The Spot: Bia Garden (Lower East Side) – Summery Vietnamese outdoor spot just in time for fall.
Patron Saint of Style: TV host Alexa Chung, a British expat-about-town known for her extremely laid back style, and for mastering the mixology of grungy denim, flats, and cheeky accessories, the perfect uniform for Bia Garden’s endless LES summer.
Ambiance: It’s like grabbing street meat from a trendy cart, and heading over to your pal’s backyard party, with more space. And a better beer selection, if you’re into all-Asian vendables. Beverages range from Taj Mahal to Sapporo and are served in packs of 6, 12, and 24 packs straight to your table in ice-filled coolers. Hanging plants and wooden picnic tables compliment the truly pleasant backyard feel, one that even the douchiest of D-bag patrons would be hard pressed to ruin. Gather a group to enjoy your afternoons well into the fall.
The Look: Fun BBQ parties can’t be too serious, especially when Alexa-dressing means picking through your closet’s odds-and-ends and pairing them with staples. Work the denim-on-denim trend and use cheeky accessories as a buffer to transition your wardrobe into fall. Oversized bags, dishy sunglasses, and vintagey purses compete for attention, but they’re subdued against androgynous denim. Summer polka dots take on a tongue-in-cheek sentiment when paired with fall’s new favorites; designer Ts, loafers, and studs. Imagine being 8 and picking your outfit to go play outside with your friends. Combine with beer in the Lower East Side.
Get the Bia Garden Look: Clockwise from left: ● Shoes: Nappa Tassel Loafers, Raparo (available at luisaviaroma.com) – $470 ● Denim Shirt: The Perfect Shirt, Current/Elliott (available at net-a-porter.com) – $200 ● Sandals: Gladiator Sandals, Steve Madden (available at Steve Madden) – $163 ● Belt: Suede Stud Belt, Dorothy Perkins – $33 ● Purse: Jersey Quilt Chain X Body Bag, Miss Selfridge – $30 ● Bag: Heart Shaped Bag, Asia Jam (available at AsiaJam.com) – $24 ● Skirt: Polka Dot Silk Skirt, Michael Kors – $718 ● Shorts: Atom of Love Distressed Denim Short, (available at Sass & Bide) – $163 ● T Shirt: Cotton Girl Print, (available at Topshop) – $33 ● Denim Jacket: 3/4 Jean Jacket, (available at iconogenic.com) – $33 ● Sunglasses: Luella, Linda Farrow Vintage