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January 6, 2009

Find Your Signature Style

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woman in brown jacket and brown shorts with black tights and heels

Trench, $690, Gryphon New York; sequin top, $148, J.Crew; shorts, $230, Helmut Lang; shoes, $4080, Louis Vuitton; necklaces, $290 & $990, Arielle de Pinto; tights, $12.50, Hue; Cho's own vintage lace top.

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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"I like a dirty-army-green trenchcoat paired with sequins. I like that contrast." - AIMEE CHO, OWNER & DESIGNER, GRYPHON NEW YORK

THE LOOK: Playful/Quirky

HER STYLE MANTRA: "Eclectic, layered, overly romantic, and never polished. I'm OK with crazy."

WARDROBE STAPLES: "Basic pieces in neutral colors - that way I can play with a lot of different textures and styles without it being overwhelming. I mix in vintage finds, like this lace top, or things with gorgeous beading, color, or a really special lining."

SO NOT HER STYLE: "Pants or jeans, especially low-slung ones, because they make me look short and boyish. Instead, I go for short shorts or a short skirt with tights and heels. And even though I like the look on some other people, I don't mix prints."

HER INSPIRATION: "Everything. In high school, I used to raid my parents' closets - take my dad's sweater-vests or work shirts and belt them, or my mom's equestrian blazers and costume jewelry."

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: "I like a dirty-army-green trenchcoat paired with sequins. I like that contrast."

AIMEE'S STYLE TIPS:

  • Experiment! It's hard to tell what goes together just by holding it up. Always try on potential outfits.
  • Don't leave the house if you're not comfortable--your clothes shouldn't be wearing you.
  • Ignore what makeover shows say about purging your closet. If something spoke to you once but you're not wearing it now, try it a new way--mix it with something different, get it tailored, turn it inside out!


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