The key to a successful and relatively stress-free fashion week is planning ahead. Take it from someone who’s spent far too many seasons waiting until the last minute to send invite requests, create a manageable schedule, and think up a social plan. If you want to come out of the biannual event with some semblance of sanity, you have to prepare before the chaos begins. Another extremely important task to get out of the way early? Putting together your outfits.
With shows and presentations starting as early as 9 a.m., getting dressed during New York Fashion Week warrants a good amount of forethought. In my case, I started planning my looks roughly two weeks before the start of shows, mostly for this story, but also for peace of mind. In the beginning, it was mostly just mood-boarding and saving cool outfits to my Instagram saved folder. But by the week of, things were getting real, so much so that I had to set up a spare clothing rack in my 300-square-foot studio to keep things organized.
It’s important to note, though, that you can never pre-plan 100% of what you’re going to wear—at least I can’t. With NYC’s ever-changing temperatures and my own inability to make a concrete decision when it comes to clothes, I always like to leave myself room to switch things up if I have to.
With that in mind, see (and shop) all six of my looks from New York Fashion Week ahead.