Most stylish New Yorkers: Aundreus

The up-and-coming musician embraces vibrant colors and bold accessories to accentuate his polished looks.

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    This vintage three-piece wool suit was a thrift store find that Aundreus's friend "kindly gave to me because of my reputation for [wearing] tailored things," he notes. He pairs it with a yellow cashmere turtleneck from Uniqlo (locations throughout the city; visit uniqlo.com) for a cheerful pop of color.

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    "I like things that have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the ensemble," muses Aundreus of this electric-hued pocket square from a Goodwill (locator.goodwill.org) in Ashland, OR.

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    Aundreus scored this leather-and-brass cuff from a Maison Martin Margiela (maisonmartinmargiela.com) sample sale. "It has had its day," he admits of the weathered piece. "But I love it in the state it's in now."

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    "This watch is very meaningful to me," says Aundreus of his Michael Kors time teller. "It was one of my first purchases in preparation for moving to New York; it was my close buddy for a moment!" A chunky ring from a Soho street vendor complements the wrist piece's gold tones.

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    Bright orange Polo Ralph Lauren socks add personality to classic Fiorentini + Baker (54 Mercer St between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-226-7229, fiorentini-baker.com) dress shoes.

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    To create what he calls "an outdoorsman-meets-city-guy" look, Aundreus pairs green pants and a denim button-down shirt from Uniqlo with an acid-washed denim jacket that he picked up at Cheap Jack's.

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    Another colorful pocket square from an Oregon Goodwill lends a dose of the singer's signature quirky flair. In contrast, a neutral Fossil watch blends in with the earthy hues of his outfit.

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    Aundreus cinches his waist with a leather Kenneth Cole belt.

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    "These boots give me an authoritative feel," declares Aundreus of his lace-up J.D. Fisk (159 Ludlow St at Stanton St; 212-475-0565, jdfisk.com) shitkickers.

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    A houndstooth newsboy cap from Goodwill and vintage Persol (persol.com) sunglasses provide the finishing touches.

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    When paired with a purple Uniqlo cashmere turtleneck, this gold suit from Cheap Jack's makes an especially bold statement. "I have fun with this suit," says Aundreus. "I envision the life and ways of a young Marvin Gaye whenever I put it on."

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    In lieu of his typical pocket square, Aundreus sticks an orange glove that belonged to his mother into his sport coat. "I really love the idea of carrying a piece of mom with me," he explains.

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    This copper dove bracelet signifies peace and was a gift from a close friend. "I puts me in a great mental place when I wear it," says Aundreus.

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    Oversize vintage tortoiseshell glasses from an Oregon Goodwill give Aundreus bookish appeal.

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    Striped socks from the Gap (locations throughout the city; visit gap.com) enhance these caramel-colored Savile Row Co. (savilerowco.com) dress shoes.

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    Even though this casual outfit's building blocks---American Eagle jeans and an H&M chambray shirt---are denim, it manages to stay polished, thanks to an H&M sweater-vest and a cashmere blazer from Stefan's Vintage Clothing (stefansvintageclothing.com) in Atlanta.

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    "I love these two pieces because they add such contrasting splashes of color to just about any ensemble," notes Aundreus of his pendant necklace from a Soho street vendor and yet another pocket square from an Oregon Goodwill.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

This vintage three-piece wool suit was a thrift store find that Aundreus's friend "kindly gave to me because of my reputation for [wearing] tailored things," he notes. He pairs it with a yellow cashmere turtleneck from Uniqlo (locations throughout the city; visit uniqlo.com) for a cheerful pop of color.

Aundreus, 24, indie-soul singer and music teacher, Washington Heights

His personal style: "It's a combination of era, music and life experiences: the memory of the Harlem Renaissance, the liberal and organic methods of jazz, and pieces that represent the fondest memories of my yesterday. Sometimes I like to think that I am the breath and limbs for a well-dressed, respectable man that once lived, but wants to exist in modern times amongst modern people. My style is eclectic, colorful, tailored, simple and extravagant at times."

His inspirations: "I'm inspired by the debonair men of my family who never missed a beat or opportunity to present their Sunday best. My grandfathers, father and uncles have been advocates for detail and presentation since the day I was born. The blueprint is there—I have no excuse. Staying presentable and sharp is a lifestyle for me. It's 24/7."

Favorite stores: "The Brooklyn Circus (150 Nevins St at Bergen St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-858-0919, thebkcircus.com) provides an experience for the consumer; it's not just another place to make purchases. It's known for its unique ways of intertwining the vintage ideology of the past with the unconventional groove of the here and now. Cheap Jack's (303 Fifth Ave at 31st St; 212-777-9564, cheapjacks.com) is an adventure back into any time [period]. I am always overwhelmed by the racks and racks of garments, all organized by decade and style. There is nothing I can't find whenever I go in search of a one-of-a-kind vintage item—if it ever existed in history, Cheap Jack's has it! Fisch for the Hip (153 W 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 212-633-9053) is what I call 'label heaven.' This consignment shop is consistent in offering a great selection of designer brands at a fraction of their original cost. It always has that suit or pair of shoes you dreamed about having, but couldn't quite obtain during its original runway season."

His signature accessory: "A great, vibrant, unordinary pocket square. Sometimes it's the voice I need when the rest of my ensemble is subtle and silent."

His New York fashion icon: "Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com) for his freedom of expression using color palettes and prints, but most of all, for his tireless dedication and drive in seeing his dream come to fruition. In general, my fashion icons are people who command attention, not solely because of their garments, but because their integrity and character matches their look. I'm inspired by the styles of those who make you want to be somebody when you see them passing by."

Favorite salon: "My weekly haircuts are at Barber Mansour Seye (141 W 116th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd [Seventh Ave] and Malcolm X Blvd [Lenox Ave]; 347-392-6434). I'm always guaranteed not only a great cut, but a beacon of hope and inspiration from the owner, Mansour. He believes in my pursuits and is a mentor to young boys in the community. The guy is one of the most stylish barbers I know!"

How his style has evolved: "I've always taken the clean, detailed, tailored approach. I would say my style is now in a less-is-more stage. Years ago, I would generally search for something based on the look and color alone. Now, I select things because of their bespoke quality and character. I like to wear suits as much as possible. I take on an assertiveness like none other when I'm in a suit—that's when possibilities are really infinite!"

How his career influences his style: "My style choices represent what I teach and sing about: love, happiness, friendship, believing, change. I sing it, and I wear things that show it."

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