Most stylish New Yorkers: Nubia Mejia

The fashionista takes us on a trip through time with her decades-spanning wardrobe.

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    Mejia cozies up with a fur-lined Le Chteau vest and layers tights under her Forever 21 checked skirt. She wears a long-sleeved black shirt from Uniqlo beneath her tank for extra warmth.

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    "I must have spent a year looking at that 'I heart Queens' tank," admits Mejia of her Ciara Elend (ciaradesign.com) block-printed top, which she scored at Candy Plum.

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    Mejia stacks her wrist with Afaze thin bangles, a Cartier watch and a vintage chunky link bracelet. "It sort of looked beat up a bit, but I think that's what I liked about it," she recalls of the latter. Her silver band is from BB Becker (bbbecker.com) and is engraved with an inspirational quote from Corinthians I, which reads "These three remain: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

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    This Sultana Maria Jewelry (sultanamaria.blog.com) necklace is made from a vintage mirror strung on a long antique silver chain. "The designer uses antique pieces, as well as her own metalwork," explains Mejia.

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    Mejia bought these ankle-length boots at Charlotte Russe in the Manhattan Mall. "The buckles are my favorite part," she reflects. "I want to dress them up in a Lolita-inspired look---hopefully soon."

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    A sporty YA anorak tempers a delicate, flapper-inspired fringe dress from gla.MAR.ous.

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    Everything---from the sequin-strap bag to the cocktail rings and cuff bracelets---is by local label Independent Reign (independentreign.etsy.com).

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    This eye-catching necklace, made of horn and shell pieces and adorned with feathers, is by Queens jeweler Claudia Gill Designs (claudiagilldesigns.com).

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    Borough pride: Mejia dons a vintage-style Zdenka hat from Candy Plum and Fennimas (fennimas.com) dangling earrings scooped up at Ethereal; both pieces are designed by Queens talent.

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    Mejia bought these lace-up boots from Charlotte Russe the same day she scored her buckle-adorned gray pair. "I was originally only looking for one pair, but they were having a great sale," she explains. "I like these because they have an urban feel to them, which allows me to mix them with a variety of looks."

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    "I love '80s throwback looks," enthuses Mejia. "I was technically an '80s baby, but sometimes I wish I would have been the age I am now during that decade---I think I would have had a blast." She achieves her retro look with a hand-me-down sweater from her mom and gold American Apparel leggings.

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    Mejia wears a vintage purse around her neck so that it doubles as a necklace.

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    Bejeweled Fennimas bangles pump up the glitz factor.

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    A gla.MAR.ous zipper headband keeps what appears to be tiny braids but are actually feather extensions in place. "They're really awesome and unique," says Mejia, who got them done by Masha Lunara at Ethereal.

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    Mejia bought these "comfortable and chic" black booties at Forever 21. "I wear them all the time because they go perfectly with everything," she gushes.

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    "This floral jacket is one of my favorite pieces in my closet," notes Mejia. "I don't think I've worn it once without someone asking me where I purchased it." The blazer was another item passed down by her mother; she wears it here with a silk dress by Queens designer Makla (maklacollection.com).

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    Mejia accessorizes with a multicolored Fennimas bracelet and an oversize wire-wrapped stone ring by Queens jewelry line Lithos Du Monde.

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    "This necklace adds an elegant touch to any simple dress," says Mejia of her Fennimas tiger choker. "It's a great piece."

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    "I don't usually wear clip-ons," admits Mejia. "But I liked the simplicity that these offered." She bought these stud earrings at Beacon's Closet.

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    Mejia purchased these electric-purple heels from Wet Seal's website. "The color blew my mind!" she recalls. "They are awesome for nightlife in NYC. Sometimes, I wear them with an all-black outfit and they look excellent."

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    "I dress like this whenever I'm feeling playful or romantic," Mejia explains of her hot-pink gla.MAR.ous dress paired with lacy accessories. "It's very Betsey Johnson--inspired."

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    This flirty MadRag lace bolero was a gift from Mejia's friend. "I love lace," she explains. "I think it's classic and can never really go out of style."

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    A Miz Krafty heart-charm necklace adds romantic flair.

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    "I like that this bag is simple but the sequin handle gives it a nice touch," says Mejia, referring to her Independent Reign clutch.

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    Mejia pairs BCBG peep-toe pumps with lace tights from Forever 21.

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Mejia cozies up with a fur-lined Le Chteau vest and layers tights under her Forever 21 checked skirt. She wears a long-sleeved black shirt from Uniqlo beneath her tank for extra warmth.

Nubia Mejia, 23; freelance fashion account executive and fashion blogger (nubiasnonsense.com); Elmhurst, Queens

Her personal style: "It's somewhere between vintage and futuristic. In other words, my style is now—whatever I feel like wearing now, I wear. I don't conform to any trends or fashion forecast. Some days I feel like dressing really funky, while others I fall asleep watching I Love Lucy and wake up wanting to dress retro. It's ever-changing."

Her inspirations: "My father was a tailor once upon a time. When I was younger, he used to show me his old photographs in which he'd be wearing clothing he created; it was really stylish. He still gives me his input and advice. I guess you could say he inspired this fashion whirlwind that I live in."

Favorite stores: "I try to shop in my borough frequently because I believe the fashion in Queens is overlooked. My favorite boutique is Candy Plum (30-98 36th St at 31st Ave, Astoria, Queens; 718-721-2299, candyplum.com)—it's such a small, cute, intimate place. There are a lot of handcrafted goods, and I especially love the jewelry. I also like Ethereal (47-38 Vernon Blvd between 47th Rd and 48th Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 718-482-8884, etherealnyc.com), which always has gorgeous dresses and is a peaceful environment. In Soho, I really enjoy Topshop (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com) because I can always find something—whether it be a fancy dress, a casual top or edgy shoes—for every occasion. Then in Brooklyn, I like Beacon's Closet (92 Fifth Ave at Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-1630, beaconscloset.com) for the fact that you never know what you're going to find there. It's full of hidden treasures; you just need the patience to search. I've discovered items that I really cherish in there."

Her signature accessory: "I have been known to wear gla.MAR.ous (shopglamarous.com) zipper headbands often. It's a patented design you can wear in various different ways and you don't get headaches from them. I won't wear any other kind of headband."

Favorite designers: "I'm a big fan of Pammy Cakes (pammycakesboutique.com). It has Japanese-culture-inspired T-shirts and accessories. I really enjoy Lolita fashion and I've done some cosplay at parades and conventions. I also adore Miz Krafty Jewelry (mizkrafty.com). She has one-of-a-kind, exclusive pieces and you can just tell they're special [by looking at them]. She's also willing to work with you if you ever request something, and I like having that option."

How she describes New York style: "New York is known as the melting pot for a reason: There are so many different cultures and styles, it can leave one in awe. I can be walking down one block and see a vintage delicacy and right when I turn the corner, I may see an urban Run DMC--inspired fashionista. It's exceptional! The raw inspiration some people can't seem to find is right there on the streets."

How her style has evolved through the years: "It evolves every day—forget decades. The only big change I've gone through is that when I was a teenager, I used to be what some people might refer to as a 'label whore.' Nowadays, I really enjoy thrifting and finding vintage pieces."

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