Exclusive Scoop! Rachel Bilson Shares Her Bicoastal Style Secrets

When it comes to fashion wars, the battle between New York and Los Angeles is ongoing (we're on the fence ourselves). But, Rachel Bilson (and her amazing stylist) is our one hope for a peace treaty — the girl juggles NYC edge with breezy, flowing L.A. style like it's her job. Oh wait, it is her job — ever since her days on The O.C., Rachel has basically been a professional style icon. We caught up with the busy lady in a rare moment of peace and quiet to talk about fall trends, fashion week, and her go-to outfits.
Of course, we did have a slightly selfish motive in mind. Rachel's got an amazing collaboration going with ShoeMint (basically a one-stop shop for affordable, chic footwear). Not only is she the face of the line, she also designs all the picture-perfect steppers that are always right on trend. We got in on the fun, too, and now we're bringing the goods to you! We teamed up with Rachel and ShoeMint to bring one lucky reader a year's worth of shoes. Yep, a year. You heard right! But hurry — this crazy contest ends at the stroke of midnight. Enter here!
What gets you most excited about fall? Any trends you're looking forward to wearing?
"The opportunity to layer and add even more boots to my collection! Nicole and I are loving tonal color-blocking and are obsessed with oxblood and navy for fall."
If you had to wear one outfit forever, what would it be?
"I would choose a long floral dress with my Balmain leather jacket and the Suki lace up bootie."
What's your favorite comfy-chic ensemble?
"Jeans, a cozy knit sweater, and the Sydney boot."
How would you characterize your NYC style (versus L.A.)?
"Peacoats, more tailored pieces, and menswear-inspired outfits in the East, and motorcycle jackets and flowy, feminine dresses in the West."
What's one pair of shoes you couldn't live without?
"The Mia! I love the height."
How do you cope with the stress of Fashion Week?
"I am hard at work on my show Hart of Dixie, so I can’t even get to Fashion Week this season. I always find the best way to combat stress is to take time to hang out with my family — my little sisters always put everything in perspective. Also, eating healthy always improves things! My current obsession is Pressed Juicery."
Do you have any guilty pleasures like bad TV or Hostess cupcakes?
"I will definitely indulge in some peanut butter cookies from Lark Cake Shop."
What do you wear when you know it's going to be a long day and a late night?
"If I know I have meetings and am heading straight out afterwards, I love a flowy bright top, a great pant, and a bold statement shoe. You can always cover up with a textured blazer if it gets chilly."
Which shows are you particularly sad to miss at NYFW?
"If I could be there, I would love to see 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, and Prabal Gurung."
Don't forget to enter here to win a year's worth of perfect pairs — it's your last chance, the contest ends when the clock strikes midnight!

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