Freedom ’17: An Empire State of Mind


Image_HBGPhotography - 588Image_HBGPhotography - 580Seville Michelle choker (as bun holder)| Vintage Guess jacket | Vintage slip dress | Zara choker (as bracelet) | CC Skye wrap bracelet | Vintage Doc Martens

New York, I can’t let you go too soon. Although it’s been one year since I moved to the city and a few months since I moved out to Singapore, the spirit of being in NYC has always been with me. Given that I can’t call myself a New Yorker (yet!), it’s nice to be inspired by what you can wear when you’re over there.

Honestly, being in NYC taught me that I can’t give two fucks if I just sit there and play it safe in the fashion department. So, my approach to mixing decades, prices and all sorts of innerwear/outerwear have been mambo jambo thanks to the eclecticism of the city’s energy.

For NYFW, I am telling you that 99.9% of influencers, fashion bloggers and editors out there are going to wear some ’90s inspired fits this season. But as much as you and I LOVE the decade, y’all need to heed to this ‘cuz you can’t go too literal.

First things first, wear an actual vintage piece from the ’90s. To do this, always always always ALWAYS stalk through eBay! My top eBay hack is to be extremely specific as to which authentic vintage piece you want to find. Going through listings is like trying to find your friend’s number on your phone, but seriously, the hunt for the perfect piece is worth it! Whether it be a denim jacket or a pair of Docs, use your new vintage find as your outfit’s foundation.

My other go-to tip is to dig through a vintage store. If you’re nowhere near NYC or LA, Etsy is the best option. If the internet ain’t your thang, hit up your local vintage store! (Or if you’re on tight budget, THRIFT!!) When I used to live in NYC, my main go-to for cool vintage is The Vintage Twin. I go there to find ridiculously sick vintage denim jackets. Regardless of the brand, always make sure that the jacket is actually from the decade you are searching for! As for my Guess jacket, it’s from the ’90s. So, I decided to give it that SUPER ’90s twist by pairing it with my vintage Docs.

If you need to go ALL the way to show your fangirl devotion to the best decade EVER, rock a slip dress. Seriously, this easygoing style is the reason why so many of your faves like Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Courtney Love swear by it. It’s sexy, yet ridiculously flattering as it can hide your food baby.

Given that it’s freaking NYFW, go all the way out with the jewelry! Bling or no bling, you need the jewels to keep your ’90s inspo ridiculously modern. Believe me, if you wanna stand out, try wearing jewelry in places where you don’t usually put it on – like your hair, for example. It’s a daring look, but I dare you to try it on until you see it yourself!

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All photos by Hallie Geller

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Michelle Varinata

Lapis - (n.) a layer Shrek once said that "onions have layers" as he was peeling one. Like an onion, I have layers. Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, I grew up being surrounded in a multicultural environment. Then, I moved to the States, where I lived in NYC and L.A. The creativity, hustle, bustle and vibe of those cities inspired me to become a blogger, journalist and influencer. Writing by day and living it up by night, I slay in the streets one OOTD at a time. Full-face makeup included, too. ;)

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