Trends Two Ways: Fishnets

Every year on Black Friday my goal is to get Christmas shopping done and not get caught up in buying things for myself. I did a decent job this year (I actually bought most Christmas gifts online) but I couldn’t resist a new pair of jeans from H&M. And then, on a whim, a pair of fishnet tights. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pair if fishnet socks for some time, but I don’t have the right pair of shoes to wear them with. So then I would have to buy new shoes to go with them. And probably some cropped pants to show off the socks. And by that time it’s a downward spiral like that children’s book, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” 

But fishnet tights reminded me a bit too much of the Hot Topic years. They seemed like more of a committment than just the socks. I was a bit intimidated. And I received a lot of questions from frienda and family, because I wore the tights in Pennsylvania over the holiday and not NY, where I could wear a paper mache bird on my head and no one would bat an eye. Are fishnet tights trendy again? Can they be worn on nice occasions or are they still “grungy” and “edgy”?  And, my favorite, “Oh, were you out fishing before you came to this party?” 

So I wore the fishnets with two very different outfits, not with the intention of writing a blog post about it but because I’m obsessed with them. 

Outfit 1: This outfit is one of my all-time favorites. It’s all a little bit baggy, maybe edgy, and very comfortable. I really like the look of patterned tights under ripped jeans, and what seems like an intentional fashion statement doubles as a trick to keep your legs warm. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ve probably picked up that I am all about comfort, or functionality if you will, so I love everything about this outfit. My best friend complimented it but also made fun of it, so the jury is still out on how cool it actually looks. 

Top: Zara / Jeans: H&M / Fishnet tights: H&M / Boots: Nasty Gal / Bag: Fossil

Outfit 2: Same boots and tights, paired with a velvet skirt, black sweater, and my mom’s jacket for a mom of color (but actually because I couldn’t find my own black jacket). This outfit is more festive and less edgy, and I was surprised by how much I liked the tights even when there were no pants covering them. 

It’s safe to say I’m sold on this trend. What do you think about fishnet tights and socks making a come-back? Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know! 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Flower Power

Today was my last class of my last spring semester and it feels so bittersweet.  I’m so excited to be moving on to new adventures, but New York has really become home to me and I’ll be sad to leave in two weeks!

But I am so thrilled about this warm weather, and I made a vow sometime in January when I was up to my knees in snow not to complain about summer no matter how hot it gets.  So even though I was a little too toasty in this outfit (I changed into jean shorts and sandals as soon as I got home from school) I’m just so glad it’s the season for t-shirts and floral print!

I’m also excited because I got my tote bag from Brooklyn Industries in the mail yesterday!  Ever since I found out I was going to Paris I’ve been on the hunt for a quality tote bag that wasn’t too expensive.  I like carrying little cross-body bags, so I just wanted a tote to travel and then use as a school bag for my final semester.  I was stuck between totes from Fossil and Madewell when I stumbled across this vegan leather bag and fell in love.  Great quality, cool brand, and about one third of what I was planning on spending.  It’s soft but sturdy, and coral on the inside.  Oh also on the inside there’s a whole extra bag.  Yeah.  It comes with a cross-body bag with a removable strap.

If you’ve done a lot of traveling, leave me a comment and let me know some advice you wish someone would’ve told you that makes traveling a lot easier, whether it’s a tip, something I need to pack, or a place I should visit!

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Shirt: Joe Fresh // Jeans: Levi // Shoes: Gap // Tote: Brooklyn Industries

xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Style + Smorgasburg

My best friends will tell you that while I love fashion, my first love is food.  So needless to say, food festivals like Smorgasburg are my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday morning.  Smorgasburg is a place that I recommend to both fellow New Yorkers and tourists, because it has something for everyone to enjoy: great food, a fun Brooklyn vibe, and a beautiful view of the lower Manhattan skyline.  There are dozens of vendors every weekend, so there’s also something for every taste, whether you’re paleo, vegan, or on an all-carb diet.

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Flowy, loose layers are great for spring, but mostly great for hiding the pudge you get after eating a ramen burger, spicy tuna poke, and a thai tea fudgesicle.  If you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what food is your favorite!

 Top: American Eagle // Coat: Vintage // Shoes: Gap // Bag: Fossil // Necklace: Speakable // Sunglasses: Cole Haan

xoxo,

– Hannah