Most stylish New Yorkers: Jasmin Rodriguez

The avid vintage collector and vivacious fashionista shows off her Victorian-era style.

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    Rodriguez models a Betsey Johnson dress with a thrifted stole. "With this look I wanted to mix the Victorian era with the 1950s. I love to clash eras and make it work," she says.

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    The necklace was a gift from her mother. "The cameo of a Victorian woman as a skeleton is perfect," Rodriguez muses. "I love eerie things like this."

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    Rodriguez admits to owning these Tarina Tarantino (locations throughout the city; visit tarinatarantino.com for info) skeleton earrings in every color they come in, "I wear them all the time."

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    "I love the elegant gold ornate frame around the cameo," notes Rodriguez of this ring she received as a birthday gift.

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    Rodriguez scored these maroon satin pumps at a Dolce & Gabanna sample sale. "I go to their sales often, and I always seem to leave with more than one pair of shoes," she says.

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    An avid thrift shopper, Rodriguez admits to frequently forgetting the origin of her purchases. One thing she is certain of, though, is her attachment to this bag. "It's a wonderful vintage piece that I could never part with," she states. "I absolutely love the design and the black velvet handle."

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    The blogger bought this one-of-a-kind headpiece on eBay. "I am obsessed with vintage hats and can never get enough of them," she enthuses.

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    Rodriguez purchased this form-fitting frock from Salvation Army for a mere $7, and after posting photos of it on her blog, was informed by a reader it was a design by Versace. She calls this her "Cleopatra look."

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    "I've had this clutch for about nine or ten years now, and I still love it the same," she says about her aged to perfection Supreme bag.

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    Rodriguez accessorizes with a ring purchased at vintage jewelry shop Mariola's, which has since closed down. "I am so deeply inspired by Egyptian culture I couldn't leave without it," she says of the gold ring accented with a skeletal pharaoh on the top.

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    Rodriguez shows off a pair of Aldo heels (locations throughout the city; visit aldoshoes.com for info). "Every girl needs a pair of nude pumps, especially if you are 5' 1"," she insists. "They elongate the legs and always look amazing with everything."

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    "As a Nuyorican, I love door-knockers," Rodriguez says in reference to her oversize Betsey Johnson earrings.

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    The versatile fashionista models her "Clockwork Orange look," sporting Wet Seal harem pants (purchased from Buffalo Exchange), a New York & Company button-down (a Salvation Army score) and a Betsey Johnson jacket. "I love to look androgynous and still keep my femininity," she explains about the masculine ensemble.

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    This vintage bowler hat, made by Beaver, is another Buffalo Exchange find. "It was love at first sight," she swoons. "It is my absolute favorite hat in my collection. I wear it all the time."

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    Rodriguez mixes the old and new by sporting a contemporary three-finger BCBG ring with a dapper vintage clutch.

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    Rodriguez dons a classic pair of military boots by Steve Madden, which she purchased at Macy's (locations throughout the city; visit macys.com for info). She names the giant megastore as a go-to destination for shoe shopping.

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    Adding a simple accent to her minimalist look, Rodriguez wears a single cross earring, which she purchased at Junk (197 North 9th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-640-6299).

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Rodriguez models a Betsey Johnson dress with a thrifted stole. "With this look I wanted to mix the Victorian era with the 1950s. I love to clash eras and make it work," she says.

Jasmin Rodriguez, 24; fashion consultant (vintagevandalizm.com); Astoria, Queens

Her personal style: "My style is a little bit of everything, but with a sprinkle of the 1950s and beyond."

Her inspirations: "Tim Burton inspires me with his films and artwork. Cleopatra, who was not only beautiful but also a leader; the combination of Egyptian culture and the style she possessed always inspires me. Bettie Page, Jane Russell, Debra Paget and other starlets from the 1950s also never fail to inspire me. Also, regular people on the street who own their look with confidence and poise; and people who don't care what society thinks of them."

Favorite stores: "First and foremost, my favorite shop of all time is The Salvation Army (locations throughout the city; visit use.salvationarmy.org/gnyd for info), I always hit the jackpot whenever I step foot into one. It just never fails me fashionably or financially. Buffalo Exchange (locations throughout the city; visit buffaloexchange.com for info), because they have anything and everything at reasonable prices. Flores Antique Clothing (529 Grand St between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-3369) is another great shop that sells beautiful vintage dresses, most of my best vintage dresses are from there. Betsey Johnson (locations throughout the city; visit betseyjohnson.com for info) is a no-brainer; I love everything at that shop and own probably everything. And Karen Millen (114 Prince St between Greene and Wooster Sts; 212-334-8492, karenmillen.com) is one of my favorite modern dress shops that has the most beautiful form-fitting dresses. Most of my cocktail attire comes from there."

Her signature item: "I think I would have to say my hair, even though it isn't an item. There are not too many gals in New York with Bettie Page hair."

Favorite designers: "My favorite designers of all time are Bill Blass, because my Barbies always looked beautiful because of him; Alexander McQueen, because he is a genius at artistry and his collections never fail to inspire me; Betsey Johnson, because she makes fashion fun and thinks outside of the box; and Versace, because everything that is made by Versace is incredible, old and new!"

How her style has evolved through the years: "I used to be a tomboy; my mother would force me to wear dresses and I hated it, so I'd throw my leather jacket and combat boots on to feel more comfortable. Not much has changed other than the fact that I love wearing dresses now. I still mesh the two and my style is very versatile because of it. Some days I look like a character straight out of A Clockwork Orange or a chola straight out of L.A., and some days I look like Bettie Page or Jessica Rabbit. It all depends on how I feel or what I am inspired by. It's always changing."

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