Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Uptown/Downtown Debate

The fashionistas of New York City often fall into two distinct categories, appropriately dubbed by residence: Uptown Chic vs. Downtown Chic. Walking around Soho and Tribeca today, I couldn't help noticing how severe this distinction manifests itself, and I felt strangely out of my neighborhood (as if you couldn't tell, I would have to categorize myself as "uptown" in style), despite my black boots and coat. For those mystified by this distinction, let me elucidate the ways:

  • Colors: predominately black, touch of plaid

  • Generic Look: skinny jeans, black booties, hip-slung bag (Chanel or Marc Jacobs), large scarf, motorcycle jacket, large sunglasses

  • Celebrity Adherents: The Olsen Twins (who live downtown), Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth

  • Armcandy of Choice: Stunning European males, gay best friends

  • Primary Designers: Gucci, Thomas Wylde, under-the-radar designers, Marc Jacobs
  • Techniques: Layering, messiness, focus on legs

  • Jewelry: Silver/platinum, skulls


  • Colors: white, khaki, pastels, black
  • Generic Look: fitted jacket, pencil or A-line skirt, tall boots or peep-toe pumps, Hermes or Bottega Veneta bag, trench coat, Hermes scarf

  • Celebrity Adherents: Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Armcandy of Choice: Billionaire next door

  • Primary Designers: Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Fendi
  • Techniques: Tucked-in blouses, belts, limited color palette (monochromatic or two shades), focus on arms and waist, fitted clothing

  • Jewelry: Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, a big rock, gold


kimia said...

i am so happy u finally used a picture of victoria beckham on your blog because i am in love with her...and i think she is a major fashion icon ....any way it just made me really happy....yay lol

~Jay~ said...

i like this but is it possible 2 be both~