I could not be a bigger fan of the tucked-in-front, untucked-back look: button-down shirts look so chic with jeans or trousers, but I always feel like a guy when I’m wearing one, and this styling trick just seems to loosen things up and feminize them a bit. Plus, there’s the extra added bonus of comfort and butt coverage. Win-win all around.
No better place to get things started than with something super-crispy, extra-white and poplin.
As good a menswear blue as one could hope to find.
This super-loose, contrasty striped number is on crazy backorder, but I’m considering adding my name to the list anyway.
Not technically a button-down, but brilliantly drapey and camouflagey in all the right places (and I speak from experience here) when paired with skinny jeans.
A scarf, as I have noted many times before, is the ultimate lazy girl’s styling tool. Throw one on with your most workaday blazer and jeans and poof! You’ve got a look. And while nobody has ever accused editor Giovanna Battaglia of being a lazy dresser, the truth remains that in this picture, she is zhushing the heck out of a plain old grey sweatshirt with that acid-bright Hermes scarf (about which: I have gone my entire life without coveting an Hermes scarf until exactly now). I’ve got scarves in every somber autumnal tone imaginable but this season I’m thinking it might be fun to make like Giovanna and also foray into crazy-poppy territory.
A bunch of improbable colors, totally making sense together.
A palette of pink and red never fails to bring out the happy.
And here we have my answer to Giovanna’s brilliant Hermes number: Liberty’s classic art nouveau Ianthe print, done up in an audacious mix of hues.
Possibly some of you will recall a post I wrote some time ago about my obsession with the Indian block print t-shirt, an item from my prep school youth embraced—to extremely different effect—by both by the scary hippie chick faction and the super-preppy girls alike. Now Madewell’s gone and created their own rather genius grown-up version in silk—a development that very much pleases the unreconstructed nostalgist in me.
Pull-on trousers sound like something mumsy and ultra-unsexy and meant to be accessorized with Depends, but have you noticed that they’re undergoing something of an image overhaul? I’m talking elastic-waist pants so well-cut you may actually want to tuck your shirt in.
Pull-on jeans, people!
It wouldn’t feel right not to give the Maria Cornejo Gabi Trouser—my gateway drug of elastic waist pants—its due. Every season Cornejo does it up in new fabrications, and this grey version is impossibly snappy.
I know some of you get awful Members Only flashbacks whenever I show bomber jackets; furthermore I am aware that I am not especially helping my case by opening with a borderline nuts purple one. But I am a big fan of just how many and varied directions designers are taking them in these days.
Here’s a quite autumnal, collegiate, option.
This embroidered, ladylike, version is practically evening-worthy.
I’m a real sucker for pink this season, and always like how it looks with shades of black and grey; this oversized houndstooth slays me.
And finally: a straightforward black chervron quilted version, for playing it clean.
I think I’m finally growing out of my whole leopard print thing—or at the very least it would appear that my whole leopard print thing is evolving: it’s a huge trend this season, and the only pieces I want are those that deliver in the quietest possible of keys. This sweater from Acne, with its hints of blue, is a perfect case in point.
As is this blue-on-blue Rebecca Taylor pea coat.
But this guy pretty much wins.
Certain fashion magazine features get done into the ground because advertisers expect them to appear in the same month’s issue, year after year: this is why so many titles bring you denim in August, swimwear in May. But other stories come back to you repeatedly simply because they are seasonless, cheap, quick, and easy to produce. The “Twisted Classic” story is one such creature, and—tired though it may be—I loved it every time we did it at Lucky. Observe, for instance, this traditional fisherman’s sweater, which my lovely and stylish friend Dini showed me a while back, and with which I have been obsessed ever since. Isn’t it kind of cool how just the simplest tweak—turning it black—makes things about a thousand percent chicer?
Check out how this otherwise straightforward herringbone jacket has just the faintest dusting of sparkle at the hem.
The super big pocket is unexpected and cool in ways I can not fully articulate but very much appreciate.
So tweedy and straight-laced, but then the rad zipper changes everything.
A striped tee gone wackadoo.
Once cool weather hits, I live in platform boots: they’re walkable, just a tiny bit badass, and make me feel about eleventy feet tall. The trick, of course, is to find a pair that has just enough of a slope so that you don’t feel like you’re kicking around in Frankenstein shoes, but not so much of a slope that you’re teetering around uncomfortably all day. This first pair, from Coclico, looks rather dramatic, but that three-inch heel has a half-inch platform, making them quite manageable indeed.
I bought this this Acne boot last winter, and it is working out beautifully on the cost-per-wear front. It looks as good with tights and dresses as it does with jeans, and that cute little snap at the ankle keeps the line of your leg nice and narrow.
Yes, this particular pair from Opening Ceremony is on the galumphy side, but after last winter’s endless snow here in New York, the idea of a platform boot with serious treads holds major appeal.
I like the moto feel of these clog boots from No. 6.
These Robert Clergerie boots are not too high and are in fact pretty basic (although the zipper at the heel is a nice touch of rad) but they’re so easy-on, easy-off, and the soul of comfort, and every year, I consider splurging on a pair. Typically, they sell out before I can pull the trigger (and indeed, at Net-A-Porter, they’re all but gone). But at Saks, they’re still around, and I’m thinking they could help add a little zip to the dead-of-winter evening dog walks that are my annual style nadir.
You can’t throw a rock without hitting a blue and black print this season, and that’s just how I like it. The Deco-ish pattern on this top is pure loveliness, and I’m digging the sleeve length too.
Of course I couldn’t not with the leopard print.
A rather sophisticated chevron print that’d be perfect peeking out from underneath a blazer.
In my ongoing attempt to avoid wearing so much black, I am going waaaay out on a limb this season and embracing grey. Not head-to-toe—although in varying shades, that can look fantastic—but as more of a punctuation. Check out how sophisticated Giovavanna Battaglia looks here: everything else she’s wearing can go ahead and be black and it doesn’t even matter because it looks like she made an such an effort with that coat (the belt helps too, of course; European women are fearless in the face of coat-belting).