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

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

What Inspires Me

         Hello readers! This week I would like to talk about where I find inspiration. My passions are not purely creative, so what inspires me to work and pursue my dreams might be different from artists or creative writers, so I thought I would share. One of the most inspiring things for me personally is learning and witnessing others find success in doing what they are most passionate about. For example, in class this past Saturday, my classmates and I presented our history of fashion projects. We each had to study a decade of fashion and teach the class all about our chosen time period. It was really cool to see these people who are becoming my friends talk about fashion because all of us are so interested in the industry and have fallen in love with it. Coming to FIT inspires me to work in fashion because I get to be with people who share the same goals as myself in addition to learning about topics of interest. Who knew that learning about things like color theory could be somewhat fun and motivating?

         Inspiration to live my life to the fullest in every aspect comes from many different places. However, I have found that surrounding myself with people who have interests and set goals for themselves is the most inspiring because you’re moving at the same pace as them. If you make friends that don’t have any interest in finding their purpose in life, it’s easy to lose focus of your passions because you’ll end up with no one to cheer you on. I’m really lucky to have friends like this and I appreciate them very much. Experiencing life with people that you love is truly one of the best things.

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

           So I don’t get too emotional, I wanted to end this post on a lighter note and talk about finding inspiration for what I wear. Style inspiration is probably one of the most interesting topics to talk about because an outfit can be inspired by anything! I love looking at what other people are wearing to get inspiration. New York is perfect for people watching and I often see the most interesting ensembles. Recently, I’ve seen unique ways of layering that I’m definitely going to try out. I also find inspiration from people on social media and my favorite celebrities/artists/people. Lately I’ve been finding the best inspiration from past decades and from movie characters. A few of my current style icons are…

  • Liv Tyler as Corey Mason in Empire Records (1995)
  • Alexa Chung
  • Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)

So, where do you find inspiration for your life and/or your outfits? I would love to know, so feel free to comment! Have a great week!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

9 Places To Visit After Class!

Hello readers! I hope everyone had a great weekend because I know I did. Class this week at FIT was very interesting. We learned all about color theory and how different colors can evoke different emotions from consumers. We also went on a tour of Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at The Museum At FIT. Learning about Susanne’s life as a party planner was inspiring because all of her hard work throughout time has paid off. In case you don’t know anything about this fashionable woman, you should definitely go check out her exhibit when you get a chance. You have until December 5th or you can virtually tour it here. All of the clothes featured have a back story and are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Each design is unique and historical in its own way.
In addition to having a fun class, I also had an exciting rest of the day as well. I took the subway down to SoHo to do some window shopping and to visit an art exhibit. For retailers, it’s already the holiday season and festivity is in the air. I also ended up wandering into Greenwich Village as well and I’m so glad I did! New York City truly has so much to offer culturally, each neighbourhood is amazing in its own way. With that being said, for this week’s post, I have compiled a list of my favorite places I like to visit in New York so far…

 

Shopping

  • Topshop Soho
    478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    (212) 966-9555
  • Muji Soho
    455 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    (212) 334-2002

Art

Food

  • Quantum Leap
    226 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
    (212) 677-8050
  • By Chloe
    185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
    (212) 290-8000

So I covered the most important three things… Food, Art, and Shopping! The areas all of these places are in are absolutely beautiful and not hard to find. When learning how to get around the city, I highly suggest using this app City Mapper. It keeps me up to date on the status of the subway system and is very user-friendly!

Have a great week everyone! Everyday is what you make of it.

Thanks for Reading,

Kenzie Davis

My Commute May Be Long, But TOTALLY Worth It

Life since starting Precollege classes at FIT has been incredibly exciting. I find myself always being busy, which is not bad at all. The idea of going to New York City every Saturday motivates me to work harder during the school week and to not procrastinate on my homework. I’m learning so much about fashion trends and how they are created. Finally learning about an industry I’m passionate about inspires me to work harder so I can learn even more. My classmates and I are becoming friends, which is making class even better. My experience so far at FIT has been everything I could ever ask for.

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Grand Central

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The View Coming Out Of Penn Station

I live in Connecticut, so I have to commute in early every saturday for class. The train ride is about an hour and a half, but I don’t mind it at all.  I arrive at Grand Central around 7:45 in the morning. No matter how many times I’ve been there, Grand Central is still one of my favorite places to be in New York. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. To get to FIT, I either take the 7 to Penn Station and walk from there or I take the shuttle to Times Square and then switch to the 1 there. Using the subway by myself used to be daunting, but now it’s easy and feels normal. When it’s that early on a Saturday morning, New York has a strange, comforting calmness about it. Everyone is just waking up and the day is only beginning.The sidewalks are close to empty compared to the regular chaos during the rest of the day. I have quite a bit of time before class begins, so I usually walk to Whole Foods that is only blocks away from FIT. Going to a grocery store for breakfast gives me so many options of food to eat rather than just going to Starbucks or Panera. This morning, I chose some fruit and a bottle of chocolate almond milk. I walk back to FIT and eat my breakfast until it’s time to go to class.

Right now in class we’re learning about how fashion trends are forecasted and working on our history of fashion projects. My classmates and I each chose a decade of fashion to study and create a presentation about. I love the 1980s and its culture as a whole, so that was the decade I chose. We went to visit the FIT library to look at magazines published in each of our eras and it was so interesting to see how publications have evolved over time. We also visited the Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch exhibit at the end of class. All of the clothes featured were so intricately designed and entertaining. It was great inspiration for my project. My classes have never been boring. Learning at FIT is so much fun!

Until Next Week
Kenzie Davis