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Get dressed with Annina Mislin

The Swiss-born, LA-based stylist and consultant has developed a devoted following thanks to her timeless yet contemporary look. She shares her fail-safe fashion tips…

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Mix masculine and feminine elements

“I’d describe my style as classic, minimal and modern. I like to play with silhouettes and combine menswear and womenswear. If I’m wearing baggy pants or an oversized blazer, I’ll balance it out by pairing it with a second-skin top and sculptural jewelry by Sophie Buhai, who I love. My look doesn’t change that much from day to night; I’ll usually elevate what I’m already wearing by swapping sneakers for kitten heels and adding statement earrings. I strictly reserve dresses for daytime when I can dress them down, otherwise it feels a little too ‘done’ for me. My style doesn’t fit the typical LA mold, but one of the things I love about living here is that there is a sense of freedom in the way people dress.”

MODERN MINIMALIST
Keeping it cool and simple, Mislin isn’t afraid to break the LA mold
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JEAN GENIUS
The stylist has a large collection of vintage and designer denim

Clothes were made to be worn

“Outside of sentimental pieces like my wedding ring, I’d say my jeans are probably the most precious pieces in my closet. I have a pretty big collection of vintage and designer denim, which I wear on a daily basis. I keep a few favorites on rotation, but I love scouring small-town thrift stores for different styles. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pair – although my definition of ‘perfect’ is constantly changing.”

PERFECT PROPORTIONS
Mislin knows that the key to a great silhouette is balance

Dress for the occasion

“My grandmother still influences the way I dress. Her style was timeless and she was always dressed appropriately for wherever she was or whatever she was doing. I spent a lot of time sailing with her as a child, and she’d always be perfectly turned-out in beautiful white pants, a navy sweater and a silk scarf. She was so chic. She’d finish every outfit with feminine touches like gold jewelry and wear her hair slicked back in a bun and bow. But like myself, she actually veered more towards a masculine look. She lived in trousers and loafers as opposed to skirts and dresses. My grandfather had the same flair. He wore custom-made suits with personal touches, like his nickname embroidered on the lining. Great style isn’t about having a different outfit for every day, it’s about acquiring special pieces that mean something to you.”

Be prepared

“When it comes to beauty I’m pretty low-maintenance, however I am constantly reapplying sunscreen, which is necessary when you live in California. LA isn’t compact like New York: when I leave my house in the morning, I’m usually out for the day, so I always carry a refresher kit with me full of all the essentials like coverup and lip balm. I’m using a great one by Malin + Goetz right now. When I do wear makeup, I’m definitely more about an eye than a lip. I alternate between a classic black cat’s eye and smudgy brown liner for a more relaxed look. For a night out, I always wear my hair slicked back into a low bun to highlight my earrings.”

Feel good to look good

“I gravitate towards simple, well-constructed pieces. My favorite designers are Céline, The Row, Rosetta Getty and Lemaire because their designs are elegant, and wearing them gives me a quiet confidence. However, I do like to add an element of fun, too. I just got a great blue leather jacket from Prada that I can’t wait to wear. My husband loves to surf, meaning we spend a lot of time by the ocean, so right now getting my beach kit right is a priority for me. I’ve picked up a couple of great Matteau swimsuits recently – I love their swimwear – and I think my next purchase will be a Loewe tote and some leather slides.”

DESIGNER ELEGANCE
Mislin favors designers including Lemaire and The Row for their elegant, versatile pieces

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