3 Items, 2 Very Different Looks: NYC vs. SF Style

Photography for Colleen by Christina Shields, Photography for Jill by Michael Moore

Luxe Details:

On Colleen: Trouve Jacket (similar here) / Joie Top (similar here) / Blank Denim Shorts / Stuart Weitzman Shoes / Clare V. Clutch / Quay Sunglasses On Jill: American Eagle Shorts / Wilfred (Aritzia) Top (sold out, but love this one) / Louis Vuitton Bag / Adidas Jacket (vintage, similar here)  / Adidas Shoes (sold out, similar here)

Hello City Luxers,

Since I’ve started this blog, I have been able to connect with so many different people from all over the world including other bloggers who share the same passion for style as I do.  Today I am partnering up with one of my favorite bloggers; Jill Owen from the San Francisco based lifestyle blog Champagne for Everyday.  Champagne for Everyday is a blog focusing on fashion, fitness and well-being.  I love reading Jill’s blog to learn about different workout and nutrition tips as well as admire her unique style.   

Living on opposite sides of the continent in cities with distinct fashion sense, we thought it would be fun to showcase the differences by styling three of the same pieces to reflect typical San Francisco and NYC style.  The mission was simple: style a pair of cut off jean shorts, Lace shirt and anything leopard.  We also got together for a discussion on personal style and life as bloggers.  Check out the interview below!

Describe typical SF style in 3 words:

Jill: Basic. Functional. Comfort.

Describe typical NYC style in 3 words:

Colleen: Edgy. Unique. Sophisticated.

Tell me what’s “San Francisco” about your look:

Jill: San Francisco gets a bad rap for not being stylish. If you define stylish as a population with a preference for dressy, couture inspired well-tailored, artistic pieces, then nope, it’s not! The usual look on the street is jeans, a basic sweater, a backpack, and some comfortable flats or casual runners. That said, many people get creative by adding on-trend elements to casual outfits or sporting a piece or two that stands out from the typical SF uniform. My outfit is reflective of that – basic cut offs, comfortable shoes, plus an unexpectedly bright jacket and lace tank to add a deviant touch.

The best part about San Francisco is you could truly get away with wearing anything at all here. It’s interesting that given the choice, most people choose basic comfort. Maybe it’s the emphasis placed on things other than fashion and hard work in this city, like brainstorming how to change the world, finding your passion, or heading over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County for a hike.

Tell me what’s “New York” about your look:

Colleen: New York is one of the most fashion conscious cities in the world and the street style is very reflective of that. Walking around you will see everything from high-end couture to H&M and everything in between.  The city is very fast paced and everyone is always rushed so people want to wear things that are functional, but also stylish.  In NYC, people do a lot of mixing and matching to make their looks stand out.  For example, in this look I have paired a feminine lace shirt with a more boyish army jacket and dressy black heels.  The mix of feminine and masculine takes these basics and makes them more unique.

How would you describe your personal style? 

Jill: It’s influenced by my preference for classic wardrobe pieces. I would say my style is basic but a little eclectic at the same time.  In college, I realized that versatile pieces give you the most bang for your buck, and the things I kept around the longest were classic investment pieces like leather jackets, vintage designer bags, or Ferragamo shoes. I love bold colors and timeless silhouettes, but also like to shake things up by throwing in something surprising, like over the top destroyed denim, nerdy glasses, or manly looking sneakers.

Colleen: I would say my style is sophisticated-casual with a twist.  I like to mix different elements together to create my looks.  For example, I love wearing jeans but I like to pair them with a dressy top and heels to give them a more sophisticated look.  I mix everything – high/low, feminine/masculine, dressy/casual, because that is what takes something basic and makes it special. Don’t be afraid to mix it up ladies!

What is your #1 must have item for every girl’s closet? 

Jill: A navy blazer! I would recommend this even before a great fitting pair of jeans, because it works for both ultra-casual and super dressy occasions. A blazer adds a hint of seriousness to a slouchy weekend outfit and a layer of authority to office attire or a cocktail dress. I love to wear my navy blazer for evenings out, because it adds instant polish.

Colleen: A black leather motorcycle jacket! You can wear pretty much anything and add a leather moto jacket to it and you will instantly up the cool factor of the look.  I love pairing mine with something unexpected like a girly dress, just to add a little bit of interest to the outfit.   This is not a piece I recommend buying for cheap though—it is a true investment so do some research and invest in a high quality one that will last forever.  My favorite is one I bought from All Saints and I wear it religiously. 

How did you get into blogging?

Jill: People used to ask me a lot of questions about my outfits and vintage finds, as well as my diet and workout routine. I’m always on the hunt for the best products or tricks to save time and do things better, and I love to write. The blog came about as a way to share my learning experiences in the hope of helping others, and flex my creative muscles - something that my day job didn’t allow me to do.

Colleen: I was working a corporate marketing job and was getting burnt out. I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life and desperately needed a change.  Since I was a little girl I’ve always had a passion for fashion and people would always ask me for advice on what to wear.  In the digital world we live in today, blogging seemed like the most logical path to breaking into the fashion industry so I put my plans in place and got the courage to leave my full time corporate job to pursue my dreams.   I haven’t looked back since!

What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

Jill: Interacting with the incredible community of other bloggers (including you Colleen!) and readers, as well as hearing from people I’ve inspired in some way. I also love brainstorming creative content, and the thought that goes into the writing.

Colleen: My favorite thing about blogging is being able to use my voice and creativity to hopefully help inspire people in a positive way.  I love putting new looks together and working with brands to show people different ways to style an outfit.  I am a big believer that what you wear can change the way you feel about yourself so ultimately I like to think I am helping people look AND feel good.

What are some challenges you face as a blogger?

Jill: I think my biggest challenge is time. I could spend 8 hours a day blogging but I still work full time in a very demanding job. I have no shortage of ideas, but if I have a lot to say about something I will procrastinate writing because I hate the thought of cutting it down! That’s always a challenge.

Colleen: The biggest challenge right now is finding new ways to stand out in a very competitive and crowded space.  I am obsessed with trying to figure out what types of content I can create that will connect with a broad audience or how I can create something that has never been done before.

What advice would you give for someone who wants to start blogging?

Jill: I would recommend learning as much as you can about what it’s like to blog, including the time commitment required, and explore options for creating your website etc. It’s important to really solidify why you want to do it: ask yourself what you have to offer people, and how you can truly provide them with value or enjoyment from reading your posts.

Colleen: After you do the research and figure out what you want to say, my advice is to JUST START!  I wasted more time than I care to admit over-thinking it and coming up with all of the reasons why I shouldn’t do it out of fear of the unknown.  Putting yourself out there can be a little scary, but getting started is half the battle! 

For more about Jill, check out her blog Champagne for Everyday and follow her on Instagram @Jill_champagne.for.everyday and Twitter @ Jill_Champagne