09 Dec New York Winter | Layered
I first met my lover New York City in July 2012 by chance. I know that sounds ridiculous, given that one needs to get a visa, book a plane ticket, accommodation, save up and actually travel all the way to New York City, but I maintain that our meeting was by chance because New York City had never been one of those places I on my list. I suppose all the storylines in movies and television series I had seen unfolded on the streets of New York City made me feel as if I knew the place. The thing about love though is that often it just happens by chance, takes over you and you can’t really get enough of it. That is how I feel about New York City. I really love New York.
Up until now my biggest fear was that a winter in New York would ruin the beautiful relationship I had with the city. That it would be so cold that I would Olivia Pope my way out of our love affair. However after experiencing a slightly warm winter in New York (10 degrees celsius) on my recent trip, I am still in love and have a new found love and appreciation for layering stylishy.
There is something magical about being in New York at this time of year. From the Christmas lights and windows at Barney’s to the people walking through the city layered in coats and holding cups of coffees, the visual is so reminiscent of all the movies I’ve watched with New York as the starring role. The leaves are a beautiful ochre and if you are lucky enough to watch the sun rise or set from an elevated place in the city the view is beyond magical… It’s hard not to envision the New York Dominique Francon and Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead saw in the buildings that make up the Manhattan.
About this look:
Layering hasn’t really been part of my life because of how warm it has been in South Africa. When I was packing, I really worked hard to make sure that I didn’t have too many cumbersomely warm pieces in an attempt to ward off the cold. This meant that I had to plan layered outfits that would allow for me to strip down once I stepped into a warm restaurant, whilst still looking styled and put together. Plus, when you have a wardrobe that is primarily spring / summer focused one has no choice but to layer and to break some perceived rules like wearing a turtleneck over a denim shirt.
Clothing Credits: Grey coat from H&M | Cropped turtle neck (worn over denim shirt) from Witchery | Denim shirt from G-Star RAW | Leather trousers from Alexander Wang x H&M | Jewellery from Mimco | Hat from Simon & Mary at Superbalist | Creepers from Rihanna x Puma
Photography by Paul WARD