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?