THE SAUCE STYLE DIARIES | 5 DAYS, 5 WORKWEAR OUTFITS WITH CHERRY KIM
Functionality, self-expression and vintage goodness summarises the NYC-based stylist’s unique dose of style. Cherry Kim jumped ship to the US 10 months ago and in combination with her main gig as assistant stylist at La Garçonne, she represents a fresh faced sense of style reminiscent of nineties catalogues; with second-hand gems and a confident aura to match. She chatted with us on her top 5 workwear outfits which mix comfortability with confidence.
Hi Cherry! Can you tell us a little something about yourself? And about your personal style?
Hello! I’m Cherry! I moved from Auckland to New York ten months ago and am working as the Assistant Stylist at La Garçonne. I’m probably one of the most stubborn people you’ll meet, deeply passionate, curious and inconsistent in character. I love online shopping on depop and eBay, travelling and browsing fashion photography archives. My personal style is nineties. My colleague recently said my style was reminiscent of 90s delias catalogues!
A styling tip that you would like to share?
Wear what makes you comfortable in terms of both aesthetic and functionality. I’m a strong believer that what you wear really affects your confidence/aura. And expression through clothing can really make a difference in how you feel about yourself and how you’re perceived.
What are the style staples in your wardrobe atm?
My navy Costume National Suit - I somehow always end up wearing this to job interviews. Great cut and fits super well. Black Rothco Military Pants and Teal Dickies - easy go-tos for work.
My Prada Sport Moto Boots - they have an amazing sole and hits the lower calf which is super flattering. I wear them all year round. Green Issey Dress - when I’m feeling lazy, this is a good one that I don’t have to think twice about.
Outfit 1 | Love the colour of this Eckhaus Tee - I’ve been obsessed with every shade of green this year (this one’s called Moss) styled with a Wang Skirt with crazy intense military details.
How do you transition your style during seasonal changes?
Spring/ Summer is definitely harder for me because I love outerwear and trousers! I feel naked without a substantial amount of layering. Over the warmer months, I’m probably in shorts or still in full-length denim or khakis, occasionally a midi dress and ALWAYS sneakers. For winter, love my black MA-1 bomber over everything and my Prada Sport Moto Boots, especially with the crazy snow in NY.
Outfit 2 | I love a good pair of baggy trousers - these are just an easy pair from UNIQLO paired with a cute printed Issey tee. One of my more everyday looks because I can’t work or function properly when I’m uncomfortable. Cute little double hoop earring from Justine Clenquet - I only do simple silver jewellery.
Favourite stores in NYC
JAMES VELORIA! If you’re ever in New York, you have to visit this store. It’s in a random Chinatown mall, very discrete and small but the two guys that own it - Colin and Brandon curate the most amazing second-hand designer pieces - Prada, Miu Miu, JPG, Margiela etc. and there’s new stock everyday!
La Garconne - my current work has such a beautiful store space in TriBeCa with both clothing and homewares curated in an open, neutral-toned room with wooden accents and amazing lantern lights.
Shop the break - super cute curated vintage store in Brooklyn and 10 Ft Single by Stella Dallas, a vintage emporium with deadstock denim, military pieces etc is good too.
Labels you’re into lately
Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, Alyx, Matthew Adams Dolan and Priscavera (I’d wear everything from their SS19 shows)
Outfit 3 | As I said, I LOVE GREEN! I’d been looking for a lime green Issey piece for so long and found this gem on eBay recently. So easy to wear and care for.
What is currently on your Spotify playlist?
The Internet, Eli Sostre, Dave B, wntr, Sango, Buddy, SiR.
Outfit 4 | I’m obsessed with this shirt - reminiscent of Japanese movie mafia characters. Super baggy so tucked into a pair of slim cut, finely pleated Alyx pant with ankle straps (great eBay find).
Daily skincare routine:
I LOVE Korean beauty products! I always use this random green tea moisturiser (that my mom got me into) after washing my face. I recently got onto the Fenty Soft Matte Longwear Foundation which I use as a base (so far so good!), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow to add some glow and definition to my cheekbones, Soft and Gentle as highlight. I really suit red tones for the eyes so I use Blackberry and Deception from the MAC Cool Neutral palette and then finish up with mascara and a tiny bit of vaseline under my eyes because my eyeshadow and mascara always ends up bleeding and this seems to hold everything in place. I’m all about less is more so I just use a simple drugstore facial cleanser in the morning and in the evening - my skin is quite thick and I never break out so I don’t like to pile products onto my skin that I have no clue about! And Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Coconut and Pear for day-to-day, Fenty Gloss Bomb or MAC Velvet Teddy if I’m going out.
Outfit 5 | Eckhaus Latta does the best knitwear - this is one of my favourite dresses. Super flattering corset-inspired silhouette with a low angular cut.
Thank you Cherry & Joseph!
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Photography | Joseph Balestra
Interview | Zeenat Wilkinson
Intro | Aasha-Samara Nimo