13 Style Lessons From New York City Babes

Just like the lasses of London and the filles of France, the babes of the Big Apple have their own signature look. To delve deeper into the empire state of style, we’ve deconstructed the outfits of Manhattan’s best dressers, from editors like Eva Chen to bloggers like Leandra Medine. Read on for the style lessons they can teach the rest of the world—trust us, there’s more to it than wearing head-to-toe black.

Lesson 1: Think beyond the coat.

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Natalie Off Duty

Transitional outerwear pieces, like a long vest, are key for dressing in between seasons.

On Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty:
H&M vest

Get The Look:
?Wallis Sleeveless Jacket ($88)

Lesson 2: Play with the colour wheel.

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Style Du Monde

Find two coordinating colours (in Olivia Palermo’s case blue and red/purple) and explore the range of colours.

On Olivia Palermo:
Charlotte Simone scarf, Matthew Williamson skirt, Christian Louboutin shoes, Whistles purse.

Get The Look:
Dorothy Perkins Blue Poppy Midi Skirt ($39), Topshop Long Sleeve Burgundy Top ($24)

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Lesson 3: Accessorize outside the box.

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The Glamourai

Try pinning a collection of brooches to your lapel.

On Kelly Framel of The Glamourai:
vintage brooches

Get The Look:
?Charter Club Gold-Tone Brooch Set ($25)

Lesson 4: Dust off your old school uniform.

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Kristen Glam

With modern accessories, the look can be completely charming.

On Kristen Lam of Kristen Glam:
H&M dress

Get The Look:
?MINKPINK An Education Dungaree Dress ($63)

Lesson 5: Experiment with pattern.

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Style Du Monde

A floral and a stripe is always a safe bet.

Get The Look:
J.Crew Striped Wool-Blend Sweater ($90), Forever 21 Floral Fantasy Tassel Scarf ($10)

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Lesson 6: Layer in novel ways.

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Frou Frouu

We won’t tell if you borrow her formula of a shirtdress, buttoned just at the top, worn over pants and under a sweater.

On Nadia Sarwar of Frou Frouu:
Vintage sweater, vintage shirt, H&M jeans

Get The Look:
?Current/Elliott Letterman Crew Pullover ($168), Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans ($115), Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Shirtdress ($295)

Lesson 7: Slouch is in.

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Trop Rouge

Untuck that oversized sweater!

On Christina Cardona of Trop Rouge:
Other Stories sweater

Get The Look:
?Helmut Lang Chunky-Knit Turtleneck Sweater ($275)

Lesson 8: Top it off.

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Where Did U Get That

A stylish hat is the perfect finishing touch; bonus points if it’s a newsboy cap, which is currently having a moment.

On Karen Blanchard of Where Did U Get That:
H&M hat

Get The Look:
?Nine West Classic Felt Newsboy Hat ($18)

Lesson 9: Pink is where it's at.

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Cocorosa

The girlish hue looks chic when paired with an edgy crop top and menswear trousers.

On Chantal van der Meijden of Cocorosa:
Ambika cardigan

Get The Look:
?Nasty Gal Pink Lemonade Fuzzy Sweater ($52)

Lesson 10: Amp up your basics.

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Lucy Laught

A printed heel, a bright clutch, or a statement necklace can turn an outfit from standard to standout.

On Lucy Laught of Lucy Laught:
J.Crew shoes, J.Crew necklace, Sophie Hulme clutch

Get The Look:
?Nila Anthony Bag ($48) in Orange, Coach Orchard Wedge ($245), J.Crew Stacked Pearls Necklace ($108)

Lesson 11: Gender bias is so 2013.

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The Man Repeller

Feminine items pair perfectly with tough pieces.

On Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller:
Marc Jacobs jacket, Opening Ceremony skirt, Helmut Lang pants, Balenciaga boots

Get The Look:
?Joseph New Sacha Boucle Jacket ($450), French Connection Athena Faux-Leather Circle Skirt ($76)

Lesson 12: Test out textures.

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Style Du Monde

Outfits with tactile appeal always feel more special.

On Eva Chen:
Ferragamo sweater, Yves Salomon Vest, Fendi bag, Fendi sunglasses, Gianvito Rossi heels

Get The Look:
Steffen Schraut Darling Fur Vest ($563), Old Navy Textured Knit Sweater ($20), Topshop Black Fur Pelmet Skirt ($40)

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Lesson 13: Put a moto on it.

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Atlantic-Pacific

There’s nothing like a motorcycle jacket to make any outfit instantly cooler.

On Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific:
Acne jacket

Get The Look:
?French Connection Athena Colour Block Faux Leather Jacket ($149)