Most stylish New Yorkers: Jae Stewart

The executive assistant and blogger reveals his penchant for sneakers, watches and backpacks.

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    "This is a going-out-at-night-in-NYC look, or if I'm feeling really extra in the morning, I will wear this to work," says Stewart, who pairs a Paul La Fontaine button-up shirt from Century 21 (locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com) with H&M pants.

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    Stewart, who used to work at National Jeweler magazine, first spotted this Bulova watch in GQ for $400, but scored it for just $100 at a jewelry trade show.

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    A bow tie from Topshop (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com) and oversize glasses that Stewart purchased from a street vendor for $5 lend preppy polish.

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    Stewart cinches his waist with a Kenneth Cole belt from Macy's (151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave; 212-695-4400, macys.com).

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    "They are very clean-cut and match everything," gushes Stewart of his Ben Sherman kicks.

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     A basic white Alfani V-neck tee serves as the perfect canvas for a loudly printed jacket from San Francisco vintage store New Jack City (newjackcitysf.blogspot.com). "It has that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air feel, and when I look at it, I also think of '90s-era Gianni Versace," says Stewart of the topper. The garment isn't the only style risk he's taking: "I call these my Hammer pants," he says of his Zara drop-crotch bottoms. "I didn't know if I could pull them off, but when I tried them on, I thought they were so dope."

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    "Everyone has been wearing beaded bracelets, but they all look the same," remarks Stewart. "I wanted mine to stand out, so I went bead shopping and made my own that I call K. Stewart Collection---people have been requesting them." His citrine ring from a jewelry show at the Javits Center is just as attention grabbing. "I wear it when I want a standout piece," he says.

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    This Invicta diving watch combines two of Stewart's loves: timepieces and black-and-gold jewelry.

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    "I am a sneaker fanatic, so when I first came across these, I went crazy," admits Stewart, who has two closets dedicated to his footwear. This particular pair was designed by Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo for Jump (jumpcorp.com). "I had to really search for these because I could not find my size." Eventually, Stewart located them on e-commerce site Ssense (ssense.com).

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    Stewart constructs this autumnal-toned "everyday look" with a Castlebury long-sleeved polo, a streamlined John Varvatos vest, Armani Exchange khaki pants and a webbed belt from H&M.

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    According to Stewart, this etched ring from Brooklyn jewelry designer Bora Yasar (ourarmario.com) "goes with the vintage look of my boots."

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    This army-green watch was a gift from a friend. "Everyone knows I love watches," says Stewart.

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    "I am not a boot person, but these are my favorite of the two pairs of boots I do own," admits Stewart, referring to his Timberland Tackhead shoes. "I like that they have a vintage, worn-out look to them. They are very heavy, but it's all for the love of fashion."

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    "This look is something I can throw together fast and still be fashionable for work and after-work drinks," reflects Stewart, who repurposes his Alfani V-neck tee with a Zara trench coat, G-Star faded jeans and an MCM backpack.

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    Stewart purchased this Louis Vuitton belt as a 25th birthday gift to himself. "I always buy at least one big item for myself on my birthday," he notes.

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    This rosary necklace was a street-fair discovery. "I like going to street fairs on the weekend," enthuses Stewart. "You can always find great food and great stuff to wear that's one-of-a-kind."

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    "I first saw Chris Brown with these TI$A (shoptisa.bigcartel.com) sneakers on and I had to have them in my collection," recalls Stewart.

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    Stewart describes this denim-on-denim ensemble as being "very laid-back and just an everyday NYC look." He layers a 7 for All Mankind denim jacket that he scored at Loehmann's (locations throughout the city; visit loehmanns.com) for $15 over a Topman shirt. His sandblasted jeans are by Rock & Republic.

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    One of Stewart's signature accessories, this onyx ring was a 15th birthday gift from his mom. "I wear it every day," he says.

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    "I love Alviero Martini (alvieromartini.it) map-print luggage, but I can't afford it," laments Stewart. "So I did some Google research and came across this world-map-print duffel bag and loved the way it was made. It's from South Korean brand Virgin Blak (virginblak.com); they have very different, unique and funky pieces."

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    Stewart rocks a pair of special-edition Diesel x Adidas sneakers. "The tongue has a zipper at the top, which looks so cool zipped down with the straps hanging," he enthuses. "I can also cross [the straps] and have the sneaker look extra funky."

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    "I love shades," states Stewart, who wears a pair of Burberry sunglasses from Bloomingdale's (504 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts; 212-729-5900, bloomingdales.com). "My face feels naked when I'm in public without them."

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"This is a going-out-at-night-in-NYC look, or if I'm feeling really extra in the morning, I will wear this to work," says Stewart, who pairs a Paul La Fontaine button-up shirt from Century 21 (locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com) with H&M pants.

Jae Stewart, 26, "music publisher by day, entertainment and fashion blogger by night" (jaeinkspeaks.com), Bronx

His personal style: "Chic, urban and a little preppy. The way I feel in the morning determines what I will wear, but I base everything around my footwear—as long as my sneakers or shoes stand out, I am happy. Women have their heels and purses, I have my sneakers and backpacks."

His inspirations: "My grandmother inspires my style. When I was a little boy, she always said I was a sharp dresser; she called me Spiffy. I also look to Kanye West, Tom Ford, Swizz Beatz, Big Sean, Chris Brown and Pharrell. I always like to see what and who they are wearing, and put my own twist on the look."

Favorite stores: "Rocksmith (153 Stanton St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts; 212-228-2100, rocksmithtokyo.com) has very cool caps, T-shirts and tank tops—things you can't find in just any store. Cheap Jack's (303 Fifth Ave at 31st St; 212-777-9564, cheapjacks.com) has so much vintage clothing that's hard to find today. I love going there for the coats and jackets. You can spend hours in there and get lost. Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St, 212-219-2688 * 1190--92 Broadway between 28th and 29th Sts, 646-695-5680 * openingceremony.us) always has things I will not and cannot find anywhere else. I like to not wear what everyone has on, and when I go to Opening Ceremony, I can find standout styles, especially in the different footwear it offers."

Favorite spa: "When I can, I like to go to Wellness Men's Day Spa (44 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-366-9080, wellnessmensdayspa.com). It's very rare to find a spa just for guys. It's pretty cool—it's like a man cave where I can hide away. When I go, I usually get the mini masculine facial (45 minutes, $85) or a Swedish massage (30 minutes, $58). You have to take care of your body, so why not treat yourself once in awhile."

His signature accessories: "My black-and-gold watch and my gold circle diamond earrings. I must always have both pieces on."

How he describes New York style: "It's very funky, different and fun. There are so many different cultures here, so you get such a huge variety of style. It's epic; we set the trends here, and the rest always follow."

How his style has evolved through the years: "Majorly. Growing up, everything had to be two or three sizes too big, so I actually didn't know what size I really was because everything was a 3X. As I got older, my clothes became more fitted and tailored, which looks better on me."

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