The British high street chain AllSaints, which landed in New York and LA a few years ago, is one of those stores where I always think everything looks absolutely fantastic—and also potentially disastrous on me. Mostly because their color palette often vacillates between oatmeal and grey, two hues that are, for my coloring, an absolute horror show. But also because the stuff is cut in such a way that in the dressing room it’s all either a bit too short, oddly cropped, or just plain Williamsburg for me to ever want to try and pull off. This fall, however, I’m kind of digging it.
They’ve got a lot of stuff in that oxblood hue that’s suddenly so popular—and, I think, pretty universally flattering. Like for instance, is this as feminine (and forgivingly cut) a shirt dress as you could ever hope to find?
And I almost never like a cable knit. But this one is just deconstructed enough to keep things interesting.
AllSaints doesn’t love anything the way they love a sequin. And they’re great at turning out the kind of top that makes you look all glammed up and party-ready when you’re feeling too lazy or uninspired to do anything more than throw one on with a pair of jeans and go. This one I like because the sequins are mixed in with bronze beads, and everything’s different sizes and messily arranged, which keeps things from looking too Vegas.
And this cardigan is just so damn elegant, with that single buckle.