welcome.

Why was it your favorite?

One word: balaclava. A second phrase: book clutch. Aren’t accessories great in that way? You can wear the same thing every single day but feel and look different if you just change your shoes or hat or bag. And the best part is that you can do this no matter who you are or what size you wear or what you want to say. In that way, accessorizing really is like punctuating. You have to know what you want to say first, but once you know that, punctuation marks truly become a gift from the grammar police.

Would you wear it again?

I am, as a matter of fact, wearing it right now. Different hat, different shoes, different bag, but you know the drill.

Emma

Vintage tracksuit — similar here, Mango turtleneck, Nike Air Force 1’s, vintage coat — similar here

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why?

I wore this outfit on Monday, so day… six? Weather and commute comfort were both considerations. It was brisk out and I was going to the Zadig and Voltaire show all the way on the west side of Manhattan, which meant a ton of walking in freezing temps. Windbreaker material truly is a marvel of modern science — so thin yet so warm! — and there’s nothing more comfortable than a swishy pant suit, so this look was an easy choice. I do have many swishy-pant looks to choose from, but since I knew I wanted to wear this particular pair of A1’s, I chose this pewter set to match the silver stars on my shoes.

Why was it your favorite?

While I was lamenting about not knowing what to wear to shows the other day, Eliz said to me, “Wear something YOU. One of your swishy pant looks!” As I’ve learned over the past few months, Eliz is always doling out good styling advice, so I listened. There really is nothing more “me” than swishy pants in this particular fashion moment, and I think I look best in clothes that make me feel like myself. This look is comprised of those garments, 1000%.

Would you wear it again?

Absolutely. I didn’t let “Fashion Week” or the presence of street style photographers influence much more than my hairstyle. Since I was going more minimal with my clothing (these are pieces I regularly wear), I relied on my hair to be the “hero” piece of the look, and I was really happy with the way things turned out. Not sure I’d change anything about the look, tbh.

Haley

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why? 

I wore this on Day 3 (Saturday) to Eckhaus Latta and Christian Siriano. It was super inappropriate for the latter, but I wore it more so for the former, which was showing in Bushwick, my old neighborhood, and was sure to feature some tie-dye (it did!). I was also pretty tired and wanted to be comfortable, which meant I was gravitating towards comfortable pants, T-shirts and flat boots.

Why was it your favorite? 

I don’t think this was actually my favorite outfit of the week (I probably preferred this one or this one), but it was the most chill, meaning I felt very normal in it. The reason I chose it for this story is because it features my favorite T-shirt in the world, which my brother found in a thrift store and gave to me, layered over a long-sleeve Hanes shirt I tie-dyed last fall with some friends upstate. I’ve been occasionally wearing short sleeves over long sleeves recently — absolutely inspired by Crystal — and it truly tickles me for some reason. This was my “I don’t care about being photographed” outfit.

Would you wear it again? 

I wore this with a white puffer coat (not pictured) which I didn’t love, although I’m not sure what I would have preferred. Lows temps make it tough. I would definitely wear this again, but probably just on the weekends to run errands or at a dive bar. I felt comically underdressed at Christian Siriano, and the outfit didn’t “keep” that well throughout the day, because the shirts are thin and cheap, so I probably wouldn’t wear this to work either.

Harling

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why?

I wore this out on day three of fashion week. I only had a few shows so my schedule was looking relatively low-key, a forecast that informed by decision to dress entirely in neutrals. The weather was also uncharacteristically balmy for February, so I didn’t even need to wear an actual coat! Imagine that.

Why was it your favorite?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between trying to look “fun” and trying to look “chic” when I get dressed. The former is easier for me to accomplish, while the latter requires a different level of thoughtfulness, which is probably why it ultimately garners a deeper satisfaction when it happens. I felt very chic in this outfit, and even though (or perhaps precisely because) it didn’t stand out in a crowd or scream “Instagram me!!!!” It whispered a quiet confidence instead, and sometimes that’s more than enough.

Would you wear it again? 

Yes, in fact I plan to wear it again next week, potentially with this coat layered on top if February is back to its usual tricks (which I suspect it will be).

Elizabeth

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why?

Day five, which was actually semi-light for me — I had four events. It was “warm” out, so it was also the only day I didn’t have to wear a giant puffer.

Why was it your favorite?

I really, really love belting blazers and coats. This Barbour quilted coat is old and I think it’s actually men’s so it was perfect to belt. I love a tree silhouette (more volume on the top with just legs peeking out).

Would you wear it again? 

Yes, but I really wish I could have worn these boots (I don’t own them, so I couldn’t). My feet were the coldest part about me, which is usually the case.

Amalie

What day of NYFW did you wear this outfit and why?

I wore this on day four (I think?) of NYFW. It was chillier, but I was determined to incorporate this trench coat. Did I lose feeling in my fingers after standing outside the Tibi show for 15 minutes? Yes. Underneath I foolishly wore a short-sleeved knit turtleneck, but I was at least wise enough to put on heattech leggings underneath my checkered pants. Shoes were suede and I could honestly gorilla glue my feet to the soles of them and not suffer a day in my life. In all, on this day, I attended: Rosetta Getty, Beaufille, Tibi and Ryan Roche.

Why was it your favorite?

All of the outfits I wore for fashion week were completely within the realm of what I would wear on an average day to work. I didn’t really “step it up,” so to speak, but I did love all of the pieces I had here: trench, sweater, pants, shoes. These are on regular rotation in my closet anyway, but the combination felt authentically “me”!

Would you wear it again? 

I for sure would wear it again. I was not a huge fan of toting around my portable office (comp), so would have probably opted for a smaller bag if given the choice, and maybe different shoes because I was really shooting for comfort. Also I would have worn my hair up! The trench is so heavy, it needed some levity.

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