Jen Steele Loves Vintage Levi’s, a Good Hawaiian Shirt

Perhaps even more remarkable than Jen Steele’s impressive resume—the multi-hyphenate is a writer, stylist, and founding editor-in-chief of the website Girls I Know—is her reputation for being a bona fide nice girl. Steele marches to the beat of her own drum, and it shows just as much in the smiling-back faces that appear on her site as it does in her personal style. Post-NYFW and pre-Fall in New York, we asked the casual style star to share her greatest hits, latest obsessions, and more.

Define your style in three words:
Nineteen seventy-seven.

Daily uniform:
I feel most myself in 100% cotton vintage Levi’s 501s, a men’s white Hanes t-shirt, my black Ralph Lauren blazer and Steven Alan loafers.

Greatest hits:
My new classic and favorite piece is a pale yellow and baby blue vintage cotton Hawaiian shirt. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in “Romeo and Juliet.” Other wardrobe successes are my orange label Levi’s flared jeans, and Retrosuperfuture optical lenses. I have these very special stamps that we're recently gifted to me—one strawberry and one wildflower stamp. I use them when I send letters and also on my wrist for fun.

Preferred footwear:
Converse, most of the time. Maryam Nassir Zadeh Robertas all of the time.

Finishing touches:
Little necktie bandanas from Alex Mill, my waterproof ‘90s black Swatch, Dior Show Iconic mascara #698 Brown.

Nighttime look:
I’ll sneak into a dress if the occasion calls for it. I recently went to see “John”, a play by Annie Clark, and wore a black silk slip dress with a vintage western belt and black Chanel flats that I found for a steal at INA.

Style pet peeve:
Flip-flops scare me very much.

Style icons:
Lauren Hutton, Jane Birkin, Joan Didion, Tessa Matthias.

Last purchase:
I bought a French press for coffee in the morning, I love the methodical process—I find it therapeutic.

Lusting after:
I’d like to invest in a cross body bag from The Row.

Favorite haunts:
Smith and Mills in Tribeca, Lavagna in the East Village, Casa Tua in Miami, Posada Margarita in Tulum, and Mogador in Brooklyn.

Fall must-haves:
Le Hen Sylvain French barrettes, Bowen red one-piece swimsuit, Lacausa summer dresses and jumpsuits, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil, Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom.

What’s always in your bag:
Weleda Skin Food, my film camera, red Moleskine notebook, and dramatically fancy pens.