"Never Have I Ever": How To Dress For Your First Fashion Week

Even though we like to think we’ve been there and done that, there are certain life events that even our most experienced editors have yet to encounter. In this, our ultimate style guide was born. We’ve enlisted the help of a few R29ers to bring you useful shopping tips that’ll prep your closet for every major milestone, so you’re never left saying, “What do I wear?”
"Just a few short years ago, Fashion Week seemed to me like a mythical occurrence — an event that was so far out of my realm of possibility that I didn't even bother to waste the precious moments of my youth daydreaming about what I'd wear to a real, live runway show. But, fast-forward to the present, and I'm working in an environment where Fashion Week is happening all around me. In truth, wardrobe wise, I'm totally unprepared to set foot in Lincoln Center. Throw in the fact that I'd be covering shows (read: running around balancing a notebook, voice recorder, and whatever else I assume a serious journalist must carry), and I'm at a major loss. Help!"
—Dianna Mazzone, beauty intern
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Click through for quick tips on how to get through your first Fashion Week — from the street-style photographers to the after-parties — in style.
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Statement Bootie

Okay, a statement bootie may not be the most appropriate in this weather, but your duck boots just won’t cut it if you’re hoping to get street-style-snapped. Go for a stepper with a thicker heel to help you teeter above the ice with just a bit more ease than a stick-thin stiletto. You don’t want to look like an unstable baby giraffe in front of those photographers, do you?
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Fashion Sneakers

We're down for wearing sneakers just about anywhere — to work, over the weekend, and especially at Fashion Week. In fact, there's really nothing cooler than pairing a dope style (these new Nikes) with something unexpected like a femme coat and girly dress. Very forward and right now.
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Bold Coat

Get camera-ready with a bright coat that'll get you instantly noticed walking through the pack of paparazzi.
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Non-Messy Treats

It may be hard (especially when you're running between shows), but don't forget to eat! Tide yourself over between meals with a healthy snack that'll fit easily in your bag and won't make a mess if you need a nosh at the tents.
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Cute Carryall

Chances are you'll be on the go pretty much 24/7 for the entire week, so ditch your smaller-scale bag for something larger and sturdy that'll fit your laptop, tablet, phone, schedule, notebook, and snacks!
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Sunglasses

All the fashion-y peeps will undoubtedly rock eye-catching sunnies. So, you should, too. But, ditch your basic blacks for a pair that has some personality like these ombré stunners. Just please please don't wear them inside — unless, of course, your name is Anna.

Quay Eyeware Iris Sunglasses, $39.95, available at Quay Eyeware.
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Sweet-And-Sophisticated Dress

You're going to need a dress that'll take you from the front row to an after-party. But, instead of going for a wacky option, choose one that's sweet and sophisticated. Find a style that has unexpected detailing (like the lace sleeves here), and you'll stand out from the crowd but won't look like you're trying too hard.
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Mophie

Say hello to your most crucial NYFW survival item: the Mophie. It's a genius little pack that'll charge your phone when the battery hits zero. And, trust us, that happens fast after one-too-many Instas.
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