New York City has a lot to offer in the culture department. There are the shows, the museums, the dry erase doodles your roommate leaves for you on the bathroom mirror… it is all here! Another cultural perk are the art galleries on the West side. Every Thursday there are new openings with free viewings (and free booze) featuring old/new artists and gallery owners showing off their goods.
Sometimes I forget to take advantage of this (Hadley does too, I am throwing her ass under the bus with me). I mean, while it seems like an obvious no-miss evening activity, sometimes a girl has to forgo the art experience just to make it back to her Ukrainian dry cleaners before they close. Those ladies don’t like to be held up and the last thing I need is my $60 worth of Zara faux-silk blouses being held hostage another day. BUT when I don’t have an after work date with Anastasiya and her lovely mother Kateryna on 14th Street, I do like to try to make it over to Chelsea. I was an Art History major for Christ’s sake! We both were (Hadley drug further under said bus). We both spent our college days (and dollars/parent’s dollars) working towards that oh-so-coveted Bachelor Degree in Art History. Those glossy, all color textbooks weren’t cheap either sister (but they do make lovely post-college coffee table books FYI).
Blah blah, yea yea, SO WHAT DO I WEAR? As always, before getting dressed I ramble into a slew of questions. Most are not answered. Ever. Nonetheless, dressing for cultural events (gallery openings in particular) can be a little tricky:
“Is it going to be dressy? Do I need to look intelligent? Will they know I didn’t get my masters? I can throw in a remark about my double major to make me look smarter – scratch that - Communications makes me look stupider. Do they even care? Wait, who was it that welds those mobiles … CALDER … good reference to keep in mind. Brancusi is always a good one too. That great Bird in Space thing he did. Are they going to have food? All I have in the fridge is Mayo and a bag apples from Trader Joe’s, food would be great. I bet I’ll need a jacket, it is going to be freezing. What time is Hadley getting there, I know she said something about washing her hair before? Gotta make sure I am at least 2 free drinks deep before I talk to anyone, I will feel more artistically inclined by then, the descriptive adjectives will just be pouring out of me.”
After this 20 minute conversation I have with myself standing on my futon in an old sorority shirt from Freshman year and looking at my rolling rack (yes, I have to stand on my futon to get anything off my rack), I have come up with this little number. I look a little descheveled in the photos, but that’s artsy right? I also like to call this ‘Prints on Prints’ (did you laugh, it’s okay if you didn’t). Bad joke. There are more where that came from.
(Blazer: Silence & Noise, Top: Forever 21, Pants: Anthropologie, Shoes: Aldo, Bag: Clare Vivier, Glasses: Warby Parker)
I would say it would be a good move to wear heels and go with a blazer for one of these things. Look a little dressy but not boring – boring would be the worst of the worst for a gallery event. I decided to wear this little crop top (ignore the beer belly I’ve been working on since I was 18) - Fun Fact: This top used to be a dress that I bought at the Willow Bend Mall’s Forever 21 in high school – Jesus, I’m crafty. Wear something fun that can carry over into dinner and drinks afterwords. Love a good post-Damien Hirst Spot Painting viewing bottle of wine with fancy art people discussion.
The clutch is also clutch (told you more bad jokes were on the way). It dresses it up and also makes you look like you didn’t just change in the bathroom at work – which you did, but the world just doesn’t need to know. By the way, remember this photo? Yes, yes we do re-use images here at On Our Tab. We also re-use old take out boxes as tupperwear and wear our jeans at least 10 times before washing. We are poor.
Have a ‘Situation’ you need wardrobe advice on? Let us know. We need good material!
All Pictures were taken by this cool kid we know named Jordan Jacobson.