Never Enough

October 12, 2016

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When you think about it, no day in New York is ever the same. No matter how long you’ve lived here, how many times you’ve taken the same train, or how many times you frequent the same coffee spot-it’s different every time, even if you do absolutely nothing. While New York is top of the list of cities anyone can dream of living in, for me, it’s a thought that’s ever-changing. Some days New York is really really good, and some days, it just couldn’t possibly be worse. I know that for many people, a bad day in New York is still a better day anywhere else. But I haven’t reached that point of denial yet. One thing I do appreciate about New York, though, is that it never fails to surprise you. And in a way, that forces you to always be prepared.

For one thing, someone is lying to you when they say they are always on time in New York. One is always early, or late here because the MTA is never on anyone’s sides. Regardless of whether one is too early or late, you can assume that anyone in New York prepared to leave their house at least 15min before they actually need to leave because that’s just how much we rely on public transportation, haha.

New York is so big, that it makes you feel that much smaller, and I just don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel like they are ever doing enough here. I guess, maybe that isn’t such a bad thing at all. Like life, in fashion, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdress. And in everything else, it’s better to do a little more than what you intended to do. If everyone can just put a little more passion in something that they want to do, how much better do you think the world would be, collectively?

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These days, one’s collar color no longer determines their status in life. So why should we let the size of our sleeves, the price of our bags, and the season of our shoes determine how “fashion-forward” our styles are? Hard work definitely yields its share of returns, but a little harder can make all the difference. That’s why the details on our clothes matter. The color of the stitches, the material of the buttons - and in a more perfected world, we would care if the people making our clothes have the means to wear it, too.

With everything said, this blog post just felt lacking if I only showed you one way to wear a 50$ sweater. So I went out and attempted some self-portraits to take it a step further with the second look. A bit rusty with the focus and composition, but not mad about it since it gave me the motivation to get back into the zone.

'Till next time.

Look 1
Sweater with Tie Sleeve: Zara (similar)
Pants: Topshop
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11

Look 2
Sweater with Tie Sleeve: Zara (similar)
Dress: Magali Pascal
Shoes: Aldo Shoes

Photos by Shun S. (Look 1), Van Le (Look 2)
Creative direction and styling by Van Le