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Five awesome fall fashion items Iman McDonnaugh found on the Upper East Side

Jennifer P

What happens when you ask fashion heavyweights to scour one of New York’s most stylish neighborhoods for awesome fall looks but only give them $250? You’re about to find out.

RECOMMENDED: See the fall fashion style guide

News flash: The Upper East Side is all about glamour. Which is why we enlisted plus-size model Iman McDonnaugh, who has rocked stylish looks for Target, Gwynnie Bee and Lane Bryant. Her posh taste—velvet threads, menswear-inspired shoes for fall—and gusto is perfectly suited for uptown. And she agrees: “Why wouldn’t you shop there?” Yet despite being known for jaw-droppingly expensive boutiques, there are some affordable and cool spots in NYC’s high-class ’hood. McDonnaugh smoked them out, discovering the black-and-white prints and funky wide-leg pants she thinks we’ll see a lot of this season.

Check out McDonnaugh’s must-have fall fashion items below! 

Loft striped vintage broken-in tee, $27, at Loft, 1492 Third Ave (212-472-7281,

“Black-and-white prints are so fun to layer. Not to mention this top comes in a range of sizes to fit any woman.”

H&M earrings, $4, at H&M, 150 E 86th St (855-466-7467,

“Chunky jewelry was all over the catwalk for fall, some of which were chunky pearls.”

Vince Camuto Eliss-trimmed slip-on loafer, $119, at Vince Camuto, 667 Madison Ave (646-998-4444,

“I'm all about menswear inspired women's shoes.  These loafers are chic and sharp for a casual day or a classy night on the town, not to mention comfortable!”

Free People Sweet Dream layering top, $30, at Free People, 1319 Third Ave (212-744-0379,

“Long sleeves are always essential, but this season is all about long lengths, and I mean extra long. I love the cozy feeling of sleeves that fall past my wrists and this top is fully-equipped with thumb holes.”

Zara printed velvet trousers, $70, at Zara, 750 Lexington Ave (212-741-0555, 

“These printed velvet pants quickly became my favorite. Talk about daring! Velvet is making a comeback and they’re the ultimate fashion statement for the funky fashionista.”

Photographs by Raydene Salinas. Styled by Jessica Lundgren. 


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