Welcome to this week’s edition of What Jennifer Wore! Summer has hit the city full throttle – and with summer weekends away for most, the weekday social calendar goes into overdrive from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Last week, my Thursday event of choice was an “Art Crawl” through twelve Soho & Lower East Side galleries. Since I’ve finished grad school and returned to the social scene, I really try to take advantage of everything the city has to offer. This was close to my apartment, included cocktails with culture and a great afterparty at a hot new hotel. For a mere $25? Check!
Purchasing the ticket was the easy part – the real heaving lifting was deciding what to wear! We’d be hoofing it from spot to spot, so comfortable, yet stylish footwear was a must. And this was a crowd of the trendiest variety, so my strategy was definitely “dress to impress”. And I felt a dress would be perfect for this occasion.
While I picked up numerous pieces during last week’s summer stock up, the only dress I did purchase was a bit too casual for this event. So, given my recent style cleanse, it was back to my closet for inspiration. Hmm…so many directions I could go in, but one certain dress was just screaming for a night out of Jennifer’s closet.
It’s a DVF beauty, circa 2003, that I purchased during my very first trip to Saks’ flagship store on Fifth Avenue. I had recently moved to NYC and soaked up all the area retail, store by glorious store each weekend that summer. I still get chills at the deals I got that day – 2 DVF dresses at about 60% off retail.
Then, shoes. Below were my choice – yes, yet another piece from DVF. Diane’s heels retail in the range of $300-400, but I snapped these up as soon as I saw them on Gilt Group last fall. $150…steal! Yes, I did mention above that I was looking for both style and comfort that night. While these look completely unmanageable, they’re actually one of the most comfortable and walkable heels in my closet. My gut feeling is that the platform helps, but I walked at least a half mile to the first gallery, between all gallery locations AND home that night. Pain? Not for a second.
Finally, accessories. I grabbed my go-to gold Lauren Merkin clutch – also purchased on that Saks’ trip years and years ago. Jewelry: a pair of simple gold earring so as not to compete with this fabulous bracelet, sourced from Brooklyn Flea back in May. It sold for a mere $50 and is slowly becoming one of my most worn bracelets.
And here’s the look all pulled together, playfully styled with one of my favorite gallery pieces of the evening. Taxidermy can be art, too!
Come back tomorrow to learn about dressing for one of June’s most popular events. Guesses?