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The Hoodie

October 17, 2013


I wore so many hoodies throughout college and high school I may as well have been Eminem in 8 Mile. While most hoodie-wearers paired the cozy tops with equally cozy bottoms — i.e. gut-expanding sweatpants or leggings — I took my hoodie cues from the homelessly chic Olsen twins; these sweatshirts weren’t just about comfort, they were style.statements. Hoodies were a more important component to my day-to-day look than shoes (guilty!), and I paired them with everything from fitted blazers to flared denim to cropped t-shirts that exposed my peach baby-fuzz snail trail.

This all began to fade away however, when I graduated from the days of textbooks and cafeteria food to day planners and martinis. Suddenly an outfit paired with a hoodie was no longer a desired look; it felt too youthful and casual for my New York City life. And soon, the hoodies which once took residence in one of the more accessible drawers in my apartment moved to a plastic bin under my bed.


In the past year, the relaxed, casual trend has made a comeback and consequently slithered its way back into my day-to-day style (let this be a lesson to all of you out there who love to throw things away. Things do come back into style!). I’ll still always have an affinity for sky-high heels and more sophisticated pieces, but it’s refreshing to have the option to wear, say, a fuzzy camouflage hoodie, and not look or feel like a complete and utter college-campus-bum. Other perks to the reintroduction of hoodies is the convenient kangaroo pouch (hello, cell phone!), the hood (hello, nap time!), and the sheer softness of the fabric (this isn’t your average itchy mohair sweater).

When it came to styling said hoodie, I opted for pieces that one might not immediately assume to pair with a sweatshirt (i.e. not jeans). After a few trial and error periods — the jeans were just so tempting! — I went with this crisp white pleated skirt, the heeled booties you’ve likely grown sick of, and the leather jacket that I may remarry this weekend just to make sure it knows the level of my devotion.

Do I think this trend will stick around? No, probably not. But hoodies, no matter how you wear them, be it curled up on your couch on a Sunday night or attempting your best Carrie Bradshaw strut down 5th Avenue, will always be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe.

You can quote me on that.


Alternative Apparel hoodie | Schott jacket | Supertrash skirt (this one is awesome, too) | Kelsi Dagger booties


// photos by Emily Malan

Glasses: The Most Versatile & Important Accessory

August 22, 2013
tags: , Cynthia Rowley, , eskimo, eyewear, , frames, , , metropolitan, nantucket, , , pink sunglasses, preppy, , round, rowley eyewear, , , st. marks, , , urban,
by Sonia


The beauty of an accessory like sunglasses (or RX frames for all you lucky poor-sighted folk), is that they go with everything. Unlike handbags and jewelry which really ought to change with every outfit, peeper-frames are universal. Just look at how Jenna Lyons has worn her thick framed glasses to everything from a regular day at J.Crew to the red carpet at the Met Gala. Regardless of if she needs them for eyesight, she’s made them a necessary and complimentary addition to her signature style. But a common issue that I think we are all faced with when dealing with glasses is that price points can be Mt. Everest steep. And as much as I’m ready to drop dollars on an exceptionally flattering pair of designer frames, my clumsy, absent-minded self will no doubt sit on them before they even reach my face.

Warby Parker introduced a new and affordable way to buy eyewear and now, New York Fashion Week designer, Cynthia Rowley, has joined in on the fun with the launch of her very own site Each set of frames, of which there are many, many awesome pairs, are $99 or $129 for prescription. Cue the sound of your bank account clinking his heels together.


What I love most about the new collection is that, much like Rowley’s clothing, each set of frames can work with a number of different styles. Take the above look for example: a preppy blazer makes the light pink, round, and vintage-inspired sunnies look like they’re manufactured in Nantucket. Fun fact: they’re not.


If something edgier is more your speed then swap out those seersucker trousers for a leather motorcycle jacket and these shades will still work. Now I look more like I’m ready to get a tattoo on St. Mark’s than I am about to jump on a sailboat and eat lobster. Same sunglasses, different style, still working.


Should you find yourself the more feminine “I love to wear pink!” type of girl — which I am the furthest from but decided to embrace for the sake of this post — then again, you’re in luck with the versatility of Rowley’s eyewear. The round pink frames only girlify (made up word) the girlishness of this look which is also emphasized by the kissy face. Kiss kiss. Smooch smooch. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.


And finally we have the metropolitan eskimo. The sun blares extra bright against the snow, so sunglasses are essential to the style and well-being of an urban eskimo. For the record, I have no idea what an urban eskimo is, but if they exist, I imagine they’d wear a furry vest much like the one I’m wearing and Rowley’s eyewear, of course.

Now comes the even more fun part. From now through September 15th, Rowley Eyewear is offering all Runway Hippie readers a 20% discount! Simply use the code runwayhippie20 at checkout and bing bam boom look at that mushroom, the already affordably chic shades are even more affordably yours.

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// photos by Emily Malan

The Punk Aesthetic

May 6, 2013
tags: , black jeans, , chaos to couture, distressed, doc martens, , exhibit, , gala, iggy pop, may, met, Music, , , , ripped, , safety pins, sex pistols, siouxsie and the banshees, , ,
by Sonia


With tonight’s Met Gala and the opening of the new Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, I decided to put together a topical punk-inspired outfit for today’s post. When I first approached my closet with the “punk” mindset — Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and Iggy Pop playing on full blast much to my neighbor’s dismay (the girl who lived in my apartment before me actually got kicked out because she held punk rock shows in my living room) — I was pretty surprised by how easily I put the look together. My initial outfit however was much more like a costume than something I would actually wear. Black jeans, ripped t-shirt, leather jacket, red plaid shirt tied around my waist, spiked bracelets, Doc Martens, thick black eyeliner and oxblood lipstick. It’s not that I didn’t like the outfit, I actually think I looked pretty awesome and hardcore, but I also looked like I was going to punch someone. So, I toned everything down to make it more Sonia appropriate since something tells me you don’t come here to see me dressed up in costumes, and if you do then I must really be letting you down.


I wiped off the lipstick, removed a good half inch of black eyeliner, and took off the red plaid shirt and spiked bracelets. I then added a pile of edgy necklaces and a safety pin cuff since the punks may as well have invented safety pins (fun fact: apparently a man named Walter Hunt invented the safety pin, but Sid Vicious made them cool). I also opted for my go-to black Acne boots instead of the Doc Martens. Even though I wear Docs from time to time, I just felt over the top. Like I was trying too hard. Which is probably what a lot of people think about punks. But that’s also what I kind of love about them. Here are these grungy, angsty kids with an I don’t give a hoot attitude, when actually it takes a really really long time to do a perfectly spiked mohawk. It’s also a serious DIY project to put safety pins all over your jacket — something I started and never finished doing in high school. So really, they give a lot of hoots. More than your average owl.


When I decided on a look that didn’t feel more appropriate for Halloween party than a jaunt around my neighborhood, I met up with Emily to take pics (duh) and she told me I looked pissed off in the photos. That’s the point, I replied. I was getting into character! Upon looking through them later however, I couldn’t help but notice that me looking pissed off also looks like I might throw up on you. But who knows, throwing up on fans could have been a party trick back in the day of hardcore garage bands where bloody noses were souvenirs because you weren’t afraid of a mosh pit.


So really, along with emulating the punk style aesthetic — with maybe too few safety pins — I also could be mimicking an artist’s signature performance trick and I didn’t even have to think about it! I feel so badass. Maybe I’ll go take a walk down St. Mark’s Place.


Schott jacket | Vintage t-shirt | Rag & Bone jeans | Acne boots | Alexander Wang bag | BaubleBar x Honestly WTF, Tom Binns, Pamela Love jewelry | Knockaround sunglasses
// photos by Emily Malan

The Purpose of Style

March 6, 2013
tags: 90s, , , , cardigans, catherine malandrino, chloe, , , fur scarf, , , kurt cobain, layers, , Michael Kors, paraty, , pictures, plaid, , rail shirt, , ripped, , , , sid vicious, slip dress, , , the purpose of style, tied around the waist, tights, tompkins square park, , white,
by Sonia


With the exception of skyscraper heels, I’d like to think my style is pretty functional. Sure I’ll pile on the accessories or wear an extra layer or two, but it’s important for me not to have an outfit that requires a lot of fidget and fuss. Outfits that have you constantly pulling down a skirt or adjusting a belt are not only frustrating, but make you look uncomfortable. Style is supposed to be fun and experimental, not a nuisance. So for the most part, I nix any outfit additions that get in the way or serve no purpose.

I’ve often admired punks and 90s grunge icons for their ability to look effortlessly cool when really we all know their outfits took some serious time and thought to put together. Sid Vicious and his piling of spiked belts. Kurt Cobain and his multitude of layered cardigans. The kids hanging around Tompkins Square Park or St. Marks Place with their tattered tights and mohawks. Do you know how long it takes to actually get a mohawk to stick straight up? I don’t, but I imagine it takes awhile. And Sid Vicious, I love you, but I’m fairly certain your three spiked belts all fastened to the side were not all there to keep your pants up. Yet, while these pieces serve next-to-no-function (i.e. ripped tights do not keep you warm), they do serve a purpose; the purpose of style.

Taking cues from the Fall 2013 runways, I’ve been testing out different ways to add more layers to a single look before spring and summer roll around and I’m stripped of anything that will cause an excess of sweat. I don’t like things to feel too bulky — having socks bunch up while inside my shoes may be one of my biggest pet peeves — so I started simple with a 90s grunge inspired plaid shirt tied around my waist. Though it serves no functional purpose, it added an extra element of proportion, texture, and style to a look that felt a little too simple without it. I can also report that when double knotted I never had to fidget to keep it in place.






Schott leather jacket | H&M sweater (similar here) | Catherine Malandrino dress (similar here) | Rail shirt (similar here) | Zara boots | Chloé bag | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Michael Kors scarf

// photos by Emily Malan

H E A V Y ▲ M E T A L

October 20, 2011
tags: , , , , , , , sid vicious, , studded bag, studded jackets, studded pockets, , , valentino clutch, valentino studs
by Sonia

Hi, my name is Sonia and I’m a Stud-a-holic.

No, not the studs with big muscles that stand outside Abercrombie posing with tourists (blech! I hate muscles), I mean the studs that are fastened on to those jaw dropping Balmain jackets, the studs that Sid Vicious was pretty much born wearing, the studs that I’m tempted to add to every single article of my clothing.

The truth of the matter is, I love studs, and I’ve loved them for a long time. In high school I rarely left the house without a disgusting amount of eyeliner either my black or white studded belt and in college a lot of my jewelry was made up of pyramid studded bracelets and pendents. Today, there isn’t a type of clothing in my closet that isn’t studded. Studded dresses, studded jackets, studded shoes (I just added to this with my recent Converse DIY), studded underwear…just kidding, I don’t have any of that.

If you look around you’d be surprised at how many things have studs: furniture, car interiors, even some dog collars have studs! For the record, I’m not trying to justify my addiction, I’m merely explaining how awesome studs are. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a DIY studded leather jacket to attend to…