Ripped Jeans & Tasseled Knit

Ripped Jeans & Tasseled Knit











Photos by Christina Emilie

H&M Top (Similar Here & Here) // Topshop Jamie Jeans // Reiss Bag – on sale!
Vince Camuto Heels (Similar) // New Look Sunglasses via OPSH


Despite the 30 degree weather here in New York, you’ll still find me resisting typical Summer dressing. I’m just not into it. I’m most comfortable a little more covered up and plus, I couldn’t wait to wear this tasseled knit from H&M. I found it in there a few weeks ago and absolutely love it! Paired with my go-to ripped jeans, my Reiss Bag (on sale now) and a pair of statement heels – it was the perfect look for a casual Friday evening in Soho. Greene Street is one of my favorites!


“Surround yourself with people who get it.”

It’s funny, this morning on my way to work, I shared an Uber Pool (new obsession) with a guy called Justin. He had just worked a 12-hour night shift as a nurse at a hospital close by but was still full to the brim of energy & positivity. The journey took about 30 mins and we spent the whole time chatting about why we both loved New York. Justin just moved here 3 weeks ago, from North Carolina, and I still always see myself as ‘new’ here too, so we talked about the typical pros & cons of moving to a new place. There’s nothing I love more than meeting someone who gets just as excited as me when talking about NYC.

I don’t know if I’m just imagining it but lately, whenever I meet someone new, one of the first questions they ask me is ‘Do I love New York?’. And then this is always followed by,’ Why?’ Of course my answer is always yes to the first question but I have had to think a little more about my next answer. I think it’s totally acceptable to just say, it’s New York City – what’s not to love? But there’s definitely more to it and I think I’ve finally figured out what it is. It’s the people. I’ve always been a little fussy about the people I spend time with because I’m a true believer in the fact that some people just work better together than others. There has to be that ‘click’ & support. For ages, I used to believe that opposites attract, but I don’t know, New York is changing my opinion. It’s teaching me the importance of surrounding yourself with people who have the same goals & ambitions and it’s teaching me how to distinguish these type of people from the rest. So yes, to make a long story short, I love New York for teaching me this particular lesson and for introducing me to people like Justin (and so many of my friends here) who just ‘get it’.

Have a great week!

Stylishly Yours,

Erika x


  1. Siobhan

    13 July

    Love the top with ripoed jeans! Siobhan xx

  2. Liz Lizo

    13 July

    I love those ripped jeans. Also, I totally agree with what you said about NYC. I too am new here and I’m always delighted to meet so many positive and inspirational people in the city.

    – Liz Lizo

    • Retro Flame

      13 July

      Thanks a million Liz! Hope you’re enjoying your time here xx

  3. Great look! I love the top and shoes!

  4. Prudence Yeo

    14 July

    I have tried that tassel knit top at H&M previously and almost bought it! The lace-up heels are so chic too, gorgeous design!


  5. Lizzy

    14 July

    Amaaazing outfit! Loving the frayed top and the ripped jeans, gorgeousss combo!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

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    9 December

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