I don't know about you, but classic is one of my fav words, especially as pertaining to fashion. Classic connotes the effortless chic of Audrey Hepburn x Givenchy, streamlined menswear as popularized by Coco Chanel, and the clout of tradition in an industry frantic for novelty. The most culturally revered books are the classics. Classic suggests not only classiness, but something that transcends mere trendiness, so as to be always on trend. Coke understands the power of the word 'classic', as do all of those nostalgic sneaker brands - Adidas, Converse, etc.
NYC blogger Miguelina of dMg Simplicity understands classic, and not only does she incorporate it beautifully into her own style, her blog is full of tips to help other women shine. We interviewed her in a Canal St. Breather during our NYC trip last month.
When Miguelina walks into the room, you want to stand up a little straighter because she projects such confidence. She has a quiet glow that speaks eloquently of her personal philosophy: the importance of simplicity. Miguelina's lovely, effortless style reminds us that simplicity and ease with dressing translates to a joyful life. After all, when you know you look great, you can concentrate on living life to the fullest.
Interview and outfit details below - enjoy!
Q. When did you start blogging?
I started my blog at the end of July 2015, so it’s going to be a year soon. Yay! I’m very excited because I’m going to be branching out into a lifestyle blog. Right now, it’s solely a street style blog. I want to branch out into beauty, fitness, health, and all that.
Q. What brought you to New York City?
I actually grew up here in the city. New York City is amazing. There’s so much inspiration. The energy you get from the city is awesome.
Q. What are you passionate about?
Obviously, I’m passionate about fashion! Ever since I was little, I used to like to dress up. I’m very curious about different trends and styles. Right now, my passion is focused on fashion.
Q. What inspires your everyday style?
New York City! There are so many cultures, different ethnicities, in the city. Literally every little corner of NYC has so much to offer.
Q. How do you stay informed on what's going on in the city?
Right now I’m a student at FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology]. So I get a lot of my information through school. I've been in the fashion world before I went to school though. I used to be a personal shopper and stylist. Just being in the city and in the fashion world helps me see more about what’s trending and what’s happening.
Q. What was your experience with being a personal shopper?
I truly love personal shopping. It’s simply another way of helping someone to dress. It’s just the simple question, what do I wear with this? I love helping someone feel good about themselves. Wearing the right clothes makes you feel confident. It’s the first thing you see when you meet someone. When someone feels confident, they just glow, which is very empowering.
Q. How would you characterize your style?
I try to keep my style simple, not too crazy, because I want to inspire people. Once you start going too crazy, people go, "that’s so hard to try." I want to make fashion fun. That’s why my blog is called dmg Simplicity!
Q. How do you convey your style in your blog?
I keep everything nice and simple. I want someone to go to my blog and go, "hey that’s very simple, I can try that." I also leave tips on my blog. Sometimes, the simpler the details are, the farther they go. You really don’t have to go all crazy in an outfit. Also, confidence is key. Feeling good and comfortable in an outfit, that’s the most important.
Q. What's the most important item to splurge on?
Hmm, I would say a classic item. One of the things I truly believe is investing in classic items that will last you a long time. Also I believe in quality versus quantity. I know sometimes it’s hard to splurge on an item. However, I would suggest splurging on a classic Chanel bag or classic trench coat from Burberry, because they will last you for a very long time, and you can style them in so many different ways.
Q. What do you like about Silkstaq?
Silkstaq is pretty amazing. I like how you can find different bloggers on one platform and I definitely see a lot of potential. I can’t wait for the new features!
Bag - Ralph Lauren Collection: The Ricky
Jacket - Maje tweed with leather sleeves
Shoes - Miu Miu
Shirt - Zadig Voltaire
Jeans - JBrand
Sunnies - Lavin