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Most stylish New Yorkers: Kéla Walker

Kéla Walker, TV host and fashion blogger behind Kéla’s Kloset, favors pattern-matching, classic shifts and splurgeworthy shoes.

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“I’m in a really big print phase right now, and I am loving matchy-matchy sets,” enthuses Walker, who wears coordinating pants and a top from H&M. “They are my new suit.” To help break up the all-over pattern, she throws on a neon blazer that’s also from the Swedish chain.

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Walker used to collect watches, and this men’s Diesel style (locations throughout the city; visit diesel.com) hails from her oversize-timepiece phase. “I like strong, bold pieces that make a statement but are still classic and timeless in their own right,” she says. She stacks it over a Hermès (691 Madison Ave at 62nd St, 212-751-3181 • 15 Broad St between Exchange Pl and Wall St, 212-785-3030 • hermes.com) enamel bangle that was a Christmas present to herself and dons L’Oreal’s (lorealusa.com) Rendezvous nail polish on her digits. “I can’t stand chipped nails and get easily bored with my color so I do my own manicures every week,” she divulges. “It’s my opinion that no matter where you are going or what you are wearing, red nails are a fail-proof choice.”

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A statement necklace from ASOS (asos.com) provides a foundation for a crucifix that Walker’s grandmother gave her for her adult baptism. “I accidentally put it on wrong—you can’t see Jesus hanging on the cross—and every so often, someone will ask me why it’s on backward,” she reveals. “I always say it’s to keep Jesus closer to me but the truth is I initially put it on backward and simply haven’t bothered to correct it.”

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“For some reason, I only allow myself to buy big-ticket items on special occasions,” says Walker, who purchased this Hermès bangle on her birthday. “Now I’m looking for an excuse to buy another [bracelet] in classic Hermès orange.”

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These Cesare Paciotti (833 Madison Ave between at 69th St; 212-452-1222, cesare-paciotti.com) two-tone pumps were a sample-sale steal. “I have them in nude and gold too,” notes Walker. “Shoes are the finishing touch to every look and can make all the difference in a great outfit.”

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Another example of her current pattern obsession, this Warehouse (warehouse.andotherbrands.com) frock features a timeless silhouette. “I also appreciate that the print carries through to the back and isn’t simply on the front,” she says. “Don’t cheat me out of my print—give it all to me.”

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“On days when I can’t decide whether I want to wear a gold or silver watch, this Sasha Rhett (sasharhett.com) version solves my dilemma with its rose-gold face and gray snakeskin strap,” says Walker. “Plus, I like that it has a double-wrap wristband, which makes it feel like a bracelet.”

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Walker discovered the twisted sterling-silver bangles on sale at a T.J.Maxx (locations throughout the city; visit tjmaxx.com) in upstate New York. “They remind me of David Yurman pieces, minus the price tag,” she says. She sandwiches them around a Links of London (200 Park Ave at 44th St, 212-867-0258 • 402 West Broadway at Spring St, 212-343-8024 • linksoflondon.com) charm bracelet that has become a staple accessory. “An ex bought it for me and I would have retired it, but then [my] loved ones started gifting me charms for it,” she explains. “It’s a daily reminder of how loved I am and is symbolic of how far I’ve come.”

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“I believe in paying more for my shoes and handbags because they punctuate a look and can separate you from the crowd,” says Walker, who purchased these Christian Louboutin (965 Madison Ave between 75th and 76th Sts, 212-396-1884) • 59 Horatio St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 212-255-1910 • us.christianlouboutin.com) fringed heels at the Parisian brand’s sample sale. “I remember seeing Gwen Stefani wear these in black at a red-carpet event and I nearly lost my mind, so when I found them at the sample sale, I knew I had to have them.”

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Walker considers this nearly head-to-toe Zara outfit a more casual look. “Everyone always reserves sequins and sparkles for special occasions and evening outings, but I believe you can wear them anytime, including during the day,” she declares. She finishes off the ensemble with strappy sandals from Prabal Gurung for Target (locations throughout the city; visit target.com). “They are my first pair of shoes from Target and I have to say, they won’t be my last.”

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“Pieces like this make all the difference in my on-camera style, since it’s my upper body that’s predominately featured when reporting,” says Walker, who nabbed this beaded necklace from Coldwater Creek (1172 Third Ave between 68th and 69th Sts; 212-535-3120, coldwatercreek.com). “I sale-stalked it for about three months before I finally purchased it for $16.”

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A double-banded bracelet from H&M and a chunky ring purchased at T.J.Maxx prove Walker’s theory that “cool jewelry can come from anywhere.”

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The fashion blogger has dubbed these ASOS patterned slacks her “Sassy Pants.” “They are dressier than jeans and a great substitute for skirts and dresses,” she says. She pairs it with a button-up shirt from Joe Fresh (locations throughout the city; visit joefresh.com) in a complementary hue for a cohesive look.

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This A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz (absstyle.com) bejeweled bracelet was a sale score from Loehmann’s. “It looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for it,” boasts Walker.

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Although this H&M necklace was a bit pricier than what Walker normally spends at the chain, its $34 price tag didn’t stop her from modifying the bauble. “It was originally a double-chain necklace with a second agate piece underneath this one but I took it apart and simplified it for my taste,” she notes.

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Matching patterned pants and a ruffled top from Walter Baker give the appearance of a jumpsuit with the ease and comfort of separates. “It’s definitely a statement look that not everyone could carry off but I love it,” concedes Walker.

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These ankle-wrap suede heels were another Christian Louboutin sample-sale find. “They are not the most practical shoes but I’ll be damned if they are not the most fabulous,” jokes Walker. “Pair them with a $20 dress or a two-piece suit and they’ll instantly take your style to an all-time high.”


Calvin Klein tweed open-front blazer, $104, at Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Ave between 38th and 39th Sts (212-391-3344, lordandtaylor.com)


Mango embossed spikes necklace, $40, at Mango, 561 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-7012) • 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-26 85 712) • 38-21 Main St between 38th and 39th Aves, Flushing, Queens (718-713-0828) • mango.com


Topshop block-print skinny trousers, $84, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)


Flud the Frost watch, $195, at Foot Action, 225 W 34th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (646-473-1945)

Photograph: John Stephens

Mossimo Yellin Yellow ponte zipper jacket, $30, at target.com


Charlotte Russe metallic spikes short necklace, $6, at Charlotte Russe, locations throughout the city; visit charlotterusse.com


Dollhouse cloud-print dress, $169, at SuperTrash, 29 Prince St at Mott St (212-226-1565, supertrash.com)

Photograph: Steve Giralt

Colin Stuart lace-up sandals, $79 per pair, at victoriassecret.com

Photograph: Ulysses Cheung

C. Wonder enamel initial cuff, $48, at C. Wonder, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St, second floor (212-956-9760) • 72 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (212-219-3500) • cwonder.com


Henri Bendel Santorini stretch bracelet, $58, at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave at 56th St (212-247-1100, henribendel.com)


La Mer Collections Cement Snake Layer wrap watch, $96, at lamercollections.com


Zara lace-up heels, $129, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com


Wendy Mink mixed-metal fringe necklace, $198, at maxandchloe.com


SuperTrash Peppy pants, $143, at SuperTrash, 29 Prince St at Mott St (212-226-1565, supertrash.com)


Charlotte Russe caged zip-back wedge sandals, $39, at Charlotte Russe, locations throughout the city; visit charlotterusse.com


Mango loose-fit sheer blouse, $50, at Mango, 561 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-7012) • 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-268-5712) • 38-21 Main St between 38th and 39th Aves, Flushing, Queens (718-713-0828) • mango.com


J.Crew Café animal-jacquard capri pants, $198, at net-a-porter.com


Janna Conner Designs Ivana gold, emerald and striped-agate necklace, $113, at maxandchloe.com


H&M Conscious Collection printed trousers, $35, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

Photograph: Jessica Lin

C. Wonder classic silk shirt, $98, at C. Wonder, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St, second floor (212-956-9760) • 72 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (212-219-3500) • cwonder.com


Wallis Stone animal-print embellished top, $52, at wallisfashion.com

Kéla Walker, TV host and fashion blogger behind Kéla’s Kloset, proves she is one of the most stylish New Yorkers by not shying away from vibrant colors or head-to-toe prints. She rarely pays retail for clothes, and shops at affordable NYC stores such as Century 21, Zara, H&M and Loehmann’s.

Kéla Walker, “a lady never tells,” TV host/producer for NYC Media and part-time fashion blogger (kelaskloset.com); Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Her personal style: “Feminine, flirty, sophisticated and chic with a bit of an edge. I work in broadcast and I’m on-air covering a lot of entertainment, lifestyle and cultural events, which means I need to look the part. Luckily, I’m a girly girl that’s into fashion and beauty, so my professional and personal style get to be one.”

Her inspirations: “Everyone from the girl on the street to the model on the catwalk, as well as the things I see in between. I love being a woman and the unlimited possibilities of style that come with that.”

Favorite stores:
“Michelle New York (376 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-643-1680, michellenewyork.com) always has really great pieces to complement my wardrobe. It carries a variety of designer pieces from Byron Lars and Black Halo, as well as its own eponymous line. I especially like the accessories that range from trendy CC Skye cuffs to notice-my-mani cocktail rings from designers I’ve never heard of but love no less. It’s hard to go into H&M(locations throughout the city; visit hm.com) and not leave without something. It is so great at making the trends and high-end styles super affordable. Zara(locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) is my favorite retailer. I really stock up on pieces during its biannual sale. I love eye-catching accessories that can help strike up a conversation or make someone do a double take, but I refuse to pay a lot of money for them. All of my great accessories come from discount department stores such as Loehmann’s(locations throughout the city; visit loehmanns.com) and Century 21(locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com).”

Favorite salon:
“There is only one person that I allow to cut my hair: celebrity stylist Porshe Waldo of Ebony Design (112 W 27th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, suite 701; 212-741-5050). I have been going to her for more than ten years—she’s amazing with the scissors.” 
Her signature garment: “My friends would say it’s a shift dress. I think it’s one of the most versatile pieces a woman can own. You can wear it loose, belted, tucked in as a shirt or layered over as a skirt. I love a good shift dress.”

Favorite local designer: “I love the feminine sensibility of the clothes by Walter Baker (thewaltercollection.com). They are fun and flirty but not obnoxiously so. It’s one of my go-to brands for when I need a well-dressed look that will take me from the office to an event. I’m also a big fan of [designer Suzi Chin’s] dresses from Ivy and Blu Maggy Boutique (ivyandblumaggyboutique.com), which are a wardrobe staple for me in my line of work. It also has great maxis for easy city style.”

How she describes New York style: “It’s anything and everything you want it to be, from the dark and sketchy to the luxurious and trendy. But at the heart of it, New York style has an edge and sophistication that’s unparalleled to any other place. You know a New Yorker when [he or she] walks into a room.” 

How her style has evolved: “It has definitely matured through the years, and has become a lot more effortless and less contrived. I have naturally come into my own and feel less compelled to follow the masses as I did in my younger years. Now, everything that I buy has to have a classic appeal to it. Before I purchase anything, I envision if I would wear it in five years and if it will work with at least three other things in my closet. If the answer is no, I likely won’t buy it.”

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