Most stylish New Yorkers: Christina Andrews

The low-key bartender shows off her retro, feminine flair.

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    Andrews bought this Youth Guild of N.Y. funnel-collared shift for just $18 at...

    Andrews bought this Youth Guild of N.Y. funnel-collared shift for just $18 at Stable 'n Loft in Muncy, Pennsylvania. "For my birthday last year, my mother took it apart at the seams so that she could make a pattern of it for me," she says. "Thankfully, she was able to reassemble it almost flawlessly. Otherwise, I would've thrown a tantrum for the first time in three years---it's my dream dress."

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    "I own a lot of heels that resemble saddle shoes and I'm always searching for...

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    A dainty pearl necklace from Macy's lends feminine flair to her retro look...

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    "This is my lucky dress," declares Andrews of this cheery frock from 10 Ft...

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    These Betsey Johnson heels from DSW are the most expensive pair of shoes...

    These Betsey Johnson heels from DSW are the most expensive pair of shoes Andrews has ever purchased. "I only wear them on special occasions because I'm afraid of destroying them," she admits. "However, I did take a pole-dancing class in them once. I feel sexy in these shoes, but even they could not make me feel sexy huffing and puffing around a sweat-covered pole with 15 other equally asthmatic women."

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    Andrew ties a simple ribbon around her neck in lieu of a choker. "I think...

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    A few fresh flowers tucked into Andrews's updo adds a bohemian vibe. "In the...

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    Andrews calls this vintage frock from 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas her...

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    These Sam Edelman pumps had a second coming in Andrews's closet: She originally...

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    "A tad Twin Peaks," jokes Andrews of her Ralph Lauren Rugby dress. "It has...

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    Andrews received this tooth necklace as a gift. "It rounds out the look with...

Photograph: Ilenia Martini

Andrews bought this Youth Guild of N.Y. funnel-collared shift for just $18 at...

Andrews bought this Youth Guild of N.Y. funnel-collared shift for just $18 at Stable 'n Loft in Muncy, Pennsylvania. "For my birthday last year, my mother took it apart at the seams so that she could make a pattern of it for me," she says. "Thankfully, she was able to reassemble it almost flawlessly. Otherwise, I would've thrown a tantrum for the first time in three years---it's my dream dress."

Christina Andrews, 28; bartender, server and aspiring pastry chef; Bushwick, Brooklyn

Her personal style: "Bettie Page meets Betty and Veronica. It's like the pinup girl next door: clean lines, primary colors and classic feminine prep with some attitude and provocative undergarments."

Her inspirations: "Letterman sweaters, Dead Man's Curve and boys named Johnny have been my inspiration since birth. I have no idea where it stems from, since both of my parents were very [into] Pink Floyd and baseball tees. But at age two, I was forced to wear support saddle shoes for fallen arches, so maybe I was just a toddler making the most of a bad situation. It was either that, or my love for the movie Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II."

Favorite stores: "Buffalo Exchange (504 Driggs Ave at North 9th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-6901, buffaloexchange.com) always has brand-name, $300 dresses—in perfect condition—for $30. 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas (285 North 6th St between Havemeyer St and Meeker Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-9482) has some amazing vintage dresses in its back room. You have to really dig, but it's worth the time. Its sister store, Stella Dallas (218 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts, 212-674-0447), is also pretty fabulous but with a far more limited selection. I also like Orchard Corset (157 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-674-0786, orchardcorset.com). You feel more like you're in a hoarder's garage than a sexy lingerie store, however the [staff is] accurate and accommodates special emergency orders, and you'll receive the most unique fitting of your life."

Favorite hair salon: "I go to Mousey Brown Salon (732 Lorimer St at Bayard St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-7971, mouseybrownsalon.com). It's a cute venue, reasonably priced and they do great color. Also, the stylists don't stress me out by forcing conversation. I just want to be peaceful when I'm getting my hair done, and they respect that."

Her signature items: "From September through April, it's kneesocks. I wear them nearly every day. During the warmer months, I'm a little more adventurous, but year-round, red is my signature color. I'm always wearing red—even if you can't see it."

How she describes New York style: "It's efficient and shameless—in a good way. New Yorkers somehow manage to look better in less time than anyone else in this country; the average New Yorker knows how to make the most of five minutes. And most feel comfortable getting away with anything, and that's exciting! Even if I hate a fashion choice—like shorts or kitten heels—I love that in one day, I might see khaki shorts, Armani suits, gold-lam leotards, floral kitten heels and a woman walking around in nothing but a kimono robe."

How her style has evolved through the years: "Not much. I still wear fitted dresses, think that hair is the most important accessory and treat all of my clothes roughly. The biggest difference from when I was younger is that now I wouldn't be caught dead in neon, I no longer cry every time I get my hair cut, and that I use safety pins and fashion tape rather than staplers and duct tape to fix my always-fraying clothing. So I'm more refined now. And I wear bras."

Favorite place to get pampered: "I've had a manicure once in my life, and I destroyed it before I even walked out the door. I work with my hands so I'm not kind to them. However, I occasionally go to a great massage therapist named Ariel Sheldon at Sparrow Salon & Body Work (95 Norman Ave between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 646-863-4626, sparrowbk.com). She's lovely. And I love massages."

Favorite beauty resources: "When it comes to big-ticket items like hair and clothing I embrace femininity, but as far as the details go, I am more low-maintenance than my heterosexual male roommate. Accessories get in my way, I abuse my hands and feet, I don't have a skin-care routine unless you count plain washing my face, I use vodka to clean cuts, and I have virtually no toiletries. My Aunt Sue sends body wash for birthdays—because she is generically thoughtful and has coupons—but unbeknownst to her, that is actually the most appropriate gift ever! It saves me a trip to Walgreens. I possess four makeup items: Nars Red Lizard lipstick, Nars Turkish Red cream rouge, cheap retractable black eyeliner and Burt's Bees lip balm that I stole from my roommate."

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