New York Fashion Week: Essentials

September 2, 2015

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner! After several years of attending Fashion Week, you kind of get the inside scoop on what you need. In the past I have had years where I packed too much and others that I didn’t pack any of the right essentials. The below are my absolute necessities and why I can’t live without them at NYFW.

NOTEBOOK AND PEN– You are going to always want to take notes on shows, street style, people you meet, and little hidden gems you find while exploring the city.

CAMERA & LENSES– These are probably the most important, and irreplaceable, things you can bring to Fashion Week. The photos you take are going to be worth a thousand words when you come home and years down the road. Having a few different lenses is a good idea, so you can switch them out depending on what you are shooting. You never want to regret not capturing a moment because you didn’t have the right lense. If you have a 5D or something similar, great! If not, a great point and shoot camera will work wonders. I like this one. For lenses, I stick to my 50mm 1.2 lense and a 24-70mm, some of the best lenses to shoot with.

CAMERA STRAP– This is kind of a no brainer. There are a lot of super cute and fun camera straps out there. Try and find one that suits you and your style, opposed to just a generic black one. Be sure it is strong enough to support your camera!

SUNNIES– You can never have enough sunglasses. Pack 3 pairs or pack 20 pairs. You won’t regret having daily options.

SHOES– Heels are a great idea, until you are trekking around the city and wanting to cut your feet off. You MUST bring a pair of shoes with you that can withstand lots of walking- I prefer a nice pair of flats or a colorful pair of sneakers. You can always wear your heels to shows/parties and switch out for flats when going to and from locations.

BAGS– I always makes sure to bring a small cross body and a tote. This is helpful when toting around extra shoes and your camera. It is good to have a cross body that works with your outfit, that way if you are in a photo you can put the tote down and still look put together.

PORTABLE CHARGER– SOOOO important! Don’t ever let your phone die!

JACKET– You want to be sure to have something over your shoulders just incase you get a little chilly. A denim jacket or a blazer is the perfect jacket for these moments.

WATCH– This is a great accessory that is visually great and so practical!

BUSINESS CARDS AND HOLDER– If you have cards, bring them! Fashion Week is a great time to meet and network with other people in the industry. You don’t ever want to have to write your name and number on a napkin.

BEAUTY MUST HAVES– 1.Facial mist will be your best friend when walking around. This will hydrate your skin, cool you down, and give you a nice glow. 2.Don’t forget a lip treatment!! Whether its something clear or something with a bit of a tint, you want to make sure you have something to constantly reapply throughout the day. 3.Travel sized perfume will definitely need to be in your bag. It is a great way to continuously freshen up. 4.Hand lotion will be your best friend! 5.Band-aids are also something to not leave your hotel room without. You never know when you might need one! Go with a cute color or pattern to make them more of a statement than an oopsie.

From Left to Right:

STELLA MCCARTNEY ‘fallabella’ crossbody bag 

MOLESKIN classic notebook 

CROSS CLASSIC ball point pen 

CANON ‘5D mark III’ camera 

PRADA ‘retro’ sunglasses 

L’OCCITANE shea butter hand cream 

MOPHIE ‘powerstation’ portable charger 

SFK deluxe camera strap 

BALENCIAGA ‘b.’ eau de parfum 

J.CREW band aids 

CANON ’50mm 1.4 usm’ camera lense 

BOBBI BROWN face mist 

BLK DNM ‘patch’ denim jacket  (similar here)

BUTTER LONDON quick top coat 

BALENCIAGA ‘cabas’ tote 

SOPHIA WEBSTER ‘bibi butterfly’ flats 

FRESH lip treatment 

SAINT LAURENT ‘lipstick’ card carrier 

MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘the slim’ watch 

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  1. Natali Natali says:

    This is like a survival kit!! I agree with all of these picks! :) http://lartoffashion.com

    • With Or Without Shoes With Or Without Shoes says:

      Nice selection! Love those Prada sunglasses...in fact I have a lot of shades from this brand. . . ❤ Kisses from www.withorwithoutshoes.com ❤ . .

  2. carmen carmen says:

    A portable charger is a definite essential for me especially when traveling or during important events. You can't let that phone die! :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  3. Hayley Larue Hayley Larue says:

    Those Sophia Webster flats are the cutest things ever!! <3 StyledbyBlondie.com

  4. La Bijoux Bella | by mia La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    With these posted essential helpful guide above, it can easily related to a weekend getaway or it could be a day out on location shooting photographs for a blog, or a drive across the cities scouting out location for a cinemagraphic film shoot. :) La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  5. Rena Rena says:

    You are perfect equipped for the fashion week! xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena www.dressedwithsoul.com

  6. José José says:

    Love this! I like the camera strap, what a good idea! http://www.byjosechan.com

  7. Maxce Maxce says:

    I am so excited about the coming fashion weeks! L'occitane hand cream is a must for me, all year long ;) Love from France <3 Cécile www.maxcebycecilej.com

  8. SweetMona Blog de moda SweetMona Blog de moda says:

    Basic essentials! http://sweetmona.com/blog/levisshorts/

  9. Monika Monika says:

    The sophia webster shoes are so pretty! I also like the camera strap too! -M www.violetroots.com


    Great post! I like so much the jacket and shoes. http://elsecretodemistercloset.com

  11. Lauren Lauren says:

    Great post, thank you. I'm really excited to be attending London Fashion Week this year x www.wonkylauren.com

  12. Diane Diane says:

    Nice list ! http://www.fruityandpassion.com/2015/08/the-long-floral-dress-with-mango.html#more

  13. Whit Whit says:

    What brilliant tips, Julie! I'm heading to LFW & PFW and was just thinking about what I must pack... This is everything, you rock!! ;) Love, Whit http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

  14. Samantha Samantha says:

    Great list, Julie! Wearing comfortable shoes is the best way to go. --Samantha http://www.BesosFromAmerica.com

  15. camille camille says:

    Awesome selection Xoxo http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

  16. Denise Denise says:

    I LOVE that watch and the sunnie. WOnderful selection. http://fashionkings.org/

  17. Carine Carine says:

    What a great list of Fashion Week essentials! My go-to is the Balenciaga tote! http://fashion-soup.com/

  18. Roza Roza says:

    Shoes and glasses are amazing :) Just love it http://perkadesign.com/

  19. ivanasworld ivanasworld says:

    Great selection :) Love the Bag from Stella

  20. Vivian Vivian says:

    I love the Sophia Webster flats! Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE ~

  21. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    I absolutely love that camera chain!! Looks so Chanel like!! pinkandnavystripes.com

  22. Lorena Lorena says:

    Great list! xx, www.girlswearblack.com

  23. K. Marie K. Marie says:

    This was EXTREMELY helpful! I'll be attending my NYFW for the first time this year and I will definitely use these tips! XoXoKMarie.com

  24. Valentina Valentina says:

    perfect choices. I need these camera soon! <3 XoXo Valentina | DAILY SUIT

  25. Shae Shae says:

    This fresh lip treatment is a lifesaver! Great musts for a fun week! Shae @ Current Habits

  26. Nikki Nikki says:

    Love your picks!! Those sunnies and the Balenciaga bag are gorgeous!!:) X www.fashionablepassion.com

  27. Kristie Kristie says:

    great tips! Http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

  28. Elizabeth Hawn Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love these picks! http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

  29. Dominique Dominique says:

    I am so jealous of those who get to go to fashion week! These picks look like stuff I would use for sure! www.writingmotherfashionista.com

  30. Danielle Danielle says:

    Very helpful post! Enjoy NYFW! www.spring2spring.com

  31. Liz Liz says:

    love that camera strap! http://hashtagliz.com

  32. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the tips! I can't believe NY fashion week is coming up already! Stay Styled, Lindsey Instagram: stay_styled Blog: http://staystyledblog.com/

  33. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Great picks! So excited to see the new looks from NYFW :) x StephC http://sstephcc.blogspot.com/

  34. Ester Ester says:

    Love this selection! Please check out my blog, would mean a lot! <3 (wemixthat.blogspot.com) xx, Ester

  35. Laura Laura says:

    Love this! Especially those Sophia Webster flats, those are to die for! xo laurafrancesxo.blogspot.co.uk

  36. Marjorie Marjorie says:

    These Prada sunnies are amazing! xx http://www.mybeautrip.com

  37. Sanja Sanja says:

    I agree!! But I think that without camera everything is without purpose! :) So..I pack alwys first the camera. http://sunmoonstyle.blogspot.co.at/

  38. Carly Conners Kenihan Carly Conners Kenihan says:

    Super cute Saint Laurent Card Case + love those Sophia Webster flats! xx Carly http://bunbunbook.com

  39. Elizabeth T. Elizabeth T. says:

    These tips are so useful, whether for fashion week or just attending networking events in general :) Can't wait to see your inside scoop on NYFW this year! Thank you so much for sharing <3 xo, elizabeth t. https://clothestoyouuu.wordpress.com/

  40. Rachel Rachel says:

    Great picks, Face mist and a fancy pair of flats are a must to help get you through the day. http://www.racheldinh.com

  41. Paulina Paulina says:

    These are great for every trip! xoxop http://northseventhandbedford.com/

  42. Cristina Monti Cristina Monti says:

    Such a great selection, love the picks! http://www.thebohoflow.com/2015/08/24/powder-pink-two-piece-set/ http://www.thebohoflow.com/2015/08/24/powder-pink-two-piece-set/ With love, C

  43. melissa melissa says:

    Your roundup guide is making me a tad sad I am missing NYFW this year :/ But love your picks! xo, Melissa MissyOnMadison.com

  44. Shanice Romelus Shanice Romelus says:

    Love thiss! This super cool collage makes me wish I was going to NYFW! I hope when you go this year you have a great time! http://www.helloimshanice.com/ @helloimshanice

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  46. Ellie Ramsay Ellie Ramsay says:

    Your collections are always so lovely and helpful! x www.therawstylist.com

  47. Lee Lee says:

    Oh! Those Prada sunglasses are amazing! <3 www.thatnewyorkgirl.com

  48. coffeeslag coffeeslag says:

    I love those flats and that Stella bag!! My next big buy is going to be a GOOD camera, so I've been soaking up all the camera suggestions. Thank you! coffeeslag COFFEESLAG 06/26/15

  49. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    Yay, glad to see you are going this season! Hope to bump into you again <3 x truelane

  50. Liz Lizo Liz Lizo says:

    Great list, I totally agree about the portable charger part. Your phone dying at at Fashion Week is the worst! - Liz Lizo www.LizLizo.com

  51. Emily Emily says:

    This post makes me excited for fashion week...and I'm not even going! I love that camera strap though! Emily www.threadsandblooms.com

  52. Caterina Caterina says:

    I Love Almost all The items. Especially The watch By Marc Jacobs. Caterina http://www.caterinasblog.com

  53. A&I A&I says:

    That watch is stylish yet very simple! Kisses from Copenhagen // A&I http://bloodxblack.blogspot.dk

  54. Laure Laure says:

    In the top selection in September , I love your blog as always ! xoxo http://laure-relooking.fr/blog

  55. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Great tips!!! Love your outfit picks too!!

  56. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    Love the sophia webster shoes! http://www.shopopal.com

  57. Nadin Nadin says:

    Great picks! www.killthemwithchic.com

  58. Agnes Agnes says:

    Very useful tips, can't wait to apply it when I actually get invited to a show! Have fun! Agnes x http://www.blvckbee.com

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