how i wore it in new york city

in yesterday’s post, i gave you a travel tips and a fashion guide for weekend getaways.  today, i want to show the outfits i wore in New York City, as well as the places i went and the bars and restaurants i ate at.  for anyone that has a (grand)kiddo living in a different city, you know that one of the major perks is: when you go to visit, you get the local treatment and get to travel off the beaten path. 

outfit#1: distressed jeans and tweed blazer 

 growing up, i made it a point to take my kids to the theater.  they loved Andrew Lloyd Webber—Starlight Express especially.  to this day, i absolutely love Broadway. and every time i go to NYC, i try to make it to the theater. 

saturday afternoon, my son and i grabbed pre-theater snacks and cocktails at Del Frisco’s. several years ago, we stopped in for a tomahawk steak before heading over to Book of Mormon. this time around, we watched a matinee Broadway production of ChicagoCharlotte D’Amboise is a spry 55-year-old playing Roxie Hart to perfection. she was A-MA-ZING! and the show was a delight to watch.


after the matinee, we hopped on the subway to join a rooftop party held in Williamsburg with a breathtaking view of NYC.

since it was a long day going from the theater to a soiree, i wanted to dress chic but comfortable. so i chose a pair of high-rise jeans and a graphic tee. as i mentioned yesterday, fall days can be warm and evenings cool.  that’s why it’s all about the layering.  check out this fun tweed blazer you can grab from Nordstrom’s

denim | similar graphic tee here, here, & here blazer similar shoes | similar handbag | similar necklace | similar bracelets

 

outfit #2: marigold tunic, skinny jeans, slingbacks


i know, i know the timeline is a bit off in this post, but i wanted to sneak in as many outfits as possible. but my favorite is my style uniform that i wore to the theater. nothing better than blue jeans and a blazer! but bear with me as we go from saturday to friday to thursday then back to brunch on sunday. gotta say that NYC knows how to do brunch. then again, there’s rarely a time when a restaurant disappoints me in New York.

 

on friday i had a meeting in Manhattan then met my son for lunch at a charming French bistro in SoHo called Petite Boucherie.  i chose the steak tartar and garden salad. but the french onion soup looked divine.

 
 

friday evening, we joined several of my son’s friends for dinner at Leuca in Greenpoint.  we shared a suckling pig, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and cheese platter. afterward, we went upstairs for a cocktail and a breathtaking view of the skyline. mr. style, and i visited this exact spot with our son several years ago. read that post here.

 
 
 

 

outfit #3: denim boiler suit, blazer and pumps

hopefully, you caught yesterday’s post.  i showcased my new denim boiler suit.  

the suit was so versatile, i not only wore it on the plane when i flew into NYC on Thursday, but i restyled it for dinner as well. it’s the perfect option when you’re short on time.


we went to dinner at Maison Premiere in Williamsburg for oysters and killer cocktails.  it’s a quaint establishment, and the food was fantastic.  i threw on a tweed blazer and pumps for the occasion.

 
 

 

outfit #4: black joggers and denim jacket

my son lives in Brooklyn.  when i visit, we spend a lot of time in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bed Stuy.  over the years, these neighborhoods have become t-r-e-n-d-y—full of young blood.  the next generation of artists, authors, and entrepreneurs walk the streets.  as a woman of a certain age, that means one thing:  i have to bring my fashion A-game.   


i picked the perfect outfit for an early morning coffee run.  i brought a pair of black joggers and a classic tee. i’ll say it one more time: seasonal traveling is all about the layers.  mornings in NYC are brisk.  i threw on a jean jacket then we grabbed brunch at Chez Ma Tante in Greenpoint.

 
 
 
 
 
all right, gang!  those are the outfits i wore in New York City.  i hope today’s post gives you some ideas on places to go when you’re in the Big Apple.  and i hope it gives you some inspiration on what to wear.  now i want to hear from you.  where are you traveling to this fall?  do you have any restaurant recommendations?  any shows i should see?  are you going to visit your kiddos?  what cities do they live in? 
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42 Comments

  1. Susan wrote:

    Beth looks like a fabulous time! I have said it before, there is nothing chic about tattered jeans for us 60+ women! Loved the yellow tunic, I would wear with black straight leg pants! Loved the tweed long blazer, again I would have paired maybe with a tobacco colored jean. I know you had a wonderful
    time with your kiddo, that sure do make our world go round!!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • isn’t it great that you can style these clothes in so many different ways? but then that’s what style is all about – personal preference. the marigold tunic would look fabulous with either black or navy. if distressed jeans aren’t your thing there are so many other options these days to stay on trend with denim. vive le difference.

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  2. Carley wrote:

    Beth, thank you for taking us on this fun short tour of your trip! I love living vicariously thru your travels and sense of style. I love the Boilersuit and blazer, and hope to try this look in Palm Springs this winter. How fun to step out of the box with this look! As you see I love it all! Thanks Beth!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • palm springs is always a fun destination! i know you’ll have a ball. talk about perfect weather?!

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  3. Nancy Reed wrote:

    GREAT OUTFITS. I WILL COPY THESE FOR MY UPCOMING TRIP TO NYC

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • so glad you found some inspiration, nancy! nothing better than NYC in the fall.

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  4. Janice Tatum wrote:

    Will be going to San Diego, CA in December. Must see the Del Coronado’s 20′ indoor Xmas tree with an ice rink set up in their back yard, eat at The Godfathers for upscale Italian and Filippi’s Pizza Groto for outstanding casual eating.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • i haven’t been to san diego in years! but it’s a fabulous city. the 20′ Christmas tree sounds spectacular. enjoy!

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  5. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, the outfits you have put together food your trip are great. It looks as though you had a lovely time in NY.
    I’m not a tweed person but I do love your jacket it’s different xoxo

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • i had a ball in NYC. and the weather cooperated – not too hot nor too cold. good to hear from you!

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  6. Yvonne wrote:

    I love your wardrobe for New York. You look fabulous. I live near SLC and we dress pretty causal in the West, but like you I like to look stylish, no matter the occasion. Love your Blog!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • we are kindred spirits, yvonne! no matter the occasion we can bring our style game.

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  7. Jeanne wrote:

    I just got my hair cut similar to yours, so thanks for the inspiration. What do you use or do to add volume on top? Mine lays flat!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  8. Priscilla wrote:

    Beth, I want to thank you for inspiring me, at 67, to realize I can be age appropriate and fashionable at the same time! I’m also going to NYC (annual trip) in a couple of weeks and you gave me some great ideas. For the first time I’m not seeing a Broadway play, but rather going to an event at Carnegie Hall and Feinstein’s 54 Below nightclub. Thanks again for inspiring us all!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • both events sound fun and interesting! enjoy your time in NYC. just love visiting that city. it sounds as if you do too.

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  9. Kathleen wrote:

    I love tweed and denim and denim and black. Always in style as are you, Beth!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • gotta love those classics that keep on going year after year.

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  10. Suzi wrote:

    I thought that I could travel light, but seriously, did you get 3 purses, several pairs of shoes and the clothes in the one bag you showed? I love laying and blazers but they do take up room–maybe do a segment on packing all of this into one small roll on!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  11. Regine wrote:

    I loved all of your ensembles here and especially the marigold tunic look. This post made Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well” pop into my head!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  12. Cathy wrote:

    What a great trip! I love all your outfits! I love the gold tunic. You give me so many ideas for my wardrobe.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  13. Betty (SC) wrote:

    Love, love, love all the outfits! Hard to pick a favorite! Perfecto! – Reservations made for Turkey Day at a wonderful 100+ year old inn in the NC mountains!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  14. Wen wrote:

    Traveling to Newport Beach tomorrow and heading to the Great Pacific Air Show on Huntington Beach. Will include flip flops for the beach and all American red white on blue. Love the denim jacket with the track pants! So smart for travel as well! Thanks for the tips!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  15. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Great tips and outfits, Beth! Sounds fun. It made me miss living up there–the only one of my family still up there is my younger sister and she and I need to get into the city again. She’s less than an hour out of Manhattan. We plan very similar trips–last time I visited, I headed to the High Line and that was fun–and such pretty views of the water, too. I always go see a play in the city. I’ll have to live vicariously through you this time! Glad you got a chance to see your son! Good for you!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  16. Julie wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Loved your travelogue about NYC. I still get a thrill every time I see the New York skyline. Your blazers were terrific…loved the navy tweed with the denim boiler suit. Gave me some great ideas for an upcoming trip to D.C.

    So happy you had such a wonderful time with your son.
    Julie

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  17. Linda wrote:

    Love all the outfits, as worn during your recent trip to NYC.
    I recognized that tunic (smiling here) from a website, and actually snagged the last one, which was on a great sale, PLUS a promo code. Oh my gosh! Of course, its in.my.size. How great was that?

    I am not a distressed jeans person, but admire them on others. I’ll most likely will wear my yellow tunic with very slim leg slacks and point toe flats. And it may be into spring of 2020, since we are now getting a taste of fall, here in Pennsylvania.
    I have two children One lives very close to us, after finding his dream property, acres with a stream and nice, but not too large, home. The other is in Colorado, up there in ski country and she loves it out there, snow and all.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • good for you to snag this tunic for a song! you will love it. it will look perfect with slim leg pants. lucky you that fall has arrived in your neck of the woods.

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  18. Sarah wrote:

    I’m not sure if it’s our age or being born and bred in the south but, I would nevah, evah, wear tattered and torn jeans to any theatrical production. Sub them out for a dark wash, perfect! Glad you had such a marvelous time with your son. That’s a treasure!

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • awww, that’s too bad. i definitely love dark rinse denim and wear them regularly but distressed blue jeans are just dang fun to wear! to each their own.

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
      • Sarah wrote:

        For sure and I have a cute pair! They add a fun casual vibe…..just not Broadway….it’s me, I know!

        Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  19. Pam Zwieg wrote:

    Love all the outfits Beth. Funny, I think the distressed jeans look great. The way you styled them with playful tee and blazer is spot on, especially for NY.
    You inspired my to try the jogger style look, I like with the heels.
    Thanks for all you posts, always great ideas.
    🙂

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  20. Kimberly May wrote:

    I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time now, but the past few posts could not have been more perfect. I’m literally packing for a trip to NYC right now. Never having been to the Big Apple, I have packed/unpacked/repacked multiple times already.
    The debate about distressed jeans is particularly interesting. I have a pair that I love, but I kept thinking they were too casual for NYC. Thank you for the inspiration. We’re doing a Broadway show, walking tour of Brooklyn Bridge/Dumbo, taping of Seth Meyers, drinks at the Carlyle, and all the other bucket list items.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  21. Iris wrote:

    As always, fun blog and fashion tips. Makes no difference what you wear, you always look amazing. You are such a classy lady. Appreciate all you do.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • i think you just made my day, iris. thank you!

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  22. leila chouikha wrote:

    Beth , je vous suis depuis un moment et je découvre une personne avec un style exceptionnelle
    merci et bon courage

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  23. petrajany wrote:

    Love your all outfits and you are looking totally stunning with your timeless pieces of jewelry.

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  24. Linda Lennon wrote:

    I just moved from NY to California & it’s so fun to see the different regional styles. After being here in the desert for a year I’m still trying to find my coastal casual groove! We just got back from a week in NYC/Long Island area; had to be around the same time you were there, Beth, and I did not even pack jeans. We had extremely warm, but absolutely gorgeous, weather. I agree with the comment about wearing ripped jeans to a broadway show; not my style but one would not be out of place. First time travelers need to know that some fine restaurants frown on jeans and jacket-less men. Also, NYC is a fast walking town & the right footwear is so important. Love your style Beth!

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
    • good advice, linda! thanks for sharing. perhaps i should have stated in the blog post that when hanging out with thirty-somethings they rarely venture into
      venues requiring jackets or where jeans are out of place. when in rome do as the romans do. that’s my motto and how i selected my NYC outfits this time around.

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  25. Pam wrote:

    All great outfits Beth. I’m amazed and awed you could get all that in that one suitcase! Kudos to you.
    BTW, there’s a boiler plate jumpsuit at Target for those with limited budgets. Very cute.

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  26. Frances wrote:

    These are some of my most favorite outfits you have put together.

    Posted 10.5.19 Reply
  27. sharon wrote:

    I think the outfits were great and I would definitely wear them and I am 72. Wear what makes you feel beautiful. Thanks for taking us along Beth. I just came back from Door County Wisconsin. Saw and crossed Lake Michigan to Washington Island,

    Posted 10.6.19 Reply
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