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Personal Style Around New York City

By Yuwa Vosper

While on a recent trip to New York City I noticed three ladies with a very distinct since of personal style. One student, Pheanny Phen, stood out immediately from the crowd wearing a blousy black-cropped top and denim. Her laid-back style was casual but also a stylish arrangement of the fall trends.

It was also impossible not to spot Nicole LaMoreaux, who was wearing the perfect display of Victorian Revivalism. She took a Victorian inspired garment and revitalized it for modern day. With its deep purple colors, she resembled royalty. However, her most distinguishing feature was the slight layering that resembled a bustle on the back of her dress.

Later in the night, I spotted Victoria Kozlyuk at a local market. She was a tall, ethereal beauty dressed entirely in white with the one accentuation of a gold belt. Her evening attire allowed the New York City wind to blow her sheer bottom dress along the way as she walked. She looked stunning with her stylish pairing of a winter white sweater cinched slightly with a gold belt. Her lace skirt with sheer covering was complimented with nude heels and an Yves Saint Laurent clutch finished her ensemble. These three ladies made it clear why New York City is known as the fashion capital of the United States.

 

PHEANNY PHEN

LIM College Student

Outfit: Hat (H&M), top (H&M from Stephanie’s closet), light-washed boyfriend jeans (Garage), and black booties (H&M).

Q. Who or What inspires your personal style?

A. Overall, I feel that my environment inspires my personal style. I carry an overarching style channeling specific shapes, but I feel like the environment really affects my color choices. Back home in Washington State, I often wore darker colors, along with hues that were generally deemed “earthy.” This included forest green, navy blue, and various other colors that may remind you of a calm, Washington mood. With my recent move to New York City, I found that I’m very attracted to different variations of contrast and using stark colors. I tend to pair bold opposing colors like black and white, while also playing with different shapes. Street style is really beautiful to me, and something I look to for inspiration.

Q. What are some of your style signatures?

A. As said before, I always find that I’m attracted to darker color schemes. I love black, because it’s such a basic color and I can pair almost anything with it. Lately, I’ve also been attracted to muted and neutral colors. Some signature looks you can find me wearing are tops that are hung loosely and layered, with a pair of dark bottoms; although occasionally you may find me in my favorite pair of light washed boyfriend jeans.

Q. What is your shopping strategy especially living and attend school in New York City?

A. A lot of the time, I borrow from friends or shop in discount retailers such as Forever 21 and H&M. Being a college student, it’s hard to find good quality clothes at an affordable price; luckily, H&M and Forever 21 have a wide selection of merchandise to choose from. Mostly, though, I borrow from my friend’s style. I attribute a lot of the clothes I wear to her personal closet.

Q. What is the greatest piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?

A. I’ve never received fashion advice really, only that I should dress comfortably, and express myself.

Q. What piece of clothing in your closet could you not live without?

A. My black booties and black leggings.

Q. Would you say you have a personal style aesthetic? (For instance: trendy, chic, vintage, eclectic, etc) If so, what is it?

A. Yes and no; it’s pretty hard to say. Although, I am currently attracted to stark, contrasting colors, this may change in the coming years. Right now, I can definitely say that my style is very urban, with an ethereal sort of feel; very relaxed, calm and subtle.

 

NICOLE LAMOREAUX

REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN AT LIM COLLEGE

Q. Where did you purchase your ensemble? Was it made, found, etc?

A. I purchased the dress from Brooklyn (Greenpoint) vintage shop, Fox and Fawn. There is no tag on the dress, but I believe it is from the 1930s

Q. What inspires your personal style?

A. As I grow older I find my personal style is continually evolving. However, I believe that throughout my life my overall fashion philosophy has been to have fun with fashion and style.  If you want to wear pearls and a Little Black dress one day and a fabulous vintage piece the next day, you should have that freedom.

 

VICTORIA KOZLYUK

FASHION BLOGGER

INSTAGRAM @ALLTHINGSVICTORIA

EMAIL: ALLTHINGSVICTORIA@GMAIL.COM

Q. What are some of your style signatures?

A. My style signatures are usually high waisted jeans, with a loose blouse tucked in, and a sexy pump of some sort. I gravitate towards jackets, coats, and awesome shoes when shopping.

Q. Who or What inspires your personal style?

A. I get inspiration from everywhere not so much from people but from colors. I am inspired by colors and color combinations. Often when I see colors blend together in a particular way I can automatically picture something beautifully worn with that sort of combination. I love sleek and classic looks, and I try to wear items that work for my body type.

People that inspire me are icons like Audrey Hepburn, Miroslava Duma, Olivia Palermo, and my sister Diana Kozlyuk.

Q. What is your shopping strategy especially living in New York City?

A. My shopping strategy is this: I always aim for simple looks and lines, and buy clothing from everywhere like Zara, ASOS, local shops that are affordable and stylish, but for shoes, bags and coats I invest. Oftentimes the shoe, jacket or handbag makes the outfit.

Q. What is the greatest piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?

A. The best advice I have ever received is to be yourself, and do your own thing, fashion is also identity. “Don’t be afraid to be different, be afraid to be as everyone else”.

Q. What piece of clothing in your closet could you not live without?

A. I cannot live without my high-waisted jeans. They are flattering; they elongate the legs and make me look slender.

Q. Would you say you have a personal style aesthetic? (For instance: trendy, chic, vintage, eclectic, etc) If so, what is it?

A. From what I am often told, I am classical chic. I don’t follow trends too much unless their is a classical twist in them, like the cropped sweater I am wearing with my gown

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