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A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Hana Asbrink is the executive editor at Chowhound (formerly at Food52), who lives in New York City with her husband and five-year-old daughter, Lana. “I love a puff sleeve or ruffle,” she says. “Most of my clothes are pretty straightforward, so a detail helps make them feel playful.” Here, she shares five looks she wore in a week, plus her favorite Korean bbq spot…

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Top: Zara, similar. Jeans: Madewell, similar. Necklace: Lola James. Bracelet: made by Lana at school. Socks: Evei.

“When my five-year-old daughter comments on my clothes, it makes my day. But it’s never something obviously beautiful. She likes my cat socks. My necklace says ‘Lana.’ It’s micro and all lowercase. I bought it for myself when she was born. No matter what I’m wearing, I always have it on.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Trench coat: Isabel Marant, similar. Sweater: Banana Republic, similar. Pants: J.Crew, similar. Flats: Everlane. Necklace: Orchard Jewelry. Tote: Mansur Gavriel, similar.

“Navy is my favorite color to wear. It’s a nice break from New York black, and going monochrome is a lesson my mom passed down. If you’re not sure, go head-to-toe in one color. I love camel, rust, maroon — they’re very chic with little-to-no effort. My mom also instilled a love of taking care of things in me — if something is ripped, mend it, don’t buy a new one. And if she liked something, she’d get multiple items of it — a lipstick, a sweater, a pair of pants. If you find something you feel comfortable in, replicate that.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

“In Korea, women often carry bags with their hands, versus over the shoulder — it makes me feel more intentional when I’m holding onto a purse. The tote I carry for work has a shoulder strap, but I hold the short handle most of the time.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Coat: Orolay. Sweatshirt: H&M, similar. Turtleneck: Uniqlo. Jeans: Everlane. Boots: No. 6.

“I got the No. 6 clogs at a sample sale. They’re so comfortable, I’ll walk three miles to work in them. Then I’ll do a Mr. Rogers switch at the office into fancier flats. I swear by flats and haven’t worn heels in forever. When I was six, my mom got me a pair of black patent Mary Janes, and I loved those shoes so much. Since we’re Korean, we don’t wear shoes in the house, but I’d wear them all over and it would drive her insane.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

“I first learned about this coat on New York Magazine, when they reported that everyone on the Upper East Side was wearing it. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see a woman or two on the street wearing it; the other day I sat next to a girl on the subway wearing it and we chatted. It’s funny that something as silly as a coat can bring people together. It’s fun being part of a zeitgeisty New York fashion moment.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Cardigan: Ulla Johnson. Tank: H&M. Jeans: Frame. Flats: Repetto.

“I’m constantly inspired by street style. On the weekends, it’s like a parade — one of my favorite things when the weather gets warmer is to sit outside at a restaurant and watch people go by. We go to Pasquale Jones for pizza and pasta. Samwon Garden has great Korean bbq for groups, and Turntable Chicken Jazz serves delicious Korean fried chicken and beer. We love Blue Ribbon Izakaya because it’s so family friendly. Lana eats salmon avocado rolls, but her favorite food is miso soup and rice. She’s the cheapest date. We bring kid chopsticks that connect at the top.”

A Week of Outfits: Hana Asbrink

Dress: Ganni. Boots: No. 6. Necklace: Orchard Jewelry. Tights: J.Crew.

“Ganni is very comfortable — I love long dresses in the summer. They’re so impactful, but you’ve just thrown something on over your head. And this necklace is a green bean. Well, a gold bean! It’s abstract, so people don’t immediately think I’m wearing a vegetable. It’s a conversation starter.”

Thank you, Hana! Find her on Instagram or YouTube, if you’d like.

P.S. More weeks of outfits, including a nutritionist and an attorney.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Final two photos taken at Sel Rrose.)

  1. Sarah says...

    I love this post! Hana is so pretty and seems like such a joy to be around. I like all her outfits, but especially the cat socks! I love wearing fun cute socks…it makes me feel happy to know that they are there being all fun and bright inside my shoes.

  2. Sara says...

    Hana, your face and smile are so welcoming, I felt like you were my friend from the first photo. Thank you for sharing your style with us!

  3. Meggles says...

    She is so pretty. Her skin is amazing. And I LOVE her style.

  4. Jen says...

    Hi Hana, I love your style. Thanks for sharing with CoJ readers. Do you mind telling the brand of your refrigerator? I’m looking for one that is tall and narrow, similar to the one in the photo. Thanks!

    • Erin says...

      Hi! I have that fridge– it’s a Liebherr.

  5. Marti Fraley says...

    Her style is so playful. The fringe coat with the graphic tee? I would never think to go for that pairing, but it looks so effortlessly cool on her. A very “Oh, I just threw this on!” kind of look that I am always so attracted to but can never seem to replicate for myself.

  6. Cringe…. that Amazon coat. I’m heartbroken (ok, that’s dramatic) to see how many New Yorkers bought that coat. New York is the city to fly your freak flag, man! The city to be yourself, be unique, even if your unique is classic. That coat (and clogs) are the ruby woo lipstick of jackets. Err’body wearing it.

  7. Sarah says...

    She’s beautiful!

    Also, I know readers have said this before, but I’d love to see more weeks of outfits from non-new yorkers :)

  8. Dana says...

    What a babe! Love that Ulla Johnson sweater, and that Ganni dress.

    Just purchased some kids chopsticks for my toddler’s Easter basket. Thanks for the hot tip, and for sharing your style, Hana!

  9. Jenna says...

    I think this might be my favorite week of outfits post yet!

  10. Diana says...

    I have those cat socks! Love them :)

  11. S says...

    M., you might just have unintentionally resolved my neck/shoulder problem :-) I always carry the bag on the same shoulder, and I started having pains when I had a stressful period of time and would lug around sooo many things in that bag… Sometimes, we forget common sense! Thanks a mil!

  12. Mary says...

    I always wondered who was behind Chowhound. This was a delightful surprise!
    ________
    Side note: Joanna, have you considered featuring older women? Even though I am in my thirties, I would love to see how people of different ages dress in reaction to changing bodies.

    • Mary says...

      Thanks, Joanna! I remember these week of outfit posts. They were some of my favourites and made me look forward to growing older. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Astrid says...

      I’m 56. I love this feature.

    • Claire says...

      I always get inspiration from this series, no matter what age the woman being featured is. And I am over the 25-40 year old bracket.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad to hear these comments, thank you so much! looking forward to featuring more lovely women of all ages this spring and summer!

    • Lisa says...

      Yes! I’m solidly in the middle of that reader age bracket but I absolutely love to see the style of older women!!!!!! More please!

  13. Kaitlin says...

    Yes to Sven Factory outlet store in MN! I got this same pair in black on Black Friday for $100. Clog heaven!

  14. Lover her style AND her instagram! Oh my gosh, I wish I could travel to Paris with you Hana and eat all the things! xo

  15. m. says...

    Years ago I was in terrible pain for a week with a pinched nerve in my neck, and my chiropractor recommended carrying my purse in my hand like this, instead of over my shoulder. At the time I thought it was mostly a nice excuse to get a new bag – ha – but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using a shoulder bag full time! I swear it’s saved my neck and shoulder. But now when I use my purse I’ll feel cosmopolitan and wordly. :)

  16. Thank you, CoJ readers for your kind comments! I love being part of this fun, smart, and loving tribe. ;)

    • Mina says...

      Hana! What a lovely feature! Your style is great – so simple and chic. I loved seeing you here! ❤️

  17. Erica Nicksin says...

    I have “the coat”! I bought it online when I was living in the Midwest briefly and it is really warm and comfortable. I didn’t know it was so popular, I guess living in NYC somehow gave me some tiny bit of fashion sense. I live in Florida now so the coat is waiting in the closet. Great post!

    • Meg says...

      I am in the midwest and I found it after I saw someone at the supermarket checkout line wearing it. I loved how she looked in it, asked where she got it, and bought one for myself. I had No Idea it was a “thing!” (I visited NY for work about a month ago, and sure enough, saw one on the street. It didn’t diminish how much I still like mine!)

  18. Kati says...

    She lost me at the Orolay coat. I live in Williamsburg & see them at every intersection and always think, these women are better then this trendy coat & deserve to be individuals! Come on ladies, if NY mag tells you it’s the IT coat & you see a million ladies wearing it, that’s your cue to run the other direction.

    • Monika S. says...

      I disagree. If you like it, wear it. That jacket looks super cute on her. Who cares who else has it?

    • Jessica says...

      I actually love that she’s wearing the coat–and owns that it’s super popular right now. I think it’s refreshing that she cares about her style, but isn’t overly precious about it.

    • Claire says...

      Why judge someone’s worth over a coat though? if someone likes the coat, then why not wear it and let them enjoy it? A million ladies wear white shirts and jeans, but that doesn’t make them any less who they are. Who a person is inside is not different because other people are wearing the same coat.

  19. Cynthia says...

    I consider effortless style to be wearing what works for you and not necessarily following trends. My youngest daughter has effortless style. She even looks put together in flannel pajama pants!

    • I envy your daughter! She sounds effortlessly stylish and more importantly, comfortable in her own skin. Thanks for reading, Cynthia. :)

  20. Kim says...

    I enjoyed this but I’m going to make a case for not buying cheap coats because they’re cool. The Coat is actually a cheap, no doubt sweatshop made rip off of a fully sustainable and vegan brand- bricks and logs, made in Germany. It was called the Lyndon coat. It’s really sad to me to see so many smart and educated consumers buy the coat because it is on trend without doing any research. Orolay (the company selling the fake coat on amazon) blatantly stole this design. I don’t know how these things work, but I hope bricks and logs has some way to profit off the product they designed.

    • Kim says...

      *Embassy of bricks and logs

    • Hi Kim, thanks for your comment. I had no idea about this backstory. Teaches me a lesson to take a minute with future purchases, but please know I meant no ill will when getting this warm coat.

    • Kim says...

      I’m sorry, Hana. I didn’t mean you specifically.

      This coat was all over Nymag, manrepeller, I think I saw it in the NYTimes, too. I’m sure no one meant anything by it. It just riles me up to see a design stolen, what was a vegan coat- remade with animal cruelty (cheap down) and sold by the thousands to otherwise very conscious people.

  21. K says...

    I feel the same about dresses in summer. Effortless effort

    • Cynthia says...

      Yes, I put on a dress and I’m done!

    • I joked with Joanna that had we done this feature in the summer, 5 out of 5 outfits would have seen me in an A-line sack of a dress. ;) Warmer days are on the horizon!

  22. Love her style!! Such great advice from her mom, and I love the story about the coat on the subway!

    • Thank you for reading, Jody!

  23. JNoh says...

    As a Korean American female, I loved reading this and seeing someone who resembles me, and my style goals featured here! Thank you & what a delight!

    • Aw, thank you for your support, my K-sister JNoh! :*)

  24. Jessica says...

    How is it that people with timeless style always happen to also have the most on-trend jeans? That high-but-not-too-high rise, the straight leg, the middling rinse. There’s a whole article on Man Repeller on “betweensy jeans” like the ones she’s wearing.
    Do folks buy a “this is the look right now” pair every year? And how do you know it will be the one? Is there a reliable resource for knowing which jean cuts will make you look cool (without trying too hard) at any given sartorial moment?
    Can you tell I find jean shopping frustrating?
    (I just found some great vintage Levis 505s, but now they seem too high and too tapered and too last-year mom jeans)

    • Claire says...

      I always think that people who have style seem more focused on what they like and feel comfortable in, trends be damned.
      I never liked low-rise jeans, and never have – and never will – buy a pair of skinny jeans. I just don’t like how they look and feel. Not that I am very stylish, just saying- don’t harsh your own mellow.
      I don’t get the “mom” jeans label anyway (what does that even mean? and when did labeling something “mom” become derogatory? because that seems wrong to me).
      I say if you like your vintage Levi’s (nice find!) then wear them and be happy!

    • Jackie says...

      I tried on those baggy jeans at Everlane and they looked awful! I got their skinny jeans instead because they look best on my body – regardless of what is trendy. I say go with that.

    • Hi ladies, I can so relate to jean frustration! Honestly, I gravitate towards skinny/cigarette-style ankle-grazing jeans most of the time; I’ll just pepper my usual rotation with more “betweensy jeans” like these (but not without trying on many, many a pair first!).

      I bet those vintage Levis are amazing, I’ve been dying to find a pair that fits me well! ;)

    • Colleen says...

      Thank you Claire! I just bought a pair of comfy jeans that are supposed to be jeggings, but on my thin legs, are kind of baggy. I like them, but am afraid of judgment. This stems from the days when girls in school would have the right fitting flare or bootcut jeans, and mine were too darn long and loose. You’ve inspired me to not care.

  25. Alexa says...

    I love her style! It strikes me as so put together but very down to earth. All of the clothes look so comfortable!

    • Thank you for your nice comment, Alexa! I refuse to buy dry clean-only clothing these days. It’s gotta all be washable and, as you noticed, easy to wear! ;)

  26. My beautiful angel Hana! A commenter here caught that you transmute things into joy, and I thought that was so perfect. Your generosity and playfulness is such a gift to everyone around you. Your face lights me up every time. Thank you letting me photograph you for this post, and for taking extra special care of me while doing it. xx Chris

    • Chris! I don’t have the words. What an honor to be your subject! Thank you for working your magic and, most importantly, for your friendship. <3

  27. tina says...

    I like her style because it’s functional, not too trendy and a mix of low and higher end pieces.

    • Thank you, Tina. :)

    • Wendela says...

      She is adorable and has great style. Also—I’m a bit obsessed with the green bean pendant!

  28. Gila says...

    I rarely comment – but
    When & Where is the next No. 6 Sample Sale?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they often have them in july or august. we’ll keep an eye out!

    • Shannon says...

      They’re made by Sven. If you ever find yourself in Minnesota, you can visit the factory store and get them seriously discounted.

    • *books ticket to Minnesota*

      (Thanks for the tip, Shannon!)

    • Shannon says...

      Sven’s is fun. The best part is that they’ll custom make you a pair for an extra $10 if you don’t find what you’re looking for. You need to physically go to the factory to order them, but they will mail them to you if you can’t pick them up.

    • Erin says...

      Shannon, the Sven’s outlet is supposed to be a secret!!

  29. M says...

    That bean necklace!!!!!

    • Hi M, it is one of my very favorite pieces of jewelry. Thanks for noticing!

    • Eliza says...

      For real! I went to the link and want ALL the food necklaces. (Is this a representation of how I also want ALL the food?)

  30. liz says...

    the cutest!!

    • Aw, thanks Liz. :)

    • liz says...

      Love your style, Hana! Elevated but still chill (I mean this in the best way) <3

  31. Madeleine Jones says...

    Love her style! Random question: anyone know what sort of coffee maker she has on her counter in the first picture? I’ve been searching for a shorter one just like it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • Caraline says...

      I have the same coffee maker! The name is Zojirushi and the style is a 5 cup coffee maker. It makes delicious brew, has some smart features like a removable and washable water reservoir and is supposed to be BPA free, according to my hubby’s research. The price point is great too! :)

    • Thank you, Madeleine! Yes, it is a Zojirushi and we love it so (thanks Caraline for jumping in!). :)

  32. nora says...

    these are my favorite posts. real stylish women with real clothes. yes please!!! i’m so over the nordstrom junior’s dept fashion blogger

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Nora!

  33. Maggie says...

    What I’m interested in is that KITCHEN! Those cabinets *swoon* Would love a home tour :)

    • Laura says...

      Yes! I agree, I loved her kitchen too and would love a home tour and a beauty uniform!!

    • Aw, thanks Maggie! Our cabinets are IKEA with custom fronts.

  34. Tiia says...

    I say YES to finding something you love and sticking with it! So many times I find e.g. a pair of jeans, wear them to shreds and then when I go back to buy more, they don’t make them any longer. So if you find yourself wearing something over and over – stock up! It’s worth it. #unintentionaluniform

    • Jessica says...

      The problem I have with this is that it often takes me time to discover what that gem is, and by then, its too late to stock up on it. I wish I had better fashion foresight.

    • I love a “uniform,” Tiia! Thanks for your comment. :)

  35. Ro says...

    So glad I’m not the only one who buys duplicates of things. If I find a great pair of jeans, or a cute dress, I have been known to pick up a second pair. It’s occasionally felt excessive (even though I buy really affordable clothing) but I suppose it does make sense! It can be tough to find stuff you really love or thats fits perfectly, so why the hell not?

    • Cynthia says...

      It makes sense! When I find something I like that fits, I will buy it in several colors. I’ve learned with jeans to buy at least two pair if I find comfortable ones that work for me. I’ve done the same thing with shoes. I have two pairs of ballet flats in the same style. One in navy, the other in black. It just makes sense.

    • Hi Ro and Cynthia, thank you for your comments, my kindred shopping spirits! ;)

  36. Joana Kappes says...

    I also go monochromatic when I am not in the mood for thinking about which clothes I’ll be wearing. It works a treat, always feel comfortable and stylish and the same time, it’s such a classic/elegant look! Uniqlo is fabulous for getting different pieces exactly the same colour/shade.

    • Hi Joana, long live Uniqlo! I’m also a huge fan of the way they keep their colors so consistent across the board. Thanks for your comment. :)

  37. Claire says...

    She looks terrific! wonderful style! And good grief I love that white dress, and the sweater with the fringe,
    And I agree with her about wearing flat shoes and navy being a fabulous neutral. I am going to keep her tip on monochromatic dressing in mind and the tip about buying multiple versions of something you like (wasn’t that a Jackie Kennedy thing, too?)

    • Thanks so much, Claire! I will have to look into that Jackie O reference, but I will take it for now. ;) Take care, xo.

  38. Beautiful inside and out! Love her thoughts on “the coat” bringing people together- she could have easily felt bitter about buying something so many others had. What a beautiful soul to turn that into something joyful!

    • Emily says...

      I completely agree!!

    • Hana is the master of turning things joyful. I’m delighted you caught that!

    • Aw, thank you gals… at some point this winter, you just had to laugh. ;)

  39. Lena says...

    Hana and Lana. I love that mother daughter combination of names.

    And Hana’s style is so spot on. Just perfect.

    • Aw, thank you, Lena―I love YOUR name so much!

  40. Paige says...

    The second to last wall looks like Sel Rrose in Nolita!

    An old boyfriend, of the incredibly heartbreaking, soul-crushing kind, of mine used to live across the street. I couldn’t enter any part of the neighborhood without getting a panic attack and sometimes breaking into tears.

    Then, three years later, I found myself enjoying happy hour at Sel Rrose, not caring at all if he saw me or if he even still lived nearby or if he had been there before himself. Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but it sure does help (as do good friends, oysters, and wine!).

    • Here, here!! Cheers to that!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Paige, I loved this comment so much. So glad Sel Rrose helped with your process, hope I run into someday during the oyster happy hour. :)

  41. maia says...

    What happened to her hand in the last picture ?!

    • Bianca says...

      Perhaps it’s in the pocket? :-)

    • Katherine says...

      A pocket?

    • It’s in a pocket

    • Jessica says...

      I think that dress might have this miraculous thing called a pocket!

    • Glamdoc says...

      Probably a pocket? Scandi dresses often have them :)

    • H says...

      Maybe in a pocket?

    • samantha says...

      pockets!

    • Kristin says...

      Hahaha :) I hope it’s in a pocket!

    • Meghan says...

      Pockets! :) IMHO, one of life’s greatest pleasures is finding pockets in a dress you didn’t know were there.

    • Lindsey says...

      It looks like it may be in a pocket!

    • Jenny says...

      Hahahaha. I didn’t even notice this until I read your comment. I think the dress has pockets!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, pockets! we would never photoshop! :)

    • Haha! It’s in a pocket. Usually when I shoot, I like to make sure you can see part of the hand when it’s a pocket, but I loved the moment here so much that I decided to let it go.

    • maia says...

      Haha, thank you all for your mobilisation on that critical question! :)
      And thank you Joanna and Christine Han for your answers. I often wonder how photograph deal with the weird angles our body can take sometimes!!

    • This thread is making me LOL! 😂Yes, thank you all for chiming in; my hand is in, indeed, a pocket!

  42. Amy says...

    Could she be any cuter? Her face just makes me smile :)

    • Hi Amy, thank you for leaving a comment that made ME smile. :) xo

  43. Becky says...

    Totally believe in replicating something you love, especially because when you need it again it will mostly likely be discontinued grrr
    Question, what location would I find that beautiful wall???

    • Hi Becky, that beautiful wall can be found in Nolita at Sel Rrose, one of my favorite places in the city for good drinks + bites: http://selrrose.com/

  44. Beautiful and accessible style — very classic! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Lexie!

  45. Amy says...

    Her style is my goals! Especially the top look.

    • You’re so sweet Amy, thank you!

  46. Rebecca says...

    I think I spy a Blue Star range! Just got one after tons and tons of research, and I love it, although the colors aren’t as amazing as Hana’s.

    • What a great eye, Rebecca! I’m sure yours is just as lovely, hope you enjoy many meals with it. :)