I pull out my white jeans pretty regularly, and am so glad when I do: there’s nothing fresher to wear on a nice, crisp fall day (or a crappy, rainy Parisian one, like Emmanuelle Alt and Geraldine Saglio show here). There doesn’t have to be anything at all tricky about this look: the simpler you keep it, the better.
Geraldine and Emmanuelle like their white jeans tight, but I prefer a boyfriend cut—in particular this pair from FrameDenim which, annoyingly, is sold out in many sizes.
So I bring you my second-favorite white jeans: these from Current Elliott
And for those who insist on going tight, I suggest this pair from J. Crew, as they are in ecru, which is more flattering than going for straight, snug optic white.
As for what to pair them with: more often than not, I go super-straightforward, and choose a black cashmere crewneck.
But a nice, chunky handknit-looking sweater in a rich light brown plays nicely off the white as well.
In general with this look I like to stick with solids, but this fair isle is a pretty perfect accompaniment.
As for outerwear: think oversized. I don’t know why, I just like the look of it. This coat is almost as tailored as a blazer, and I love the very subtle herringbone pattern.
This is for if you want to look all dramatic and Ice Queen.
I just love the way grey looks with white—and this is so winningly fuzzy.
I used to think crewneck sweaters were desperately boring, but I have decided that I just misunderstood them. A good crewneck, as Capucine Safyurtlu so aptly demonstrates here, can turn a whole outfit chic in the quietest of ways. All you need is something interesting—but not too interesting—going on in the way of color or texture.
This oversized sweater has little sparkly bits in it, which I love.
These stripes are in such a good palette, and I like how the red really pops.
I am crazy for the ribbing on this cashmere offering from Everlane.
I really dig the unexpected color combo here.
This is cute, with the side-zipper, and the price is nice.
I very much believe that the faker a faux fur coat or jacket looks, the better. Furs are dead serious, but fake furs have a sense of humor, and they’re a whole lot chicer—and cheekier—when they’re not trying too hard to approximate the real thing. This coat, for instance, couldn’t look less like actual fur, and I couldn’t be crazier about it.
This fluffy number practically looks like the hide of a Teddy bear, and I love it.
A really good leopard print from British label Shrimps.
Such a great cropped jacket—sort of 70s, but not in a costume-y way.
The subdued camel color and the clean-lined cut contrast so well here with the crazy-ass “fur.”
I have gone on record as passionately against any person or institution that endeavors to tell women that once they reach a certain age, particular articles of clothing are off-limits to them, and one of the (many!) reasons for this is that they are forever telling women over 40 that they are too old for their denim jackets. This strikes me as absurd. What should change, as you get older, is the way you wear something, and not whether you wear it at all: my chicest friend, who is 50, has her denim jacket on nearly always, layering it under heavier coats when the weather turns colder, but she doesn’t wear it like she did when she was 23. That’s the trick. A good denim jacket is timeless and ageless, and I think they can look terrific on just about anyone. Here is my vote for the perfect, classic specimen, from Madewell.
And of course, you can’t go too far wrong with the old $69.95 special from Gap.
I am crazy for the sherpa-lined collar here.
And from Levi’s: another sherpa collar, and an excellent buffalo-check lining for warmth.
I like the faded-out black wash here, and the price isn’t bad.
I’ve been having a tough time getting with this little moment plaid has been having: as prints go, it just seems so frump. But what doesn’t seem frump, I’ve decided, are black and white—or predominantly black and white—pieces: they seem really graphic and chic, and, in some cases—like with this fantabulous coat from J. Crew—a little bit 80s.
I like the way the print on this skirt goes clashy on itself—a fun touch.
Just a classic, easy buffalo check shirt.
I really like this shirt too, and will probably end up buying it at some point: it seems like a good starter plaid.
I know not all of you are going to be with me on this dress, but I think it would look fantastic with a shrunken cardigan, tights, and boots.
I like this trend, even as I find it a tiny bit precious. For instance, this sweater, which is thoroughly charming, but just verging on twee.
I can totally see wearing this caramel fox, though.
And of course I am quite tempted by this oversized K from Christopher Kane.
Jane, as in Birkin, natch.
These sequined lips are way too much, so I like how they’re on such a casual sweater.