13 Over The Top Looks I Wore To NYFW

I still remember my first NYFW like it was yesterday: Lincoln Center, September of 2013 for the SS2014 season. Honestly, I don’t recall how I got invited, because I’ve only lived in the city for a few months, and I had barely started my blog as iammanchic.com 

Richard Haines, Jorge Gallegos, Nick Wooster and Eric Rutherford attend Amazon Fashion NYFW Party. July 2015 (Photo David X Prutting/BFA.com)
Richard Haines, Jorge Gallegos, Nick Wooster, and Eric Rutherford attend Amazon Fashion NYFW Party.  July 2015 (Photo David X Prutting/BFA.com)

Nevertheless, I knew I had to put together a look that might get people’s heads to turn. Ultimately, I think I nailed it since I was asked to pose for street style photographers several times. My first New York Fashion Week ensemble consisted of black jeans and boots, a white shirt with a faux-leather collar accessorized with nipple clamps (yes NIPPLE CLAMPS), a metal bowtie, black puff backpack, and black leather jacket.  

Jorge Gallegos at CHOCHENG FW18 Fashion Show
Jorge Gallegos at CHOCHENG FW18 Fashion Show

After six years and many fashion weeks later, I’m pretty sure I have the whole “what to wear to fashion week” down. Dressing for it should be fun, but you can’t compromise practicality over style. As a blogger, I’m always running between runway shows, designer presentations, breakfasts, dinners, and of course, afterparties. It might sound fabulous (and don’t get me wrong, it’s lit) but a weeklong round of events requires a combination of comfort, versatility, and fierce statement pieces. 

Jhonatan Rendon, Andy Duran, Jorge Gallegos front row at Fashion Guerilla SS16 Runway Show (Photo Will Ragozzino/BFA.com)
Jhonatan Rendon, Andy Duran, Jorge Gallegos front row at Fashion Guerilla SS16 Runway Show (Photo Will Ragozzino/BFA.com)

I always gravitate toward prints, bold colors, monochromatic looks, and statement items. They get the job done, and they help me stand out in a crowd of dress to kill folks. Seeing that I couldn’t make it to this year’s New York Fashion Week, here are 13 over the top looks I wore to NYFW throughout the years! 

1. THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

In 2014, for MAC x The Blonds Fashion Week Afterparty I spiced up my look with something daring: a harness, leather mask, and officer hat. This was the perfect occasion for me to wear something out of the ordinary.

Jorge Gallegos, Amanda Lepore and Estoban Martine at MAC Invites You To THE BLONDS FASHION WEEK AFTER-PARTY February 2014 (Photo - Liam McMullan / PatrickMcMullan.com)
Jorge Gallegos, Amanda Lepore, and Esteban Martinez at MAC Invites You To THE BLONDS FASHION WEEK AFTER-PARTY February 2014 (Photo – Liam McMullan / PatrickMcMullan.com)

2. PRINTS ON PRINTS ON PRINTS

The head to toe print look is always the talk of the town 

New York Fashion Week: Men's 2016 (Photo Ignis Terram)
New York Fashion Week: Men’s 2016 (Photo Ignis Terram)
New York City Fall 2018 (Photo Eef Vicca)
New York City Fall 2018 (Photo Eef Vicca)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. DRAPE AND LAYER 

Wearing my leather jacket draped over the shoulder instantly upped my outfit game – enough to get my picture taken by a street style photographer.

New York Fashion Week Street Style Fall 2015 (Photo George Elder)

4. THE STATMENT BLAZER

A blazer is exceptionally versatile and a great first step if you’re looking to go adventurous with your NYFW ensemble. The key is to allow the blazer to stand out. I made the ASOS floral and red Tallia Orange blazers the centerpiece and built the rest of my outfit around them.

WWD: They Are Wearing: New York Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2016 (Photo Don Stahl)
WWD: They Are Wearing: New York Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2016 (Photo Don Stahl)
New York Fashion Week: Men's Summer 2019
New York Fashion Week: Men’s Summer 2019 (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP: ASOS DESIGN skinny tuxedo blazer with floral jacquard in orange

5. BRIGHT COLORS

With these neon outfits, I instantly stood up in a crowd of celebrities, and stylish guests at New York Fashion Week. 

Jorge Gallegos outside The Blonds Fall 2018 Fashion Show (Photo Jeff Eason)
Jorge Gallegos outside The Blonds Fall 2018 Fashion Show (Photo Jeff Eason)
Spotted at NYFW: Men's SS2018 (Photo Jeff Eason)
Spotted at NYFW: Men’s SS2018 (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP: Another Influence festival neon rain jacket

6. COLOR-COORDINATED OUTFIT

Assembling a monochromatic look is always a good and head-turning move.

Jorge Galleos color-coordinates outfit for NYFW
Jorge Gallegos color-coordinates outfit for NYFW
Jorge Gallegos and Saul Carrasco photographed leaving NYFW: Men's (Photo Ignis Terram)
Jorge Gallegos and Saul Carrasco photographed leaving NYFW: Men’s (Photo Ignis Terram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. WEARING A BOLD SUIT

Stepping out in an eye-catching suit outshone all those cogs wearing black, navy, and grey.

Wearing ASOS floral suit (Photo Felipe Espinal)
Wearing ASOS floral suit (Photo Felipe Espinal)
All decked out in David Hart suit at the 2018 OUT Fashion Vanguard Awards Presented By Lexus (Photo Jeff Eason)
All decked out in David Hart suit at the 2018 OUT Fashion Vanguard Awards Presented By Lexus (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP: Twisted Tailor super skinny suit jacket in dusky pink floral

8. SHOW-STOPING PANTS

Incredibly statement-making pants—upgrade any outfit without requiring much effort.

Sporting INC x Mr. Turk Pants during Fashion Week (Photo Jeff Eason)
Sporting INC x Mr. Turk Pants during Fashion Week (Photo Jeff Eason)
Paired a simple black t-shirt with a cool print pant (Photo Jeff Eason)
Paired a simple black t-shirt with a cool print ASOS pant (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP: ASOS DESIGN relaxed pants in paisley print with side tape

9. DAPPER STYLE

Sometimes a sharp and classic ensemble works just fine. 

Looking sharp in the NYC streets (Photo Ignis Terram)
Looking sharp in the NYC streets (Photo Ignis Terram)
Wearing my favorite pieces from the H&M Selected by David Beckham Collection (Photo Phillip Van Nostrand)
Wearing my favorite pieces from the H&M Selected by David Beckham Collection (Photo Phillip Van Nostrand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP: Ted Baker Swiftie Slim Fit Crewneck Sweater

10. EXPERIMENTING WITH TEXTILES AND TEXTURES

Shape, size, color, and print aren’t the only elements I played with during Fashion Week. Textures, different fabrics, and materials also offer avenues for sartorial play.

Mesh and lace ensemble worn at Teen's Vogue Body Party (Photo Jeff Eason)
Mesh and lace ensemble wore at Teen’s Vogue Body Party (Photo Jeff Eason)
Mesh shirt paired with vinyl pants for Marco Marco NYFW 2018 Afterparty (Photo Jeff Eason)
Mesh shirt paired with vinyl pants for Marco Marco NYFW 2018 Afterparty (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. A COOL HAT 

Hats are my go-to accessory to complete any casual or formal outfit.

With a black fedora (Photo Ignis Terram)
With a black fedora (Photo Ignis Terram)
New York Fashion Week: Men's SS2016 (Photo Ignis Terram)
New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS2016 (Photo Ignis Terram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. PLAYING WITH TRENDS.

I’m a big fan of researching current trends and applying them to my NYFW looks. For Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2017 show I was all about the futuristic, high-shine trend and for STRUT NYFW party, it was all about the sequins. 

Ryan Davis and Jorge Gallegos at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2017 (Photo Gonzalo Marroquin/PMC)
Ryan Davis and Jorge Gallegos at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2017 (Photo Gonzalo Marroquin/PMC)
At STRUT party NYFW edition wearing ASOS sequin blazer (Photo Jeff Eason)
At STRUT NYFW party wearing ASOS sequin blazer (Photo Jeff Eason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR BLACK

Effortless. Timeless. Chic. What more can I ask for?

Stomping into NYFW in all black (Photo Ignis Terram)
Stomping into NYFW in an all-black ensemble (Photo Ignis Terram)

Whick look is your favorite? Comment below

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Author: manchic

Former Graphic Designer, Official GUESS One to Watch Blogger, Underwear and Menswear Blogger, Social Media Guy for several Gay Dating Sites including GuySpy.com and FindGayDaddy.com and the ultimate Party Boy Extraordinaire. Follow my adventures on Twitter and Instagram @manchic.

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