Most stylish New Yorkers: Tess Pare-Mayer

The vintage-obsessed fashion blogger shows off her favorite outfits.

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    Pare-Mayer's frock is from the Lanvin for H&M line. "It's this gigantic vibrant red tulle tutu-style dress that I couldn't live without," she insists. "My best friend Craig actually waited in line at 7am in California to get it for me!" Her bright royal-blue heels are from Forever 21. "The color adds contrast and dimension to anything you wear it with, because I could never match something perfectly with that blue," she explains.

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    "It gets incredibly cold and snowy in NYC, so I figured I might as well have a little laugh and make people smile with my winter hat," she says of the animal-shaped topper, which she bought from a street vendor in Soho.

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    The chunky gold bracelets that Pare-Mayer has collected over the years are from various vintage and thrift stores. The smaller nameplate-style bracelet and double-ball bracelets are from her jewelry line (shopthelittleblacklist.blogspot.com), Seth and Dashiel Designs, named after her two older brothers.

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    "I love layering, so I always wear these two rings together," she says of the costume pieces she bought at Beacon's Closet (locations throughout the city; visit beaconscloset.com).

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    Pare-Mayer pairs an H&M tee with a Kolae skirt. "I love this skirt because it's effortlessly chic: You can throw it on with a sweater, or style it with grandma-style panties and a T-shirt and show serious skin," she explains.

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    "It's the exact cut of a motorcycle jacket and has intricate patches sewn all over it; it's one of my favorite pieces," she says of this vintage sequined number.

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    The butterfly and elephant necklaces are from Forever 21. "I like them because you can't pinpoint what decade, store or style they are supposed to represent. They almost look vintage, but they were, like, $6 each," Pare-Mayer admits.

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    "The reason I was drawn to these is the juxtaposition; the classic look of the boot in a rich dark-brown leather with the gunmetal chain on the heel. There is such minimal detailing, but they are updated and beautiful," she gushes about her Christian Louboutin boots.

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    Pare-Mayer pairs a fur vintage coat with a clutch from one of her favorite local designers, Sarah Hearey.

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    Pare-Mayer admits to a serious obsession with kimonos, always wearing some variation of them while at home. "I have been searching for a legitimate kimono in a modern print that I can wear out and about as a dress, so when I came across this one at a vintage store I literally squealed so loud," she says. She ties the outfit together with a "perfectly beaten up" belt.

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    Pare-Mayer shows off two Yves Saint Laurent rings.

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    "They are surprisingly comfortable," she enthuses of her Miu Miu studded heels.

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    The vintage aficionado wears a Jones New York blazer (a score from Goodwill) with a vintage Chanel top and high-waisted shorts from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com).

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    A dramatic silver ring was purchased from a random street vendor in Astor Place, while the bracelet she pairs it with holds much more sentimental value. "The jade stone belonged to my father, and my mom sold her bike in the '70s to get the money to have the stone made into a cuff. It's a priceless, irreplaceable piece," she reflects.

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    The blogger totes an Alexander Wang Rocco duffel, which she likes because "it's not ostentatious."

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    "I don't typically shop at Steve Madden (locations throughout the city; visit stevemadden.com), but I saw these boots in the window and decided to take a peek in the store," recalls Pare-Mayer. "They were so cheap---I've definitely gotten my money's worth," she says.

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    Pare-Mayer sports a vintage coat she bought five years ago in her hometown of Napa, California. "It suits the weather in New York much better than California," she notes.

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    "The pants are actually little-boy trousers," she admits. "There's something about the cut that fit me perfectly as high-waisted ankle-length pants," she explains. To dress up the look, Pare-Mayer carries a luxe Sarah Hearey bag made from python and crocodile skins. "I love the contrast of different exotics on a simple silhouette, plus all the little birdie details are really interesting and fun," she enthuses.

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    Three different necklaces give the illusion of one when worn together. The diamond pendant was a gift from her mom, the rhinestone red lips remind Pare-Mayer of "the Rolling Stone lips," and a pocket-knife necklace from designer Erica Weiner rounds out the bunch.

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    Pare-Mayer accessorizes with a "silly, two-finger zebra ring---it's just something funny that makes me smile. Fashion shouldn't be so serious," she states.

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    The fashion maven is embarrassed to admit her shoes are by pop princess Jessica Simpson, but exclaims "they are the coolest shoes." She insists the excessively tall heels somehow manage to be comfortable. "And I know socks with sandals is a fashion faux pas, but I seem to like how it looks."

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Pare-Mayer's frock is from the Lanvin for H&M line. "It's this gigantic vibrant red tulle tutu-style dress that I couldn't live without," she insists. "My best friend Craig actually waited in line at 7am in California to get it for me!" Her bright royal-blue heels are from Forever 21. "The color adds contrast and dimension to anything you wear it with, because I could never match something perfectly with that blue," she explains.

Tess Pare-Mayer, 26; fashion blogger (thelittleblacklist.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Her personal style: "I just wear whatever suits my mood that day, that moment. It could be anything from a tulle petticoat to a vintage peasant top, a sequin shift dress to sweat pants. I have a serious love for vintage clothing and antique accessories. I try to focus on every detail, from head to toe."

Her inspirations: "My mother, always has and always will be. She is effortlessly chic, and has the most individual style I've ever seen—it transcends time. She is the reason I have such an incredible love and appreciation for jewelry and vintage clothing. For as long as I can remember, she has worn a wristful of silver and turquoise cuffs and diamond rings stacked to her knuckle."

Favorite stores: "Goodwill (locations throughout the city; visit goodwill.org) and Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com), because you can find serious deals. I shop with a goal: If you know what you're looking for, you can definitely find it. You can create new and interesting looks with a little determination (and a good dry cleaning). I love the shoe department at Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Sts; 212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com), and the jewelry at Yves Saint Laurent (3 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-980-2970, ysl.com) is out of control. I swear the people who work there know my name."

Her signature accessory: "I'm a creature of habit, so stacking and layering an abundance of jewelry is standard for me. I find myself wearing three to four giant Yves Saint Laurent rings—I collect them—at the same time, or multiple extra-large vintage rhinestone necklaces. I love wrists stacked with a variety of antique and modern cuffs, bangles and bracelets."

Favorite designers: "I love Sarah Hearey's (sarahhearey.com) bags and jewelry. She really focuses her attention on detailing by using nice exotic skins and interesting closures and clasps. Her designs are truly one-of-a-kind. I also like Kolae (kolae.com). They create effortless clothes. You put on their looks and feel really polished, and sexy with an edge."

How her style has evolved through the years: "My style is ever-evolving, always changing. I think that as I've gotten older I learned the ins and outs of dressing for my body: Accentuate the good while hiding the bad. After living in New York my style has gotten a lot more polished. More heels, better handbags and an overall more adult feeling to the way I dress."

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