Fashion & Accessories

By Laura Werling

As a New Yorker, I have to say that, in my opinion, there’s really nothing better in New York City than Sunday brunch on a perfect spring day. The sun is shining, the eggs are over-easy, and having a cocktail before noon is expected. To that end, there’s one neighborhood in New York City that specializes in hosting the perfect brunch: the West Village. It’s diversity and charm stole my heart when I moved to the city 5 years ago, and walking out of my apartment into the sunshine on a cobblestone street every morning still makes me smile.

Though the West Village is home to the occasional raunchy sex shop or dive bar, it still manages to have a ton of the chicest and most sophisticated restaurants in the city. To top it off, the West Village is constantly full of inspiration and creativity in fashion, and on any given street there’s always one of those girls we all envy, who looks like she rolls out of bed every morning looking radiant and fabulous and completely effortless. This is partly why I love brunch so much in the West Village, or anywhere in New York City for that matter; all you have to do is show up, and you’re bound for an incredible Sunday with smiles, great food, good friends, and an effortless great time.

One place that I brunched at in the West Village recently was one of the best brunches I’ve ever eaten; a small, unpretentious bistro called The New French, located at 522 Hudson Street, near West 10th Street. The food is hearty yet fresh, and the coffee is served in your own individual French press. The restaurant is simple and chic, and it just oozes with West Village cool, perfectly balancing the exceptionally good quality food with a laid-back energy. That kind of laid-back energy is a great inspiration for what to wear for a Sunday lazily strolling around the city and enjoying good company. I would suggest the Rag & Bone store, which happens to be right around the block from The New French on Christopher Street, near Bleecker St. There you can find something wearable and well made; something like the perfect pair of jeans or an extremely well fitting tee. Down the block on Bleecker Street and West 11th Street, you’ll find the Marc Jacobs store, where you can find an incredibly soft, oversize cashmere sweater (wearing one is kind of like being inside a cloud, which I can’t honestly say I’ve experienced, but I’d like to think that’s what it feels like).

I think a great idea for your Sunday brunch and a sunny day gallivanting around the West Village (or “West Villaging”, as I like to call it) outfit is something uncomplicated and breezy, like a great-fitting pair of jeans, your favorite pair of flats or boots, and something comfortable and chic on top. A cloud-like cashmere sweater is always a good option, or a leather jacket over your most worn-in tee. A nice tote bag or cross-body satchel is easy and goes with everything, then add your shades and you’re good-to-go with an instant weekend outfit. This spring I strongly suggest you and your friends get out and about and brunching on the weekends, it always makes my weekend relaxing and fun. In such a crowded and hectic place as New York, we could all do to remind ourselves to loosen up and take your days off to eat good food, wear cute clothes, and laugh the day away.

Originally published April 2011
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