airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
13 Style Lessons Only Brooklyn Girls Can Teach
Save to wishlist

13 Style Lessons Only Brooklyn Girls Can Teach

Picture of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor
Updated: 26 June 2017
Brooklyn girls are known for their signature style, especially in the summertime when they take it to the streets. It’s hard to put into words what defines a Brooklyn girl’s style, but you know it when you see it. It’s progressive, feminist; it embraces slow fashion trends with vintage staples and eco-friendly accoutrements. Brooklyn girls dress to run around their borough, from kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park to making art in Bushwick, or giving a reading in DUMBO, and capping off the night with drinks in the Burg.

Because it’s so hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a Brooklyn girl’s style so covetable, I rounded up style lessons from 13 Brooklyn girls to bring their tips to you.

JoAnna M, Bushwick, Jewelry Designer, Model, Athlete, Spoken Word Artist

Photograph by Roland Hyde Jr.
Photograph by Roland Hyde Jr.

“Rucksacks rule this region. Mini ones, vintage ones, sporty ones. They’re so whimsical, versatile, and casually chic. You can carry your cell phone, make up bag, emergency snacks, and back up outfit, en route to this thing and that. Us Brooklyn babes are always on the go.”

Alexandra Archibald, Bed-Stuy, Owner of Petite Tenue Vintage

Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald
Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald

“When in doubt, go with vintage.”

Nadia Elysse, Crown Heights, Health Editor

© Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

“Go for comfort and cuteness.”

Sophie Saint Thomas, Greenpoint, Writer

Courtesy of Sophie Saint Thomas
Courtesy of Sophie Saint Thomas

“I live in a small and crooked Greenpoint apartment that I adore but there is zero closet space. I love clothes, so as a result, whenever I shopped, piles of clothing would build up everywhere. In my home office, on my bookcase, overflowing and all crinkly out of my set of drawers. So, rather than shop, now I use Rent the Runway Unlimited. When I need an outfit for an occasion or just to feel like a bad ass bitch, I just rent it rather than buy. My apartment is much tidier.”

Abby Mills, Williamsburg, UX Designer

Courtesy of Abby Mills
Courtesy of Abby Mills

“Start small with a vintage statement piece like a bag, jacket, scarf, or hat; it’s an easy way to add a unique flair to your outfit.”

Sonia Agostino, Greenpoint, Designer/Owner of TABLEAUX VIVANTS

Courtesy of Sonia Agostino
Courtesy of Sonia Agostino

“I love a great pair of shades, a vintage tee shirt, & black ribbon around my neck to tie it all. Wear what makes you feel good, whatever that may be.”

Sara Fallletta, Sunset Park, Social Worker

Courtesy of Sara Falletta
Courtesy of Sara Falletta

“It’s all about attitude and heels you can drive in.”

Christine Stoddard, Bed-Stuy, Writer, Artist, Owner of Quail Bell Press & Productions

Photograph by Helen Stoddard
Photograph by Helen Stoddard

“Embrace your natural hair texture in the summertime; you’ll be miserable trying to fight it.”

Sarah Alicia Lathrop, Greenpoint, Tailor/Creator of Sext Pixels

Photograph by Jesse Untracht-Oakner
Photograph by Jesse Untracht-Oakner

“Dress how your 12-year-old self would think is cool.”

Amy Hood, Buschwick, Creative Director and Graphic Artist

Courtesy of Amy Hood
Courtesy of Amy Hood

“There’s nothing like tasteful emphasis on the female form. Go for something sexy, glam, and practical that still allows one to be comfortable running about an active day, whatever that may entail.”

Lil’ Kim, Bed-Stuy, Rapper and Song Writer

© Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

“You got me, I rock thee, Versace.”

Lena Dunham, Brooklyn Heights Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

© JStone/Shutterstock

“Internet critics constantly seem to be sighing at some shoe mismatch or moment of (perceived) delusion about my body type or just at the entire idea that I want to – gasp! Have fun.”

Chloë Sevigny, Park Slope, Actor, Director, Fashion Designer

© Everett Collection/Shutterstock

“Fashion embraces the weirdos.”