This is How A NYC Editor Nails Effortless Chic

All the secrets to real-life fashion. (You might want to take notes.)

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Dressing for photo shoots and front rows is one thing, but it's the everyday moments in between big events when personal style really comes through. And that's where Chloe Metzger, MarieClaire.com's beauty editor, is #closetgoals.

Her self-described look is "essentially the most New York version of 'is she going to brunch or a business meeting?'" she says. That means stocking up on skinny black jeans, leggings, flowy tops, high-waisted pants and dresses. "I gravitate towards pretty much anything dark at Topshop or Helmut Lang," she says.

Shoes are her practical magic. Unlike other accessories, which fall further down on the optional scale, "shoes are very important," she says. "Good style starts at your feet, and I'm tall so I don't need to wear heels, but when I do, I'm not willing to kill myself in the name of fashion." Fortunately, with today's styles, she doesn't have to.

Office-Ready

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Sticking with a work uniform means Metzger can get ready super-fast. "I pretty much always wear some combination of a skirt with a t-shirt or sweatshirt tucked in," she says. "I work ten-hour days and need some level of comfort." Since the office is typically cold, she tops off her look with a blazer, bomber, or leather jacket. On days she's channeling a more dressed up vibe, a coordinating jacket easily subs in. She keeps accessories minimal, opting for these Vionic (opens in new tab) strappy block heels that feel as comfortable as sneakers but look more elevated.

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Vionic Carmel Heeled Sandal, $140, vionicshoes.com (opens in new tab); Jacket, $129, zara.com (opens in new tab); Skirt, $50, zara.com (opens in new tab); Rag & Bone Shirt, $325, saksfifthavenue.com (opens in new tab); Vita Fede Earrings, $320, vitafede.com (opens in new tab); Vita Fede Mini Titan Bracelet, $390, vitafede.com (opens in new tab); gG Maull Outlaw Clutch, $595, ggmaull.com (opens in new tab); MuiMui Sunglasses, $440, sunglasshut.com (opens in new tab).

Weekends Out

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

"I love spending my free time cooking or catching up with friends over brunch," says Metzger. "I want my clothes to feel relaxed, but still polished." The one thing that always makes her feel pulled-together: a leather jacket and a pair of chic sneakers. "Something about adding the jacket and a pair of statement sneakers, that just says, 'This is a look'," she explains.

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

These metallic sneakers (opens in new tab) keep her look casual and practical with just the right bit of pop. "I do a lot of walking on the weekends and like my sneakers to be sleek and minimalist," she says.

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Vionic Edie Casual Sneaker, $130, vionicshoes.com (opens in new tab). B. B. Dakota Dress, $88, bloomingdales.com; (opens in new tab) Zara Faux Leather Jacket, $70, zara.com (opens in new tab); Aquatalia Blet Bag, $495, aquatalia.com (opens in new tab).

After-Hours

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Metzger, who lives in Brooklyn Heights, heads into Manhattan three or four times a week to do improv. On stage, her style is the same understated chic: usually head-to toe-black with slip ons for an an easy, yet polished look. With hours standing on stage and running around to event spaces, she's always looking for good support. These effortlessly cool slides (opens in new tab) do just the trick.

Chloe Metzger

(Image credit: Cameron McNee)

Vionic Reagan Mule, $130,vionicshoes.com (opens in new tab). J Brand Capri, $173, jbrandjeans.com (opens in new tab); Kate Spade Jacket, $398 katespade.com (opens in new tab); Cami NYC Top, $161, bloomingdales.com (opens in new tab); B-Low The Belt Ana Mini Vibrant, $108, b-lowthebelt.com (opens in new tab); Aquatalia Mini Flap Cross-body, $450, aquatali.com (opens in new tab); Gorjana Bespoke Necklace, $70, gorjana.com (opens in new tab); Gorgana Taner Studs, $40, gorjana.com (opens in new tab)


Makeup by Mark Edio; Hair by Charles McNair; Styled by Brandy Joy Smith.

Rebecca Dolgin