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19 Sep

‘Dazed’ U.S. Editorial Director Lynette Nylander Makes the Case

Lynette Nylander grew up with a mother who ironed her underwear. “She took immense pride in the way in which she put herself together,” says the London-born, Recent York–based fashion critic. “She thought it was necessary that I understood that as well.” For Nylander, who served because the creative and editorial director-at-large of CR Fashion Book and is currently the U.S. editorial director at Dazed, good style lies in its contradictions—slightly high, slightly low. Something delicate but “slightly fucked-up.” The art is within the clash.

And planning an outfit begins with a single piece. “I ask myself, Recent thing? Old thing? Tailored thing?” Armed with the reply, Nylander ventures into her closet, a former “apartment-engulfing fungus,” which she has since wrestled right into a state of organized chaos. “The outcomes can vary, but the sweetness is that all of it comes back to different parts of myself that I’m really comfortable with. It takes years to get to that place.”

For Nylander, that comfort is the important thing. “I’m messy. I get candies stuck to my bag linings. I want my clothes to work hard and make me be at liberty,” she says. “Ultimately, it’s the swag that sets a glance off, never the brand name. Anyone can have that.”

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Lynette Nylander’s Rules to Live By:

1. All the time understand that what’s for you won’t go by you. This has served me well professionally, personally, and romantically. It helps soothe the wound of not getting a gig you wanted, or when the vintage piece you went back for the subsequent day was gone.

2. All the time date the long run and marry the current. Live within the freaking moment. Marry the hell out of today, and have a flirty relationship with what comes next. Treat the long run like an informal fling, and don’t be dictated by it. What you realize is that today is correct here, right away.

3. All the time imagine in the facility of poor taste! I don’t want anything too glitzy with no chaser. I consider myself a lover of the dichotomy of high and low. Vintage Saint Laurent dress to go to the dosa guy in Washington Square Park—perfect! Monkey Bar, then Drag Race reruns after—ideal! My recent one: I dream of de Gournay wallpaper to border the thrifted photo I got for no money.

4. Never skip cocktail hour. Do that as formally as you’ll be able to. Bar coaster, the suitable glass on your drink, and plenty of chatter concerning the day’s comings and goings. This, I’m sure, will add years to your life.

5. Never be afraid to do things alone. There’s nothing sadder than not having the ability to be in your personal company. Meals, vacations, theater shows, cinema trips. Know yourself, goddamnit.

6. Never sleep on bad sheets. Criminal!

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