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What to Pack for Fashion Week

What to wear when you’re surrounded by stylish ladies and confronted by cold weather? It’s a quandary that we put to our Associate Fashion Director, Kate Bellman. Yes, we want to look great at Fashion Week. We also want to keep all of our toes and fingers. And, true, we want to make the best-dressed lists and street-style blogs, but we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard.

So, Kate, what should we pack for Fashion Week? Here are her suggestions for our suitcases.

Anything menswear

What to wear to Fashion Week

“We’re still falling for deconstructed classics thanks in particular to Demna Gvasalia’s influence at Balenciaga,” Kate says. “Whether a classic trench (like this Burberry coat) with updated sleeves, or plaid shirting worn slightly askew (as done on this top by Public School), this trend will be setting the tone for my wardrobe this season.” Ours too now, thanks to you, Kate.

Puffer coats

What to pack for Fashion Week

“Looks like it’s going to be a crazy week for the weather. The puffer is not only great for stuffing into the suitcase, but can protect you against the elements for the entirety of Fashion Week,” recommends Kate. “We are particularly loving ones that are overly oversized or in an impact color like this COACH piece.” Who doesn’t love a cuddly coat?

Tailored jackets

Packing picks for Fashion Week

“No matter how you wake up feeling on the inside, the tailored jacket helps you exude confidence. This Tibi tuxedo jacket makes a play for strong, female-power dressing,” Kate says. We can picture it over tees on the weekend and with trousers for the workday. Sounds like a packing pro move.

Romantic dresses

What to pack for Fashion Week

“Fashion Week calls for a variety of events at all hours of the day. The romantic dress can transition seamlessly from watching a show to attending an after-hours get-together,” Kate says. “This Vetements dress looks great now with brightly colored opaque tights and booties, and it will continue as your go-to staple through spring.” Agreed. Plus, bright colors help the paparazzi spot you.

Pointed-toe Chelsea boots

What to pack for Fashion Week

“Although I applaud those who can make it through the long days of Fashion Week in sky-high heels, pointed-toe Chelsea boots—like these from ACNE—provide an equally sleek but comfortable alternative,” Kate suggests. “Power points are the new direction in toe silhouettes.” Noted and purchased.

Statement bags

What to pack for fashion week

“Sometimes it feels like the only wardrobe elements getting any face time during Fall Fashion Week are your coat and your bag. That’s why both need to pack a punch! This statement tote from Saint Laurent is a total conversation starter while still functional enough to carry a day’s worth of necessities,” Kate says. What’s not to love?

Statement earrings

What to pack for fashion week

“It’s the year of the ear,” Kate claims. “From artful and sculptural to killer crystals, no earlobe should be bare this Fashion Week! This pair from Ashley Williams is equal parts tough and glam.” We hear you loud and crystal clear, Kate.

Check back for more goodies from the ground at Fashion Week.