I don’t know about my top choice of all time—maybe Liar’s Club, maybe Little Failure—but my current favorite is Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., by punk legend Viv Albertine. So smart and witheringly funny—and I just love the title.
How old were you? How long did it last? And how did you survive? I ask because I’m pretty sure I had my first hot flash on Friday afternoon while waiting in line at the Apple store, and reader, it sucked.
I just purged my sock drawer, and I feel alive again.
Jeans, obvs. And you?
As I’ve said before, I don’t put much stock in all of those Ten Items Every Woman Must Have In Her Closet stories in magazines and online, because we’re all different, and it’s silly to think we could be prescribed to so broadly. But I understand the appeal: who wouldn’t like the notion that ten simple items are all that stand in the way of oneself and true style? I’ve gotten more than a few requests from you guys to produce my version of such a list, and have always resisted. But now I’ve decided I’m game—only because I want you to play along too. I’ve included my ten here. They are highly arbitrary: another day, another mood might have yielded another ten entirely. Now it’s your turn: list as many or as few as you want in the comments.
1. A structured, grown-up blazer
3. A tiny-but-statement-y necklace for putting on and keeping on.
5. A silk-and-cashmere-blend scarf, because they’re super-light but warm enough to get the job done.
6. A clean-lined crossbody bag.
7. A belt with a little—but just a little—something interesting going on.
8. Black jeans by the brand that fits you best.
9. A highly walkable ankle boot.
10. A striped tee, but of course.
The lovely ladies at Clare Vivier are throwing a party for Girls of a Certain Age, and how lucky does that make us? It’s on Thursday September 8, between the hours of 7 to 9, and you’ll get a chance to enjoy the gorgeous new fall collection, free monogramming with purchase, and a whopping 20% off everything. And wine and champagne, but of course. It’s at their Nolita store—239 Elizabeth Street. Please do come and show your beautiful faces.