Thursday 23rd October 2014
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Wednesday trifecta: silk tees

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I bought two new long-sleeved silk tees for fall, and they’ve already proven to be fantastically versatile: they work just as well with your slouchiest trousers as your tightest jeans, can be dressed way up or down, and tucked and way you please:  in, out, or the old half-and-half. This windowpane check could not be a whole lot simpler, but stops well short of austere.

a detacher alan

A super zoomed-in plaid from one of my all-time favorite brands, A Detacher.

liam tee

A totally subtle—but nevertheless thoroughly arresting—abstract print.

 

 

 

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 5 Comments

Pastel coats are a thing

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I don’t have even one pastel item in my closet—they are so infinitely far from up my alley—but I keep seeing these and being intrigued. And I think part of the reason is that while the colors are on the lady side, the silhouettes and details are anything but.  Like for instance: the chain-lined collar of this cocoon-style coat from Rebecca Taylor toughens things up nicely. (Also nice: it—and everything else on the Rebecca Taylor site—is currently 25% off with the code RTFRIENDS14.)

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splurgetastic option that’s so much fun—and probably crazy warm—with the shearling.

 

 

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This has got a classic car coat shape, but with just a little more polish than usual, which is never a bad thing.

 

Posted on October 17th, 2014 5 Comments

I love these pants

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I did not think it was possible, but these are the first big, slouchy trousers to actually flatter my not-insubstantial hips. It’s nice how life still has the capacity to pleasantly surprise.

Posted on October 16th, 2014 17 Comments

Guest post: a mini-guide to belts, by Andrea Linett

Because I am frankly hopeless at finding good belts and am always envying hers, I asked my dear friend Ms. Linett—whose peerless blog I Want To Be Her! should be on your daily hit list—to round up some of her favorites. How fortunate for all of us that she happily obliged.

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“I love a good soft belt tied in a knot, but it doesn’t always stay in place. This one has that look built in and is perfect for adding a little fun to an otherwise plain dress.”

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“I wear this belt just about every day (I have brown and tan and really need black).  It’s super-simple and unadorned but it adds just the right amount of “accessory” to my skinny black and blue jeans.”

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“A tiny bit hippie girl—but really clean at the same time.”

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“Just a really good 70s boyfriend-y belt made out of some nice quality brown leather, and with the perfect brass buckle (not too exaggerated, not too teeny, and I love that it’s round).”

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“I appreciate the mix of rough-hewn leather and polished ribbon here.”

Posted on October 14th, 2014 6 Comments

Checking in with Tribeca Mom, lady boss

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If you ask me—and yes I’m biased, but I’m a tough critic too, and also not just saying this because she did a very sweet little bit on me in her October editor’s letter (although that was quite lovely of her) —Tribeca Mom is taking quite well to the Editor in Chief business over at Redbook.  It’s been fun to watch as she leaves her stamp on the magazine and it becomes sharper, smarter, and more elegant, but still as warm and accessible as ever. And when you talked, she listened, people: you wanted plus-size fashion integrated throughout the entire magazine and not confined to one dinky column, et voila! So it is!

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Something I’ve always liked about Redbook is their commitment to cheap chic—nobody does under $50 style like they do, every month—and in this respect TM couldn’t be a better match for the job, as she loves nothing more than seeking out That Which Looks More Expensive Than It Is. Her most recent big score on that front: this super-sophisticated take on the leather moto jacket from Ann Taylor. “It makes me feel like I’m not in a corporate costume,” says TM, who dresses rather grown-up and lady for work because that’s how the power chicks at her company roll. At $348, it’s not exactly a bargain, but not bad for a leather jacket either, and it definitely passes the Looks More Expensive test: All the small details that fancy brands get right are right here— from the hardware to the crop to the perfect snap collar. And if TM is anything to go by, it looks twenty kinds of cute on.

Posted on October 9th, 2014 30 Comments

Our furry friends

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Fuzzy coats are all over the place right now—some mohair, others boucle, still others acrylic mystery hybrids—and I find them to be delightful; the best possible combination of fun and chic.  If I could in any way justify the purchase of another piece of outerwear this season, it might very well be this cardi-coat from Tibi.  This is the kind of coat that completes—or makes—an outfit, and when the weather gets cold, our coats are our outfits. (Says the woman who still desperately wants to rationalize herself into this one.)

boyfriend coat

If you’re going to go big and fluffy, there’s no reason not to go orange too. I also like the slightly cocoon-y shape, which is a bit more flattering and feminine than something more menswearish.

 

zara furry

A modified moto in the softest of pinks.

 

topshop blanket coat

A really lovely, deeply huggy blanket coat in a quite excellent blue.

big plenty coat

I can totally see throwing this on over leggings and a tee for a quick shot of I-made-an-effort before walking the dog.

Posted on October 8th, 2014 8 Comments

Thursday trifecta: Houndstooth

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Lately, I’ve been craving this print in its most straight-up classic iteration: a clean fall blazer.

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This is actually a grey skirt with a single houndstooth panel up front, which is kind of edgy and fun.

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In graphic, big black and white—like on this clutch—houndstooth gets rather cheeky and new-wavey.

 

 

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 3 Comments

Business in the front, party in the back

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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.

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No better place to get things started than with something super-crispy, extra-white and poplin.

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As good a menswear blue as one could hope to find.

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This super-loose, contrasty striped number is on crazy backorder, but I’m considering adding my name to the list anyway.

 

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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.

 

Posted on September 29th, 2014 13 Comments

Go bold

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Photo via Style du Monde

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.

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A bunch of improbable colors, totally making sense together.

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A palette of pink and red never fails to bring out the happy.

ianthe scarf

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.

 

Posted on September 25th, 2014 10 Comments

Print of the week

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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.

Posted on September 25th, 2014 9 Comments