5 Ways To Love Layering

Hello readers! As the mornings have gotten colder, I’ve reached a dilemma. I’m having trouble letting go of my fall clothes. I knew this moment would come, but not this soon. I’ve been avoiding pulling my winter coat out of my closet. This is unusual for me because winter is my absolute favorite season because of the clothes. However, I’ve come up with a solution that will get me by until the temperature permanently drops under 30 until the spring: Layering! This may seem like a simple solution, but I feel as if I’m getting very creative to keep warm. This styling trick has no rules, which makes it so much fun. I’ve gotten more compliments on my outfits than ever before. Here are my 5 favorite ways to layer:

  1. Get out your favorite sleeveless casual dress and wear it over a turtleneck or a long sleeve top. I’ve lately been doing this with a black faux suede dress and any warm shirt I can find. I feel very put together when I do this!
  2. Pair your thick cardigan with a light jacket to stay warm and add texture to your outfit. This is a wonderful way to transition into wearing a heavier coat and the pairing of different fabrics looks great together. Add a chunky scarf for when it is colder out.
  3. This may sound weird, but wear a statement sock that sticks out of your shoe over a pair of tights. Choose socks that are a different color than your outfit or have a cool pattern. Keeping your feet warm is important, so you might as well look cute while doing it!
  4. Wear as many thin layers as possible. Dressing like this will keep you so warm you’ll forget all about wearing a coat. Mixing fabrics will add dimension to your look and make it unique. Try it out and I promise you that you won’t be left in the cold.
  5. Throw a sweater over your button up top. This may be known as an exclusively preppy styling tip, but anyone can rock it. A patterned or colored sweater will make the formal button up seem more casual and fun while keeping you warm.

This is the best way to stay warm and fashionable this season. Layering lets me survive cold, brisk mornings in New York until I finally decide to wear a coat.

Have a great week!

 

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

Final Project Part 2

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This week I began my sketches for my “Creating the Fashion Figure” final project. I started by picking fabric swatches that matched my color palette (red, black and white.) I began drawing my figures and the outfits that would go with them. My theme was edgy and most of my fabrics are red velvet or black/ white leather. My inspiration was the covers of “Rolling Stone,” one of my favorite magazines. My favorite look that I drew is the jeans and leather jacket because it is the most offbeat of the three looks I created. I will pick out fabrics for each of these designs for my following project, and these looks will correlate with the mood board I created in last week’s post for my final project. My last class is December 19 and I am very much looking forward to seeing what my friends have created for their final projects as well as my own! 

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Fall Thrift Store Finds

Another Saturday at FIT has come and gone. I cannot believe that it has already been six weeks since classes began! I’ve learned so much and have gotten to meet so many interesting, passionate people. The people I’ve met have inspired me to wear whatever I would like. This week, we learned more about the history of fashion and we got to take a field trip to 34th street. On 34th street, my classmates and I admired the holiday window displays and took pictures of our favorite clothes in some stores like Forever 21 and Zara. This didn’t feel like learning at all! However, we learned a lot about merchandising, fast fashion, and how trends from the past almost always come back.

When a trend comes back from a past decade, it’s not always longterm. This is exactly why thrift stores are necessary! Shopping at a thrift store for current trends saves you money because the clothes there are so much cheaper than your favorite retailer and you don’t want to invest in something you might not wear in a few months because it went out of style. After class or when I have free time, I love to go shopping at thrift stores. I always find clothes that fit my personal style better than what most retailers have to offer and the pieces there are unique. Within the last few weeks, I went shopping at a few thrift stores to update my wardrobe and I had so much fun! This hunt was successful, so I’m going to share my finds with you.

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

This blouse is one of my absolute favorite pieces I found! I love its silky look and it is very similar to Harry Styles’ Gucci blouse that he wore in the latest One Direction music video for their new song Perfect. I think this shirt would go very well with a pair of high waisted black jeans and some chelsea boots!

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

This cozy turtleneck is perfect for a cold, autumn morning in New York. I plan on wearing this with a denim skirt or a pair of jeans with white sneakers. 

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

I’m so happy I found a denim shirt that is perfect for layering! I love the dark wash and how it isn’t thick enough to be a jacket. I think this would go perfect with some black pants and a scarf for a simple fall look.

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

These jeans are so comfortable and authentic looking compared to your classic, stiff denim. I could work these into any outfit, but I’ll probably end up pairing them with a cardigan, a crop top, and my chelsea boots with a statement sock.

Black Light Jacket

Black Menswear Inspired Jacket

Light Black Jacket

This menswear inspired jacket is perfect for layering this fall. Its serious tone could dress up any outfit and is perfect for cold nights. I would also wear this in a casual situation to change up my usual style.

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

I’ve recently been seeing so much velvet in stores lately, so I thought I would try it out with this cardigan. This is another piece that could instantly make an outfit more formal.

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

A black turtleneck is absolutely essential for me in cold weather. There’s something about this simple shirt that can make you look more sophisticated when you wear it. A piece like this can be worked into almost any outfit.

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

A black sweater is also an essential for my closet! I actually found this one in the men’s section of the store, which is one of my favorite places to look for sweaters. This basic can be worn on any occasion.


 

All of the clothes I’ve bought I plan on wearing to class at FIT this month. I love experimenting with my outfits when getting dressed to go to New York because no one cares about what you wear or what brands you’re wearing. This is definitely true at FIT, but it’s also true for the entire city. I may sound like Carrie Bradshaw, but New York City lets you be whoever you want to be, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve bought at a thrift store? I would love to know, so feel free to comment.

Have a great week everyone!

Kenzie Davis

FIT Semester Overview

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This semester I am taking a class called “HAR 016: Creating the Fashion Figure.” This is a vital class to take if you plan on applying to the fashion design side of FIT. To apply to this part of the school, you will need to create a portfolio with your work and collection ideas. Also, if you dream of becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser, or stylist, this course can help you reach that goal. This course teaches students to understand, analyze, and draw the front view of the female fashion figure. Also, it teaches how to develop design ideas in a fashion sketch and to explore the silhouettes used in fashion design.

The Fashion Institute of Technology has a very specific style of fashion figure they like to use, along with detailed drawings of clothes submitted in portfolios. The body is usually very elongated and the clothes are very specific in fine detail. Fabric samples and color choices are also very important when you submit a portfolio piece. In my class, taught by Professor Renaldo Barnette, we learn how to precisely draw a fashion figure, one that fits FIT criteria. This class is very enjoyable and I have learned a lot from it. Not only have I learned how to draw a fashion figure, but I have also learned how to properly draw clothes on the fashion figure. Our professor teaches us how to draw necklines, tops, skirts and how to design our own collection. He also teaches us how to find inspiration and translate that into a collection. For example, we frequently look at fashion magazines and previous collections that designers have created. This week we learned from our substitute teacher, Professor Notto, how to determine what kind of customers would buy our clothes, and then how to design them to fit the customer base we want to target.

I would highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to apply to the design side of FIT. It has been very helpful to me and will hopefully help my chances of getting admitted. Above all, it is a very interesting class and I’m so glad I enrolled in it!

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3 Lessons I’ve Learned At FIT

Hello readers! In the past days, I have reflected on how my life has changed since starting classes at FIT. All of these changes have been positive, but I never thought learning more about my field of interest would change anything. I obviously knew that by the end of the semester I would have gained more knowledge, but here are 3 things I’ve learned, that have also changed my life since taking precollege classes at FIT.

1. Time Management

When spending your Saturday mornings and afternoons in New York, you have to learn time management. Balancing school, FIT, and my social life was hard at first, but now is very simple. I’ve learned that if something is important to me, I have to make time for it. Time management is a vital skill that I will continue to use throughout life. For example, I’ve figured out how much time I need to make it to Grand Central from FIT, buy lunch on the way, and still make my train back to Connecticut. At home, I manage my time by scheduling when I should do certain assignments for school so that I don’t procrastinate.

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2. Using The Subway

New York’s subway system used to be the most daunting thing about the city for me. Now, I can use it with ease. Carrying around a map of the city and also having one handy on my phone has helped me tremendously in understanding how to navigate my way around New York. My family used to try to teach me how to get around, but now I’m teaching them! I like it much better than taking a cab everywhere because it’s cheaper and more interesting. I also find that I walk more than I would taking a cab and I love walking around New York.

3. Dressing In Layers

This lesson may be obvious, but I’ve found that I’ve utilized this styling tip more this semester. Not only does this keep me warm, but also makes my outfits unique. I love layering clothes I would usually wear in the summer with turtlenecks and then wearing a coat over that. Transitioning away for my warmer weather clothes is hard, so I like to wear them for as long as I can.

All of these lessons have changed me because not only am I using them in New York and at FIT, but also in my life back home. Not only have I seen these changes in myself and my life, but my family and friends have too. Overall, my experience at FIT so far has been absolutely positive and I’m very happy I decided to take Precollege classes. I can’t wait to come back next semester!

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Have a great week everyone!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis