The streets of Brooklyn have undeniably galvanized a feverish passion in me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Manhattan with all my heart, but there is a tenacity to Brooklyn that has emboldened me to create outside the box. How have I striven to do this? Let me explain.
Lately, I’ve been spending some time on Pinterest revamping my style inspiration board, leaning on urban fashion photography and vintage-inspired editorial spreads in particular. Aside from the style, I love that the women in these images evoke a laissez-faire, no-fucks-given attitude. That is the attitude that spills through Brooklyn, and that is why Williamsburg is my preferred shooting spot. Although I enjoy shooting in Manhattan, I don’t always feel like I’m giving my all. There is a stiffness that creeps up when I sense that people are constantly watching, and sometimes judging. While some are pros at mentally blocking out unwarranted spectators, I struggle with this, and it is noticeably apparent in my pictures at times.
Shooting in Brooklyn has given me the confidence to loosen up and take on the persona of each look I put together with gusto. To me, wearing an outfit isn’t just about showing others what looks good with what. It’s about the story behind its conception and the environment (and/or other factors) that gives it life.
Now, for the look itself! I got this Zara baseball tee from thredUP, the largest online thrift store on the market. If you’re into sustainable fashion and secondhand shopping, this site is an angel sent from heaven above. From luxury designers to your favorite fast-fashion retailers, you can find unbeatable discounts on items that are looking for another shot at love.
The shirt radiated ’70s summer vibes like no other, so it’s no wonder it was love at first sight. I paired it with my two-toned denim skirt from Nasty Gal and white sneakers to create my ideal vintage street style look.
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Photography: Jacob Goldberg