Perhaps the most exciting part of Zinser's sartorial endeavors is her willingness to experiment with playful prints. She certainly knows how to use them in a memorable and chic way, as demonstrated by the vintage multi-colored dress she wore to a private dinner at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles back in July (top row, center). Her ankle-grazing caftan has a delightfully bold palette, perfect for someone with free-spirited style, while the low-slung belt, arm full of bangles, and black Zara wedge booties give the look a dash of downtown cool. A month later, we spotted Zinser in another noteworthy print¬--this time, a semi-sheer pair of vintage cheetah trousers¬--for the celebration of Nylon's denim issue (far right). The actress created a flashbulb-worthy outfit by teaming her peek-a-boo pants with a black American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Thong ($26), Rick Owens wedges, and an oversized button-down chambray shirt she borrowed from her father.
As you've probably started to realize by now, Zinser has a predilection for creating eye-catching outfits, but her abilities aren't limited to picking a noteworthy print. She also is adept at adding a bit of textural intrigue to her looks via dimensional outerwear. For example, this past spring Zinser attended a launch party for Cynthia Rowley's collaboration with Roxy wearing a simple tank top and a pair of Cheap Monday jeans (bottom row, right). These classic pieces got a huge upgrade by her addition of a shaggy Cynthia Rowley Monster Girl Evening Coat ($1200) and the designer's Fringed Leather Handbag ($475), both excellent picks that are anything but basic. Even when such heavy layers aren't necessary, Zinser incorporates lightweight outerwear options that have a bohemian spirit into her ensembles, much like the burnt orange velvet and lace Steven Overstreet cardigan she wore to the Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy party back in August (top row, far left). It's so much cooler than your typical long cardig¬--no?
And while our up-and-coming starlet's casual clothing options are definitely worthy of praise, her fancier dress-to-impress picks are just as memorable. It's worth noting that Zinser is not one to favor girlish cocktail dresses; instead, she's partial to long hemlines and likes to toughen up her look with strong black accents. Case in point: the tie-dye vintage maxi dress she wore to The CW Upfront Presentation in New York back in May (top row, far right). Zinser paired the floor-length frock with a vintage leather motorcycle jacket for a very MOD look. And just two weeks ago, we spotted Zinser sporting a similar ensemble at Teen Vogue's annual Young Hollywood Party (bottom row, left). For that fabulous fete, Zinser styled a gorgeous vintage sequined dress with her favorite Rick Owens boots and a H&M hat for that quintessential hipster touch.
The best thing about Zinser's eccentric style¬--aside from the fact that it's interesting to look at¬--is it's easy to emulate! If you're game to do just that, we suggest starting with her casual outfits, which are filled with vintage-inspired t-shirts and tanks. Chaser LA has plenty of worthy options, like the Grateful Dead Tank ($44) and the Van Halen Live Lion Burnout Tee ($58), but we're also fans of Sophomore's Memory Hotel T-Shirt ($85) too. Next, you will want to stock up on an assortment of Zinser-inspired outerwear pieces. Try BB Dakota's Branson Fringe Cardi ($88) or Winter Kate's Jasmine Velvet Cardy ($350) to emulate her bohemian, textured cardigan; additionally, you won't want to miss Nasty Gal's Sadie Faux-Fur Jacket ($78). It's a truly stellar find if you're looking to stay warm while looking cool this winter.
Now that we have Zinser's casual clothing covered, it's time to invest in a few notable print pieces to incorporate into your daily rotation. There's no doubt her vintage caftan is a statement-making frock, but Tucker's Senorita Lola Manz Tie Neck Dress ($318) is the perfect in-stock option with a similar flowy cut and vibrant print. Simply slip on a pair of flat ankle boots, like Etienne Aigner's Tomai Ankle Boots ($99) or Joie's Beau Cuff Booties ($263), and you'll give your ensemble a dose of Zinser's downtown attitude. If that particular print is too loud for your tastes, you might prefer Motel's Leopard Print Pants ($67) or Topshop's Leopard Tapered Trousers ($80). Pair either of those with a black tank top and an oversized shirt (we like J. Crew's Secret Wash Button-Down End-On-End Shirt ($60), personally) and your Zinser-inspired wardrobe is nearly complete.
Last, but certainly not least, you need a few red-carpet-worthy items for executing Zinser's look. Whether you prefer an ethereal floor-grazing dress like Adam's Long Tank Dress ($345) or something with a little more shimmer like Daslu Sao's Sequin Dress ($284), is up to you. Just make sure to style your pick with a few masculine pieces¬--like Grace Newington's Fedora with Silk Band ($48), Topshop's Leather Biker Jacket ($270), or Calvin Klein's Charlee Ankle Boots ($169)¬--and you'll look as just as lovely as today's style subject!¬--Jessica Baker
Top row, left and bottom row, left photo, courtesy of Getty; Top row, right and far right photo, courtesy of INF;