Spring can be an awfully frustrating time in here New York: it used to arrive in April, but now takes its lazy-ass time, popping in once or twice for a quick hello but not quite settling in until May. At which point we get two or three weeks of idyllic, balmy weather and then there’s a sort of universal: It’s Memorial Day already? I’ve been dealing with the lag by deciding that if it can’t be sunny and 73 degrees outside, then I will simply make pretend, and blog as though it is. This approach, as it turns out, has not been universally embraced. “Please, no more breezy patterned frocks when it is so freaking cold,” a beloved (and usually quite supportive) friend implored the other day. “Have you even been outside this week?” She requested some in-between season wear, which is no problem by me: I could show middle-weight jackets and flowy sweaters till the cows come home. Especially dark ones, because that’s what I live in most of the time anyway—the prints and the brights serve as punctuation, and all of them work with everything here. This super-smart take on the stadium jacket, for instance, is so clean that you could have all sorts of bright, printy fun with a scarf and top and still look crisp as hell.
I love, love, love a lightweight, shrunken leather bomber. Especially one as minimal as this: they often work well on those of us who swear we can’t get away with leather jackets, and—hear me out—if the fit is snug enough, you can even wear it with dresses, as you would a cardigan.
Here’s a not-dissimilar vegan version for under $100—the quilted business might not be for everyone, but it’s kind of fun and unexpected. And it keeps a quite simple jacket from looking too simple.
Drapey sweaters in a variety of weights are what make my world go around in all weather, and this is as whisper-fine a layer as you’re likely to find; perfect for wearing over a tee or tank, but light enough to even slide on under a blazer for a little pop of cool.
Cocoon cardigans are such a (surprisingly) flattering shape, and if you get a lightweight one like this, you’re looking at a yet another perfect layering piece, one that is particularly cute over a long-sleeved tee.
Were I not to have one or two slightly-inferior-but-close-enough versions of this genius VPL cardigan wrap sweater in my closet already, I’d be having a hard time talking myself out of it. This is exactly the kind of piece—elegantly draped and desperately comfortable—that was made for wearing on long plane flights when you want to look reasonably stylish upon arrival.