“This outfit is a revamp of my ’90s childhood,” Scarrozzo says. “It’s my Spice Girls–meets-TLC-meets–soccer-mom look.” She scored the fox-fur coat for $25 at local thrift store Savers (savers.com) in Connecticut and the Stolen Girlfriends Club jersey (stolengirlfriendsclub.com) at Buffalo Exchange (locations throughout the city; visit buffaloexchange.com). To complete the throwback style she ties a Furst of a Kind plaid top from LF (149 Spring St between West Broadway and Wooster St; 212-966-5889, lfstores.com) around her waist.
“These earrings were a shocking find,” Scarrozzo says of her $5 Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com) score. The vibrant hoops complement her Revlon Color Stay lip color (revlon.com) in Infinite Raspberry. “Even in my sickest days, this color gives me that boost that I need,” she says of the shade, which she wears daily.
Two items in constant rotation in Scarrozzo’s wardrobe are these faux-leather American Apparel pants (locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.com) that she insists “can be worn with everything and anything,” and her Nike Dunk Sky Hi shoes from Niketown (6 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-891-6453, nike.com), which have a hidden built-in wedge. “I love sneakers, but won’t live without heels. This is my perfect balance of the two.”
“They come off at night, but immediately are put back on in the morning,” the blogger says of her ring collection. She picked up the blue stone ring at a thrift store on Newbury Street in Boston, the double tiger-eye was found at Buffalo Exchange and the silver paisley was a gift from her mom when she was 14. “I surprise myself every day knowing I haven’t misplaced it over the last 12 years,” she says of the keepsake. Scarrozzo prefers a darker manicure in the winter and adorns her digits with O.P.I.’s Midnight in Moscow (opi.com).
Scarrozzo mixes everyday staples with conversation-starting pieces in what she describes as her “tough-girl outfit.” She pairs an oversize chunky knit sweater and leather motorcycle jacket, both from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com), with printed Lazy Oaf leggings (lazyoaf.com) from trendy e-shop Nasty Gal (nastygal.com). “These leggings are amazing because they are so visually appealing,” she enthuses.
“After wearing them daily for years, I’m convinced the weight of them has made one arm longer than the other,” the stylist jokes of her signature bracelets, which she’s picked up at various thrift stores. Her hope tattoo signifies her outlook on everyday life: “It’s something that we should [always] wear.”
“Aside from being comfortable, the contrast white stitching gives them a unique punch that spices up every outfit,” Scarrozzo declares of her Jeffrey Campbell platforms (jeffreycampbellshoes.com), another purchase from Nasty Gal.
The stylist makes a case for discount shopping by sporting two expensive-looking finds, both under $10. She scored these on-trend vintage Perry Ellis sunglasses (perryellis.com) from a Goodwill in Connecticut and the snapback cap with leather trim from Buffalo Exchange.
“I always ask myself, if I were Oprah, what would I give away during my ‘Favorite Things’ episode?” Scarrozzo muses. “My audience would get everything in this outfit.” She models a vintage white fox coat—a steal at $32—from Savers, a Harley-Davidson tee from eBay, distressed Forever 21 pants and Gentle Souls (gentlesouls.com) leather boots. “It’s such a challenge to find a bag, especially in New York, that can magically fit everything you need from the start to finish of your day,” the blogger laments. “This Alexander Wang bag (103 Grand St at Mercer St; 212-977-9683, alexanderwang.com) has the ability to hold my entire life, and look amazing while doing it.”
Scarrozzo piles on multiple pieces so when the temperature changes, each layer can be removed to reveal a new outfit. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” she says. The constant in the getup are her Joe’s Jeans (77 Mercer St between Broome and Spring Sts; 212-925-5727, joesjeans.com). “Any woman will tell you that finding the perfect pair of jeans is a daunting task,” she states. “These are the ones!”
The blogger dresses up her Forever 21 scarf with a quirky eyeglasses-shaped pin, which she nabbed at a Boston thrift shop.
“The leather sides are a perfect revamp of a classic aviator,” Scarrozzo notes of her Spitfire London sunglasses (spitfire-design.com) from La Di Da Dee (160 Havemeyer St between South 2nd and 3rd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-689-9086). She tops off the look with a BDG hat found in the men’s section at Urban Outfitters (locations throughout the city; visit urbanoutfitters.com). “Nothing adds a little extra to an outfit more then a standard oversize black beanie.”
This well-worn cross-body bag belonged to Scarrozzo’s aunt, who recently passed. “I like to think that I’m bringing a part of her with me when I wear it.” She finishes off the ensemble with an acid-wash Levi’s jacket (levi.com) that she scored for $2 at the Salvation Army (locations throughout the city; visit salvationarmyusa.org).
“Other companies try to re-create a camo-print, but the original is always the best,” Scarrozzo enthuses of her Army Barracks of New England T-shirt (armybarracks.com). She models a pair of funky Karen Walker sunglasses (karenwalker.com) from Cloak & Dagger (441 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-673-0500, cloakanddaggernyc.com)
“My normal shoe choice varies between thick platforms or kickin’ sneakers, and one day I decided that I needed a quirky ankle boot to add to my collection,” she recalls of her Kimchi Blue heels from Urban Outfitters. To make them more weather-appropriate for winter, she adds a pair of her mother’s color-bedecked socks.
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Urbancode faux-fur jacket, $504, at farfetch.com
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Boohoo Larah quilted biker jacket, $90, at boohoo.com
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Girlprops wrapped bangles, three for $4; and hammered cuff, $13; both at girlprops.com
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Alternative Ideal printed T-shirt, $38, at alternativeapparel.com
Kristi Scarrozzo proves you can create modern eclectic ensembles on a budget. She scores deals at thrift stores including Goodwill and the Salvation Army, and mixes in finds from local shops American Two Shot and Evolution. We show you how to steal her look with Vince Camuto boots, J.Crew tees and American Apparel accessories.
Kristi Scarrozzo (“The Lady K”), 26; fashion blogger, stylist and consultant (theladyk.com), Chelsea
Her personal style: “I love mixing prints, textures and colors. My personal style is driven by how much fur or leather I can throw into an outfit for a day. People tend to care too much about what others think and waste their creativity. I vow to never let others affect my style and my vision.”
Her inspirations: “My style is very much inspired by street menswear; I’ve always looked at men, whether straight off the basketball court, or just in their natural T-shirt and jeans. I’ve found something fresh, simple and carefree about their look. I’ve always loved the concept of being in a pinch and having to borrow a guy’s shirt to make a look of your own. There’s nothing better then taking a baggy shirt, mixing it with a lavish fur coat, and throwing on your most ladylike shoes to make it a polished but risk-taking look.”
Her favorite NYC stores: “American Two Shot (135 Grand St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts; 212-925-3403, americantwoshot.com) is one of those places you go into and it makes your creative mind explode. The concept store carries one-of-a-kind pieces that you can’t help but love being there. With all the prints, colors and textures, you leave with such a feel-good fashion vibe. The Evolution Store (120 Spring St between Greene and Mercer Sts; 212-343-1114, theevolutionstore.com) is a store that is just mind-blowing. When walking in, you are surrounded by a cluster of animal heads, skeletons and everything anatomy-related. It’s almost a hidden secret for jewelry and accessories. If you dare to be different, they have a frog-skin coin purse that goes perfectly with any of their fossil-inspired jewelry.”
Her favorite local designers: “Daniel Silverstein (danielsilverstein.us) is an NYC designer that promotes his idea of zero-waste design throughout his collections. He translates his techniques into eco-friendly, gorgeous and detail-oriented pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind. Jessica Velez (jessicavelezknitwear.com) is a knitwear designer whose work is to die for. Her vision for creating gives clothing a whole new life. Knitwear sometimes can be repetitive and mundane, but Jessica has the ability to use a range of colors and specific techniques to [elevate] her designs.”
Her favorite NYC style icon: “Iris Apfel would be my all-time favorite New York style icon. One of my favorite quotes from her reads, ‘When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.’ Fashion is about having a good time, taking risks and not really caring about what people think. People are afraid of growing old but I’m excited for it. Iris shows me that even with age, you can still be fabulous.”
Favorite NYC salon: “I get my hair cut, colored and styled by Amanda Power at Maria Mok Salon (411 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-677-7767, mariamoksalon.com). After going through some of the best and worst shades of blond, Amanda has perfected my color, and she nails it every time.”
Favorite NYC spa: “After living in Chelsea for five years, I never had a go-to place until about a year ago. Jessica at Lovely Nails (228 Eighth Ave between 21st and 22nd Sts, 212-858-8800) does a never-fail gel manicure.”