Happy Monday, mavens and bargainistas. Each week, your neighborhood mecca of style Brick City Varsity endeavors to replicate designer looks on a Brick City budget. Featuring items purchased from Newark-area thrift stores (all of which are available for purchase at our private, appointment-only showroom in North Newark), our weekly column aims to show our fellow residents exactly how to polish and refine the gems that surround us. So, tune in every week as we map out a sartorial how-to that will help you create show-stopping looks tailored for your life in Brick City!
If you checked us out last week, you know that we devoted our spread to a femme fatale whose name has become synonymous with power and destruction. Battering our beloved city with her winds, rains and rage, Sister Sandy begged to be outfitted in the season’s darkest, most macabre trend — oxblood. This week, as Brick City braces itself for the coming Nor’easter, we find our fashions similarly inspired by the forces of nature. As such, our spread is a nod to a natural phenomenon known for her bone-chilling Arctic temperatures and unrelenting winds. Henceforth, she’ll be affectionately known as Nora, the Ice Queen.
The National Weather Service predicted Sunday that Nora could include gusts of up to 55 mph is likely to reach the area by Wednesday and could compound the havoc brought last week by Sandy’s violent antics. As such, we opted to start with outerwear befitting of an ice queen. Because nothing captures low-temperature luxury like fur, our ensemble begins with a cropped ivory fur jacket with long sleeves to keep those pesky nor’easter gusts from frosting our forearms. Once this seasonal sheath is removed, however, what’s revealed is a sleek and sultry lilac dress that wastes no time in turning up the heat. Whereas our BCBG Max Azria inspiration opted to ground their lilac cocktail dress with a jewel-buckled black belt, we’ve remained light and airy with our ice queen by pairing it with nude peep-toe Giuseppe pumps and gold jewelry.
Our interpretation of the Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated bib necklace is nearly spot-on, effecting the same chunky yet delicate balance found throughout the ensemble. It’s here that we reveal the central thrust of the outfit, which is a play on volume and wintertime iridescence. It’s this understated shimmer that creates the ensemble’s snowflake-like quality by ensuring that it gives the eye a different glimmer with each glance. So, whether you’re giving Nora a glaring side-eye out of anger for the mounds of snow she promises to deliver to an already-ailing Brick City or offering a wide-eyed welcome to the season of snowmen and sledding, one thing’s for sure: this is one force of nature your going to want to watch. If she’s anything like her sister Sandy, she’s going to be fierce!