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).
So usually not my thing—their gestalt is a little too preppy/tomboy for me—but there are so many cute ones this fall that I’m finding myself more than a little intrigued.
Lingering in my shopping cart even as I type is this excellent drop sleeve top from Emerson Fry—a lot of print even by my standards, but in a color palette that keeps things more elegant than screamy.
It’s the last week of summer, and I’ve got sweet bohemian tops on my mind. This blue and black option is sophisticated enough to wear under a blazer.
An authentic Mexican blouse in graphic black and white.
Some of the best Liberty prints are just a little bit trippy.