Here in the Big Apple, sometimes it's a joy to find a small treasure. Shinaaz Duncan's IDK Style Therapy, in Dumbo, is a lovely little haven of new trends and well-chosen vintage. It's small enough that you can easily look at all the inventory in one visit, but it's big on style. It could get away with big numbers on the price tags but opts for lower ones instead.
I was on the lookout for clothes that can be worn now and into the cooler days—and then pulled out as soon as possible for spring. I loved a red cocktail dress with front draping and black straps ($15; on warmer nights, it's great alone; when it's cooler, grab a shawl); a black-and-red-plaid short-sleeved blouse with a front ruffle that calls out for cute black slacks and a red-delicious apple in your hand ($10); a sheer purple-and-gold blouse ($8; great for these last balmy days and perfect again come April); a BCBG Max Azria silk blouse in fuchsia, with pleats at the sleeves and hem and a tie at waist (charmed by the details, I forgot to record the price, but it was a good deal and below $30, I believe); a sleeveless cocktail dress in chocolate brown, v-necked in the front and back, with lace lining (a steal at $20); and a sheer, pale green tank top with silver and turquoise beeding and sequins (like the purple-and-gold blouse, you can wear this while it's warm and then hustle it out again come spring; $15, and looked like it would sell elsewhere for $75). For men I loved, among other items (mostly basics), a coffee-colored Ralph Lauren fall jacket ($35) and a Dries Van Noten short-sleeved plaid shirt in light and dark green ($15).
And then there was jewelry: My favorite pieces were from local artist Candace Ang, who works with metal spheres tied with ribbon (blue, violet, ivory, or olive); necklaces are $20. Sure, we love this city's big dreams and big ambition; but sometimes, those are captured just fine in its small spaces. A trip to IDK just might have you feeling like the Next Big Thing.