I'm not really a fan of that NY-centric, special snowflake, Manhattan vs Queens vs Brooklyn etc. categorization that one reads in the media all the time, but this New York Times article is worth a look just for articulating that style sensibility that I strive to aim for -- and want to see more of.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Yes to making references in your clothes. Yes to thinking out of the box beyond the Coach-toting, ballet-flat-wearing, ponytail-sporting "demure mom" look. NO! to aiming to fit into those Herve Leger-style bandage dresses. Yes to experimenting with print and color and the unexpected!Referential rather than racy, this style of dress is in keeping with Ms. [Jennifer] Mankins’s theory that the current Brooklyn aesthetic, if it exists, has a certain intellectualism to it.“If people are going to define ‘sexy’ it’s going to be in a way that’s a little more subversive,” she said. “It’s about being interesting as opposed to being really sexy, with the really high heels and really tight dresses.”
Let's see more of that in 2013!!