Industrial buildings and harbor vistas are the ideal backdrops for Red Hook residents to showcase their style. Even the most put together denizens don’t look like they’re trying when pairing clogs with socks, nor do they look out of place next to the guy who hasn’t washed his coveralls in a year. We like to think this results from living in a neighborhood that’s off the grid, a place where fashion tends to be practical as well as stylish because you’ll need to walk or bike a long way to get anywhere—but you’ll look good while doing so.
Best High-End Antique jewelry Store: Erie Basin, 388 Van Brunt Street
Best Clothes-and-Everything-Else Vintage: Tiburon Vintage, 392 Van Brunt Street
Best Place for Locally Made Clothes: Brooklyn Collective, 212 Columbia Street
The trend in Park Slope is to avoid trends. You might be inclined to say that your average Sloper is a bit boring, a bit reserved, but we say that not trying too hard isn’t a bad thing. While toddlers and strollers are a common accessory, that doesn’t mean residents are all draped in frumpy khakis and polos. Steven Alan and Madewell pieces are in abundance, and classic effortlessness rules the streets.
Best Men’s Vintage: Odd Twin, 164 Fifth Avenue
Best Women’s Clothing: Bird, 316 Fifth Avenue
Best Place for Eyewear: Eye Shoppe on 7th, 107 Seventh Avenue
Ok, despite Williamsburg residents’ tendency to try really, really hard, you can’t deny that people here look great. From the early twentysomethings mixing 90s hip-hop with 50s teen to the Rick Owens-wearing goth giant, your typical Williamsburger has a super stylish personal aesthetic. It also doesn’t hurt that the neighborhood’s boutiques are filled with both established and up-and-coming brands, or that the Brooklyn Flea’s vintage purveyors descend on the ‘hood every weekend.
Best Vintage Ever (Yes, Ever): Stella Dallas, 285 N. 6th Street
Best Local Designer Who Isn’t a Goth: Meg, 54 N. 6th Street
Best Menswear: H.W. Carter and Sons, 127 N. 6th Street
Fort Greene’s parks and beautiful brownstones make everyone look good, but what makes the very best outfits stand out is all in the details. In a neighborhood filled with all types of creative professionals, form and content are emphasized in subtle contrasts and pairings, making the average outfit exceptional. The nabe isn’t without its bold sartorialists, however, and high-waisted skinnies are often seen next to airy daishikis and bright, billowy rompers.
Best Place to Blow All Your Money: Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue
Best Menswear and Womenswear: French Garment Cleaners Co., 85 Lafayette Avenue
Best Flowers: Thistle & Clover, 221 DeKalb Avenue
We’ve yet to see a bigger collection of tattoo-clad men and women than in Greenpoint, and it’s also probably the only place where a majority of guys use mustache wax. Greenpoint’s style falls somewhere between Americana and punk/metal, and it’s one of the last places in Brooklyn where you’ll still find old punks kicking around. In addition to beards, it’s also got the most classic haircuts in the borough, girls included. Did we mention it’s also the cool dad capital of Brooklyn?
Best Buy-Sell-Trade: Fox & Fawn, 570 Manhattan Avenue
Best Place for Denim Nerds: Kill Devil Hill, 170 Franklin Street
Best One-Stop Shopping: Alter, 109 & 140 Franklin Street
Was that Grimes that just snubbed us? Kidding! Here in Bushwick you’ll find tons of tiny shorts, ironic garments, and hair bleached to the extreme. Actually, everything here hedges extreme: fringed shirts that probably cost half your rent and creepers that go just a little too high. Guys can also be seen wearing cut-off shorts, often topped with homemade tie-dyed shirts. And, oh yeah: shaved temples.
Best Vintage For Everybody: Urban Jungle, 118 Knickerbocker Street
Best Curated Vintage: C O L L E C T I O N S, 16a Wilson Avenue
Best Vintage for Weirdos: Nouveau Vieux (at The Loom), 1087 Flushing Avenue
A little preppy, a bit hippie, a little bit... other assorted throwbacks. We’d be hard pressed to say that people don’t generally look great on the streets of Carroll Gardens. The neighborhood has plenty of high-end vintage and antiques stores, so be sure to keep an eye out for the gentleman with the 1930s three-piece suit. Beyond vintage, some of Brooklyn’s best boutiques call Carroll Gardens and neighboring Cobble Hill home, guaranteeing that people here have an easy time looking good.
Best Vintage for Dudes Who Want to Look Old: Olaf’s, 453 Court Street
Best Shop for Tough Guys & Gals:Smith & Butler, 225 Smith Street
Best Womenswear: Article&, 198 Smith Street
You might say Bed-Stuy’s style is a less annoying version of Bushwick’s or Williamsburg’s while retaining all the trendy edge. Cut-offs are common, but they generally stop at the knee, and people are totally into band T-shirts and dirty Vans. You’ll also see a ton of kids on skateboards with slim raglan sweaters and chunky skate shoes. There’s plenty of denim; even the Canadian tuxedo manages to look pretty good here.
Best Curated Vintage: Miss Master’s Closet, 1070 Bedford Avenue
Best Giant Thrift Store:Salvation Army, 22 Quincy Street
Best Vintage and Local Design Boutique: Vianova, 711 Myrtle Avenue
While there are plenty of tourists in T-shirts and jeans in DUMBO, the influx of all kinds of hip, young companies has brought the fashion here to a whole new level. What we mean is, sporting a funky take on a three-piece suit is totally cool at your new office job. And since cobblestone streets and stellar views abound in DUMBO, you’re likely to see a model or two tripping around in impractical shoes, looking great all the way down.
Best Boutique for Ladies Who Love Neutral Tones: Zoe, 68 Washington Street
Best Menswear: Modern Anthology, 68 Jay Street
Best Boutique For Fancy yet Breezy Styles: Nos, 81 Front Street
So. Brooklyn Heights may lean toward the more reserved and drab side, but that doesn’t mean there’s not great style to be found. With a handful of bespoke tailors and even more solid and reliable custom tailors, you’re likely to see everyone just a little bit more dressed up than they should be for a Sunday. But who doesn’t love a good $500 linen suit?
Best Shop for Couples Who Want to Have Twinsie Days: Steven Alan, 349 Atlantic Avenue
Best Place for Fancy Ladies:Tango, 145 Montague Street
Best Place for Fancy Dudes: Goose Barnacle, 91 Atlantic Avenue