Having just returned from a week-long fashion filled trip to New York City, I found myself pondering the question, "What is the true defining factor that makes a New Yorker's street style so elite?" Is it the lavish labels? A sense of consistent spotlight? Upon asking myself these questions throughout the week, I found my answer. What makes the street style of the Big Apple a fashion powerhouse is the not within what or who these metropolitan moguls are wearing but how they are wearing it. New Yorkers realize and value the ideology that life is too short to live it in lackluster clothing. Welcome to the new frontier of fashion, marked by mix-match and unconventional chic. Prim and proper make for a perfect look but go beyond perfect with unforgettable fashion. Refer to the figureheads of fashion for a glimpse into the future of fashion. Some of fashion's fiercest icons of the era such as Sarah Jessica-Parker and Cara Delevingne are marked not solely by a sense of style, but more so by their ability to go beyond beauty for eccentric elegance. These icons as well as others find inspiration in the ordinary and make it extraordinary. It doesn't take a Chanel shopping spree or a personal stylist to get the latest look; All it takes is an eye for edge and excellence. Follow these four simple secrets for adding edge to your everyday ensemble and soon you'll find yourself going from vague to vogue and a major contender in any cosmopolitan city.
1. Pattern Play. Next time that you open your closet, open your creative eye as you think outside of your usual outfits. One way to embody the chic street style like the stars is to mix patterns for a look that is unconventionally chic. From the catwalk to the sidewalk, Dolce to Dior, matching is out and mix-match is in. Break the rules of beauty by breaking out boldness. Do it like the designers and combine gingham and graphic or any other variation. Find inspiration in designer fashion and make it your own locally for far less. Being wow-worthy is important but be sure that you're wowing for the right reasons. When working this risky off-the-runway look, remember to find fits and prints that accentuate and flatter your figure and you'll always be the perfect pairing of clash and cute.
2. Shoesational Style. Establishing a sense of edge doesn't always include loud layers or popping prints. Some times all it takes to take your frock from a flop to the top is a show-stopping shoe. A good pair of shoes takes you good places so sometimes a sensational stiletto is worth the splurge. As Christian Louboutin, the father of fashionable footwear, expressed "Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally." Lift your look and outlook on life as you amp up any svelte style with an attention grabbing shoe. We suggest that a pair of phenomenal pumps are a statement best met with a sophisticatedly daring dress. Fashion's elite such as Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour often use this tactic to add edge to an elegant ensemble.
3. Lavish Layers. Layers are an incredible element when it comes to creating interest with your ensemble. Dare to add depth and dimension to your street style with a layer from leather to blazer. Play up your prim looks with a bold blazer or sass your sweetest ensembles with a leather jacket. For warmer weather, crochet and kimono are awesome alternatives. Any simple style goes from drab to fab by following this simple styling technique.
4. Metallic Luxe. Florals are a fashion favorite but metallics are the mood-setter this season. Groundbreaking for this time of year, silver and gold are a unique contrast to your spring style. From belts to heels to bangles, designers across the world are adding unexpected elements with metallics to create the most sensational collections. Gold, silver, copper, galore, top designers are transcending trend by creating wow-worthy dresses and jewelry clad in metallic tones. Whether you're rocking accents or a full ensemble of enamel, you'll be a shining sensation this season and beyond.