NEW YORK CITY - New York fashion is something that has always fascinated me. Being an avid blog-reader and fashion enthusiast, I’d heard the rumors that New Yorkers only wear black and I’d listened to both sides of the who-wore-it-best debate — Parisians or New Yorkers.

I’ve seen more than my fair share of New York street style photos and have been exposed to pop culture portraying New Yorkers as skinny, black-wearing, cigarette-smoking types who either work on Wall Street, sell their souls to the fashion industry or paint for a living.

To put it simply, stereotypes were not going to cut it for me. That’s the main reason I came here—I had to see these people with my own eyes and know once and for all if I could become one of them.

’ll need to get back to you on that later.

I love the individuality that exists here and how every garment and every trend and every style is open to interpretation. Let me be the one to set you straight — New Yorkers do not, I repeat, they do not, only wear black. As a lover of color and wild prints, I am happy and relieved to report that color is alive and well here in New York City.

Honestly, if there’s one thing that New York has truly impressed me with, it is its style. I wish I could snap a photo of every person I see on the street, but then I would never get anywhere – not to mention my phone would run out of storage after one day.

New York has style – not just on the runways and not just in the fashion industry. Normal, everyday people fast-walking down Seventh Avenue have all somehow figured out how to master the art of wearing a cardigan without looking stuffy and old-fashioned. Is it some kind of law that you have to be fashionable to live here? Do I pass the test?

I’ve noticed that while Los Angeles style is laid-back, effortless and comfortable, New York style is polished, sophisticated and original. While living in L.A., I constantly felt like I didn’t fit in and that my outfits weren’t “cool” enough. A city shouldn’t make you feel that way. In New York you see it all, and I feel comfortable wearing absolutely anything in my closet.

New York is already teaching me so much about style and its influences, and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store for me. Not to mention, along with fashion, people-watching has always been a shameless hobby of mine. Lucky for me, New York is a mecca for both. I may just stick around after all.

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