Most stylish New Yorkers: Marie Janae

The vintage-loving designer mixes prints and patterns to create her wild style.

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    A structured army-style vintage top from the Salvation Army in Queens grounds a party-ready polka-dot skirt. "It has a huge bow back that I absolutely adore," enthuses Janae. "I love bows." She ripped up the sparkly tights herself for an unfinished look.

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    These platform booties were a fortuitous find at Beacon's Closet (92 Fifth Ave at Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-1630 * 88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-0816 * beaconscloset.com). "I'm a size 9 and I can never find my size there," remarks Janae. "They're so gothic but still high-fashion. And they're super comfy!"

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    Janae sports a sun earring with long, dangling chains from friends Ayumi Nakata and Kozue Noritake, the designers behind local jewelry line Badacious.

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    "I love bamboo earrings," says Janae, who purchased this one from a local beauty-supply store "for cheap."

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    Janae sports zigzag-print leggings of her own design with a star-adorned H&M bustier for an out-of-this-world ensemble. The denim jacket once had a skirt attached to it, but Janae cut it off to make it a cropped coat.

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    These parrot boots came from Irregular Choice (276 Lafayette St (between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-334-3404, irregularchoice.com), which Janae calls "my favorite shoe store on the planet. They are definitely showstoppers."

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    Janae's best friend picked up this vintage buckle-clasp belt for her at a Salvation Army.

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    These Mishka- and Keith Haring--inspired pins are both the handiwork of Janae's younger brother, who creates them under his brand Rocket Science. Janae sells all of his pieces on her own website.

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    "It's like an ooze effect," describes Janae of this drippy wtf pin. The oversize triangle earring is another Badacious creation.

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    Janae borrowed this vintage gold bracelet from her best friend, although she admittedly "always [tries] to steal it from him. It's a very crafty piece; it looks tribal and all of the plates are separated---very unique."

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    "Funky, colorful and, yes, it is something I would wear in the fall," describes Janae of her fuchsia tights purchased in Detroit, H&M fur vest and booty shorts of her own design. "They are actually made for guys, but I love the effect of androgyny, so I wear them out all the time."

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    Janae purchased these "handy-dandy stripper heels" in her hometown of Detroit. "I wear them when I want to feel extra sexy," she explains.

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    A vintage scarf from the Salvation Army doubles as a headband.

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    Not even Janae's adorable two-year-old Yorkie, Tony, can detract from her psychedelic leggings and floral jacket, which she discovered at a Bronx Salvation Army. The competing prints manage to work in concert thanks to their similar color palettes.

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    Janae takes a bite out of a Rocket Science necklace.

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    These leopard-print booties are from Necessary Clothing (676 Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Sts, 212-966-9011).

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    Janae stacks friendship bracelets purchased in an African accessory store on 125th Street in Harlem around a penny bracelet that belonged to her late grandmother. "I pretty much wear it every day," she notes.

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    A vintage color-block dress gets some edge courtesy of a Julian K studded leather jacket. "It was actually given to a good friend and client of mine, Gail Scott," explains Janae.

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    Diesel strappy sandals add a shot of color to eye-catching leopard-print H&M tights.

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

A structured army-style vintage top from the Salvation Army in Queens grounds a party-ready polka-dot skirt. "It has a huge bow back that I absolutely adore," enthuses Janae. "I love bows." She ripped up the sparkly tights herself for an unfinished look.

Marie Janae, 24, designer (lovemariejanae.com), Bronx

Her personal style: "I call it 'vintro': vintage with a dash of retro, and a twist of my own colorful and vibrant style."

Her inspirations: "Vintage from the '70s, '80s and early '90s."

Favorite stores: "I mostly shop at the Salvation Army (locations throughout the city; visit salvationarmyusa.org), Goodwill stores and H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com)."

Her signature item: "It would have to be any of my jean jackets adorned with lots of pins and patches."

Favorite designers: "Badacious (badacious.com) uses the cutest fabrics and prints. Not only that, but the duo is stunning—I support those girls. I also love [Janae's brother's line] Rocket Science and me."

How she describes New York style: "Everyone is trying to fit in. Everyone wears what they think is in and follows a trend, which I don't."

How her style has evolved through the years: "When I moved to New York, I got into mature vintage and starting dressing more 'vintro.' But I've been thrifting for years; there was always something about buying things that no one else could buy that appealed to me."

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