Fashion Week in February is a bit of a gamble. One day it may be snowing, another clear and crisp with brutal winds a third surprisingly mild for the dead of winter — even the weather app struggles to keep up. But, despite the challenge of coordinating with mother nature, dressing for fashion week can be fun. It's a chance for editors to step out from behind their computers and show off their own sartorial prowess. For TZR editors, creating street style outfits during NYFW is all about harnessing each of our personal styles while trying to survive the elements (this is where Uniqlo's Heattech comes in especially handy).
Below, our editorial team shares a bit about each of our personal senses of style and breaks down our ensembles from every day of fashion week so you can shop (or style) your own looks inspired by each of our editors' signature looks. You'll find that each of us approach fashion in an entirely different way, Lauren is a minimalist with a love for trends. Me, (hey — it's Aemilia on the other side of the screen by the way) I'm a life-long tomboy but don't count out a few girly pieces here and there. And as for Mecca, she's got a knack for nailing cool color combos and has a closet full of pieces from under-the-radar brands. Read on for your inside look into the way we've each been dressing this week. What you won't want to see — the state of our closets (and floors) after a week of running around without a spare second to tidy up — hey, it happens!
Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor
Lauren's Style: I like to say I'm a trend-curious minimalist, but fashion week is the one time where I'll experiment with color. Still, I gravitate toward luxe-feeling knits and neutral separates. I'd like to say my outfits were planned, but I always figure it out at the last minute and end up with a pile of clothes on my floor. It's *very* chic. (Kidding.)
For day one, I knew I wanted to wear this Phillip Lim skirt, but wasn't sure how to make it work with the shoes I'd planned. At the last minute, I ordered these boots off The Outnet, and they arrived within about four hours. When they came, I knew I wanted a full-on tonal look, and I threw on the sweater.
The Lorod pants are an absolute favorite. How could I not style them with more green?
On Lauren: H&M sweatshirt; Lorod pants; Yuul Yie Square-Toe Pumps ($350); Céline bag; SVNR hair clip.
I actually planned on wearing this blazer with tights and tall boots, but the freezing cold made it impossible. Instead, I just threw on some layers and hoped it would work.
On Lauren: Acne blazer; Edit The Label dress; Everlane pants; vintage Chanel shoes; Alfeya Valrina Joe Joe Bag ($235).
I fell in love with this Eudon Choi jacket at The Frankie Shop last week and knew I'd have to plan an entire outfit around it. The stirrup leggings were a very last-minute choice.
My favorite look of the week was this Bevza open knit, which I styled with a sweater and pants. I've never felt more like I was wearing full-on sweats in public (and it was great).
On Lauren: Beva sweater vest; Brochu Walker sweater; Club Monaco pants; vintage bag; Sies Marjan Emma Boots ($852).
Ah, the unexpected snow day. I only have a few pairs of snow boots that I'd allow to see the light of day, and these now-sold-out Acne boots from Shopbop are first on the list. To keep it from looking too schlubby, I added a sheer Margiela dress and a heavy-weight coat.
On Lauren: The Frankie Shop coat, Maison Margela Dress, Acne Boots, Paco Rabanne Bag.
My last fashion week outfit was a bit of a hodge-podge; It was unseasonably warm for the day after a snow day. I loved these MONSE pants but they were a bit too long. Instead of leaving them unworn, I rolled them up, paired them with some Reike Nen shoes and a Beaufille jacket, and called it a day.
Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
Aemilia's style: I'm a very emotional dresser. I'm not great at planning outfits ahead of time or saving a look to try, I wake up and put on whatever my mind gravitates towards that morning — some days to more success than others. I always describe myself as a tomboy with a Pride & Prejudice complex. I'm mostly a casual jeans and tee kind of woman, but I love a reason to put on something dramatic and romantic (though my own Mr. Darcy remains elusive).
For day one of fashion week, I didn't want to go for anything too dramatic, but yes — I did wear a sheer top in the dead of winter. Since it wasn't a crazy chilly day, I liked the idea of layering this sheer Priscavera top under more structured pieces.
On Aemilia: Priscavera Mesh Baby Tee ($166); Pixie Market trousers; Theory blazer from Crossroads; Flattered x Rebecca Laurey Snake Boots ($349); Vince Topanga Mini Tote ($349); Tuza Silver Hoop Earrings ($95).
I knew I wanted to put together an outfit around these COS pants that I recently discovered because I love the color and moire texture. I pulled this summer blazer out of my closet and knew it would be perfect if I layered it with a turtleneck underneath. Add a cozy coat (it was very cold this day), sneakers, and a contrasting bag and I was good to go. The funniest part is that my friend Alyssa Coscarelli wore the same pants (also with a tan coat and purple bag) — ah fashion.
After putting together this look, I peered at myself in the mirror and immediately thought that I looked like that one craft-loving aunt we all seem to have. This Saks Potts jackets is one of my favorite things that I own so though it was chilly, I had to break it out for at least one day.
One hot tip for pulling off a dress during winter: buy heat tech! I layered Uniqlo's genius thermal pieces under my dress which made it much more bearable to be outside all day. Since I'd been sticking to pants all week long, I was ready to finally break out something different and opt for a pop of color. I was told I looked like a "cotton-candy delight" while out and about, and you know what — I'll take it.
On Aemilia: Uniqlo x Alexander Wang Heattech Leggings ($20); Georgia Alice Penelope Dress ($330) via Net-a-Porter; The Arrivals Kala Jacket ($895); Nike Air Max Dia ($120); Ratio Et Motus Lady Bag ($1050).
Jeans and a leather jacket are a uniform for me, but since it's fashion week and all, I took the combination to the next level by opting for quirky cool takes on the duo. I'm low key obsessed with these JW Anderson jeans and they're missing pockets.
Yes, it was snowing, but I was still game to break out my cowboy boots and prairie dress. A cozy puffer and nylon belt bag were my practical (but still cute) pieces to supplement the look.
By the last day of fahsion week, I just wanted to be comfortable. I opted for trousers from up-and-coming unisex brand Occhii that basically feel like sweats, a favorite vintage jacket, and shoes designed to survive puddle hopping post snow day.
Mecca James-Williams, Contributing Market Editor
I dream in bright, vivid colors. That applies to my work and my style in similar ways. I appreciate texture, color, and structure in my style. For this week's looks, I played with proportions in different ways. I love wearing classic pieces that pack a punch! As a stylist I am always learning and seeing new brands and trends, some of which I gravitate toward full-throttle. I like to mix high and low, and bring a element of surprise in my look every chance I get!
I love a monochromatic look. For this outfit, it was all about letting the statement pieces speak for them self, and in this case — the hat and coat stole the show!
The key to wearing a puffer is finding one with a nice silhouette. This Bacon Clothing one does the trick, as the color and crop made a perfect statement piece for my second fashion week outfit.
The top is from an amazing Nigerian brand, Orange Culture. I used the top to guide my outfit for everything else, choosing colors that complimented the top in abstract ways! I'm happy with how the look turned out in the end.
After a long day of heels, I ran to Nike to buy a pair of sneakers. I tried on just two pairs and choose these neon pink badboys! They're super bright, so I toned them down with hues of blue in my outfit, and a dark green bag.
It's Black History Month, so wearing a Sean John hoodie felt very celebratory.
This blazer was my most coveted buy. I've been eying for a minute, and finally bought it after seeing that it was almost sold out everywhere. When styling, I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with a bright orange tibi knit to play on color richness. Then came the red cowboy boots, and I knew I had a look!
This Acne coat I wanted ever since I saw it go down the runway. I ran to the store to try it on, and ended up buying it two sizes bigger to wear as a dress.