Most stylish New Yorkers: Melanie Sonier

The vintage-obsessed style blogger models her best outfits; we show you how to steal her look.

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    "This outfit is my modest retro look: It's ladylike and proper but made fun by adding a pop of color," says Sonier. She tops a Trollied Dolly dress from Modcloth with a Zara cardigan.

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    "I'm one of those weirdos that stays away from black," says Sonier. "Navy offers me that neutral, goes-with-anything option." She wears navy American Apparel tights with Seychelles shoes that "add some height to my short frame---I'm 5'2"---without killing my feet."

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    These Tiffany & Co. bow earrings were a gift from Sonier's mom. "I'm not one for visiting jewelry stores, but I was running an errand for my sister and saw them while I was in there," she recalls. "I knew I had to have them."

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    Sonier calls this ensemble "more of a girly, romantic look." She discovered the floral H&M cardigan at Beacon's Closet and got the ruffled Anthropologie tank from a friend during a clothing swap; the vintage skirt is from Canadian chain Value Village. "My family lives in Canada and I sometimes stock up on vintage duds while I'm visiting," she admits.

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    Sonier bought these lilac tights from online retailer We Love Colors. "Any color you can think of, they have it," she enthuses. "I like them because they're truly opaque and super soft." She pairs them with booties from Modcloth.

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    Sonier scored this ring from Canadian designers Mimi & Marge (mimiandmarge.com) at a sample sale in Vancouver a few years back. "It's my everyday ring that I can wear with anything," she says. The belt is another thrifted find from Value Village.

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    This full harness necklace was custom made for Sonier by the jewelry designer behind Clyde's Rebirth (clydesrebirth.com). "She uses vintage chains and dead-stock pieces to create new, one-of-a-kind designs," explains Sonier. "I love the fact that no one will ever have the same jewelry as me."

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    "This is a twofer dress because it looks like two pieces all in one," notes Sonier of her find from Beacon's Closet. "It's vintage and possibly handmade, judging by the inside raw seams and no tag." She purchased the jacket, which is also vintage, from Brooklyn online retailer Dusty Rose Vintage.

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    Sonier says that these Seychelles wedges "complete my whole geek-chic look."

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    This oversize statement ring is another custom piece from Clyde's Rebirth.

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    "When putting together my outfit, I always need one printed piece or else I feel like something is missing," says Sonier. "I have an extensive collection of scarves for exactly this purpose." This one wrapped around her head is another thrifted Value Village find; the glasses are from e-tailer Warby Parker.

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    Sonier throws a Kensie crochet vest over a leopard-and-shrubbery-print shirt from Dusty Rose Vintage and wears it with a vintage skirt from Value Village.

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    "I got these Dexter boots at Beacon's Closet and they were in pretty good condition," says Sonier. "I've been wearing them nonstop ever since."

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    Yet another Clyde's Rebirth design, Sonier's chain necklace features a wooden leopard, which "matches the print on the shirt, so I thought it was the perfect accessory," she muses.

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    Sonier scooped up these Aztec-symbol earrings while in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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    "This look is my night -on-the-town look," says Sonier of her KensieGirl dress paired with Kensie tights. "It's edgier than my usual." She bought the denim vest from Forever 21. "I hit up the more contemporary stores for easy 'trend' pieces," she admits. "I don't want to invest so much time and effort looking for something that I might get tired of next month."

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     It was happenstance that Sonier scored these vintage boots at Atlantis Attic. "I stumbled upon the store randomly one night with a friend and walked out with two pairs of boots, a purse and a dress," she recalls. "The problem is, I wasn't planning on shopping at all, so I showed up to the bar with all of my loot."

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    Sonier purchased this chain-strap bag from Modcloth. "It's the perfect size for going out and dancing up a storm," she says. "It fits my BlackBerry, ID case and keys."

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    "These necklaces are an outfit staple," says Sonier. The round pendant is from Vancouver jewelry line Pyrrha and is based on an old talisman of a ship that signifies good luck on one's travels, while the silver frame came from the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. The pin was a gift from Sonier's ex-boyfriend, who picked it up on a trip to Japan.

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    These silver feather earrings are from Urban Outfitters. "I love its quirky little jewelry section," says Sonier. "I usually find the cutest earrings there."

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    Brooklyn Industries Malia skirt, $76, at Brooklyn Industries, locations throughout the city; visit brooklynindustries.com

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    Dialog Worldbutik Copan bag, $78, at shopolivine.com

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    H&M floral-print skirt, $35, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

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    Wendy Brandes Little Woolf necklace, $50, at wendybrandes.com

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    Express floral chiffon sleeveless top, $50, at Express, locations throughout the city; visit express.com

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"This outfit is my modest retro look: It's ladylike and proper but made fun by adding a pop of color," says Sonier. She tops a Trollied Dolly dress from Modcloth with a Zara cardigan.

Melanie Sonier, 29; fashion merchandiser and part-time blogger (ideegeniale.blogspot.com); Park Slope, Brooklyn

Her personal style: "Quirky romantic with a vintage flare."

Her inspirations: "Mostly the city that I live in, but also classic foreign films, traveling to different cities and of course the people around me."

Favorite stores: "Beacons Closet has a great selection of vintage at affordable prices. I go to Rickys NYC for beauty products; it has the most salon-brand products as well as a fun makeup and wig selection. I pop in to Monk Vintage every now and then in Park Slope. The outside rack of $1 garments lures me in every time."

How she describes New York style: "I get to see a little bit of everything by working in the Garment District and living in Brooklyn. I think it's practical but fun. Personally, I feel like there's always something going on in NYC, so when I dress in the morning, my outfit has to go from work to happy hour to wherever else something is happening."

How her style has evolved through the years: "I'm more comfortable in expressing myself. I used to be a jeans-and-T-shirt girl, but when I discovered thrift stores, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. Now I'll rarely wear jeans or even pants for that matter. I usually shop alone since every time I'm with someone, I pick up an item in disbelief that it's still on the rack and hold it up in amazement. The person I'm with will say, 'Hmm, well it's definitely you.' I'm not sure how to take that, but I guess it means that I can pull off some crazy stuff—in a good way."

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