I usually wait until the holidays to do my party in a top posts, since the kind of event they were inspired by—crowded gatherings where all anyone takes note of is what you’re wearing from the waist up—happen around that time of year. But there have been recent requests for a warmer-weather version, and it is suddenly nothing if not toasty here in New York, so let’s have at it. This pretty butterfly print would probably be too girly for me on a flowy-er shape, but I like it just fine on a button-down.
My favorite color combination + a chevron print = almost too much excellent.
I am similarly besotted by this lush floral: the colors are just so exactly right, somehow.
This is the loud, craven party in a top that gets shut down by the police, and that everyone talks about for years.
A really graphic, slightly retroish star print.
This silhouette has gotten very popular over the past few seasons, which I understand: it exposes an almost universally flattering part of the body (the shoulders) while covering a sometimes problematic one (the upper arms) all in one fell swoop.
I always love when women mix preppy pieces in with more fashiony items—like for instance, how fantastic does Mme Ines de la Fressange look here in her black Lacoste shirt, multiple necklaces, and armful of bangles? It’s a style I am increasingly drawn to as my menagerie of tattoos continues to grow, as it both balances things out and contrasts appealingly. And it comes off so excellently effortless—Ines might have in reality sweated the particulars of this outfit for some time before running out the door, but the net effect is very I-just-threw-this-on.
I think you have to be pretty damn cool to look cool in a Lacoste shirt, and I’m not at all sure I am. But I’d like to try.
Today, I am wearing this J. Crew belt with a cream-colored slouchy Maria Cornejo top and army pants, and it provides a nice—but not overwhelming—burst of bright.
Tretorns are about as classic, classic prep as it gets. I like the idea of wearing them with cuffed boyfriend jeans or a denim A-line skirt.
A bucket hat is so Lauren Hutton 70s prep, especially in the khaki.
And because Memorial Day looms: as timeless a waxed canvas weekender duffle as you could hope to find—from LL Bean, natch.
Today we have striped tops with a little something extra going on, just for kicks. First up: this cute (and excellently stomach-junk-camouflaging) knot-front tee with a nice, flattering neckline.
The variations in width of the stripes make this choice rather stealthily becoming.
Print-mixing for beginners, pre-styled for your convenience.
The ruffle sleeve is so much girlier than I usually go, but the rest of the what’s happening here is so classic and laid-back that it totally works for me.
Not too much of a twist here, just a rather perfect drop shoulder and winning combination of red, white, and blue, which you don’t find every day.
Tribeca Mom specializes in looking like a million bucks in ensembles that cost significantly less than they appear to (here she is looking very spiff in J. Crew jeans, a BCBG top, and Massimo Dutti blazer). Because of this, I am always after her to share resources, and today she obliged with a few pieces I had to in turn share with you. Here are a few items she recently acquired from Madewell—I’ll let her hold forth on why they’re great:
“This dress is weirdly sexy—it does good things to the cleavage, and makes your waist look tiny and hides a paunch. Plus, it’s super-comfy and boho without looking like you want to have anything to do with Coachella. I even wore it to work, with heels! But I plan to take it to Connecticut [where she and her husband co-own an inn] and wear it with espadrilles any time I have to go for dinner or cocktails.”
“It’s so good. So, so good. And it looks worn-in in that Rick Owens way. And it doesn’t off-gas like some inexpensive leather jackets do. I am living in it, pretty much.”
“Finally, I got these jeans, which make my butt look great and are crisp enough for the office and will also be great with a striped tee (you knew that was coming, yes?) on the weekend: I can’t remember the last time I got so many compliments from the fashion team at work! Though [her six year-old] Walton had this to say, when he saw me yesterday in them:
Me: “This is not a jumpsuit. These are culottes!”
W: “Still, it’s not professional. It looks like something you would wear IN JAIL.”
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, leaves are on the trees. Possibly this would inspire another person to post about happy springtime brights, but I’m in the mood today for the same old same old, so all-black it is. I love the washed-out look and subtle tuxedo stripe on these chinos.
This soft cotton top is a nice, slouchy alternative to a tee.
A nicely—but not too—boxy silk shirt that looks like just about the easiest thing in the world to wear.
A friend bought this cashmere poncho and it looks fantastic, I think because the high-low hem keeps things from coming off too bulky.
Splurges abound here, but I only pulled the trigger on one: this summery-light embroidered dress that I’m pretty sure is going to get worn approximately always.
I’m not sure I can even find the words to describe how much I want this silver tote. Just imagine how cool it will look all broken in.
And finally, in the spirit of elevating the everyday: this 14k gold bobby pin.