Most stylish New Yorkers: Micaela Lade

The bibliophile elevates casual, well-tailored basics with punches of red and rhinestones.

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    "This look is pretty typical of what I wear during the week if I'm in a ladylike mood,"says Lade. To create the demure ensemble, she pairs a white Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) blouse with a floral cotton Rag & Bone skirt that she picked up at Barneys Co-op (locations throughout the city; visit barneys.com) and a pair of thick black tights from Uniqlo (locations throughout the city; visit uniqlo.com).

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    Dangling from Lade's neck is a sterling-silver matchstick necklace by Kiel Mead for Areaware (areaware.com). "I spotted it at a trade show and had to have it!" she gushes.

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    Lade's tortoiseshell glasses from Moscot serve as a functional signature accessory: "My once-perfect eyesight has been getting progressively worse since college," she laments. "I got this pair about two years ago because I wanted bolder frames. I had [this style, Nebb,] in mind after spotting them on Rachel Maddow."

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    "No one has ever really used my hair as an excuse to hit on me per se, but I always get asked if it's natural or dyed," Lade says of her auburn locks. "I get great [natural] highlights in the summer. I love my hair color and never want to change it!" If she lets it dry naturally---as she did for the shoot---she simply styles it with Moroccanoil after washing.

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    The New Jersey native cops to being "a bit of a magpie" when it comes to jewelry. Lade adorns her wrists with a trio of silver bracelets: The innermost trinket was purchased for her senior prom in 2002 from Epstein's, a now-defunct department store in her home state; the middle is a French piece gifted to her by her antiques-dealer aunt (serpentineantiques.co.uk); and the third is a jangly Madewell (486 Broadway at Broome St, 212-226-6954 * 115 Fifth Ave at 19th St, 212-228-5172 * madewell.com) bauble from her brother.

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    Lade admits she's mildly superstitious when it comes to jewelry and wears her gold Melissa Joy Manning (melissajoymanning.com) and red Kiel Mead for Areaware rings every day.

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    She singles out this red glass Phuze Design (phuzedesign.com) ring as her absolute favorite accessory. "The designer, Orfeo Quagliata, is someone I met through a mutual friend," she recalls. "I wear this Chupa ring every day, and it's hands down the most complimented and commented-upon piece of jewelry I own." Nails painted in Essie's Set in Stones add extra glitz.

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    The bibliophile's Bass shoes, purchased from Zappos (zappos.com) and tied with black lace from American Apparel (locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.com), walk the line between stylish and practical: "I gravitate toward menswear-inspired shoes," she says. "There's definitely a nostalgic quality to them for me, and I think Janelle Mone may have had something to do with this shoe choice. I love her."

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    This polished outfit is emblematic of what Lade would wear to a work day. "It's a bit more thought-out than some of my common outfits, but still low-key and fun," she explains.

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    A FWK by Engineered Garments shirt she found at Nepenthes (307 W 38th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 212-343-4262, nepenthesny.com) peeks out under a Cynthia by Cynthia Steffe frock purchased at Loehmann's (locations throughout the city; visit loehmanns.com). "I like the contrast of the ditzy floral print with the structured, military-inspired dress," says Lade of her layered look. She snagged the belt on sale at J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com).

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    Lade accessorizes with two rhinestone-and-string bracelets from J.Crew, plus a brass railroad-spike cuff by Giles & Brother (gilesandbrother.com), a gift from her parents. "The cuff is stamped with my initials," she points out. "I love a good monogram."

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    Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff penny loafers from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com) highlight the Brooklynite's preference for practical yet fashionable footwear with unexpected touches: "I wear flats all the time, so I'm always looking for cute options. These have a twist in that the slit is made of two hearts."

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    For dinner or drinks with friends, Lade dons a striped cotton J.Crew crew-neck sweater over a silk floral Madewell dress. "It's truthfully something I wear in warmer weather, but here I've modified it for winter with plum-hued Wolford tights and Bass saddle shoes that I bought on Zappos," she says.

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    "The book I'm holding is one of my favorite books that Phaidon produced in recent memory; it's a survey of 115 artists who have been nominated by critics for their recent contributions to painting," she comments. "I love searching through art books for inspiration."

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    Lade's parents bestowed this stainless-steel Gucci (725 Fifth Ave at 56th St, 212-826-2600 * 840 Madison Ave between 69th and 70th Sts, 212-717-2619 * gucci.com) watch to her as a college graduation gift. "It actually originally had sculpted leather on the straps," she recalls. "But I wore it to death, and the leather is long gone! I have a tendency to wear favorite items until they're falling apart."

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    When work duties call for something more tailored, Lade sports this white cotton poplin shirt by Alexander Wang (alexanderwang.com), purchased at the February 2011 Barneys Warehouse Sale, and red denim pants from the IOU Project (iouproject.com). "I love the exaggerated, partially detached lapels on this shirt, and the pants fit me like a glove," she says.

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    Displaying her love of all things shiny, the Cobble Hill resident adds some bling to her ensemble with a family heirloom---a vintage rhinestone necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother, who, she says, "absolutely loved sparkles and always dressed like a lady." To update the piece, she removed a large emerald-shaped rhinestone that hung in the center and created "a mini Peter Pan collar."

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    The art-book enthusiast gravitated toward these Wunderwurks Design Studio New York (wunderwurks.com) bangles at the 2008 New York International Gift Fair when its colorful patterns caught her eye. "The company is an industrial-design firm that produces hand-swirled pieces made out of [a material called] ethylene-vinyl acetate," she explains.

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    Suede-and-leather Mark McNairy saddle shoes from Urban Outfitters and an Alexa Chung for Madewell plaid jacket pull everything together.

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    NARS Jungle Red lipstick from Sephora punches up a Saint James shirt from Madewell, Earnest Sewn jeans and a bandana Lade crafted from a "random piece of Japanese fabric" given to her by a friend.

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    To add a bit of glimmer to the casual look, Lade adds rhinestones-and-string J.Crew bracelets and a brass railroad-spike cuff by Giles & Brother.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

"This look is pretty typical of what I wear during the week if I'm in a ladylike mood,"says Lade. To create the demure ensemble, she pairs a white Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) blouse with a floral cotton Rag & Bone skirt that she picked up at Barneys Co-op (locations throughout the city; visit barneys.com) and a pair of thick black tights from Uniqlo (locations throughout the city; visit uniqlo.com).

Micaela Lade, 27; sales and operations manager for Phaidon Press (phaidon.com); Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Her personal style: "Two parts gamine, one part color wheel, one part tomboy. I love incorporating offbeat jewelry and interesting color-and-pattern combinations."

Her inspirations: "Art in all its forms, street style photography from around the world, people I meet at trade shows and art fairs, and places I've lived and traveled, particularly Paris and New York. My ultimate style icon is probably Jean Seberg as Patricia Franchini in Godard's bout de souffle [Breathless]. Every look she wears is perfection."

Favorite stores: "For fantasy-level shopping, I love Bird (220 Smith St at Butler St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-797-3774 * 316 Fifth Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-768-4940 * shopbird.com) and Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St, 212-219-2688 * 1190-1192 Broadway at 29th St, 646-695-5680 * openingceremony.us) for their range of designers and how they're always introducing new and interesting lines. For bargains, I love to hunt for treasures at the Barneys Warehouse Sale (barneys.com) and I can always find great pieces at Loehmann's (101 Seventh Ave between 16th and 17th St, 212-352-0856 * 2101 Broadway at 73rd St, 212-882-9990 * loehmanns.com) and Century 21 (locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com). Otherwise, I love Kiosk (95 Spring St between Broadway and Mercer St; 212-226-8601, kioskkiosk.com) for gifts and postcards, and the MoMA Design Stores (81 Spring St at Crosby St, 646-613-1367 * 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-708-9700 * momastore.org) for, well, everything."

Her signature item: "Probably my glasses, which are tortoiseshell Nebb frames from Moscot (69 W 14th St at Sixth Ave, 866-667-2687 * 118 Orchard St at Delancey St, 212-477-3796 * moscot.com). I also tend to wear a lot of red, especially jewelry and other accessories."

Her favorite local designers: "I love Rag & Bone (locations throughout the city; visit rag-bone.com) for the tailoring, Alexander Wang (103 Grand St at Mercer St; 212-977-9683, alexanderwang.com) for slouchy separates and Rachel Antonoff's (rachelantonoff.com) whimsicality."

Her New York style icon: "Does Sofia Coppola count? I've run into her several times around the city, and she always looks good, whether it's on a street corner with her daughter or on a red carpet. I also love the way Taylor Tomasi Hill mixes prints and textures, and I [adore] her red hair!"

Her style evolution: "My style has definitely become more polished since I moved to New York. However, I've always had a love for color and have become more adventurous over the past few years in terms of mixing prints. When I was younger, I used to want to be very matchy-matchy."

Her go-to New York hairstylist: "Since moving to Brooklyn, I've gone to Dvir Salon (99 Bond St at Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-855-4504) twice. I saw Jamie the first time around and Rebecca the second."

How her profession influences her style: "I love to take inspiration from art in how I dress. For example, after seeing the Willem de Kooning retrospective at MoMA, I wanted to run home and change into a blush-and-ochre outfit inspired by Pink Angels, circa 1945. Also, in terms of function, you will rarely see me in heels in the daytime. I'm often lugging books around and like to be able to move quickly."

Her off-duty style: "Luckily my job is one that allows a great degree of self-expression when it comes to wardrobe, so my work style doesn't differ too much from my off-duty style."

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