Everything I Wore to NYFW SS20
In addition to getting excited by the fashion that comes down the runways during NYFW, I always get major outfit inspiration from the street style of my fellow attendees. Fashion Week is always a time for people to really go for it with their looks, and I love an excuse to get creative with my style. I’ve shared some of my looks on Instagram, but I wanted to pull them together in one place for you babes (and I’m linking everything that I can!)
Day 0: Henning Press Preview and Fashion Week Pulls
The official dates of NYFW change a bit every season, but the launch of Lauren Chan’s new high end plus size workwear label Henning warrants inclusion IMO. For what I knew was going to be a long hot day, I wore a flowy dress from Fauxgerty, a size-inclusive and ethically made brand I recently discovered. This pistachio hue was all over the Fall/Winter 2019 runways, and it is one of my favorite color trends this season, as I recently discussed in Glamour.
I actually loved how this dress looked under the gorgeous Henning classic trench – pistachio and neutrals look so good together!
Day 1: Kicking Off Shows with Patricia Field
I had a whole LOOK planned out for the first NYFW show from legend Patricia Field in years, but as sometimes happens, life had other plans. With the early arrival of my least favorite monthly visitor, I was suddenly grumpy and bloated, and the form-fitting outfit I planned was no longer an option. Fortunately, I snagged this little tiger print slip dress from the ASOS suite earlier in the day. I sized up one, and the slip silhouette skimmed over my body without clinging – exactly what I needed. Paired with this chunky soled take on Fall’s combat boot trend, I felt right at home with the fabulous Patricia Field crowd. I also sized up one on these boots because they are not wide width, but I don’t think I needed to. They are immensely comfortable too, so expect to see me wearing them a lot this fall and winter.
Day 2: NYFW Shows, the 11 Honoré Party, and the Daily Front Row After Party
I wrote about this last season when I attended the 11 Honoré runway show at NYFW, but I’m still not over having gorgeous designer pieces available in plus. When I created my #plussizeplease movement over five years ago, options like these were just a dream. This Adam Lippes silk dress felt absolutely amazing on, and was a total compliment magnet. It was decidedly unfussy to wear too, holding up beautifully from early morning shows to well after midnight dancing away at the Daily Front Row Fashion Awards after party.
Day 3: The Curvy Con with Dia & Co.
This was a fun outfit selection process, as I put it in the hands of my Insta readers! I was attending the Curvy Con with Dia & Co., so they sent me a box of clothes to help me find my perfect look. In the end, it was down to two great options: A jumpsuit and a really fun rich cognac polka dot maxi. Although I loved the maxi (I wore it to an event the following week), I don’t think there would have even been a question in my mind if I hadn’t worn animal print the prior two days. There really is no such thing as too much animal print though, so I was overjoyed when the poll landed in favor of this immensely comfortable jumpsuit. Paired with my trusty white booties and my Wandler bag, I felt chic and pulled together. Though part of a hectic day, getting to see so many of my plus blogger friends and meeting my wonderful reader babes made this time with Dia at the Curvy Con one of my favorite parts of all of Fashion Week!
Day 3: Tie-Dye Mashup for NYFW
For a day so jam-packed with events and places to go, I wanted to be able to switch things up for the Fashion Week shows. This was one of those outfits that I dreamt up and actually came out the way I envisioned – such a satisfying feeling! My Baacal by Cynthia Vincent tie-dye shirt complemented my pleated skirt from A+ by Anthropologie (sadly sold out, but check out the collection here).
This is one of my favorite looks of the year, and I made InStyle’s round up of the best plus size street style (shot by Lydia Hudgens, one of my favorite photographers).
Day 4: E! Fashion Studio, Shows on Shows, Wellness Panel, and more CurvyCon
I fell in love with this Rodarte for Universal Standard set the first time I tried it on. True to Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s aesthetic, it is a lot (in the best way), but if there is ever a time to go all-in on a theme, it is during Fashion Week. Between the rich color and the signature Rodarte ruffle play, each piece is a statement in and of itself, and doubly so when paired together. So I decided to go full monochrome with a fun beaded handbag from Dia & Co, red ankle boots, and red sunglasses. It was certainly an attention-grabber, and I even ended up on Getty fashion.
I also got to stop by the E! Fashion Studio between shows, and had fun shooting in the Art Deco inspired lounge. Click here for more of that shoot!
This day might have been my busiest of all – in addition to a ton of shows and presentations, I also went back to the Curvy Con, and then went to speak on a panel with Ganesh Space about body positivity in the wellness community. And it still wasn’t over! I was SO grateful I had a room at the Gregory to collapse at after the panel.
Day 4: The Chromat 10th Anniversary Show
For the 10th anniversary runway of one of my favorite brands of all time, I really had to go for it, so I dug out my very first Chromat purchase – one of their signature cage skirts – and paired it with a complementary orange shirt dress worn as a jacket. I definitely got some looks and judgy comments in this one, but the #chromatbabe mentality is all about boldness and empowerment, and I felt like a fashion superhero in this outfit.
(With Liz Black of P.S. It’s Fashion). The vibe inside the Chromat show is always so good, like the coolest fashion family reunion, and it was even more exuberant for the anniversary show. I am so happy to be part of this beautiful, inclusive community.
Day 5: Break For Our Wedding Anniversary
Another very important anniversary immediately followed the Chromat show – our seventh wedding anniversary! I came straight from the Chromat show to have dinner with my husband and rang in another year of marriage with rosé in bed at the Gregory.
The view from our room at the Gregory New York
I took the morning of our anniversary off from NYFW and had a celebratory brunch with him instead, and then we happily lounged around the Boy Meets Girl room until it was time to check out.
Who else gets ready and puts the hotel robe back on until the last possible minute?
Day 5: More Shows + Dinner with a Fave
At the end of our blissful stay at the Gregory Hotel, my husband had to head home to pick up #panthepup from our dogsitter, and I had more shows to get to. I wore what I am lovingly calling “The Jumpsuit That Ruled Fashion Week” – SO many stylish plus size babes wore this during NYFW and the Curvy Con. I’m not surprised – it is such a good piece. The substantial denim gives it the right amount of structure, and the cut is perfect for curves (not an easy feat for this boilersuit style). After my shows, I met up with one of my best friends Alex LaRosa for dinner before she flew back to LA (the West Coast is taking everyone lately!)
Day 6: My Last Jam-Packed Day of Shows + Backstages
At this point, NYFW fatigue was starting to hit me hard, and my schedule was not letting up. I planned to shoot this excellent mixed print wrap dress with Karya Schanilec after the Veronica Beard presentation, but by that point I was so beat that I completely forgot until I was actually on the train heading home. The only full body shot I have of the day is this quick pic with Sarah from The Curvy Trini and Rachel from You Must Love Life.
I went backstage at Lela Rose with Color Street nails, and took this detail shot of my instant manicure and my gorgeous Caryn Michelle ring between shows.
I also have to say I love this photo of Liz, me, and Miss J in the front row at the Global Fashion Collective show.
Day 7: The Savage X Fenty Show
I ended NYFW on a high note with Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show, which was unlike any other show I’ve ever experienced. The whole thing was kept strictly under wraps until it launched on Amazon (you can watch it here), which meant they locked our phones for the whole performance and time we were in the Barclays Center. I just got a couple of quick but blurry photos during the excitement on the way in, but keep an eye out for me in the front row of the standing audience in the video!
All in all, it was an amazing (and amazingly busy) Fashion Week. I had a full week of events even after the official wrap, so I was just running on fumes by the end of everything, but I am still so grateful I get to be part of it all.