Style Profile: Callie Lyons

Steven Alan jumpsuit; Golden Goose sneakers

I spotted Callie in a Refinery29 street style gallery titled: Sneaker Stalking: How Real Women Wear Them In NYC. I was drawn to her afro and her outfit, but essentially I reached out to Callie because she was doing something well that doesn’t come naturally to me: dressing casually. That might be a bit dramatic because it’s not like I wear gowns to the grocery store, but it’s easier for me to dress up than dress down. In general, it’s harder to make an impact when you dress casually, but Callie does.

After interviewing Callie I realized that her being included in this gallery was quite fitting. Callie is a dancer who wears sneakers regularly and can’t be bothered with stilettos because they hurt her back. She also confirmed my belief that you don’t need a lot of money to look good or own nice things. You just need a strategy that works for you. My strategy is mixing thrift and vintage with midmarket stuff and a little bit of designer. I don’t mind combing through racks and racks of clothes in big, overwhelming stores. Callie’s is different, (she doesn’t do big stores) but she still manages to buy nice things on a budget. In fact, interviewing her made me change the way I shop. Read on to see what I’m talking about.

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Discovered: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Shoes

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I’ve been thinking a lot about shoes lately. I’m good on the everyday boot front, but I need, well want, a winter shoe that makes a statement. After spending a lot of money on shoes I rarely wear, I’ve learned my lesson: I will never pay over $100 on a shoe I can’t commute in. I need a sensible heel. Sensible reads Easy Spirit, but it’s not. In fact, a lot of brands are producing statement-making shoes with sensible heels. Like Maryam Nassir Zadeh for instance.

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How To Make Smart Purchases At Sample Sales

Elizabeth & James sample sunglasses
As I said in this post, I’m going to sample sales this season. I’ve always gone to a couple here and there, but I’ve never made a habit of it. This season I’m making the effort because there’s a part of me that feels like I’m missing out on affordable designer pieces and not taking full advantage of living in New York City. I work near the Garment District and can usually walk to these sales during my lunch break, so why not go?

So far I’ve been to a couple: Elizabeth and James, White and Warren, and Derek Lam. I’ve purchased a White and Warren cashmere travel wrap (originally $300, I bought it for $100) and a pair of Elizabeth & James sample sunglasses pictured above (I purchased them for $38 and that brand’s sunglasses are usually around $180). I’m very happy with each of the items and proud of myself for not succumbing to the pressure of buying a bunch of stuff I don’t need just because it’s discounted. I’ve kind of learned how to be a discerning shopper under a myriad of circumstances and these are of great use at sample sales. Here are my tips for shopping sample sales:

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Who Caught My Eye During Fashion Month

Claire Beermann

I’ve talked about this before, but some women just get it. They understand what shapes and colors work for their bodies. They understand how to look distinct in a sea of well dressed people during fashion month. And most importantly, they understand how to have fun with clothes. Click on to see who grabbed my attention during fashion month and why.

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How I’m Going To Shop This Season

Selfies in Band of Outsiders; Gap; All Saints; and Acne

After interviewing a few women over the past couple months (their style profiles will be live soon!), I realized how important it is to buy pieces that you love. Pieces that give you a feeling as soon as you put them on. Pieces that go the distance and work for your body and your lifestyle.

I’m always strategic about what I buy, but this season I’m being even more thoughtful about it. Why? I want nice things. I want to buy things that I will wear often and five or ten years down the line. It’s not a completely new approach, but here’s a breakdown of how I’m going to shop this season.

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Sabrina Meijer On The 5 Piece French Wardrobe

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Quality over quantity has always been a favorite maxim of mine. It applies to so many things (relationships, food, jobs, etc.) but it’s something I’ve always attempted to keep in mind when purchasing clothes. That’s why I was so intrigued when I came across a post on Sabrina’s blog, AfterDRK, about a 5 Piece French Wardrobe. This concept means that you only purchase five pieces every six months. This excludes basics, underwear, and accessories that are under $100.

Most bloggers don’t speak this language.  Many blogs are all about consumerism, and products, and taking pictures of yourself with products that brands send you. It was refreshing to hear from a blogger that’s thoughtful and strategic about her purchases. Sabrina and I met right before New York Fashion Week to discuss the 5 Piece French Wardrobe along with other things. Read on to see how this concept has worked for Sabrina, where she shops in Amsterdam, and if she dresses for the photographers during fashion month.

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5 Stylish Women Answer This Question:

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As much as I dislike the transition from summer to fall, it’s an exciting time for my closet. I immediately get into buy mode, but I always try to be really strategic about it. I typically start by browsing the internet and compiling things I want, looks I like, and colors I’m drawn to. But, if you didn’t already gather this from these profiles, I like to hear from various perspectives to inform my decisions.  That’s why I decided to reach out to previous style profile subjects who were nice enough to humor me and answer the question above. Click through to see their responses:

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What I Wore To New York Fashion Week

Zara crop top; thrifted skirt and earrings; Prada Sunglasses; Raul Bag; See by Chloe sandals

This season (see last year for comparison), I really had no interest in wearing print. I wanted to keep things as clean and simple as possible. I also didn’t go on a shopping spree. Not that I can afford to go on a shopping spree, but I barely bought anything.  I went to a couple of thrift and vintage stores and focused on dresses and bold earrings. Here’s what I wore:  (more…)

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