Maayan Zilberman, Closets
Maayan Zilberman

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."

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."

If you love Maayan, you may also like Bliss Lau, Fay Leshner and Stefania Pia.

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