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Side of Style: Virginia’s

A few weeks back, I brunched at Virginia’s in the East Village, a simple but elevated American restaurant on 11th Street. I sipped rosé with two of my oldest friends on a scorching hot summer day, and we caught up over a brightly flavored puffed quinoa salad, a savory corned beef hash, avo toast, and more. It was cozy, it was quiet, and it was chic in a pared-back way.

Minimal artwork (framed menus from around the world) lines the off-white walls of the restaurant whose cherry-wood tables and deep caramel-colored booths infuse the space with a warmth matched by the service itself. Light streams in from 11th street on both rooms in the front, and a black marble bar in the back provides a comfortable spot to linger over a cocktail. Nothing is too fancy, too showy, too much of anything.

Despite the southern roots of the name Virginia’s (okay, it’s actually named after the owner’s mother, but bear with us here), its décor verges on Scandinavian in its simplicity. Too bad, then, that the day I dined there, I wore a ridiculous outfit (a loud striped dress complete with a ribbon in my hair—don’t ask). If only I’d chosen something like this…

Brunch at Virginia’s deserves a look befitting of the restaurant’s simple yet elevated vibes—a look that would cause heads to turns in the East Village in awe, not side eye. In an ideal world, I would have thrown on a simple jeans-and–white top look with statement pink accessories to edge it up a bit (but blend in with the warm tones inside the space).

This long-sleeve white top from Cushnie et Ochs keeps things playful with cutouts and slightly flared sleeves, making a seemingly simple piece not so simple after all. The fringe on these Joe’s jeans continues the fun vibes in a noteworthy but understated way. I’d tuck the top into the high-waisted jeans and be good to go.

True story: I’m obsessed with every Vans for Opening Ceremony collaboration that comes out, and this new range of suede OG Authentic LX sneakers (inspired by the ’70s, for what it’s worth) is right up my alley. The Millennial Pink hue is trendy, for sure, but the suede fabric ups the style factor a bit, elevating these shoes from just another pair of Vans to something more noteworthy.

These Warby Parker glasses are just plain fun, and I love how the pink tone on the cat-eye frame updates this classic silhouette to be very 2017. Also very 2017? Ear jackets. And these Raya Ear Jackets from affordable jewelry brand Jennybird nod to the fringe on the denim and are just simple and chic in their own right.

Finally, this statement velvet Prada bag, the boldest piece by far, would tie the whole look together. The trompe l’oeil pattern keeps things light and fun, and the hot pink and orange colors provide a punchy finishing touch to an otherwise understated outfit. You know what they say. Virginia’s is for fashion lovers. Or something like that…

Shop the look below, and don’t miss Virginia’s for brunch!

Jennybird earrings| Warby Parker sunglasses | Cushnie et Ochs shirt | Joe’s Jeans denim | Prada purse | Vans x Opening Ceremony sneakers


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