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As the summer winds down in New York, sometimes fashion needs to scale back, too.

An abundance of summer prints and florals can get overwhelming, and heading back to basics is a great way to reset before the fall trends roll in. Incidentally, Power Red, Victorian-style collars and glitter boots are all forecast to be big next season (you have been warned)!

This month, the fashion mavens of Astoria were keeping things simple in a chic mix of black, white and denim. Monochromatic dressing will always be in style, and these Astorians looked sleek, fun, cool and edgy. It’s all about how you wear it.

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Dania is a student living in Astoria. I loved her mesh black shirt paired with crisp, white jeans and sneakers. Perfect for Sunday shopping.

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Hector looked casual and cool in his denim dungarees and white tank. He had just gone to brunch and was checking out his next look at Buffalo Exchange.

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Gabrielle is a dancer who starts work with Ballet Hispanico this month. Elegance personified, she looks perfect in this black maxi dress with a simple accent belt.

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Lawson (@lawsontaylor) is an interior designer who was out for brunch. He picked up the pants at Ditmars Thrift Shop in Astoria. “I’m kind of obsessed with them,” he told me. I dream of being this cool.

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Mamusu is a writer of teen fiction who is hoping for her first book deal! She looked casual and cute in her dungaree shorts and was off to enjoy one of the many Astoria beer gardens.

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Alli works in fashion wholesale and lives in Astoria. Her sexy, off-the-shoulder gingham dress looked flirty and fun, perfect for late summer in the city.

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