When Cori Sue and I brunched at Little Prince, a cute French bistro, earlier this year, it was an accidental and surprising success. We had wandered around the West Village for a while, popping in and out of crowded places with no availability, before we stumbled upon the restaurant’s greenery-covered facade and had a delightful brunch with some of the best toast we ate all year.
When I return next time—on purpose—I know exactly what I’d wear: French girl–inspired classic with a NYC twist (all-black everything, naturally). First things first, a beret. An enduring style once again considered haute, this beret from Vanessa Leone is the perfect topper for third-day hair and since it’s wool, it will keep your head warm in the winter chill.
Simple gold hoops are in line with laissez-faire French style and New York trendiness—but they mostly just frame people’s faces nicely and are perfect to get a cute shot for IG because we all know that’s half the reason people go out to eat these days. (Might we suggest a slick of red lipstick to make the snap really pop? Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna should do the trick nicely.) These gold-plated Kenneth Jay Lane hoops hit the mark without hitting your wallet too hard.
I’ve been loving Drew Barrymore’s new clothing line, Dear Drew, lately, and this simple black heart-print blouse would look great tucked into a black pair of Everlane’s high-waisted jeans. The shirt’s subtle whimsical pattern isn’t lost on this cynical New Yorker; I love that it’s cute without being cutesy.
In fact, the entire Dear Drew line is like that—feminine, vintage-inspired pieces that dip into the whimsical without going overboard into silly territory. I had a chance to check out the entire collection recently at the brand’s new pop-up shop in SoHo at 14 Crosby Street and found a lot to love. Plus the store is gorgeously decorated with tons of pieces from Drew’s own home. I’d definitely recommend checking it out while it’s here for the next few months since it features lots of products you won’t find online at Amazon Fashion.
Accessory-wise, I’ve been obsessing over Frye boots and Manu Atelier bags over the past few weeks. The Samantha Hiker boots from Frye are lined with shearling and feature a leather lug sole—perfect for cold-weather wear in the city. Two sisters from Turkey started Manu Atelier in 2104, and this year its handcrafted leather goods are starting to gain major attention. The classic shape of the Pristine Micro bag makes it great for everyday wear, but the gold chain keeps things interesting.
Speaking of gold, this puffer from TNA at Aritzia is borderline over the top, but paired with an all-black outfit it adds just the right amount of head-turning wow factor that makes New York style some of the most interesting in the world. Imagination and fun are key to New York fashion, and I have a feeling Antoine Saint-Exupéry would be okay with that.