Tips For Sneaking Into New York Fashion Week: Dress Like You Belong

February 5, 2010 by Marisa Siegel
shefinds | Style

New York Fashion Week is mere days away and the invites to the most coveted shows were sent out long ago.  If you’re not a celebrity, fashion editor, socialite, or 13 year old blogger with a kooky hat, then your presence was not likely requested for this season’s tents–but you can still watch some of them from home, on your computer.

Anyway, if you happen to be in New York, a fashion show is not necessarily contingent about being on the VIP list; it’s all about dressing the part and feeling confident.  Since the theme of “tent-crashing” has been a hot topic in the news this week, we’ve put together a list of 5 separate pieces to help you fool even the cleverest of PR door bitches–not to be worn together, of course.

Massive Sunglasses

Lying to the best fashion PR people in the business can be more than a little nerve racking, but the last thing you want to do is show the fear in your eyes.  Larger than life lenses give you an instant poker face.  Bonus points if you keep your shades on throughout the show à la Anna Wintour.

Roxy, $75

Loud Prints

In the world of high fashion, in order to blend in inconspicuously you must dress conspicuously.  This means if you show up in a boring black dress you won’t fit in with the dozens of fashionistas waiting to enter the tents.  People who work in fashion pride themselves on personal style, and save their most eclectic outfits for fashion week.  A loud print will speak volumes of your style savvy.  Also remember to play it cool and casual, if you look like you’re trying too hard, like showing up in an evening gown, you will immediately be deemed a fashion nobody.

Elizabeth & James, $275

Elaborate Heels

As painful as chic heels can be, fashion week is not the time to bust out your flats.  Slip on your favorite funky shoes that you saved for months to buy, and strut your stuff.

Rock & Republic, $214.35

Vintage Jewelry

Fashionistas love to show off their individual style with one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry.  Turquoise, western inspired pieces are a good way to get the vintage look without having to sift for hours through dirty thrift shops.

Anthology, $98

Chic Caplet

A basic jacket is oh so passé in the world of fashion.  Throw on an unexpected caplet and you’ll sweep right through the velvet ropes and into the front row.

Organic by John Patrick, $202.50

If you don’t have immediate access to the fashion tents, you can catch many of this season’s shows streaming live on the Internet.  Prove your style skills and take one of our taste tests.


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