It’s one of the best ways to address the hell that is transitional dressing—fashion magazine-speak for what we do during that awkward time when the past season hasn’t quite given up the ghost, and the new one is still getting its sea legs. The most obvious trick here is to make sure all layers—but especially the middle one—are on the thin side. That’s the layer you’ll be cramming in your bag once the temperature unexpectedly—but somehow inevitably—spikes 30 degrees by lunchtime.
I no longer partake…
…but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to fire this up.
These studded clogs make every pair held together with workaday staples look like the same old same old. Oh Isabel Marant: how you madden with your lunatic prices and then slay me with your spot-on details.
JP writes to say that she needs help figuring out what to pack for an upcoming trip to Italy. She’s got nothing fancy planned, “…just touristy stuff. Eating, walking, wine,” she says, then adds, “I would love to see your tips on what you tend to pack on a minimal packing trip.” Fun challenge, JP: I’m a chronic over-packer who used to be a brilliant under-packer, and who has been reminded—thanks to your request—how nice it can be to go light.
Clockwise from top right:
• Black tee
• Drapey white jersey top
• Pretty bright printed top
• Tube skirt
• Skinny slouchy jeans
• Bucket hat
• Walkable platforms
• Worishofer sandals (as comfortable as Birkenstocks for all-day walking)
• Bright, light scarf
• Cashmere cardigan
• Casual but interesting dress
• Striped tee
• Light tunic
British footwear designer Sophia Webster has created a capsule collection for J. Crew, and each selection is so bright and cheeky I found it difficult to bring you just one. Of course this wickedly charming star-print pump is my favorite. Not that I could walk five yards in it.
The pink floral here is on the quieter side of things.
Whereas this one pretty much drives the crazy on home.
Tribeca Mom did. And it actually totally worked on her, because if there’s anyone who can carry off a floral so crazy it almost makes your eyes hurt, it’s a WASP.
The fact that the rest of her outfit spoke very quietly helped. First up: this silky, drapey navy tee.
The earthy tone and casual slouch of these army green chinos helped balance all that drama up top.
Finally, TM had on tassel loafers from Dieppa Restrepo, which of course looked completely nifty on her, and contributed nicely to the dressed-down mood of the ensemble. I could not in a million years—loafers make me feel like a stump and I’ve always thought I would try tassels never. Could you? And the jacket?
The mythic white Birkenstock Arizona sandal: I have seen quite stylish women wear these with rolled-up jeans or khakis in the summer and look fantastic. But they scare me. And excite me, just a little. Thoughts?
Forgive me, reader who wrote in requesting that I do a post on stud earrings, for I accidentally deleted your email and forgot your name. But I can very much get with your request: I wore so many crazy big earrings back in the 80s that my that my piercings now sag unattractively, so for me it’s either about the lightest of lightweight dangly earrings or studs, always. But aside from all that, I also quite appreciate the no-muss-no-fuss aspect of studs: you can put them in and forget about them for days if you care to, which, for a lazy accessorizor such as myself, is pretty much all you can ask for in a piece of jewelry. Of course I had to start things off with this beautiful serpent pair with diamond eyes, because it’s a whole lot of pretty.
This pyramid stud with wee chains is a quiet little moment of tough chick.
Flower earrings for people who would usually think flower earrings are too girly.
An elegant diamond pair, at a decent price.
And here we have Debbie Harry, in what I’d guess is 1980 or maybe even earlier, mixing prints like there’s nothing to it and looking like a million bucks. Fashion People appear to have moved on from print mixing for the moment, but as this photo proves, it’s a look for the ages.
The key piece in Debbie’s ensemble is that tee, with its wide stripes—so cool and new wavey. This one is in black and white, because that was a thing back in the day.
This floral denim skirt works because it shares a hue with the top (black), and its pattern is smaller than the stripes, which creates a nice harmony. Also, I must point out the zippers at the hem: a fun touch that adds edge to the sweet floral, but even better, is an excellent way to ease up on the restrictiveness of the pencil silhouette.
I love how her sunglasses are sort of pre-punk and 70s.
Debbie looks like she’s wearing sandals, but I’m finishing the look off instead with a nice low heeled pump (remember when this was actually considered kind of high?) And here’s a nice pointy-toe flat, which could also be quite cute.