I think most people move to NYC and go through some kind of style evolution. Or at least the people who work in the creative industries. The idea of a uniform becomes more appealing, although not necessarily in the suit-and-tie idea. This look has become one of the uniforms I wear when working, where I need to be presentable but still a little more casual.


Chambray shirts are a little bit ruffled and messy, but pairing them with tailored pieces really makes them shine. The idea of contrasts is huge for me, and I just can’t help but be drawn to the mix of clean, slick pants with a more textured shirt.


Likewise, this jacket from Scotch & Soda is a favorite. A waxed cotton, it’s waterproof but still has the look of a leather jacket. Style with substance! It’s been a favorite of mine fora  few years now, and I have to say I love the brand, which is well built and stylish without going into the Dandy territory, even though there are a lot of great details and special touches to their pieces.



The sunglasses are from the SpyOptic Crosstown collection, and are a gorgeous blend of traditional/modern. I’m a big fan of bigger styled sunglasses, and these deliver on style while still being super comfortable and refined, again, that blend of casual and style. The glasses are $140 on the SpyOptic site


The shoes are some new favorites from New Balance. Cobalt blue, they stand out like no others, and add a great dash of style to anything you wear with them. I love that they’re incredibly graphic and highly stylized, with the chrisp white detailing, but they’re still super comfortable.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Sunglasses c/o brand

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