Reader, I totally bought it.*
At Rising States, an awesome store in my neighborhood about which you will be hearing more soon. But I got the last one. Thrillingly, I found others.
It’s the perfect uniform for running around the city this time of year, and I’m doing a lot of running around now that the weather’s finally nice and the final traces of my blasted pneumonia-induced torpor are just about diminished. At first glance this comes off as a pretty young look—especially because of the sneakers—which is why the the inclusion of the blazer is key: blazers make anything look more polished. They’re magic that way. Throw in some boots or heels like our lady here, and I’d argue that the look even goes somewhere rather sexy, in a French masculin/feminin sort of fashion.
I snagged myself a nice Etoile Isabel Marant blazer on super-markdown during the Net A Porter winter sale. It’s perfect for right exactly now, and it looks very much like this.
A leather lapel (or in this case, a faux-leather lapel) is quite rock and roll, but in the slickest possible way.
I can’t wear khaki near my face without looking totally washed out, but if you can, you totally should because a khaki blazer is so chic.
I just think the woman above looks so cool in her ringer tee that of course I had to include one.
My current favorite top to wear with a blazer and jeans is striped and very much like this one.
Just obscenely overpriced for what it is, but too, too cute, and worth including for inspiration alone.
I’m more than likely wearing my new beaten-in R13 skinny jeans when I leave the house in this particular ensemble. I have looked forever for the perfect washed-out black wash and these are they. And I love the crop. (Here’s a very cute and far less pricey option.)
My rule with sneakers is to keep them on the dark side, mostly because it grows the look up a little. But the other reason is totally personal and arbitrary: light-colored sneakers make me feel like my feet are of Mickey Mouse proportions. These navy Stan Smiths with the snakeskin tab are a fun take on the old standard.
Simple, clean, and perfect.
So classic, and—in a way I can’t fully articulate—rather fashiony too.
Am I crazy? Or are these adorable?
I mean, can you even?
A lot of you commented that my post on rain jackets the other day wasn’t as helpful as it might ideally have been because all the items featured were too short to provide any real protection from the elements. I couldn’t let that stand. So for starters, here’s a nice cheap chic version from Everlane.
And another, splurgier iteration (and of course this is the one I have chosen to become obsessed with) from Emerson Fry.
I love the idea of this quilted sateen jacket under a heavier coat now, and on its own later.
This snappy duffel is under $100 and super-lightweight, and I totally bought one.
The notion of a cushy iPhone case appeals.
Sorry about the lightness of posts over the past few days; I’m coming down with the cold/flu I was so smug about not contracting all winter, and it’s leaving me brain-clogged and weak as a wee kitten. I have managed to pull together this post on cute little denim skirts, though: all of these appeal because they are just a little bit unpredictable. I dig the clean, front-zipperless look of this one from Citizens of Humanity.
The A-line skirt is such a universally flattering silhouette that I can never figure out why more designers don’t exploit the shape more frequently. Here’s one from Acne Studios that’s very nearly perfect.
My friend Andrea has been running around in the cutest denim parka for the past few weeks, and I just assumed its provenance was super-fancy and obscure, because the jacket looks so sophisticated, and because in general Andrea is always uncovering the just-perfect thing from some hitherto-unheard-of source. And yet! It is from J Crew, and marked way down. Do we not love it when things go down precisely like this?
So we are going to look at some big old summery platform sandals, because I’m feeling belligerent like that. This raffia and leather number from Clergerie is maybe a little bit too much, but it is very much my kind of too much.
The strap on this metallic cork version comes off slightly awkward here, but I’ll bet it looks amazing on.
I think later on in the season I’ll probably do a post on all of the appealing and unexpected takes on the espadrille that are currently in stores, but for now, there’s this.
I’m not typically a big fan of the slingback, but these are the cuteness.
A supremely walkable pair from J. Crew.