Manhattan is crawling with interns during the summer- I started to take notice of the incredibly stylish Soho dwellers and found inspiration in their urban, edgy look.
Being 18, I was the youngest intern there, which only added to the intimidation factor. The sleek, modern aesthetic of Derek Lam's designs echoed in the arcitecture of the offices- both in the official store downstairs, and inside. Fashion constantly makes me drool through glossy pages, editorials and runway photos- but experiencing the collections in person is a whole different story.
1. Leather Shorts
A little pair of sleek leather shorts (or pleather, whichever you prefer) will go with everything and instantly add a subtle urban edge to whatever it is you're wearing.
2. Statement Accessories
Walking around and observing chic Manhattenites going about their day, I've noticed the most stylish young women don't really get too crazy with elaborate details or wild prints: instead, they opt for a more simplistic ensemble and let their accessories do most of the talking. Statement pieces that incorporate spikes and studs, mixed with chunky gems and rhinestones make for the perfect attitude.
The Little Black Blouse. Yes, they say that black attracts heat from the sun, but I've heard thats a rumor... besides, if you keep it sheer and flowy, you'll have plenty of room to breathe. It's almost like the updated version of the classic white shirt, and can be thrown on over literally anything. Pile on a few statement accessories and throw on some platforms to take the LBB up a notch.
4. A Chic Carry-All Tote
Whether you're commuting or living in the city during any sort of internship, a (somewhat) large bag is necessary to tote around with you. Stick to something versatile and simplistic, like this Rebecca Minkoff black leather zip tote, complete with numerous pockets and compartments to store all of your goodies. Cigarettes? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check. The latest issues of ELLE and VOGUE? Double check.
5. A Dash Of Python
Playful animal prints never really seem to completely vanish from fashion, and there's no signs of that changing soon. Snakeskin/Python Print is a modern take on the classic, and will help you indulge in your sexier, more playful side of style. But don't overdo it- this Elizabeth & James blazer is perfection- it's workplace appropriate, but can also be thrown on over a minidress for a night out... and puts a fun twist on the classic blazer silhouette.