Most stylish New Yorkers: Mary Kate Steinmiller

The Teen Vogue fashion editor demonstrates feminine dressing with a twist; we show you how to steal her style.

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    "Rebecca Taylor makes the best little summer dresses," enthuses Steinmiller, who wears a maxidress by the designer. "They are flirty and incredibly easy to wear." She tops it with a Brooks Brothers blazer from the kids' department. "My secret to finding cute, cropped fits is shopping in the boys section," she admits.

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    Steinmiller layers her favorite gold charm necklaces that were either gifts or purchased from flea markets. "I wear them almost every day," she says. "I love Dodo (dodo.it) gold charms from the brand Pomellato (pomellato.it) and pick out a few each year from Bergdorf Goodman or Bloomingdales."

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    These colorful bangles "are part of my vast bracelet collection," while the stacked rings were gifts from Steinmiller's parents. "My mother and father gave me the infinity band for my 25th birthday and the Tiffany silver ring with an emerald was an eighth-grade graduation gift!"

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    "I don't like to wear a lot of makeup," admits Steinmiller, who uses Guerlain terra-cotta bronzing powder and Benetint blush for a subtle sheen. "I love a flushed cheek and fresh face."

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    Steinmiller cinches her dress with a Lacoste webbed belt "in the perfect pop of neon to make an outfit more fun."

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    "These Miu Miu shoes are from one of my favorite Resort collections—full of bright colors and poppy prints," gushes Steinmiller, who wears OPI's the Thrill of Brazil polish on her toes. "I like to keep my nail-polish choices simple: typically nude or clear on my nails, and then a fresh, classic bright red on my toes," she explains. "However, a New Year's sparkle pedicure has changed my tastes a bit!"

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    "BCBG makes these amazing, super-sheer and tight-fitting layer tees in tribal prints," says Steinmiller, who rocks a tie-dye version under a Gryphon vest with a skirt from Jill Stuart. "Her spring collection was one of the best I've seen, and I plan on incorporating many pieces into my spring wardrobe."

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    Steinmiller shows off the bracelets she wears everyday, including a Cartier Love bracelet that was a college graduation gift from her family; a Sara Beltran (dezsosara.com) brown woven bracelet with a gold sea-horse charm that was a gift from one of Teen Vogue's stylists; a silver Me&Ro charm bracelet that was an eighth-grade graduation gift; and a Dodo bracelet that Steinmiller's mom periodically gifts her charms for on special occasions. "These are my favorites, and I hope to never lose them!" she declares.

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    "Miu Miu is my go-to for shoes," states Steinmiller. "I love its strappy platform sandals, and this sharp blue color can be worn with anything."

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    Steinmiller tops a white lace dress from Australian label Lover (loverthelabel.com) with a Gryphon trench. "White lace is my favorite choice for anything---I swoon for a feminine white dress," she explains. "I think it is beautiful to wear something so delicate and whimsical with a classic, structured trench coat."

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    "[This is] my favorite handbag and a treat I purchased for myself last summer," says Steinmiller of her leopard-print Lanvin purse. "The addition of the gold chain, grosgrain ribbon and patent-leather details adds the perfect amount of edge."

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    Yet another pair of Miu Miu heels, these buckle platforms are from Brooklyn boutique Zoe (68 Washington St between Front and York Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-237-4002, shopzoeonline.com).

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    Steinmiller calls this "a very classic look with quite the Teen Vogue influence." The camel-colored trench coat is by Jill Stuart.

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    A striped Michael Stars tee paired with a Stella McCartney high-waisted, A-line denim skirt makes for a polished yet casual weekend-ready outfit.

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    Steinmiller scored this raffia belt from American Eagle Outfitters (locations throughout the city; visit ae.com). "I love AE for quirky accents and layering pieces," she admits. "It's my cheap-chic resource!"

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    Steinmiller describes this Jill Stuart dress as "fresh, ladylike and chic. It's structured and beautiful." She wears a lace top by Lover underneath for added feminine appeal.

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    For contrast, Steinmiller swapped in this B-Low the Belt (b-lowthebelt.com) waist cincher "to lessen the overly ladylike direction of the look," she explains. "I love studded belts and think adding one is an easy way to freshen up a look."

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    "Miu Miu again!" declares Steinmiller, referring to these patent-leather platforms from Barneys. "They are quite high but not a problem to walk in," she swears.

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    Steinmiller has her tresses taken care of at Sally Hershberger (17 E 71st St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-535-3519, sallyhershberger.com). "I am a devoted customer and fan of Chris Lospalluto," she reveals.

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    Armani Exchange A|XX 20th Anniversary trench coat, $170, at armaniexchange.com

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    Banana Republic super-skinny leather belt, $40, at Banana Republic, locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.gap.com

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    Boden Jersey blazer, $98, at bodenusa.com

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    Rebecca Taylor Nouveau tulip ballet dress, $300 (normally $375), at Rebecca Taylor, 34 Gansevoort St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-243-2600, rebeccataylor.com). Mention TONY to receive this discount through Wed 27.

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    Jessica Simpson Collection Tova mules, $98, at jessicasimpsoncollection.com

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    Brooklyn Industries Over the Rainbow skirt, $78, at Brooklyn Industries, locations throughout the city; visit brooklynindustries.com

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    Fred Perry Liberty-print shirtdress, $225, available May 15 at Fred Perry, 133 Wooster St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-260-4770, fredperry.com)

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    Linea Pelle double-wrap triple-row mixed pyramid and cone studded bracelets, $60 each (normally $75), at lpcollection.com. Enter "AFTONY" at checkout to receive this discount through May 5.

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    Geox Sibilla sandals, $150, at Geox, 29 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (646-213-9020)

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    Topshop petite denim belted button-through A-line skirt, $65, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

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    Milly crochet cover-up, $216 (normally $270), at Scoop NYC, locations throughout the city; visit scoopnyc.com. Mention TONY to receive this discount through April 31.

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    Eden Jewelry Pendulum earrings, $58, at Anthropologie, locations throughout the city; visit anthropologie.com

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    BB Dakota Lake Superior cropped stripe top, $48, at Fred Flare, 131 Meserole Ave at Leonard St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-1257, fredflare.com)

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    Chinese Laundry Hopscotch cage heels, $83, at zappos.com

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    Strong & Dickerson Army sleeveless trench, $184, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-677-1293, oaknyc.com)

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    H&M lace top, $30, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

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    Zad enamel tile bracelet, $15, at Pop, 310 Grand St at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg Brooklyn (718-486-6001, shoppop.com)

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    Rusty Hellcat skirt, $34, at killerdana.com

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    Tan trench coat, $50, at T.J.Maxx, 620 Sixth Ave between 18th and 19th Sts (212-229-0875, tjmaxx.com)

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    Bobi Best Friends woven denim button-down sleeveless tunic, $84, at revolveclothing.com

Photograph: Zenith Richards

"Rebecca Taylor makes the best little summer dresses," enthuses Steinmiller, who wears a maxidress by the designer. "They are flirty and incredibly easy to wear." She tops it with a Brooks Brothers blazer from the kids' department. "My secret to finding cute, cropped fits is shopping in the boys section," she admits.


Mary Kate Steinmiller, 26, fashion market editor at Teen Vogue (teenvogue.com), Brooklyn Heights

Her personal style: “I’m quite girly and feminine, but with a twist. Something I’ve learned working at Teen Vogue is to always add an unexpected element to your wardrobe. For me, it’s layering clothing and adding pops of neon or quirky accessories.”

Her inspiration: “I’m very inspired by the pages of our magazine; I love adding youthful flair to whatever I wear. I think personal style is important, so I try not to follow trends, but [instead] take bits and pieces from what I see to make it my own.”

Favorite stores:Geminola (41 Perry St between Seventh Ave and W 4th St; 212-675-1994, geminola.com) is like a fairy tale come to life: lace, tulle, ribbon, delicate silks and the most beautiful reworked vintage dresses you will ever see. ABC Carpet & Home (881 Broadway at 19th St; 212-473-3000, abchome.com) has endless inspiration, with floor after floor of the most beautiful textiles, furniture and home accessories. And Barneys (660 Madison Ave at 61st St; 212-826-8900, barneys.com)—it’s a staple!”

Her signature accessory: “I am never without bracelets on my wrist! I have four that I never take off, and then I layer on different ones each day.”

Favorite designers: “Chris Benz (chris-benz.com): Season after season, his collections are always one of my favorites. I just love his sense of color and rich fabrics. His clothes are never too serious—they always have a spark of fun. I work closely with Dallin Chase (dallinchase.com) designer Jason Cauchi, and am inspired by his devotion to making girls look fresh with his mix of perfect little dresses, flirty skirts, leather pieces and fur. Aimee Cho of Gryphon (gryphon-ny.com) is brilliant. She has taken the classic trench coat and created an amazing collection centered around reworking it with creative trimmings, cuts, details and embellishment.”

How her style has evolved through the years: “It’s definitely influenced by my job. I always dress with a Teen Vogue twist: pops of color, mixed fabrics and textures, and unexpected combinations. I’ve also started to appreciate quality over quantity. I’d much rather spend money on a quality designer piece that’s classic and that I will have and wear forever than a cheap, fast-fashion, trendy item that won’t last.”

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