Goodbye, New York (& Yes, I’m Wearing a Dress)

You’re probably wondering why the title of this post is “Goodbye, New York (& Yes, I’m Wearing a Dress)” and you’re also probably wondering which piece is even the dress. Well, to be frank, I’ve always tried to stay safe and not take risks with my fashion. I’ve also treaded very lightly especially with the masculinity of my fashion. Over the course of this summer, I’ve been awakened to break free of the gender roles (thanks Jaden Smith). Step one: buy a dress and wear it like a shirt. Coming in a later post will be step two: buying more dresses and skirts and making it #fashion.

So yes, I started small. The dress I’m wearing is the new American Apparel Linen Adia dress. I literally became obsessed with it the day it hit the shelves. I paired the look with a mesh t-shirt, customized ripped jeans, Dr. Marten’s and aviators (as per usual).

Location was the best one of the whole summer, Brooklyn Bridge Park. I first decided to explore the part on one of the hottest days of the summer. Mistake. So I dragged my best girl Isabelle there (or well, she wanted to go because she liked a picture of the bridge I took) and we got to enjoy the park a lot more than on that over 100 degree day.

The view of lower Manhattan was breathtaking and it really had me speechless for a solid 10 minutes. It really had me thinking about how lucky I am to be able to spend my summer in one of most amazing places in the entire world with some of my best friends and still be able to go home and visit my family whenever I want. I’ve really learned the importance of living in the moment and appreciating everything I have, because in the blink of an eye it can be over.

So this post shifted pretty quickly from just androgyny to an appreciation post of sorts. I’m thankful to everyone and for everything that’s been blessed to me. Isabelle said something as we were sitting on the bench and looking out onto the river. She said, “We’re 21 – I love how old we are. We’re the perfect age. When we get older, everything is a challenge. Right now, we’re living the life.” And you know what, Isabelle is 150% correct. And I’m so happy to live my life the way I want to. I know not everyone in this world is able to, but for right now I’m blessed enough to be one of the few. And to bring it back to the fashion, freedom of expression is so important. To be free in how you express yourself is to help bring yourself one step closer to full freedom. Conquer yourself then conquer the world.

And with that, I leave New York City after another amazing summer here – except this time I’ve conquered it.

xx, V

Photos by the lovely Isabelle Epskamp

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