Allie’s Downtown Cool Style

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Not only does Allie have an awesome bedroom, she has an awesome wardrobe too! If you don’t remember her, Allie is a student living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

She moved to New York City over a year ago with her mom from a small southern town, and her hobbies include reading, photography, music, independent movies and knitting!

This won’t be the last you’ll see of Allie. We liked her so much that she is now Broke & Chic’s very own Social Media Manager! Give her a twitter follow.

  • Leopard Sweater: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Leggings: $10 Uniqlo
  • Moto Boots: $30 Prima Donna
  • Levi’s Jacket: Mom’s old high school jacket!

Q & A

B&C: What was your favorite winter trend?

Allie: Moto boots, moccasins and large knit head bands!

B&C: What is one trend you can’t stand?

Allie: Leggings with uggs. I like leggings, but paired with Uggs…no!

What do you think of Allie’s downtown style? Tell us in the comments below! PS: We’re digging the shatter polish!


Office Style: Black is Back

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Office Style is going to be a new weekly series on Broke & Chic (check out last week’s post.) Learn how to be fashionable in the office. Melissa, who spends eight hours a day at SocialChorus, will be your style coach!

Black is Back

Working at a startup has its perks. Unlimited granola bars for one, but being able to dress to meet a CMO one day and platform developers the next is super cool!  It gives me a chance to switch up my look, while still maintaining my personal style.

The easiest way to look sharp is Black. The LBD, black blazer, black bag, and black tights are all necessities. (Just don’t wear them all together!)

And remember to always have a black blazer in the office closet, because you never know when one of those casual days can get serious.

About the Author:

Melissa Murphy connects brands with influencers as Senior Manager of Influencer Activation and Collaboration at SocialChorus. Her campaigns with Fortune 500 companies like Tropicana, Intel and Toyota are awesome – she’s the ultimate PR turned social media maven. Murphy attended The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Marketing Communications, and was previously the Director of Communications for The Trump Grande Resort and Pop Artist Romero Britto. She loves meeting influencers (IRL), rocking a killer pair of heels, and a great party!  Follow her on twitter @MelMurphytweets

Meet Hillary:

My personal style includes a lot of basics, and I have a serious weakness for ankle boots and a great jacket. I’m willing to splurge on staples that can go with everything, and am a pro at finding designer goods at consignment shops. I’m a die hard classic rock fan, so I love clothes that can give a bit of a rocker edge, and have a collection of vintage band tees I wouldn’t trade for anything. My best style tip: when in doubt, I always wear all black, you never have to worry about being under or over dressed for any occasion!

  • Double Zip Denim Jacket: $800 Rick Owens drkshdw//

About Hillary:

Hillary Frazier (also known as Waffles Girl, Hillary Bankz), is a social media moderator at SocialChorus.She is also a blogger, and has served as an editor and content creator for Fashion Indie and Joonbug, and columnist at Cliche Magazine, Styleite, and theCelebrityCafe. She has also created select pieces for the Waffles Girls, most recently in a collaboration for Vitamin Water Canada.

When she isn’t blogging or searching for funny videos on YouTube, she designs jewelry under the name Findings.NewYork, that is sold at AlwaysNeverNY (and currently is purchasable by request via email!).

What do you think of Melissa and Hillary’s great style? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Photographer:

Marcus Cooper is a Moderation and Implementation Coordinator at Social Chorus. He’s the man behind the computer, assuring social media success for some big name brands. He’s a recent graduate from University of Tampa where he studied Advertising, Marketing and Digital Production.

His true passion, though, is photography, which he began in recent years after a life changing trek across Europe. His photos display his raw and understated talent and fine tuned eye for all things beautiful in life. Aside from social media and photography, Marcus loves traversing the city and discovering all it has to offer and he’s always looking for new and interesting people to meet.

Check out his website and give him a Facebook like!



Trend Alert: Sweater Shorts

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Cold winter weather can really put a halt to fashion. With everyone bundled up in fluffy warm down coats, bulky waterproof boots and warm knit hats, it can be hard to express yourself.

This year, we’ve done a great job transitioning our spring and summer clothes to the cooler months by adding blazers, boots and tights to our favorite sundresses. We can even spot fashionable ladies pairing their favorite pair of cut-off Levi’s with opaque tights and boots.

Flashback: How to Transition your Summer Clothes

But there’s a new trend brewing here in Manhattan…sweater shorts. Shorts made only for those cold winter months. I’ve spotted them in quite a few street-style blogs based in Asia, not knowing if it would catch on in other parts of the world. Well, it has! What are your thoughts? Love it or leave it?

  • Shirt:$9.97 Gap
  • Cardigan: $69.70 Gap
  • Sweater Shorts: $12.90 Uniqlo
  • Tights: $9.95 h&m
  • Thigh-High Socks: $9.99 h&m
  • Vince Camuto Boots: $150.00 Bloomingdale’s

This Upper West Side girl is rocking a pair of $12 Uniqlo sweater shorts. She pairs them perfectly with her Vince Camuto tall boots and Gap cardigan! How do you wear your sweater shorts? Send your pictures to

Q & A

Q: What’s your favorite winter 2012 trend?

A: I love textured and colored tights!

Q: What are a few trends you want to see go away forever?

A: I have too many, crazy nails, adult onezies and sneakers with dresses.

Q: When do you save and when do you splurge?

A: I save on accessories and splurge on clothes. I find they last longer the more money I spend. It’s quality over quantity for me. I’d rather have two pairs of expensive shoes than twenty cheap ones that hurt my feet.

Q: What’s your favorite store?

A: I don’t really have one. I don’t like to limit myself or my style. I do however like Gap jeans. I’m tall and they’re one of the only stores in my price range that have my perfect fit!

Do you love the sweater shorts trend? Check out Uniqlo, Forever 21, Etsy and Delia’s for a pair under $30!