A few days ago, I had a lunch date in the Flatiron District—which left me with no choice but to stroll the neighborhood shops on my way home. For you guys, of course! My first stop was the Flatiron building’s Origins store, to stock up the only lipstick I want to wear anymore, Sherry Baby, because I swear, it makes me look more awake. (Regular readers may recall that I previously extolled its virtues here.)
Then it was down to Ann Taylor, because their stuff just looks more and more on point all the time, and because you can’t beat the price. In addition to which, they offer a wide range of sizes and I’m trying to serve you guys better in that regard. And here’s one more thing I like about Ann Taylor: They do not shy away from a bold print, which is such a nice quality for a mass-market retailer with a focus of work attire to have. The one on this particular leopard print skirt is great—every bit as nice as the very similar one on this way, way pricier Christopher Kane dress.
Dots can—and often do—go horribly, desperately wrong. But when it all works, there’s nothing cuter. And this one, with its slouchy-clavicle-baring neckline, actually comes off kind of sexy, and how often do dots do that?
I’m always in favor of a streamlined peasant top look, because they’re a such nice, feminine—but still plenty take-me-seriously—option for the office. And this one has that whole color-of-the-season thing going for it too.
Zara is a zoo no matter when you go, isn’t it? You can wander in at close to 3pm on a weekday afternoon and confront mobs nearly as excitable as the ones you might witness on a Saturday. It overwhelms me a bit, and is definitely what’s kept me from journeying to visit the new Mega-Zara uptown. Which is a drag, because I’m such a fan of how edgily—for such a very, very mass chain— they interpret the runway. This boucle coat with leather trim is just so damned French fashion editor that even though I’m aware I’ve referred to French fashion editors at least once already this week, I find myself with no choice but to do it again.
And speaking of Frenchy style: this one certainly has a whole lot of Coco going on for $99, don’t you think?
I’m pretty much a slut for a leather sleeve.
This coat is very rock star girlfriend, circa 1972. You can do the whole soft/hard thing by pairing it with a filmy, flowery dress, or get all echt-Jil Sander in trousers and a turtleneck.