As versatile as a white sneaker, but with a fun metallic pop.
The bolder the stripe, the harder I fall.
As previously mentioned, I’ve got a birthday on Thursday. I’ve also got jewelry on the brain (for a very fun reason; details later). So I thought—in the spirit of princess week and all—it might be fun to share with you a few pieces I’m absolutely dying for, but not bloody likely to receive. Let’s start out with the choice that veers most wildly out of GOACA price range: this black sapphire and pave diamond pendant—from the geniuses at Ten Thousand Things—which looks like it would be perfection with anything from a formal evening dress to a white button-down.
The brilliance of this James Colarusso skull ring—and what makes me think I could get away with it—is that the shape is of a classic old-school signet ring. You don’t even see the skull unless you’re up really close. (It’s also not so crazy-pricey in the sterling.)
I tried this gold, sapphire, and diamond confection on the other day when I was at Love Adorned. It is so not my usual thing. But—even though it reminds me of some of my grandmother’s more lurid cocktail rings (or perhaps because of that)—I want it desperately.
Much more my speed and total perfection: this serpent cuff from Manon.
Just some black pearl cluster hoops from Ted Muehling which I’m sure I’d get my hair tangled up in, but which would probably look really aces for a good 10 or 15 minutes before that happened.
Do you ever find that the crazier and not-quite-my-style an item that has piqued your interest is, the more you obsess over it? To wit: I don’t know that I’d ever actually carry this neon-strap Liberty of London tote, but it is currently causing my brain to melt.
“I am searching for a stylish navy blazer,” writes a reader named Christine. “I know it sounds staid and fusty, but when I travel, it just snaps jeans, sneakers and a tee into a polished look.” Nothing fusty about that, Christine—in fact you’ve just described my go-to uniform for the entirety of last spring. Only difference is, my blazers are always black, because I lack imagination. Navy—as Mademoiselles Emmanuelle Alt and Ines de la Fressange so competently demonstrate above—is somehow a much richer choice, especially if you’re not playing the jacket office-straight. And, now that I really stop to consider it, a navy blazer is easily as versatile as my default. It can look super-sophisticated with skinny black trousers and a silk blouse; or Euro-girl with a perfect tee and khakis (again, see above). Or you can layer it over a chambray button-down for a very just-in-town-for-the-Hampton-Classic kind of a look. This is what it sounds like when I talk myself into a purchase, readers.
I’m pretty sure this is my favorite, even though it’s styled here pretty unthrillingly: first, because single-button blazers are so sportif. But also because the lapel is a perfect neither-too-thick-nor-thin width, and the cut couldn’t be cleaner.
A nice long, boyfriend-y version, with room for layering.
This J Crew option reminds me very much of the one Ms. Alt is wearing.
And this one—with its patch pockets and super-clean lines—reminds me of a much pricier Comme des Garcons jacket I splurged on a few years back.
Finally, here is what to go for if you’ve got no interest in playing it straight: tomboyish herringbone with a detachable embroidered vest.
Be still my heart: Missoni Chuck Taylors.