A palm tree print executed in a palette of black and red is a palm tree print I can get behind.
These crazy pricey fancy designer leopard print sneakers obsess me.
One is never too old for a little ladypunk moment.
A reader named Alison writes to say that she needs an outfit for a New York black tie event. “I don’t want to spend too much money,” she says, “but don’t want to be underdressed.” Alison, I’m glad you asked, because now I finally have a reason to run this picture of veteran fashion editor Tonne Goodman, wearing an outfit that to me is the embodiment of black tie chic, grown up-style. The long skirt and button down shirt ensemble is a classic—and hers was made, if memory serves, by Michael Kors and no doubt cost a fortune—but it’s remarkably easy to pull off your own lo-fi version.
Find a skirt with a nice shape to it; nothing too boxy.
Add a belt and you’re there.
Dots are really at their best when they manage to be sophisticated and fun at the same time.
And who doesn’t love a touch of metallic?
Back when I was the editor of a shopping magazine, people used to get so hugely and unnecessarily stressed about buying me gifts—thinking (inaccurately) that there was nothing they could give me I hadn’t already seen or didn’t already have. So after a while I instituted a no gifts policy, and it stands to this day. For my 50th, however, a couple of friends disobeyed, and given the monumental nature of the milestone in question, I allowed it. Tribeca Mom, for instance, took me to Ted Muehling’s store and told me to pick out whatever pair of earrings I liked. Who could say no to this?
I tried on many and varied and excellent pairs, but eventually chose these. Not the most dramatic of the bunch, but they lit up my face the way sometimes earrings can, and that no makeup can approximate. And the shape is so classic I can imagine wearing them with pretty much everything I own. Of course I love them so much I am scared to wear them and risk one falling out, but I’m working on it.
Skinny pants and my hips get along so poorly that I have just about given up on ever finding a pair that works (even a dog eventually stops going to the electric fence, right?) Still, something about this cropped twill pair seemed promising: they’re from J. Brand, a company whose jeans and chinos have always worked for me, and they’ve got some stretch, which never hurts. So I rolled the dice and placed an order, and am delighted to report that they fit so well my friend Stephen said they look like they were made for me, and does it get much better than that?
I’m always attracted to a geometric print—the more graphic and bright and contrasty the better. But they’re not the easiest things to pull off, from the whole it is wearing you perspective. Better to go with a more subdued palette like the one on this dress by A Piece Apart (which, can I also just say, is exactly the kind of throw-it-on-and-go piece I used to live in when I worked in an office?)
I have received a few requests from readers to share my must-have list of spring pants—much like the one on tops I quite recently provided for you. And I’m actually glad you asked, because I’m looking to stop defaulting to denim so constantly and rotate in some new options, many of which already exist in my closet, lonely and starved for attention. First up: The easiest thing in the world to sub in for jeans is a pair of casual chinos; they’re always so nice and unexpected in a color other than khaki. Traditionally, I have liked them sized up and super-slouchy, but lately that’s striking me as possibly a bit sloppy. This pair from J Brand is roomy enough to let me feel like myself, but tailored enough to look neat.
What could be better than the classic black trouser being given the elastic waist pull-up treatment? This wins my vote for the pant I most want to wear on a plane when I need to look good after the flight. (Check out this less pricey option)
Seasons come, seasons go, my love for cargo pants remains. They’re a classic by now, and nothing looks better than when you wear them with a white tee or button down and a big pair of earrings. (here’s a somewhat more casual pair I love from Current Elliott).
I am coming around to the idea that we might all be better off with one wildly printed pair of pants in our closets. These have such a classic cut that it keeps the crazy in check—which is what makes them work.
A classic black cropped pant never hurt anyone.
Not traditional dainty lady mules, but edgier and somewhat clunkier ones. Perfect for that transitional period when boots are a bit too much, but strappy sandals not nearly enough. This one from Costume National is very severe and fashiony.
This open toed version is so deathly chic that I’m almost willing to overlook that it’s probably not the most walkable thing ever to come down the pike.
Kitten heel height, high heel attitude.