Leather Leggings, Quilted Coat & Wedge Sneakers

This Saturday it was chilly but sunny, so I wore my favorite practical fall coat that I could get away with. It’s black, quilted, has a hood, hits mid-thigh and my favorite part are the thumb loops (very edgy!). I paired my coat with a whimsical DVF reversible black and red lip print scarf, pleather leggings, wedge sneakers, and big sunglasses. I have been crushing on leather pants / leggings for a few months now, and the insides of these ones are fleece! I love the ankle zipper detail, too. The sneakers- I have always liked wedge sneakers. They are very polarizing, people either love them or hate them! I had my eye on these Isabel Marant velcro “downtown” edgy sneakers. The neutral color pairs with nearly everything, and they are very comfortable.

This outfit must have been good luck, because on our walk to SoHo we saw ASAP Rocky!

Laundry Gold Top Cat-Eye Sunglasses (similar here)
Diane Von Furstenberg Lips Jacquard Woven Scarf
Michael Kors Black Quilted Thumb Loop Coat (similar here)
Faux Leather Leggings with Ankle Zipper
Isabel Marant Bekett Suede Wedge Sneakers

Camel Coat & Croc Collar

Happy New Year! W4street is officially 2 years old today! This snowy weekend in NYC was the perfect opportunity to pull out one of my favorite birthday presents to myself: this wool blend coyote fur trimmed coat. I am from Chicago, and one rule I always stick to when purchasing coats is to only buy coats and jackets that have hoods! Lately, I have been very into fur trim. I have a dark olive green puffer that I wear when it is really cold, but for this weekend’s light snow this “Little Red Riding Hood” inspired coat was perfect. I saw it in September at Nordstrom Rack and they only had a few left. It was love at first site. I love the camel color, fur trim, and the toggle details. It felt very “cloak-like” to me. I was okay with the splurge because it’s so practical (there are even double pockets!) not to mention it’s from one of my favorite designers- Trina Turk. I saw an extremely similar coat at ZARA, too. My coat is still available in black!

This post must be a delayed birthday post, because I paired the coat with my favorite new black leather tassel cross-body– another birthday present from my good friend Nicky, and an amazing Baublebar crocodile and pearl collar (trend alert!) I saw and had to have. I have been wearing my OTK boots over pants this winter, too. They add an extra layer of warmth to my legs! Sorry there aren’t more pictures- it was really cold!

 

Trina Turk Elizabeth Toggle Coat
Forever21 Black Jeans
Rebecca Minkoff Envelope Cross-body
Unisa Black OTK Boots (similar here)
Baublebar Croc Collar

 

 

Lace Dress of the Year

The dress of this year, and arguably the brand of this year is Self Portrait’s Azaelea dress (seen in the top pic below). This intricate lace spaghetti strap dress was seen on everyone from celebrities to fashion bloggers. The original dress has a fitted bodice and a girly flared tea-length hem, with a nude slip underneath the lace. This dress can be worn from summer garden parties with open-toe wedges to winter holiday parties with closed-toed pumps. This dress can even be dressed down by being paired with a leather jacket (leather and lace is one of my favorite combos). While red is perfect for the holidays, I’ve seen this dress style available in mint, yellow, baby blue, and white. I actually purchased a white version that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet but I plan to wear it this spring / summer. I’ve selected a few similar red options below (LRD!), at different price points, with the lowest price around $32! Further comparisons can be found here. Now everyone can find an option to jump on this Self Portrait lace dress trend.

 



Self Portrait Azaelea Lace Dress
Club Monaco Bolari Dress
Romwe Flare Lace Cami Dress
New Chic Evening Party Crochet Dress
Persun Lace Sleeveless Dress

Holiday Party Part 2: StyleWe Collaboration

I can’t believe it’s already towards the end of December, and the holidays are upon us once again! I have teamed up with one of my favorite design stores to pick a few of my favorite holiday looks! Today I am featuring one of their unique designers, Demi, who has created a line called D. Fanni. You can explore her full collection and find this StyleWe designer here. Below I have selected three of my favorite designs of hers. The first design is this beautiful deep blue military-style coat. I love the button detailing, and I think that this would be fun to accessorize. This coat screams “winter” fashion! The second design I love is this whimsical dress with twirling ladies all over it. I am a sucker for fun prints, and this dress would be the talk of the holiday party! The third look of D. Fanni’s I think would be great for the holidays is this twist on a little red dress- I love the intricate and unusual black lace detailing and cutouts. I would pair it with sky high black patent leather stilettos to complete the look.

You can check out more looks and read further StyleWe reviews here.

 


 D. Fanni Dark Blue Simple-Buttoned A-line Coat
D. Fanni V Neck Girly Sleeveless Mini Dress
D. Fanni Red Long Sleeve See-through Look Sheath

Holiday Party Part 1: Feathers & Velvet

I’m really excited to share the first part of a series of holiday party looks. I absolutely love getting dressed up for the season’s holiday parties, it’s a positive for dealing with frigid temperatures! I usually opt for lace and sparkles (there may be some of that later!) but for this past Saturday night’s parties it was too cold to wear the dress I had originally picked out. I recently ordered this elegant black ostrich feather trim top. I love it! I paired it with black classic slim pants and one of my favorite trends of this season: velvet shoes! I picked these ones up at a Tamara Mellon sample sale. I was originally disappointed that the blue and fuschia colors were sold out. However, the gold is so rich and warm. I love playing with details and textures- the feathers and velvet complement each other. I topped everything off with a bright red lip. This look is a great alternative to the standard cocktail dress, and would also be appropriate for office holiday parties. Feminine, chic, sophisticated, and elegant!

 

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Snake Ear Cuffs- Lunessa
Ostrich feather blouse- Endless Rose
Black SkinnyPants- Nordstrom
Velvet Pumps- Tamara Mellon

Bow Back Dresses

Now that Thanksgiving is over and it’s December, it’s officially holiday party season! I love holiday parties, I love dresses, I love bows, and I love interesting backs. So, adding all of these things together for this post! I love the idea of dressing up a back- why should fashion be limited to just the front of a woman’s outfit? Dressing up the back is unexpected and fun, and gives partygoers a view from all angles. Plus, I personally find backs to be gorgeous. I am girly at heart, so I have also always loved bows. One of my female colleagues in consulting was told she shouldn’t wear bows because they made her seem more feminine. However, not all bows are feminine. Depending on the tie, knot, and shape, bows can be more masculine and sophisticated (see: Club Monaco dress’s bow below). I’ve rounded up five of my favorite bow-back dresses below. Two of the dresses below are from preppy designer Kate Spade. Naturally, when I think of bows, I think of the bow-queen Kate Spade.

 

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Ann Taylor Bow Back Shift Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress
Club Monaco Raniko Dress
Asos Bow Back Lace Pencil Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress

Fall Neutrals

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday! I spent mine in Chicago with family. I’ve been meaning to do a post on mixing and matching some of my favorite fall neutrals, here with army green, maroon, and dove gray. This rabbit fur vest was an investment piece I purchased last fall. It’s so warm and the deep color pairs nicely with lots of different neutrals. The jersey wrap dress is from one of my favorite designers, Haute Hippie. It’s so cozy and has an open back (hence it needs to be paired with a vest or jacket). The suede, dove gray booties with gold chunky heels are one my favorite things to pull out at the first signs of fall.

New Yorkers don’t always wear black!

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Adrienne Landau Rabbit Fur Vest
Haute Hippie Draped Modal-Jersey Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg 440 Bangle Bracelet
French Connection Kristina Suede Metallic Heeled Boots

Leather & Floral Ruffles

Another edgy downtown look with Tom Naples Photography! Tom and I had so much fun exploring the Lower East Side. We were very inspired by all of the NYC graffiti and the grittiness of the city. Stemming from the first part of our series, I kept my Maje leather jacket. In some of the photographs you can really see the beautiful shoulder stitching. This time I paired the jacket with a tiered floral ruffle dress, and my trusty nude strappy sandals. It’s a little too cold now to wear these sandals! I like the contrast of the tough leather with the feminine dress. To accessorize, I switched things up with my accessory of choice this fall: a choker. I like the delicate gold dangle on the front of this one. Per usual, my ear jackets made the cut.

Enjoy the photographs, I like that you can get a glimpse into our downtown adventure…Tom and I were both obsessed with the heart wall. West 4th Street does Delancey Street!

 

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Ear Jackets
Leather Jacket
Choker
Ruffle Dress- Cynthia Rowley (similar here)
Strappy Sandals

Fall Transition: Burgundy Pleats

Tom Naples Photography and I are at it again. We shot this look a few weeks ago on a beautiful warm fall day in the Lower East Side. We were particularly inspired by street graffiti and the Williamsburg Bridge. This post has a few different key fashion elements: this Maje leather jacket- which is a closet staple and an investment piece which is perfect for fall, this burgundy (trend alert!) pleated maxi dress- which is a great fall transition piece, this tie-string choker (trend alert!) which I have been wearing almost every day, my trusty ear jackets and ankle strap flats. This maxi dress is perfect for summer to fall, as it’s lightweight but long, can be layered easily, and the burgundy color is my favorite fall shade. I felt pretty rocker-chic and edgy between the leather jacket and the choker. It was Tom’s idea to head to the Williamsburg Bridge (I had never been) and it was such a blast. He has such an amazing eye! Enjoy the pics, and be sure to shop the links below.

 

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Ear jackets- Pinkyotto 
Long Wrap Choker- Pinkyotto
Leather Jacket- Maje
Burgundy Pleated Maxi Dress- Forever21 (exact same here)
Olive Ankle Strap “Angie” Flats- Dolce Vita

Fall Uniform

This weekend I went up to Sleepy Hollow for a very spooky weekend! Highlights included staying at the castle-like Tarrytown House and exploring the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery- which came complete with a headless horseman riding around! I packed my “fall uniform”: a nautical-inspired skinny striped black and white long sleeve shirt, a new burgundy quilted vest (burgundy is my favorite color this fall), black denim, and my favorite red zipper-back riding boots. A light vest like this one is great for transitional fall weather like we have been having in New York. This outfit is classic, cozy, and comfortable! Thanks to Daniel for the pics 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Skinny striped long sleeve shirt- Forever21 (similar here)
Burgundy quilted vest
Black denim
Red zipper riding boots

The opinions expressed in West 4th Street by Emily are her own. They do not reflect the opinions of Emily’s current or past employers, her clients, or any organization with which she is affiliated.