Our New Girl Crush, Sarah Ruba, Raids Our Closet
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Thanks to her musical background and stylish sensibilities, we thought Ruba would be an ideal candidate to assemble a post-modern rocker look--in other words: a pared-down, less literal take on the standard uniform of leather and studs-- in today’s Styled By installment. Click through our slideshow to see her outfit, and be sure to shop her must-have picks too.
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- 3 of 18Ruba's beauty look? Easy and natural with cool-girl appeal.
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Ruba went to work in our closet like a pro, sifting through dozens of clothes and accessories. Click to the next slide to see her final look.
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Ruba punctuated a sleek, figure-hugging dress with intriguing, edgy accents. “I felt like a sexy Minnie Mouse in this dress! I loved the black and white minimalism with the ribbed texture,” she says. The spotted bag was a winner, too. “An ambiguous animal print in black and white? Yes, please!” she adds.
Shop Her Look:
A.L.C. Aldridge Dress ($495) in Loden/White
Isson Australia Poul Sunglasses ($490) in Black and Bone (888.343.8746)
Jerome Dreyfuss The Bobi Bag ($960) in Black and White Watersnake
Opening Ceremony Luxor Embellished Mules ($488, 212.219.2688)
Shebee Gem You Think You’re So Special Earrings ($400) in Grey
Beso Beso Iris Ring ($129)
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Ruba was particularly taken with Opening Ceremony’s embellished mules. “These are the kind of shoe you're not sure if you can pull off--at least that's how I felt!” she says. “Then you realize not only do they go with a lot of different outfits, they make every look way more bitchin’!”
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Litke’s boxy Cropped Button Down Shirt ($484, available by special order at email@example.com in late July) in Black Floral with White Flowers is a study in contrasts. “I love this cut with a girly print,” Ruba says.
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Ruba gravitates towards edgy-luxe jewelry, such as Vita Fede’s Ultra Mini Double Cubo Ring ($125) in Silver (“it’s graphic and a little tough”), Puro Iosselliani’s Ring ($179, 713.961.7868) in Gold Plated Sterling Silver with Garnet (“dainty but modern”), Fallon’s Classique Biker Chain Cuff ($115), and Celia de Flers’ Large Wishbone Bangle ($110) in 18kt Yellow Gold Plated (“love the organic wishbone vibe”).
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You could temper Topshop’s Ikat Print Shorts ($70) with a solid-hued top, but if you’re game for a bolder look, opt for Ruba’s suggestion: “These could be amazing with a clashing print on top and ankle-strap heels.”
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Cool zip detailing makes J Brand’s Katrine Cropped Capris ($209) a stylish alternative to blue skinnies. “They’re not your average cigarette pant,” Ruba says.
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A textured pair of ankle boots, like ASOS’ Archer Leather Ankle Boots ($94), “go with everything,” Ruba says. Plus, a stacked heel means they’re comfortable for a night of dancing.
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Ruba describes Alexander Wang’s Crepe Cutaway Blazer ($695) as “a basic piece that is anything but basic!” We’re inclined to agree, thanks to the sharply tailored blazer’s cutout details.
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Go for retro round shades this season, like Moscot’s “playful and classic” Carrington Sunglasses ($275) in Khaki.
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Ruba loved Opening Ceremony’s prim yet punchy Scorpio Jacquard Polo Dress ($295, 212.219.2688). “Channeling Margot Tenenbaum is always a good look!” she says.
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“Sometimes I can't resist something 100% feminine and 1000% sexy!” Ruba says, referring to Katie Gallagher’s Turin Cropped Tank ($688). We suggest styling this piece with denim cutoffs and a kimono-style bed jacket at your next music festival.
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“There's a cool mix of eras going on with Cole Haan’s Chelsea T-Strap Sandals ($378) in Black Multi,” Ruba says. “You could wear it with socks and cropped trousers, or barefoot and with a dress. Versatile, but still interesting!”
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The 2Bandits’ Bullet Earrings ($88) are small but statement-making, especially teamed with something unexpected, like a feminine cocktail dress.