Most stylish New Yorkers: Lynn Dell Cohen

The owner of Off Broadway Boutique demonstrates her flair for the dramatic; we show you how to get her look.

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    "This is something I would wear to a gallery opening, dinner or the theater," says Cohen. She wears palazzo-style Petit Pois pants made from a layered mesh fabric. "They are very comfortable and versatile---they are my version of jeans."

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    These dazzling sparklers are vintage earrings from Re-Runs, the vintage consignment department in the rear of Off Broadway Boutique.

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    "These were Iradj Moini earrings and I wore them for years," explains Cohen. "One day I lost one and I thought, This would make a great pin!, and since then I've worn it as a pin."

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    Cohen points out that when she wears this statement-making petal cloche hat, "there is no such thing as a bad hair day!"

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    Cohen accessorizes with a bejeweled cuff by Kenneth Jay Lane.

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    "This is a cabochon emerald, which was the color of my mother's eyes and inspired my delight in the dramatic," says Cohen of her cocktail ring. "Much of what I know and who I am comes from my mother and my aunt---they were the dynamic fashion mentors in my life."

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    Though Cohen would wear this outfit to see a Broadway show, this oversize silk dupioni hat from her store's studio design room is another story. "I would not wear the beret to the theater; it is too tall and I would never be so rude as to block a patron's view!" she exclaims, noting that "there is a wire inside that allows you to shape the hat any way you want for many different looks."

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    "This look is over-the-top," admits Cohen of her Richard Tsau taffeta ruffle jacket, which was made in Thailand exclusively for her shop. "It's reversible and comes in many colors. I would wear this to a casino in Monte Carlo or a formal night on a ship."

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    This Swarovski-covered, Italian-made Volpino cuff adds sparkle to Cohen's ensemble. "It is a divine piece!" she enthuses.

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    Cohen calls these oversize vintage earrings from Re-Runs "oh so Chanel."

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    "My sister was wearing these rings and I said how beautiful they are, and she took them off and said, 'Take them! They are more you than me!'" recalls Cohen.

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    Cohen got this "vintage Chanel-looking jacket that was a part of a suit set" in her boutique's Re-Runs vintage consignment department.

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    All of Cohen's accessories---from her Jane Elissa knit cap to her vintage R.J. Graziano earrings---are dripping with pearls. The layers of necklaces "are a collection over many, many years," she says.

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    Even more pearls pop up in a stretch wired bracelet Cohen bought on a trip to Italy and a Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring.

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    Cohen says that her Petit Pois mesh outfit "is great for traveling because it is featherweight and does not wrinkle." The red umbrella is by Vista International. "I flipped out when I saw it and just had to have it---it has the glamour look of our shop!"

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    Cohen dons an antique pin, A.J. Morgan sunglasses, a collage cloche hat by local artist Jane Elissa and black disc earrings from an old collection by Angela Caputi (angelacaputi.com) for added flair.

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    Cohen designed this bolero-style silk dupioni jacket in her store's studio design room "as part of my one-size-fits-most collection," she explains. "It is made to flatter large-size figures."

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    "I love pins because they add a dramatic look to any top or hat you wear," says Cohen. "I buy a variety of colors and sizes of different flowers from local manufacturers."

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    Cohen wears a black microfiber jacket from Off Broadway Boutique's studio design room. "The cuff and collar are stuffed with a light batting to give it presence," she notes. An oversize microfiber beret, Carolina Amato gloves and a patent-leather bag from Italy pull the look together.

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    Cohen switches out her beret for Arlet Rochini's black-and-white striped "flying-saucer-disc hat. It's one of our most popular hats because you can wear it ten different ways and each way is equally glamorous," she says.

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    Cohen dangles a Carlo Fellini patent-leather big bow clutch. She discovered the red apple cocktail ring at the GreenFlea Market (Columbus Ave at 77th St; 212-239-3025, greenfleamarkets.com).

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    Cohen carries the red accessory theme down to her toes with a pair of Charles Jourdan wedges.

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    Chicos Gedala necklace, $48, at Chicos, 2300 Broadway at 83rd St (212-579-4572, chicos.com)

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    White House Black Market crepe jacket, $80, at whitehouseblackmarket.com

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    The Village Scandal Fascinator headband, $44, at the Village Scandal, 19 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-460-9358, thevillagescandal.com)

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    SBNY Accessories multistrand pearl necklace, $50, at edressme.com

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    Manic Trout Lila Wish I Could necklace, $45, at manictrout.com

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    Jo Hee Hyoung Rosella umbrella, $49, at greenergrassdesign.com

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    Kenneth Cole Downtown Pearl multirow necklace, $48, at endless.com

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    Nicole Miller chain and stone clutch, $150, at edressme.com

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    Freedom for Topshop pearl drape drop earrings, $25, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

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    Pink Velvet Designs Gunsmoke bib necklace, $50, at the Wagon Boutique, 1214 Union St between Nostrand and Rogers Aves, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-529-2030, thewagonbk.com)

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    Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love nail polish, $8, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

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    Accessories Buy Joanne Change of Heart Purse, $12, at modcloth.com

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    Metalskin C-Weed studded cuff, $108, at Big Drop, 1321 Third Ave at 76th St (212-988-3344)

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    ASOS jewel velvet cross-body bag, $45, at us.asos.com

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    BB Dakota Wrap You Up in My Coat jacket, $130, at modcloth.com

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"This is something I would wear to a gallery opening, dinner or the theater," says Cohen. She wears palazzo-style Petit Pois pants made from a layered mesh fabric. "They are very comfortable and versatile---they are my version of jeans."

Lynn Dell Cohen, 77, "Countess of Glamour" and owner of Off Broadway Boutique (boutiqueoffbroadway.com), Upper West Side

Her personal style: "Beautiful, glamorous and over the top!"

Her inspirations: "I am inspired by fashion everywhere—in the streets, theater, opera or restaurants. I love to look at Ari Seth Cohen's blog Advanced Style (advancedstyle.blogspot.com), where he showcases women of style and age."

Favorite store: "I must say that Off Broadway Boutique is absolutely hands down my favorite store in the whole city for the last 42 years. It has allowed me to travel around the world to scout for interesting new collections, and I am able to style and create clothing in realistic sizes in our studio design room. Takashimaya was my most favorite store. Unfortunately they just closed and I was very sad to find out. Dinosaur Designs is another gorgeous shop. All the pieces are resin jewelry from Australia. I also love Donna Karan New York and the Museum of Arts & Design store."

Her signature accessory: "My hats! Hats help you frame your face. When you wear a hat, you are the most noticed woman in the room."

Favorite designers: "Kenneth Jay Lane, Ronald Jackson and Jane Elissa (janeelissa.com), just to name a few. Ronald Jackson makes gorgeous hand-dyed vintage shirts and vibrant velvet scarves designed especially for Off Broadway Boutique. Jane Elissa creates collages on hats, scarves and jackets from pearls, paint, buttons and appliqus. I like their aesthetic because no two pieces are ever alike, so you know you are getting something that is truly one of a kind."

How she describes New York style: "The same as I would describe New York: the best of everything and the worst of everything. New York City is a fashion show and we should dress for the theater of our lives!"

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