Saturday 1st November 2014
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Wednesday Trifecta: blue camo

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Sometimes—when I’m totally tempted to buy something but know I really shouldn’t— I’ll post it here, just to get it out of my system.  This Emerson Fry anorak has been haunting my dreams for weeks: now I hand it off to you. No backs.

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This is pretty cute too, though, and costs half as much.

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And here’s one that’s cheaper still.

Posted on October 29th, 2014 9 Comments

White jeans for fall don’t need to be tricky

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You’ve just got to keep things simple—by getting some rather painstakingly specific details right. But before we move forward: can you see why I am always banging on about how you shouldn’t put your cropped jeans away at the end of summer because they’re awesome with ankle boots?

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And here is the exact Current Elliott pair I’ve got on in that picture, which are so good I purchased a pair in regular blue denim too. They have a nice slouchy skinny cut, just how I like, and unless you are eleventy feet tall, like the model here likely is, they will hit you a good bit lower on the ankle.

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I bought this lightweight cashmere crew neck by Equipment during Shopbop’s Friends and Family event because it filled a very specific hole in my wardrobe: it’s cut like a t-shirt—nice and body-skimming—and good when your ensemble calls for something more refined than your usual bulktastic sweaters. Here’s one from Everlane that’s probably not as thin or tailored, but costs about half as much.

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And to add the just-right  touch of slouchiness: my Jolie Laide Roll & Tuck tee, tucked in the front, loose in the back. This really is in many ways the perfect tee—I wear mine so much it’s a little gross—and right this very instant you can get it for 20% off by entering GOACA20 at checkout. Do not delay, people: this offer expires on midnight, October 29.

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I have spent a lot of time deconstructing why some women are so unstoppably chic in certain very simple ensembles while the rest of us just look like we’re wearing the same old boring thing, and when it comes to jeans and a sweater, here’s a little styling trick I’ve noticed: You will immediately look a good three times more pulled-together if you wear a belt and then fake-tuck the front of the sweater. It obviously only works with pretty light sweaters, but I promise it totally works.

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The boots I’m wearing here were discovered at the bottom of a bin at a No. 6 sample sale last summer, and alas, they made nothing like them this season. You could go with something similar in a clog boot, but for me it’s all about that wedge heel, which is why I bring you this little slice of (splurgy) perfection. And here’s your significantly less expensive option.

Posted on October 27th, 2014 12 Comments

Top 5 of the day: stacking bracelets

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This brass horse shoe feels equal parts classic and ’70s to me.

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A wee little touch of punk for your pile.

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A thicker cuff always looks nice when mixed in with skinnier bracelets.

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Like the fisherman’s knot bracelets we wore as kids, but all grown up.

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And this is just pretty for miles.

Posted on October 24th, 2014 1 Comment

Reader, I bought it


Forgive me in advance for breaking the GOACA price limit, but several of you asked what I was wearing in this picture, and I have been dying for an excuse to show you what is without a doubt my most exciting purchase of the entire fall anyway. I will say this for Isabel Marant: when she nails it, she really nails it.

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 29 Comments

Wednesday trifecta: silk tees

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I bought two new long-sleeved silk tees for fall, and they’ve already proven to be fantastically versatile: they work just as well with your slouchiest trousers as your tightest jeans, can be dressed way up or down, and tucked and way you please:  in, out, or the old half-and-half. This windowpane check could not be a whole lot simpler, but stops well short of austere.

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A super zoomed-in plaid from one of my all-time favorite brands, A Detacher.

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A totally subtle—but nevertheless thoroughly arresting—abstract print.




Posted on October 22nd, 2014 5 Comments

Pastel coats are a thing

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I don’t have even one pastel item in my closet—they are so infinitely far from up my alley—but I keep seeing these and being intrigued. And I think part of the reason is that while the colors are on the lady side, the silhouettes and details are anything but.  Like for instance: the chain-lined collar of this cocoon-style coat from Rebecca Taylor toughens things up nicely. (Also nice: it—and everything else on the Rebecca Taylor site—is currently 25% off with the code RTFRIENDS14.)

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splurgetastic option that’s so much fun—and probably crazy warm—with the shearling.



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This has got a classic car coat shape, but with just a little more polish than usual, which is never a bad thing.


Posted on October 17th, 2014 5 Comments

I love these pants

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I did not think it was possible, but these are the first big, slouchy trousers to actually flatter my not-insubstantial hips. It’s nice how life still has the capacity to pleasantly surprise.

Posted on October 16th, 2014 17 Comments

Guest post: a mini-guide to belts, by Andrea Linett

Because I am frankly hopeless at finding good belts and am always envying hers, I asked my dear friend Ms. Linett—whose peerless blog I Want To Be Her! should be on your daily hit list—to round up some of her favorites. How fortunate for all of us that she happily obliged.

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“I love a good soft belt tied in a knot, but it doesn’t always stay in place. This one has that look built in and is perfect for adding a little fun to an otherwise plain dress.”

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“I wear this belt just about every day (I have brown and tan and really need black).  It’s super-simple and unadorned but it adds just the right amount of “accessory” to my skinny black and blue jeans.”

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“A tiny bit hippie girl—but really clean at the same time.”

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“Just a really good 70s boyfriend-y belt made out of some nice quality brown leather, and with the perfect brass buckle (not too exaggerated, not too teeny, and I love that it’s round).”

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“I appreciate the mix of rough-hewn leather and polished ribbon here.”

Posted on October 14th, 2014 6 Comments

Checking in with Tribeca Mom, lady boss

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If you ask me—and yes I’m biased, but I’m a tough critic too, and also not just saying this because she did a very sweet little bit on me in her October editor’s letter (although that was quite lovely of her) —Tribeca Mom is taking quite well to the Editor in Chief business over at Redbook.  It’s been fun to watch as she leaves her stamp on the magazine and it becomes sharper, smarter, and more elegant, but still as warm and accessible as ever. And when you talked, she listened, people: you wanted plus-size fashion integrated throughout the entire magazine and not confined to one dinky column, et voila! So it is!

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Something I’ve always liked about Redbook is their commitment to cheap chic—nobody does under $50 style like they do, every month—and in this respect TM couldn’t be a better match for the job, as she loves nothing more than seeking out That Which Looks More Expensive Than It Is. Her most recent big score on that front: this super-sophisticated take on the leather moto jacket from Ann Taylor. “It makes me feel like I’m not in a corporate costume,” says TM, who dresses rather grown-up and lady for work because that’s how the power chicks at her company roll. At $348, it’s not exactly a bargain, but not bad for a leather jacket either, and it definitely passes the Looks More Expensive test: All the small details that fancy brands get right are right here— from the hardware to the crop to the perfect snap collar. And if TM is anything to go by, it looks twenty kinds of cute on.

Posted on October 9th, 2014 30 Comments

Our furry friends

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Fuzzy coats are all over the place right now—some mohair, others boucle, still others acrylic mystery hybrids—and I find them to be delightful; the best possible combination of fun and chic.  If I could in any way justify the purchase of another piece of outerwear this season, it might very well be this cardi-coat from Tibi.  This is the kind of coat that completes—or makes—an outfit, and when the weather gets cold, our coats are our outfits. (Says the woman who still desperately wants to rationalize herself into this one.)

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If you’re going to go big and fluffy, there’s no reason not to go orange too. I also like the slightly cocoon-y shape, which is a bit more flattering and feminine than something more menswearish.


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A modified moto in the softest of pinks.


topshop blanket coat

A really lovely, deeply huggy blanket coat in a quite excellent blue.

big plenty coat

I can totally see throwing this on over leggings and a tee for a quick shot of I-made-an-effort before walking the dog.

Posted on October 8th, 2014 8 Comments