Most stylish New Yorkers: Lina Plioplyte

The leopard-print-loving videographer demonstrates her soft spot for sparkles; we show you how to get her look.

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    "This is my matador--school-girl look," says Plioplyte. She wears a black-and-white striped shirt from a Colorado thrift store with Forever 21 shorts. "Forever 21 did a disco-inspired collection and I could not pass by these shorts---they have sparkles and leopard in one!"

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    "I normally don't like watches, but this one is just so adorable!" Plioplyte enthuses of her Betsey Johnson timepiece. The Mickey Mouse ring was "an unexpected eBay find," while the other rings are from Lia Sophia (liasophia.com) and were a gift from one of the label's designers, Dani Stahl.

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    "Each time I'm on the road making a documentary or on tour, I make sure to visit thrift stores," says Plioplyte, who picked up this strong-shouldered jacket at a vintage store in San Francisco's Mission District. "Velvet is one of my favorite materials; it's so glamorous and decadent, and it accents the sparkles really well."

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    "This is my grunge Smurf look," jokes Plioplyte. "It's for laid-back occasions, such as laundry. I stole the flannel shirt from my boyfriend's closet because I feel very relaxed in it; someone gave me the Snoopy tank top and I do yoga in it." Plioplyte scored the blue leopard-print pants at Buffalo Exchange's Williamsburg location, while a friend made her the furry headband.

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    "I love the punk look and draw quite a bit of inspiration from it," says Plioplyte. "These shoes are amazing. they feel like walking with bricks attached to your legs and give you a Quasimodo walk."

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    "Things like these necklaces make me the most happy because they are given to me or made by friends," enthuses Plioplyte. "You cannot buy another one, that's what makes them precious!" She received the crow's feather from a friend and the D&D die from a fellow Burning Man attendee; she found the sparkly ball and attached it to a chain.

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    "I love to have lots of things tangled on my wrists," admits Plioplyte. "It makes the bracelets look interesting and gives me a nice dangly feel." The blue surf bracelet was given to her by her boyfriend, the leopard-print slap bracelet comes from a vintage store on Hollywood Boulevard, and the thin black bracelet was a homemade birthday gift from a friend.

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    Plioplyte holds a pig-shaped Silly Bandz that was given to her by a friend. "I had never seen Silly Bandz before and then I went to Portland, Maine, and all the kids there had them," she explains. "When I saw a pack in the gas station, I bought it and eventually gave them all away to friends!"

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    Plioplyte wears a Hawaiian shirt that was part of her boyfriend's Halloween costume (the couple dressed as Alabama and Clarence from True Romance) over an American Apparel lace shirt. "You can wear it with anything," she says of the latter garment. "It keeps you warm and makes any outfit more chic. A perfect layering piece!"

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    Lacy biker shorts from Urban Outfitters create the illusion of wearing thigh-highs when layered over black tights. "I like to get elaborate sometimes," admits Plioplyte. She cinches her Urban Outfitters shorts with a leopard belt, also scored on eBay.

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    "I love sparkly, glamorous little things," says Plioplyte, referring to her Urban Outfitters necklace. "I thought it almost looked vintage, so I got it."

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    "Ruffled socks are such a great idea," says Plioplyte, motioning to her American Apparel pair. "I love how they can add panache to the legs." She wears them with Jeffrey Campbell wedges that she purchased because "I really wanted an orthopedic-looking shoe."

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    "This is my Minnie Mouse--the-peasant-ballerina look," notes Plioplyte, who wears a lace top from a Santa Cruz thrift store with an H&M polka-dot skirt. "I like to wear it with a tulle full skirt underneath, so it poufs out a bit," she explains.

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    Plioplyte holds up a hankie she purchased on eBay. "My boyfriend reintroduced me to [handkerchiefs] because he always has one in his pocket," she explains. "I think they are so much classier than the paper ones."

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    "My roommate called me one day to tell me she was standing next to a guy who sold clothes in the street, and that he had this leopard coat," recalls Plioplyte. "I am very particular about my leopard, so I asked her two questions: What color is the print, and how big are the spots? And I went for it!"

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    "I was looking for this kind of slipper for years, and the vintage ones are pretty expensive on eBay," says Plioplyte, who found her Office Shoes slippers in England. "Sometimes it doesn't matter that the shipping is 25. If the shoe fits..."

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    This bangle "is just a shiny thing I found in the 'free things' pile at work," admits Plioplyte.

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    "A headpiece is a very important accent for a look---it finishes it," says Plioplyte, who wears a snakeskin rosette hair pin made by a friend. "I've learned that from the wonderful stylish ladies on Advanced Style (advancedstyle.blogspot.com)."

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    Plioplyte calls this ensemble her "disco grandma look." She wears a man's sweater that she adorned with oversized gold buttons from the Garment District and a fur collar "that I must have found in some thrift shop for a dollar" with a Burberry shirt and H&M sequin pants. "Boy, they like attention," she says of her bottoms. "I love them most at night because then they really sparkle!"

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    "When I like a bag, I wear it every day and I attach a fox tail to it," says Plioplyte. "I have several tails to go with different bags." True to form, she secures a fur tail from eBay onto a Forever 21 sequin number.

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    These brown sleeves are actually beaded arm warmers that Plioplyte's mom gave to her. "I would guess that some old lady made them in Lithuania," posits Plioplyte. "My mom says that the color brown is for warriors. The sleeves are so warm and cozy, I am sure I will be wearing them all winter long."

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    "This hat is one of the first leopard-print items I owned," recalls Plioplyte. "I love the look of leopard print; it gives me an exotic feel. I find my obsession quite strange, because it's usually some crazy old lady that you'll find clad in leopard and I already have quite a collection. Can you imagine how I'll look when I'm 70?"

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    SPIN HER STYLE

    Chico's Gianna necklace, $48, at Chico's, 2300 Broadway at 83rd street (212-579-4572, chicos.com)

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    Playing with Fire organza flower brooch, $20, at Creators' Co-Op, 26-16 23rd Ave between 26th and 27th Sts, Astoria, Queens (917-751-8177, creators-coop.com)

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    Trina Turk Lori clutch, $69, at trinaturk.com

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    Forever 21 polka-dot dress, $28, at Forever 21, locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com

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    Gap leopard-print cardigan, $60, at Gap, 60 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-760-1268)

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    Piko 1988 Sands of Time camel jacket, $71, at lulus.com

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    Silk leopard and lace scarf, $38, at shockboutique.com

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    Mark Wrist Bliss cuff, $14, at meetmark.com

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    MM Couture by Miss Me sequin blouse, $88, at lilacandlilies.com

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    Free People leopard-print coat, $198, at piperlime.com

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    The Limited leopard covered buckle skinny belt, $20, at thelimited.com

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    Tommy Hilfiger Zoey printed skirt, $80, at Tommy Hilfiger, 681 Fifth Ave between 53rd and 54th Sts (212-223-1824, tommy.com)

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    SPIN HER STYLE

    Pour La Victoire Fairfax wedge booties, $282, at Wink NYC, locations throughout the city; visit winknyc.com

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    SPIN HER STYLE

    Zara leopard-print blazer, $129, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com

Photograph: Zenith Richards

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"This is my matador--school-girl look," says Plioplyte. She wears a black-and-white striped shirt from a Colorado thrift store with Forever 21 shorts. "Forever 21 did a disco-inspired collection and I could not pass by these shorts---they have sparkles and leopard in one!"

Lina Plioplyte, 27, videographer (teenagepeanut.com); "Green-burg-wick," Brooklyn

Her personal style: "This time around, it's Minnie Mouse on psychedelics meets Cyndi Lauper."

Her inspirations: "The '60s, the '80s, glitter-rock artists, Freddie Mercury, Marlene Dietrich, Andy Warhol's superstars, rococo, Courtney Love, Art Deco, album covers, Almost Famous, New York's extravagant elderly ladies... The list goes on and on!"

Favorite stores: "I try not to shop in New York because the vintage stores here are way too expensive and combed through, but I love Metropolis—at least for window-shopping. Queens no doubt has the best Salvation Army. Urban Jungle in Bushwick always has some hidden wonders. Also, I like to look around in Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and H&M because sometimes you can find a good, interesting piece in there. American Apparel is irreplaceable for the basics."

Her signature look: "Leopard and sparkles!"

Favorite designers: "I adore Duckie Brown (florsheimbyduckiebrown.com) and its quirky menswear. Mina Stone (minastone.com) makes wonderful hand-splashed and oh-so-slouchy silk dresses. Iris Loeffler (irisloeffler.com) creates amazing leather jackets and pants."

How she describes New York style: "Too serious, too safe and too much black!"

How her style has evolved through the years: "I think through trial and error I defined my style, making it more kooky as I went along. I realized this year that dressing should be a celebratory ritual, so I tend to dress up every day. I learned what I like the most and I stick with it: patterns, furry prints and light-reflective clothing. Also, a great rule came into my life: Always have at least three pieces of clothing to make an ensemble, and you will never be boring."

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