Most stylish New Yorkers: Will McGinn

The stylist layers on unexpected twists to his all-American outfits.

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    McGinn layers an A.P.C. denim button-up over a striped H&M T-shirt. He successfully wears head-to-toe denim by opting for J.Crew 484 raw selvedge jeans in a darker wash than his top. "Raw denim slowly begins to tell your story as you break it in," he says. "Distressing and tears let you know exactly where I keep my wallet, which leg I cross over the other more often, and exactly how I like to cuff them---they have become my second skin. To maintain the authenticity of the distressing, I don't wash them. Every once in a while I turn them inside out and store them in the freezer!"

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    A leather jacket from Scotch & Soda (273 Lafayette St at Prince St; 212-966-3300, scotch-soda.com) lightens up McGinn's otherwise monochromatic outfit. "The leather breaks in a little bit every time I wear it, molding to my body and even changing colors," he reflects. "I swear it's a different jacket every time I put it on."

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    This beaded bracelet is actually a string of small, wooden skulls by McGinn's friend Guenevere Rodriguez. He pairs it with a Timex for J.Crew watch, whose orange band can be swapped out for a different color. "It's like owning ten watches in one," he marvels.

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    McGinn purchased these John Varvatos leather wing tips about seven years ago. "The poor guys have endured more than their fair share of wear and tear," he admits. "However, the more destroyed they get, the more I love them; they're aging gracefully."

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    "I love wearing flannel shirts as jackets or outer layers over other shirts," says McGinn, referring to this J.Crew number. "It's a bit unexpected." He throws it on top of an American Apparel button-up, which he pairs with Save Khaki chinos. "Chinos have become like my new jeans," he enthuses. "They're comfortable, match almost anything and make you look put together."

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    Fox River ragg socks from Unis (226 Elizabeth St at Prince St; 212-431-5533, shop.unisnewyork.com) winterize Brooks Brothers leather boat shoes that McGinn purchased when he was in high school.

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    "This was one of my grandpa's favorite watches," recalls McGinn. "When he passed away, he left all of his watches to me; he knew I would appreciate them."

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    A the Hill-Side (thehill-side.com) selvedge chambray tie from Blue in Green (8 Greene St between Canal and Grand Sts; 212-680-0555, blueingreensoho.com) adds polish to a casual look.

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    McGinn calls this Filson tote his "go everywhere, hold anything, match everything bag. The more I use it, the tougher it gets. I've spilled an entire iced coffee in it once, and it's no worse for the wear."

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    "This is one of my oldest cardigans," says McGinn. "I got it from Brooks Brothers 1,000 years ago in high school. It's full of holes and pills, but I refuse to throw it away." He wears it over a J.Crew gingham shirt that he sometimes pairs with a matching bow tie because "two ginghams are always better than one."

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    McGinn ups the dandy quotient of his outfit by throwing on a Harris Tweed for Topman blazer. "It's actually one of my best finds," he gushes. "I get the slim fit I love from Topman and the amazing fabric of Harris Tweed."

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    These L.L. Bean duck boots have gotten McGinn through many seasons of inclement weather in the city. "They keep rain and snow at bay, and they're easier to walk in than my wellies," he notes.

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    McGinn borrows his father's old bow tie from his high-school days for a finishing touch.

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    "When Uniqlo revamped and redesigned the cargo pant, calling it the re:cargo, I was sold," McGinn says of his pants. "I try to wear them unexpectedly, like with button-ups and sport coats." He chooses to pair them here with a lightweight Zara blazer.

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    "This is an old cashmere scarf taking a break from being in my grandma's closet," says McGinn. "It's old and kinda smells like moth balls, but it's warm."

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    McGinn shades his peepers with Ray-Ban aviators from Sunglass Hut (locations throughout the city; visit sunglasshut.com). "I have a long face, so they help balance it out," he says. "I used to think that the more sunglasses you owned, the better, but now I know that's not true---find a pair that fits your face and cling on to them for dear life."

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    "If you ever think your outfit is too boring, throw on some 'pop' socks," advises McGinn. "Problem solved." He adds some pizzazz to his own ensemble with J.Crew argyle socks, which he pairs with To Book New York (toboot.com) wing tips. "These shoes are a favorite of mine because they make a very official click-clack sound when you walk in them," he adds. "Makes me feel in charge!"

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    McGinn carries his belongings in this sturdy Gucci tote. "I really wanted a white tote, but my mom wisely advised I get an off-white one because she knows how messy I am," he recalls.

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    A J.Crew sweater brings new life to a repurposed A.P.C. denim button-up shirt and Save Khaki chinos. "It has a great Donegal effect and is real toasty," enthuses McGinn.

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    McGinn cuffs his chinos to show off his striped Tommy socks, which he calls "trouble" socks "because I know that they lead to fun and/or trouble," he jokes.

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    A knit bobble hat from Topman (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topman.com) caps off the look.

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

McGinn layers an A.P.C. denim button-up over a striped H&M T-shirt. He successfully wears head-to-toe denim by opting for J.Crew 484 raw selvedge jeans in a darker wash than his top. "Raw denim slowly begins to tell your story as you break it in," he says. "Distressing and tears let you know exactly where I keep my wallet, which leg I cross over the other more often, and exactly how I like to cuff them---they have become my second skin. To maintain the authenticity of the distressing, I don't wash them. Every once in a while I turn them inside out and store them in the freezer!"

Will McGinn, 26, stylist, buyer and blogger (exceptforthisone.com), Alphabet City

His personal style: "I would describe it as classic with a twist: one part heritage Americana, one part fun. I like to add a healthy dose of unexpected into my outfits."

His inspirations: "Living in New York City, I'm constantly inspired by the people and places around me. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't pass someone on the streets and think, I'm going to try that tomorrow. It's like living in a style magazine."

Favorite stores: "I used to live in Brooklyn, so a lot of my favorite shopping spots are still there. I love Bird (220 Smith St at Butler St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-797-3774 * 203 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-1655 * 316 Fifth Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-768-4940 * shopbird.com). It's the perfect curator of all my favorite brands. It's like hitting seven or eight stores in one stop! I am also obsessed with Franny & Roey (252 Grand St between Driggs and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-599-2884, frannyandroey.com), which is the perfect mix of vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces you won't find anywhere else. Onassis (71 Greene St between Broome and Spring Sts; 212-966-8869, ona-ssis.com) is a new discovery for me, and I am obsessed. They understand that just because an item is a basic doesn't mean it needs to be boring."

Favorite salons: "I get my hair cut at Deluxe Salon (211 North 4th St at Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-2970, deluxewilliamsburg.com). Marcel Dagenais is the only person allowed to touch my hair. I'm not much of a spa guy, but I do enjoy a massage or acupuncture session with Angela Laurino (336 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 646-522-1559, angelalaurino.com) from time to time. She's become more like my life coach!"

His signature accessory: "I have a few signature items, but the one I wear most often is my gold watch. It was Grandpa's, and he gave it to me right before he died. He was maniacal about keeping his watches precise, so it still works perfectly."

Favorite designers: "I am a sucker for a bow tie, so my current obsessions are Knot by Tiffa (knotbytiffa.com) and Aaron Michael (aaronmichaelonline.bigcartel.com). Both have amazing patterns and fabrics, and are based out of NYC. When it comes to jewelry, Guenevere Rodriguez (guenevererodriguez.com) is my go-to designer. She creates each piece separately, giving it its own personality and energy. One of my favorite pieces from her is my mini wooden skull bracelet—it's always a conversation starter!"

How he describes New York style: "It's whatever you want it to be, which makes it perfect. You can just do you."

How his style has evolved through the years: "When I was a kid, I wore a lot of tank tops, chunky sweaters and bobble hats—so not much has changed. Besides some tweaks and corrections, it's remained pretty stable."

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