New York City style star Erica Lavelanet—blogger for The Fashion Philosophy—shows you how to up your fashion quotient, no matter how hectic your plans may be.
If you're familiar with Erica Lavelanet from her personal style blog The Fashion Philosophy, you know she's mastered the girl-meets-grunge look by mixing and matching classic, feminine pieces with edgy accents and tailored basics. But the most important factor for her signature style? What's on her event-filled itinerary.
We followed the trendsetter along her urban jungle that is New York City to find out what key pieces made her ready for every occasion. Check out Erica's fashion essentials for spring—and follow along on her modern trail at Timberland.com/YourColor.
The Spot: Bedford Avenue & Grand Street
The Situation: "With little time to stop home for a quick change, an outfit that can take me from a day of meetings around the city to happy hour in Brooklyn is essential."
The Style Must Haves: Danforth Woven Sandals and a long-sleeved, lace-up knit paired with a seventies-inspired mini feels appropriate for day, but just flirty enough for night.
The Spot: Madison Avenue & 23rd Street
The Situation: "I look for any excuse to get outside. When I'm craving a good burger with friends, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is my go-to hangout once the weather gets warm. It's a great escape from the midtown hustle and my busy schedule."
The Style Must Haves: A funky fedora, a form-fitting matchy-matchy ensemble, a hands-free carryall, and casual, comfy Amherst Canvas Chukka Shoes to match.
The Spot: West 14th Street & 12th Avenue
The Situation: "Strolling the High Line is one of my all-time favorite evening activities; it's a playground for grown-ups—an escape right in the city! And with all the chic restaurants, bars, and boutiques nearby, it's like no other New York hot spot."
The Style Must Haves: A lightweight sweater dress with a Rosebrook Waterproof Trench Coat. Rugged Beckwith Side-Zip Chelsea Boots and a wide-brimmed hat add a distinct downtown feel.
The Spot: West Houston Street & Thompson Street
The Situation: "This look is perfect for a weekend all-day date. A leather jacket always adds a touch of unexpected edge, and I love the idea of a denim mini to keep it flirty. Plus, I can definitely spend an entire day strolling in these sandals! I'm constantly on the go, so it's crucial that my shoes are as spontaneous as I am, carrying me from morning to night."
The Style Must Haves: Caswell Closed-Back Woven Sandals and Belknap Leather Jacket adds a touch of edge to an otherwise classic girl-next-door combination.
The Spot: Washington Street
The Situation: "There's no city in the world that has better nightlife than NYC. Whether I'm having dinner outdoors in the West Village or rooftop cocktails with my girlfriends, there is always something fun going on."
The Style Must Haves: Fitted, cuffed overalls are the new jumpsuit. Wear with a chic pair of Danforth Woven Sandals and a delicate blouse to dress up the tomboy staple with girly touches.