Cristi Young owns No.2 Creative, a New York-based branding firm that provides editorial content and concepts to companies looking to grow or refine their brands. Her team of freelancers works remotely, but Cristi often meets with clients — and style is crucial. As she puts it, “Ultimately, you’re branding yourself first, right? Your wardrobe is one of the fastest ways to convey your personality and taste.”
How do you describe your daytime work style?
I’ve become a loyal fan of the uniform, which I attribute to working with so many French clients. To them, minimalism reigns supreme and I have to agree. There’s something so refreshing about having an edited wardrobe of solid options. I’m always in either a pencil skirt or skinny jeans and a crisp button-down or T-shirt with an oversize cardigan. I love black ballet flats, over-the-knee leather boots — and, when I'm feeling more playful, wedge heel high-top sneakers. My hair also plays a major role in my style, and I recently cut it into a pseudo pixie. Being creative is a huge part of my job, so I like to add a little something unexpected once in a while.
How do you take your look from office to evening?
I wear the same exact thing for daytime meetings as I do for evening cocktails. The difference is in the makeup and accessories. Of course, I’m more apt to wear a chunky heel or strappy sandal at night, but bold jewelry and a red lip or cat eye can completely change my look. When I’m wearing a skirt, I’ll also swap out opaque black tights for a fun pair of patterned tights or fishnets.
What’s your weekend style?
East Village casual: boyfriend jeans, printed tees and classic sneakers. This season, slim sweatshirts have also been in heavy rotation.
What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
It goes without saying that confidence goes a long way. And I think subscribing to a look that works for you does wonders. Find the silhouettes that flatter your body, be loyal to the designers you love and remember that less is more. Finally, a red lip makes any outfit a look. I rarely leave home without MAC’s Ruby Woo!
Alicia’s Kenneth Cole picks for Cristi:
Black vest and white top: the black and white trend is here to stay and this sleek vest silhouette is exactly what Christi already wears. It’s simple, stylish and chic.
1. Lourdes Chiffon-Trim Vest, $148 Get this at KennethCole.com
Structured tote: Some people wouldn’t dare pairing black and blue together, but these colors actually complement each other very well. If you don’t want to try it with a piece of clothing, do it with an accessory.
2. Handle Me Tote, Cosmic Blue, $298 Get this at KennethCole.com
Casual Bracelet: Get inspired to make a difference and look good doing it with this bracelet. Its waxed cord, knotted pull, and matte black details make it versatile and stylish, while its ID plaque, etched with the words "Be Awear," will motivate you and others around you to be agents of change.
3. "Be Awear" Plated Bracelet, $15 Get this at KennethCole.com
Black bottoms: Black pants are so versatile and literally go with anything and everything. When paired with this black-and-white top, Christi will certainly stand out in any crowd.
4. Cara Drawstring Pant, $98 Get this at KennethCole.com
Stylish flat: The Skidmore is the perfect alternative to Christi’s ballet flats during the day and she can throw on a pair of heels and add her red lip to transform this look for a night out.
5. Skidmore Leather Caged Flat, $175 Get this at KennethCole.com
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