As any fashion editor will tell you, there is a lot of gifted gear up in this gig. But what about the pieces we buy? I thought it would be interesting to focus for a minute on which items were deemed worthy of cold, hard cash, no PR strings attached. Accordingly, I combed through my online bank statements since August to identify the six fashion purchases I’ve made in the last three months. On average, I spent $189 an item, ranging from fast-fashion picks to an indie designer The New York Times deems a person to know. Ahead, find my honest reviews of each, plus multiple pictures of how they look IRL.
My Review: I bought this bodysuit after seeing it on Jen Gotch’s Instagram Stories. The $58 tag qualified as an impulse buy I was way down for. I’ve worn it twice total, but hopefully waxing about its positive attributes here will inspire me to give this little number more airtime. Pro:- The rust color and the athletic cut with the barely there mock turtleneck!- Double-lined over the bust- Thong back (necessary to wear with this silk skirt). Con:- You have to stand up really straight to avoid stomach wrinkles. I thought I was standing up straight in these pictures, hah. Neither here nor there: – The head hole is pretty small, so if you’re planning on wearing makeup, put it on after. – Despite the double lining, there is occasional nip action, but I’m pro nip, so.
My Review: I bought these pants in a last-minute “oh my god, how do I look cute at fashion week?” panic. A month earlier, on a press trip in Copenhagen, I saw Lucy Williams wearing a yellow top and AlexaChung snakeskin pants, so I bought a yellow top and AlexaChung snakeskin pants (said in Mean Girls voice). At least I’m honest if not original? My pants seem to be a different season, as Lucy’s are jean material, and mine are silk. Pro: – Yellow snakeskin pants make you feel fly as hell.- The point above cannot be overstated. Con: – They wrinkle pretty quickly at the thighs and don’t lie entirely flat over my hips. You can see this in both pictures. Neither here nor there: – At said fashion week, Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What was sitting in front of me at a show. When she saw the pants, she promptly ordered them online from her phone. Unclear if she kept the purchase.
My Review: Another fashion week purchase! Spoiler: It’s not the last one. I bought these because my best friend got them first, and I figured I should just buy my own damn pair instead of bothering her to borrow them. It turns out that was a wise decision because I clocked over 10 miles in these bad boys in NYC. Pro: – A 7/10 on the comfort scale, which for cheap shoes ain’t bad at all. By the third day, I had to preemptively Band-Aid one of my baby toes, but that’s just being shoe smart.- Between the color and the minimal straps, they go with ev-er-y-thing. Hence why I packed tons of shoes for fashion week and ended up wearing these 3/4 of the days I was there. Con: – The slingback does sometimes slides down. I would either adjust it or just keep walking and carry on as if they were mules.
My Review: This ring is my third Mondo Mondo jewelry purchase, and I doubt it’s stopping there, y’all. The obsession began with these silver earrings two and a half years ago, and more recently I inducted these rhinestone sun earrings to the collection. Pro:- Pinky rings, and especially gemstone pinky rings, are inherently jazzy. Similar feeling to snakeskin pants. Con: – Because the ring is brass, it leaves a green mark on my finger, and I have to avoid getting it wet. I’d definitely pay for a fine jewelry version—hit me up, Mondo Mondo?
My Review: Welcome to the final desperate fashion week purchase! I thought to myself: Self, how do I look cool? It was then that spirit took the wheel and whisked me to Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s e-commerce site. In the blink of an eye, I had a confirmation email that this top would be shipped to me shortly. Pro: – This 1000% does not look like I got it from any major retailer, which is inherently cool.- The on-purpose wrinkles blend with real wrinkles.- I like the dinky collar and pocket. Con: – The shirt pulls a little around the bust, and I have a smaller chest. Maybe I got too small of a size, though? Neither Here Nor There- The sheerness is tricky bra-wise. I wore a nude bra here and felt it was a tad basic. But sheerness is also integral to the top, so I’d better just get my act together in the bra department. I fear no bra is the designer’s intent, but despite my aforementioned pro-nip bravado, I’m not comfortable with super-sheer uncovered nip for myself (yet). – When searching to see if the top was still available, I discovered Bella Hadid wore the number this past spring. Twins!
Note: The one I’m wearing is sold out, but this blazer by the designer is practically the same thing!
My Review: This top has one thing to say to you: Do not sleep on the H&M Studio collection. It features premier designs, releases but a few times a year, and gets major press push, meaning that it sells out wicked fast. This top was a star player. I hesitated at first, and then after the encouragement of my colleagues (see below), I pulled the trigger in time to snag one of the last tops. Pro: – Printed turtlenecks were recently dubbed “the coolest top to wear with jeans right now”—by our own publication, but still. – The burnout wood print feels vaguely zebra adjacent, thus aligning with the animal-print trend, yet a bit more distinct. – It’s sheer but not so sheer that you can’t wear it to work with a nude bra underneath. – Someone asked me if this top was a bodysuit, which is a testament to how seamless it looks tucked in. Con: – TBH, none. Neither here nor there: – PS: The black jacket I wore in the photo above is $50 from our Who What Wear collection. Sources say you shouldn’t sleep on that either.
Note: As mentioned above, this top is sadly sold out, but we’d be happy to direct you to several lovely alternatives. Next up, check out the 53 stylish things I’ve worn in the past two weeks.