As the World Goes By

Seasons are changing and it seems likes just yesterday it was warm and sunny. How is it almost November? I like finding pieces that are versions of the everyday staples — here a grey sweatshirt, a pair of moccasins — but done in slightly different ways. It’s about the details, and by paying attention to nuances or seeking out special materials you can get a much more high end look, without spending  a fortune. It’s just about tweaking the way you approach it.

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This sweatshirt is a favorite of mine. A bit of an 80s throwback, it has a boxy, somewhat cropped silhouette that is both comfortable and  versatile. Pair it with dark jeans and a pair of boots and you could wear it at the office, or pair it with moccasins and it’s a great weekend look. The key here is really just paying attention to proportions, and going for something out of the ordinary. The slight crop gives it a more designer look and feel, but at the end of the day, it’s still just a sweatshirt — easy on the eyes AND bank account.

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These are my $9 moccasins, which I picked up on sale from Urban Outfitters a few years ago. I added an insole to them so they’re way more suitable to walking around the city, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen anyone else with them, which makes these blue suede shoes all the more special.

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Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.