Stylist Danielle Nachmani Still Dresses How She Did in High School

What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
Aside from weather, my thought process usually revolves around what I am doing that day. If I am on a shoot, comfort is key, but if I am taking meetings, I like to make sure I am a bit more polished.

Before going out?
My day-to-night look is very much one and the same, but I’ll likely add a pair of earrings and makeup to dress it up a bit more.

Do you start from the shoes and then work your way up, or clothes and then down?
I start from the clothes and work my way down. Shoes are my last thought and probably the only accessory I change at least once before leaving the house.

How does living in NYC influence your style?
I have honestly dressed the same since I was in high school. It has, however, become more refined. My style was always a big part of my self-confidence growing up and was something I never second-guessed about myself as a teenager. The city of New York welcomes personal style and I really love that. I am most often inspired and influenced by the personal style I see on the street.

Help! One transition-weather dressing tip:
A great jacket can go a long way. I collect coats the way most women collect shoes. For me, a trench coat is the perfect transitional piece.

What’s your foolproof styling trick?
button-down shirt half tucked.

The one garment that never lets you down?
Petit Bateau crewneck white T-shirt. The neckline and fit is straight out of a Jane Birkin photo in the 1960s and it can transition from day to night perfectly. I buy them in bulk any chance I get.

What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?
My vintage Levi’s. I’ve been wearing high-waist Levi’s since I was in high school (they were less cool then). I love the shape they create on my body and that they feel nostalgic but at the same time, classic.

At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
Ninth grade. I went on a family trip to Paris and was totally inspired by the style there and the way women put things together. After arriving home, I wore wide-leg dress pants, gray New Balance sneakers and Petite Bateau tees at least twice a week (I’m also wearing that exact look right now).

How does working in fashion influence your daily style?
If anything, working in fashion [as a stylist] has pushed me to stay very true to my personal aesthetic.

What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
There are so many great feeds on Instagram that inspire me, like @simplicitycity. Or oldloves.tumblr, which is just photos of famous couples — some that you never even knew dated. I have an odd fascination with the way people tend to dress alike or complimentary to one another when they are in love. And JJJJound is always great for references.

What about three favorite places in the city (or the world) to get inspired?
The older couples of the Upper West Side and Upper East Side are my favorite, especially the men. And Paris and Tokyo.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
That Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of Nike, made his first sneaker using his wife’s wafflemaker.

Best song to get dressed to?
Childish Gambino’s “Redbone.”

Follow Danielle and EDTN on Instagram @daniellenachmani @EDTN. Photos by Edith Young.

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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