New York at Christmas time is revered for its abundant traditions and merry activities. The Winter Village at Bryant Park, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, bursts of green Christmas trees for sale on bustling city sidewalks. The city is always charged with energy, but when the holidays roll around it’s as if everyone becomes more alert, switching off autopilot to notice New York’s annual transformation.
The city’s gloriously elaborate window displays are always a big source of entertainment for me because –this may come as a shock to you- I love shopping. I’d venture to say its one of the only occasions that I find window shopping to be fun. Otherwise, it’s just torture, right? All looking and no buying is a cruel exercise in self-discipline.
Recently I was leaving an event with my team, and I stumbled upon the gorgeous displays at the Ralph Lauren store on the Upper East Side. The windows reminded me of décor you’d find at an upscale ski-lodge. RL was sporting dreamy neutrals, frosty garlands, antler chandeliers, and chic ensembles fit for the daily endeavors of modern royals.
The best part? It all happened to, um, match my outfit. I couldn’t help myself. I had to snap a few photos in honor of the wintery windows that fit my aesthetic.
I’m a huge fan of this look because it incorporates current trends with the classic black and white color palette. Every now and then playing with color is refreshing, but I’m a neutrals aficionado at heart. It also happens to look a lot more expensive than it was. Both the top and bottom were under $60 and are from your favorite fast fashion chains: H&M and Zara. Just don’t tell Ralph I said that…
This sweater (similar) immediately caught my eye because it fuses a classic silhouette with subtle fashion details. The cream color will match everything and the dreamy pearls lining the sleeves and collar give it an air of luxury. I paired the neutral top with patterned checked trousers (similar) that I can’t quite get over. The silhouette and print bring a menswear vibe to the look, while the sweater and heels give femininity the upper hand.
Pro tip: If you want to look like a million bucks, but you’d also like to keep dust bunnies from accumulating in your bank account, mix low-priced separates with high end accessories. My H&M top and Zara pants look fairly classy on their own. But, the Louboutin heels and quilted Chanel bag take it one step further, making the whole ensemble appear fancier, and maybe even a little shmancier than it is. Hey, I won’t tell if you won’t. Shout out to Christian and Coco for the instant outfit boosters.
To all the New Yorkers out there, enjoy the whimsical window displays while they’re up! And to everyone else, I hope your hometown holiday traditions brighten up your day as well. Happy holidays!
Photography by George Elder