Refinery29 header


We’ll admit it: We have a major cyber crush on Refinery29—their wit! their style!—so it was only natural that we join forces to offer our readers a chance at the ultimate shopping spree: one-day-early access for you and a friend to the legendary Barneys New York Warehouse Sale in either New York or Los Angeles, along with a $100 Barneys gift card. (Just to give you a sense of how envious people will be: The New York Observer once dubbed our warehouse sale “seasonal retail paradise.”) Click here immediately to enter for a chance to win!

To celebrate, we sat down with Refinery29 Senior Editor Kristian Laliberte to get his take on all things style. Take note: this fellow knows his stuff.


How would you describe your personal style?
If I hear “preppy with a twist” one more time, I’ll lose it, but I guess the phrase is ubiquitous for a reason. I’m into the whole collegiate look—soft oxfords, cords and khakis, a classic blazer, brogues or wingtips—but updated with some surprises—slimmer cuts, brighter colors, a contrasting cuff or an unexpected pattern. And I’m not opposed to throwing a leather jacket or a backwards baseball cap into the mix.

What are your top five fashion rules to live by?
1. Know what you love. Don’t be afraid to buy something over and over again—you’re going to wear it.
2. Trust your instincts (but see rule number 3).
3. Wait a day before buying something. Sleep on it!
4. Fit is everything. Tailoring is worth it.
5. A little whimsy goes a long way.

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be?
Daniel Craig‘s wardrobe in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Those chunky sweaters look so quietly luxurious and comfortable. And we have the same body, so it works. One part of that answer was sarcastic.

What is the best style advice you have ever received?
I wish more of my friends had told me when I was wearing something really awful. Like everything else, your style grows up at a certain point. I should have listened to my inimitably chic mom when she told me that classic works best on me. But now she gets the pleasure of saying, “I told you so.”

Where will you be escaping to this winter?
I went to Mexico City in November, and I’ve never been to a city whose mood affected me so much. I know I am romanticizing it, but it just feels like a ’30s movie in certain areas—slow-moving, Art Deco buildings, slightly crumbling next to the super-new. I am going back there to visit some friends, then I am going to do a pitstop in Tulum, where my buddy just opened a tiny hotel.

Valentine’s Day: Love it or hate it?
I hate it when I am single. And love it when I am not. That’s pretty predictable. As for plans this year, are you asking me out?

 If you were accidentally locked in Barneys, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
This sounds dangerously like an invitation. I’d definitely spend a lot of time on the Men’s 8th Floor. It takes me forever to decide what to wear on a good day, so I can imagine I’d be in front of those mirrors for a while. Maybe read a copy of Simon Doonan’s “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat” at genes@CO-OP café, while Facebook chatting people telling them I am reading “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat” at genes at Barneys. The moisturizers in the makeup department? Raided. And at Fred’s, hopefully there would still be someone there to make me the Penne Di Farro Al’Arrabiata, with pomme frites.

1. Balmain distressed straight-leg jean; 2. Belstaff Roadmaster jacket; 3. Nigel Cabourn nautical pullover; 4. Band of Outsiders No Bunk No Junk herringbone blazer; 5. CO-OP camo hiking boot.