OOTD: Downtown Fringe
Nice weather brings New Yorkers outside in droves, and we are no exception. For a day that would take us from Tribeca to Chinatown and back uptown again, I decided to go for a monochrome boho look. My new fringe bag from Barbara Bui is giving me all sorts of 70’s inspiration, and it was only natural to pair it with an asymmetrical flowy skirt.
The black shirt that completed the look is actually one of my most versatile wardrobe staples: The Evolve convertible top from the Canadian ecofriendly brand Encircled. This one shirt can (and has) been worn 8+ ways, and is the first thing I pack on any trip – with just a couple of snaps (not the endless draping and tugging of most purportedly convertible garments), I can make it sharp professional, edgy asymmetrical, chic casual, or like here, give it a boho vibe. The material is incredibly soft, and still somehow durable – I’m something of a klutz, but spots easily come off with just a bit of water. Weird bonus: The top cleans glasses better than most cloths sold specifically for that purpose!
Encircled also has a special place in my heart because it is one of the first labels that responded to my #plussizeplease hashtag movement by increasing their size range. The designer now offers clothes up to a 2x, all ethically made and of the same great quality. I am all for supporting independent designers, especially ones that are open to taking the risk of increasing their size range, so definitely check Encircled out if you are interested in one top that can be more (it is seriously great to have around, and has solved many an outfit woe).
The skirt is from another indie designer, Corey Lynn Calter, who has added plus sizes exclusively for Gwynnie Bee. I really love the brand’s aesthetic, and being able to get unique pieces like this skirt as part of my GB subscription is just another reason I love being a member.
Convertible top: Encircled
Laceless patent boots: Forever 21 (old, similar here from Saint Laurent)