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Street Chic: Style in NYC

03.21.11 Street_Style

After being forced to wear clunky boots, circle scarves, and thick coats that droop down past the knee during what feels like a never-ending winter, 70-plus temps were a treat this past weekend in New York City. Kissing their knee-high boots goodbye for a bit, city dwellers were spotted in a multitude of strappy sandals, skirts, dresses, blazers and vintage pieces that offered on a backdrop of glorious sunshine and blue skies. Here are some snapshots of that Manhattan street style from Cotton Candy contributor Joann Pan to inspire your own transition to spring— whether it is with the return of color, new shapes or with accessories.

Carlota Rafols, 23, Barcelona, Spain

Carlota Rafols stands out right away with an outfit that was undeniably put together with eclectic pieces before she left her hotel room.  As a visitor from Barcelona, Spain, she says her outfit was inspired by the vibrant streets of New York. Check out her outfit entirely put together with vintage and thrift store finds, including an impressive pair of pants from an Issey Miyake imitation brand.

Carlota’s must-have accessory: “Chunky rings.”

Carlota’s self-described style: “Fun, vintage, and exciting.”

Carlota Rafols, 23, Barcelona, Spain

Ashley Evans, 27, Brooklyn, NY

Here Ashley Evans is walking around with friends in Manhattan, spotted in a short-sleeved sweater and pants purchased from a thrift store, and vintage shoes.

Ashley’s must-have accessory: “Scarves.”

Ashley’s self-described style:Laid-back, bohemian, and inspired by vintage pieces.”

Ashley Evans, 27, Brooklyn, NY

Heather Brooks, 27, SoHo, NY

A self-described tomboy, Heather loves combining the comfort of denim with trendy staples and the occasional designer heels. The sports blogger was on her way to a sports bar to celebrate March Madness in a shirt and blazer from Theory.  Heather’s skinny jeans are by Ralph Lauren Double RL and her beige heels are Christian Louboutin.

Heather’s must-have accessory: “Designer heels.”

Heather’s self-described style: “A combination of sporty and comfortable.”

Heather Brooks, 27, SoHo, NY

Gitte Lill, 24, Manhattan, NY

Here Gitte Lill, originally from Norway, is dressed in an outfit for a relaxing afternoon.  Her sweater and pants were purchased in Sweden. Her brown leather, fringed bag is from a market in London.

Gitte’s must-have accessories: I love rings—I usually have many on.”

Gitte’s inspiration: “Comfort and the sun.”

Gitte Lill, 24, Manhattan, NY

Julia Dunstall, 25, Brooklyn, NY

Julia Dunstall turned heads in her homemade ripped jeans, Converse sneakers, pairing a light denim outfit with delicate metallic necklaces.

Julia’s must-have accessories:Interesting accessories that add to an outfit.”

Julia’s inspiration: “The sun, comfort.”

Julia Dunstall, 25, Brooklyn, NY

Cotton Candy Blogger: Joann Pan

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