Maayan Zilberman

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An ex-boyfriend of Maayan’s told her that no matter how hard she tried tried to dress “down” in jeans and a tee, she would inevitably look like a foreign exchange student who had all the right pieces but never looked quite correct in them. But what Maayan does do with perfection is quirky elegance, embodied in her high-waisted full tweed skirt with fishnets, Maasai blue nails to match her indigenous beaded bracelet and eye-catching Rodarte heels. Looking like everyone else is just not a possibility, Maayan reflects: “I have always kind of felt like everybody has an inner style archetype in them, and you fall back on this look no matter what kind of fashion you think you are following.” She was born on the first Kibbutz in Israel called Degania, and whether it’s relevant to this fact or not, her friends all agree that Maayan is the perennial hot Hasidic. “Even if I am wearing something I consider sexy, it aways ends up looking like a few generations back.” Read More

Lingerie and hosiery often add the seductive element to Maayan’s otherwise pious allure – examples are a swiss dot tight with a red and black velvet baby doll dress and a harlequin mary jane, or a Lake and Stars teddy of her own design with a vintage Versace wool pencil skirt and orthopedic meets ’70s platform. A product of a religious Jewish private school where she wore a thick navy single pleat skirt with a white blouse every day, Maayan loves uniform-inspired clothing. Her mustard four pocket Proenza Schouler vest that she wears with a skirt that she has owned since she was fourteen, reflects her love for the military aesthetic. But it is Maayan’s ’80s Nina Ricci silk royal blue floral coat with bright green roses and padding that exemplifies her, she says, ” I still have a Chabad house silhouette.”

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  • sarah

    Love her!

  • Iulia Romana

    She is gorgeous, so feminine and inspiring ! I love her hair and how much she cares about each item she puts on.

    Oh, and the blue bracelet – i adore it !

  • staceykelly

    i LOVE her look. she is so elegant.

  • Sally

    SOOO great!!! She is so gorgeous! I love her and I don’t understand denim either!!!!

  • Jen

    Absolutely LOVE her! What an original! Amazing taste in vintage too-such timeless pieces.

  • Man Cutwright

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

  • Liannainpajamas

    She is too cute. Great personality. Great, fun style.

  • Sea Lion

    A uniform can work wonderfully as a foil for a distinct personality. The religious school’s blouse/skirt combo likely flattered Maayan because her inscrutable gaze and Minoan visage shined forth all the more. Her “inner style archetype” has clearly been embraced and that is a very good thing, indeed.