I’ve been perusing pics of the fabulous and the fashionable on your behalf, and I have whittled down the prevailing style idiom to a few easy rules: wear a skirt, but never tights; if in doubt, wear heels; do not, under any circumstances, actually put your arms in your in jacket/coat, but sling it over your shoulders, cape-fashion; carry your bag in your hand, hook it over your arm, do not put it on your shoulders (doesn’t work with your cape-style jacket, anyway).
Also – and you know this but it’s worth reiterating – New Yorkers give seriously good grooming. Blow dries, manicures, pedicures, finely honed physiques (I have a friend who worked at American Vogue. She is size 8 at most. She maintains she was the largest girl in the office.) I’m not saying this a pre-requisite for this week’s look, just that a nice shiny swishy ponytail, or a slick of red lipstick, might go down well.
Eva Chen is the new wunderkind of publishing. At 33, she has landed the job of editing Lucky. She is super-smart, ultra stylish and accessible. Here she is in a Peter Son skirt, Prada sunglasses and shoes, Fashion Club shirt and toting a Chanel bag.
J.Crew sequinned pencil skirt, now £224.97 (was £695), The Outnet,http://www.theoutnet.com/product/190165
Take one simple white shirt (from a classic American brand – Michelle Obama’s favourite, no less):
Add one fabulous skirt:
Obviously, Chanel is a weeny bit beyond most budgets, but I am a huge fan of Tory Burch’s designs. This baby is right at the top of my wishlist.
If only casually stylish US brand Madewell (so hip Alexa Chung designed a range for them) shipped to the UK, this would be a must-have:
I remain entirely obsessed with Anya Hindmarch’s Valerie clutch. To my mind, it is the perfect evening bag. One day, I will get my mits on one. Plus. Anya has just opened her first flagship store in New York, so it feels apposite to include her here.
Images: Olivia Palermo, Pinterest, NY Magazine