NY Closets: Nicole Chapoteau

Allure Accessories Director and mother of two Nicole Chapoteau is the kind of women who is always in an outfit. She doesn’t just put on clothes, she gets dressed. And she very much gets dressed for herself!

The opposite of a uniform dresser — where one’s sartorial identity may be more easily determined by an outsider (“that shirt is very you”), Chapoteau has established her sense of personal style by rooting it so deeply into her personality that, while you certainly can’t predict what she’s going to wear, when you see her, what she’s chosen to wear makes so much sense.

If that’s not The Goal it’s certainly one-out-of-five of mine.

Scroll down below for a week’s worth of this big-pants-wearing wonder, and in the comments, let me know A) your favorite outfit and B) what your spin on it would be. Just because I’m nosey.


Day 1: When you want to wear shorts but you still have to go to work.

Altuzarra white eyelet coat — similar here, Equipment shirt, Jacquemus shorts — skirt version here, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Chanel tote, Ben Amun earrings


Day 2: Date Night/Mom’s Night out.

American Apparel top, vintage suede skirt — another red skirt here, Gucci shoes, Fendi clutch, Giles & Brothers cuff


Day 3: Chilly rainy summer day’s are perfect for sweatshirts.

Comme des Garçons sweatshirt, vintage Levi’s jeans, Manolo Blahnik shoes


Day 4: I love all things sheer! But they can be tricky to wear without feeling nude so layer…skirts over pants is another love of mine oh an pink shoes…JOY

Vince t-shirt, Fendi skirt, Frame Denim jeans under skirt, Alessandra Rich belt, Chanel bag, Miu Miu shoes — other pink open-toe options here and here, Alexis Bittar hoop earrings


Day 5: Ahoy matey, I love a sailing look. Headed to a Memorial Day BBQ. So many shirts.

Comme des Garçons button down dress worn as shirt, American apparel off-the-shoulder top, Rosie Assoulin pants, Gucci shoes


Day 6: How to wear crop tops to work?…pair with high waisted skirt. Very tricky.

Zara crop top, Junya Watanabe skirt — another here, Off White c/o Virgil Abloh shoes, Apple Watch


Day 7: Sexy back… Business in the front party in the back meets ballet inspired meets all my 70s dreams come true.

H&M bodysuit, Seafarer jeans, YSL leopard bag, Alexander McQueen denim clogs

Follow Allure Accessories Director Nicole Chapoteau on Twitter @NicChapoteau and Instagram @chapoteau Allure on Instagram @Allure; collage by Emily Zirimis.


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  • libs

    Day 7 is!!! the best way I’ve seen to wear a low back bodysuit. Of course it just requires a dramatic bra back. I feel like a major missing link in my sartorial understanding has finally fixed itself.

    • Natty

      With you on that!!!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      Is that not the best bodysuit!? The fun with a bodysuit too is that you can wear low back or low side ones and they don’t really move and expose the parts you want kept covered because it’s so… Locked in place

  • Katie

    Day 1! I need those shorts!!!

  • Kimberley Boehm

    Love Day 3 and Day 7. That pink raincoat is fabulous!

  • Natalalaa

    Life goals!