Fashion Week certainly appears (and at times, is) glamorous, but prepping for it is a practical matter.
Why? Well, once you've hit day four of running around town in your new Rag & Bone booties, developing blisters on top of blisters, swearing at your favorite designer for choosing this venue, and sweating in your new and not yet seasonally appropriate Band of Outsiders sweatshirt, you realize: It doesn't have to be this way.
So we're aiming to be chic and put together while still getting from morning shows to evening parties comfortably. Plenty of us are hopping on the sneaker trend, stocking up on classics, and slipping the right lip color in our bags for those last minute style emergencies.
The caffeine is non-negotiable, though.
Lauren Indvik, Editor in Chief
1. Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 5/5S, $120 at Apple: I could not get through a single day of Fashion Week without one of these, which more than double the life of an iPhone battery.
2. Sugar tinted lip balm with SPF 15, $23 at Nordstrom: I realize $23 is a lot for lip balm, but this one is so good.
3. J.Crew classic silk blouse, $110 at J.Crew ($83 with code ALMOSTFALL): J.Crew's silk blouses are another of my year-round staples. I have them in navy and ivory, and a multitude of prints (I'm really liking this one right now). They last for years and drape beautifully, and don't cling like washed silk shirts do.
4. Common Projects Tournament leather sneakers, $375 at Net-a-Porter: I go between shows on foot, and I have to move fast. Sneakers are my favorite thing to wear -- and Common Projects are the coolest.
5. J.Crew fluted skirt in double crepe, $40 at J.Crew ($30 with code ALMOSTFALL): I have this skirt in black, navy and ivory and I wear them almost every day: in the fall and winter with tights, in the spring and summer without. They have a great playful (yet structured) shape, and are long enough to cover my thighs but short enough to style as a mini. I wear them with the above silk blouses and fancy flats for work, and an oversized Everlane oxford and sneakers on the weekends.
6. Topshop duster coat, $158 at Topshop: More than heels, I like a lightweight coat to give a little polish to otherwise low-key ensembles.
Dhani Mau, Senior Editor
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Cotton Pleated Shorts, $238, available at Nordstrom: I feel like these shorts are fashiony, but still unassuming enough to wear more than once throughout fashion month.
2. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette 1 oz, $52, available at Nordstrom: A travel-size version of my favorite perfume is a must.
3. Matcha Green Tea Latte Mix, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's: This stuff is so good and all you have to do is add hot water. I plan on keeping it at my desk for when I need some extra energy.
4. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $25, available at Sephora: I'm pretty sure everyone at Fashionista, and everywhere else, uses some shade of Nars pencil. For me, it's pretty much the only lipstick I can do consistently because it's so easy to put on and doesn't even really require a mirror.
5. Baggu Basic Leather Tote, $160, available at Urban Outfitters: This is pretty much the perfect tote (well, the perfect tote under $200 at least). It will fit my laptop, invites, makeup and whatever else I need.
6. Issa sandal, $38.97, available at Sole Society: These are the magic sandals that work with everything. It will be hard for me to not wear them every day of fashion week. Maybe I'll try them with socks to switch it up.
Alyssa Vingan, Senior Editor
1. Newbury boot, $525, available at Rag & Bone: These booties have gotten me through several Fashion Weeks already. They’re an easy way to wear heels and still be able to run around the city relatively comfortably.
2. Powder Bluff dry shampoo, $37, available at Kerastase: There is little to no time for me to do my hair during Fashion Week, so this dry shampoo is heaven sent. Plus it smells fantastic.
3. YSL Touche Eclat, $41, available at Net-a-Porter: I might not feel awake after late nights of events and writing, but I will certainly look like I am.
4. Barton Perreira Dalziel sunglasses, $510, available at Opening Ceremony: This pair of sunglasses has been my go-to all summer, and I’m counting on them to elevate my Fashion Week ensembles as well.
5. Mansur Gavriel tote, $485, available at Mansur Gavriel: This tote is the perfect size to carry all of my Fashion Week essentials in, and its happy color will keep me smiling once I hit peak exhaustion around day eight.
6. Beautiful People necklace, $275, available at Venessa Arizaga: Sometimes my brain feels too fried to put together a cohesive outfit, but throwing on this necklace instantly takes even the simplest t-shirt into street style territory.
7. T by Alexander Wang striped shirt, $140, available at Net-a-Porter: “When I don’t know what to wear, I’ve found a striped shirt never fails, even during the most fashion-y time of the year.
1. 1970s Vintage Wrangler Jacket, $60, available at Etsy: Leaving the shows at NYFW and being faced by a crowd of onlookers and photographers always makes me feel a little exposed, so I try to choose outfits that have a feeling of protection. I recently picked up an oversized '70s Wrangler jacket that fits like a coccoon and is made of rugged, worn denim. I love it and just wearing it makes me feel safe from the NYFW craziness.
2. Grady's Cold Brew 32oz Bottle, $12 available at Grady's: The only thing that's keeping me motivated to get through NYFW is Grady's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. It's delicious and makes waking up early and staying up late doable.
3. Equipment Signature Slim Shirt, $204, available at Equipment: An oversized button down is always my NYFW go-to. It elevates jeans and boots, and is comfortable enough to run around in. I love Equipment's because they're matte, silky and can make even the most meh outfit feel spectacular.
4. Reed Krakoff Atlantique Pouch, $209, available at Reed Krakoff: The slot on the outside of the bag perfectly fits a Metrocard (Reed Krakoff, you genius, you) and the inside is large enough for a wallet, iPhone, chargers, keys, granola bar, pens and mini Moleskine notebook – a.k.a. my real Fashion Week essentials.
5. Cheap Monday Layer Booties, $179, available at Solestruck: One cannot go wrong with black, easy to walk in, lace-up boots. This is a fact.
6. Ralph Lauren Vintage RL8035 Sunglasses, $60, available at eBay: One of the smartest decisions I've ever made in my life (seriously) was buying a pair of vintage RL8035 sunglasses when I was in high school. The shape is flattering on every face – the perfect cross between a wayfarer and a more rounded silhouette – and the design is timeless. My pair is tortoiseshell with green lenses, but I am definitely going to buy this all-black pair too.
Tyler McCall, Assistant Editor
1. Silk long sleeve button down, $59.90, available at Uniqlo: All the sophistication of an Equipment button down at a fraction of the price.
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, $825, available at Bergdorf Goodman: This is my go-to work bag, because it holds everything -- seriously, I mean everything -- and its strap versatility means I can easily haul it from the West Side of town to Lincoln Center and then home to Brooklyn. Oh god, I'm tired just reading that.
3. Genetic Los Angeles Shya denim, $231, available at Shopbop: I think Beyoncé wore a similar pair once, and that's all the validation I need for anything, really.
4. iPhone 5S, starting at $100, available at Apple: How did people do fashion week before smartphones? Whether I'm listening to music between shows, checking my emails, or tweeting from backstage, this gadget feels like my lifeline in an otherwise chaotic and disorderly world.
5. PLAY by Comme des Garçons high top Converse, $105, available at Barneys New York: I know women better than I who can brave heels all week. I'm not even sorry to not be one of them. At least these sneakers are stylish.
6. Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red, $26, available at Sephora: This is how I make up for my sneakers -- a dash of red lipstick is enough to make anything pulled together. Even my three-day-old, dry-shampoo-filled messy bun.
Eliza Brooke, Staff Writer
1. Gap denim jacket, $69 at Gap: It's nice to have a no-brainer jacket on hand when you're racing out the door. Classic and keeps statement pieces from looking try-hard.
2. Garrett Leight Hampton sunglasses, $339 at Shopbop: Once we push through Fashion Week's first working weekend, shades skyrocket from accessory to necessity. If your eyes are like mine and get intensely red when you're going non-stop, offbeat shades are a great way to look cool while concealing what people will undoubtedly assume is conjunctivitis.
3. Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, $11 at Quidsi: Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
4. Vichy Aqualia Thermal cream, $31 at Skin Store: Long hours is a drain on the skin. This Vichy cream is awesome at keeping it happy (i.e. super moisturized).
5. Vans SK8-Hi Reissue, $85 at Zappos: When even 1-inch heels start to look daunting, always have a good pair of sneakers on hand. Always.
Lauren Sherman, Editor at Large
1. Acne "Needle" high-rise jeans, $200 at Net-a-Porter: The version that I own is 100% cotton, which means they really suck you in. I will wear on cooler days.
2. Double-Medallion Necklace, $135 at A.P.C.: This complements my closetful of A.P.C. dresses. What a surprise.
3. DevaCurl Styling Cream, $24.95 at Ulta: Like Dhani, I've been letting my coarse, curly hair go natural. I'll probably get a blowout for the first part of the week, but I'll be using this curl cream for the rest of the time.
4. Kitten 50 Pump, $595 at Saint Laurent: I haven't worn anything but flats in more than a year, but I'm going to take a chance on this modest heel. Will still be good for Citi Bike-ing.
5. L!fe Stenographer Notebook, $10.95 AUD at NoteMaker: I'm a big fan of this Japanese stationery company in general, but these notebooks are a particular favorite. (I appreciate that unlike most stenographer pads, they are not Gregg ruled. What's more, they're a great size for taking lots of notes, and I love the top spiral.) I am obsessed to the point where I become anxious using something else. Fortunately, they sell them at McNally Jackson in Manhattan. I buy four or five at a time.
6. Faircloth & Supply Wheat Dress, $150 at Of a Kind: This loose, linen dress will be great when the inevitable heat wave rolls in, but I'm excited to wear it with tights and a turtleneck too.
Cheryl Wischhover, Beauty Editor at Large
1. J.Crew Military Shirt Dress, $98 at J.Crew: This dress won't be turning me into a street style star anytime soon, but it is super flattering and comfortable, and looks good with my Phillip Lim sneakers. I might just wear it every day.
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Morgan Slip-On Sneakers, $375 at Barneys: I used to proudly wear heels all during fashion week, but I'm kind of over it now. Limping to the subway is not OK, nor cute. I bought these in the spring and have been wearing them with everything from dresses to jeans, and will continue to do so during NYFW.
3. The Face Shop Hydro Vita Gel Face Mask, $4 at Urban Outfitters: This Korean face mask will provide a tiny moment of relaxation and revitalization for me every night.
4. Alexander Wang Prisma Tote, $750 at Barneys: This tote was worth every cent, because I carry everything in it, including my laptop. It also sits comfortably in the perfect spot on my shoulder, leaving my hands free to take notes and record all the backstage goings-on. Bonus: I've had it a couple years now, but I invariably get a compliment every time I use it.
5. Beautycounter Rosewter Uplifting Spray, $32 at Beautycounter: A refreshing facial spritz is a necessity during NYFW -- this is my favorite this season. It smells divine and will provide some necessary dewiness and perking up midday.
6. Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm, $21 at Macy's: I have a soft spot in my heart for Chubby Sticks, and this new cheek version is fab, providing a dewy glow to my NYFW sleep- and workout-deprived face. You can use it as a cheek stain or as a lip balm -- according to pretty much every single makeup artist I've spoken to at fall makeup launches, the matchy-matchy lip/cheek/nail trend is real. I'll partake.