Most Stylish New Yorkers 2011: Sandra Lee

Celebrity Style Sep. 9, 2011 AT 4:13PM
Most Stylish New Yorkers 2011: Sandra Lee Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic

Name: Sandra Lee

Occupation: Author, TV star, magazine editor

Classic chic: New York's First Girlfriend (her live-in love of five years is Governor Andrew Cuomo) refers to her style as "modern traditionalist" and doesn't pay attention to flash-in-the-pan fashion: "I am not a fan of trends. They come and go with the wind -- I prefer classics that stand the test of time." Among her go-to designers: Christian Dior, Carmen Marc Valvo, Marchesa.

Stop and shop! "I love to shop. It's another form of expression for me, and a source of inspiration," says the Food Network star and editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade. "I've found the most beautiful, well-loved accessories in Salvation Army thrift shops. I love Target for their t-shirts and tank tops. They're the most comfortable shirts ever!  When it comes to an occasional splurge, I love pieces that last: Birkin bags, designs by Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Halston, Carolina Herrera. The last purchase I made was a pair of Louboutins."

Closet confidential: The most treasured items in Lee's wardrobe include "a pair of white shoes that my grandmother owned; a soft cashmere sweater that I've had for at least a decade and a fun, fabulous pair of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses."

Quote: "New Yorkers are very business-like. We're a purposeful bunch. So I find that I dress for the occasion, but the goal is always the same: to accomplish something wonderful and beneficial for others besides myself."

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