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Photos by Ruthie Darling
Photos by Ruthie Darling

On the streets of Astoria this month, I saw two trends appearing. The first was a cool, European look made up of a palette of muted grays, browns and greens. Earthy and chic, oversized and effortlessly on-trend. But there were also some fashion rebels out and about, like retiree Joe in this punk-influenced denim look and little Kenzy, who combined metallics with rainbow leggings. Understated meets overstated. We’re all about the contradictions here in Queens.

Joanna is originally from Greece. "Where else? This is Astoria after all!" she quipped. I was struck by her Parisian-inspired ensemble of ankle-skimming black pants, ballet slippers and a brown fur jacket. Effortlessly chic.

Joanna is originally from Greece. “Where else? This is Astoria after all!” she quipped. I was struck by her Parisian-inspired ensemble of ankle-skimming black pants, ballet slippers and a brown fur jacket. Effortlessly chic.

Agnesa is originally from Kosovo, but now resides in Astoria. I was coveting her oversized gray coat that looked so cozy, but also stylish the way it was thrown on and belted.

Agnesa is originally from Kosovo, but now resides in Astoria. I was coveting her oversized gray coat that looked so cozy, but also stylish the way it was thrown on and belted.

Holly was on her way into Manhattan, where she works promoting emerging brands. I was in love with her pants that were also, somehow, a skirt. (Spants!?)

Holly was on her way into Manhattan, where she works promoting emerging brands. I was in love with her pants that were also, somehow, a skirt. (Spants!?)

Joe is a retiree living in Astoria. I loved his heavy metal band jacket. Fashion has no age limits, kids.

Joe is a retiree living in Astoria. I loved his heavy metal band jacket. Fashion has no age limits, kids.

Another view of Joe's jacket.

Another view of Joe’s jacket.

Roxanna is a student and was certainly sporting some preppy chic. That green coat with gold buttons looked fabulous. I certainly never looked that good when I was a student...

Roxanna is a student and was certainly sporting some preppy chic. That green coat with gold buttons looked fabulous. I certainly never looked that good when I was a student…

This is Tara Reid — no, not that one. Tara was on her way to work in Manhattan and was killing it in this monochrome meets denim look. Attitude all the way.

This is Tara Reid — no, not that one. Tara was on her way to work in Manhattan and was killing it in this monochrome meets denim look. Attitude all the way.

This is mini fashionista Kenzy, who had stopped with her mom to pick up the ultimate accessory — a falafel! Kenzy stood out from the crowd with her rose gold coat and sneakers paired with rainbow leggings. Her favorite subject in school is math.

This is mini fashionista Kenzy, who had stopped with her mom to pick up the ultimate accessory — a falafel! Kenzy stood out from the crowd with her rose gold coat and sneakers paired with rainbow leggings. Her favorite subject in school is math.

A close-up view of Kenzy's gloves.

A close-up view of Kenzy’s gloves.

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