How To Plan For Your First NYFW
Happy FRI-YAY! I am currently en route to yet another state this week (if you’ve been keeping count — in the last week and a half, I’ve been to: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and now Texas). I’m on my way to STYLECON DALLAS! I’m so excited — and can’t wait to meet everyone who is going. Shoot me an email if you’re going to be there, I’d love to meet up! Today, however, I’m recapping my NYFW, giving you my inside tips to rocking it your first time and showcasing my literal RIDE OR DIE shoes that lasted through sunshine, rain and the lower east side. Let’s do this.
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How To Plan For Your First NYFW
This post is sponsored by Restricted Footwear. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
I’m not going to lie. I was SO nervous to go to NY for Fashion Week. I had built it up to be something so amazing in my head, I was sure that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. HOWEVER. I was totally nervous for NOTHING because I had the time of my life and honestly (even though I missed my kitties and hubby) did not want it to be over. New York has my heart forever and always, so a little piece of me gets left behind every time I have to board a plane back to another city.
Here are my top 8 tips for killing it at your first NYFW (so you don’t get stressed and overwhelmed):
Tip 1: Throw your itinerary out the window.
Honestly. If you are like me, you are a freak planner. I had every thing planned down to the literal minute because I’m psycho like that. Sorry not sorry. I like having an organized schedule, knowing when I will be places, scheduling in time to eat and things to see. NYFW was out to get my type A personality. It is SUPER disorganized. We were still getting invites to shows up until the day before they happened. Loosely decide what shows you want to prioritize, but keep your schedule open to throw in any last minute events you want to attend. It will be a crazy, sleep deprived week but it’s better if you can let go of the must-plan-everything part of yourself.
Tip 2: RSVP to EVERYTHING.
Even if you think you can’t go. Even if you don’t love the designs. Even if it is on the opposite end of the city. RSVP to everything. We ended up being able to fit in things we didn’t think we were going to, and now we will be on the list for next year. It’s better to RSVP and then cancel if you need to than not to RSVP at all. In hindsight, I would have RSVP’d for more so that I could be on the invite list for next year.
Tip 3: Go with friends.
I can’t stress this one enough. I went with Erica from Coming Up Roses and couldn’t have picked a better companion. She is one of my best friends in the WORLD. We had an absolute blast navigating the city, running all over the place, watching the shows…looking back, I would have been so lonely and nervous doing this all by myself. I’m endlessly grateful we decided to do it together!
Tip 4: Hire a photographer for at least one day.
I was lucky enough to be best friends with my photographer Erin (see her work HERE and then hire her immediately) and she decided to come along for the ride for 3/5 days in NY. I am SO THANKFUL she did because I am thrilled with the pictures we were able to get. I love how she was able to capture the city and my love for the big apple, I got some adorable outfits shots (coming soon) and enough instagrammable images to last me a life time. Plus, she never got annoyed when I wanted my picture taken 40 times on random streets.
Tip 5: Don’t go broke buying a million new outfits.
Yes — stock up on some new things, but don’t spend an entire paycheck trying to do it. I shopped smart during Labor Day weekend (fun fact: it’s the weekend RIGHT BEFORE NYFW), and was able to score almost everything I wore on sale. I’m totally convinced that it isn’t even about being fashionable — it’s just an excuse to wear your most outrageous clothes hiding in the back of your closet. We saw some questionable “fashion” in the runway audiences…
Tip 6: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS SACRED BRING A WATER BOTTLE.
One day, I forgot mine and was fairly certain that was going to be the end of my existence. Yes, you can pop into a starbucks and grab a bottle of water but they can run $4 a bottle in the city, and trust me: you are going to go through a LOT. I packed two in my bag and refilled them when I could. I was so thankful to have them traversing through the city and I never made that mistake again.
Tip 7: Bring a LARGE bag.
I’m not kidding. I bought a brand new Kate Spade tote with me because I knew I would need to bring a lot of stuff with me during the day. To give you an idea: I had an iPad, two water bottles, snacks, extra shoes, wallet, keys, sunglasses (several pairs), an extra change of clothing (sometimes more than one), a bag of jewelry, a small makeup bag and a mirror. If I wasn’t fashion-conscious and also trying not to get mugged, I would have brought a backpack. Don’t underestimate the size of the bag you’ll need.
Tip 8: Ditch the heels.
Don’t even try. I think I walked almost 100,000 steps by the end of the week and even in flats, I was dying. Wear comfortable shoes (you can still find cute flats) and stop worrying about being your most stylish high-heeled self. Bring them for photoshoots, and then put them in your bag. Your feet can thank me later. Even in flats, I still ended up with blisters and aching feet. I can only imagine what my toes would have felt like if I had worn any type of heel (even short ones). I opted to wear my favorite Restricted Footwear gold + black flats for a good portion of my trip. They’re gorgeous, wrap around my heel so my shoes didn’t pop off my feet, and are SO comfortable. They’ve quickly become a wardrobe staple. They come in multiple colors, so be sure to shop them here.
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I had the best time this year at NYFW and I am already planning for next year. I can’t wait to see how my site grows and changes in the next year, and what a difference that will make in the shows I’m able to go to! I hope these tips helped you decide to take the plunge and go to New York during one of the most exciting times of the year.
Let me know in the comment below if you plan on checking these adorable shoes out ASAP. I promise you need them — you can thank me later.