Our New Girl Crush, Sarah Ruba, Raids Our Closet

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Justin Coit; Fashion Director: Laurie Trott; Hair: Charles McNair at Jed Root; Makeup: Kristina Brown at Jed Root; Manicure: Michelle Saunders at Celestine Agency

    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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    Sarah's Favorites

    Album: “Too hard to choose, but I can name a few that have changed my life, like Marvin Gaye’s I Want You, Sade’s Promise, and TLC’s CrazySexyCool.”

     

    TV Show:Star Trek: The Next Generation!”

     

    Snack:Swedish fish.”

     

    Book: “Anything by David Sedaris is a must-read.”

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    Ruba'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 info@litke.us 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.

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Carrington Sunglasses

Carrington Sunglasses

Moscot, $275
SHOP
Large Wishbone Bangle

Large Wishbone Bangle

Celia de Flers, $110
SHOP
Ultra Mini Double Cubo Ring

Ultra Mini Double Cubo Ring

Vita Fede, $125
SHOP
Classique Biker Chain Cuff

Classique Biker Chain Cuff

Fallon, $115
SHOP
Bullet Earrings

Bullet Earrings

The 2Bandits, $88
SHOP
Chelsea T-Strap Sandals

Chelsea T-Strap Sandals

Cole Haan, $378
SHOP
8062 Katrine Cropped Capri

8062 Katrine Cropped Capri

J Brand, $209
SHOP
Turin Cropped Tank

Turin Cropped Tank

Katie Gallagher, $688
SHOP
Crepe Cutaway Blazer

Crepe Cutaway Blazer

Alexander Wang, $695
SHOP
Archer Leather Ankle Boots

Archer Leather Ankle Boots

ASOS, $94
SHOP
Iris Ring

Iris Ring

Beso Beso, $129
SHOP
You Think You're So Special Earrings

You Think You're So Special Earrings

Shebee Gem, $400
SHOP
Aldridge Dress

Aldridge Dress

A.L.C., $495
SHOP
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