Friday 22nd May 2015
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Princess Grace

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I love my platform clog sandals from No. 6; I do. They’re surprisingly comfortable, make me super-tall, and the leather’s neutral tone goes with pretty much everything. But I seem to have a fundamental problem remaining vertical in them, most recently tumbling dramatically on my ass while walking the dog over the weekend in a neighborhood park. Falling down in public is a uniquely undignified experience, and I’m all for minimizing those. So I have retired the No.6 sandals for now, in the name of self-esteem, and also because I bruise easily. All is not lost, though! Net a Porter has just started carrying clog sandals by the Australian label Funkis, and they’ve got the same natural leather as my No. 6 pair, but at a far more manageable height, and at a fraction of the price. They have a version that’s slightly higher than these, but for now I’m sticking to the bunny slope.

Posted on July 1st, 2014 19 Comments

How to: Summer black

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I love the way head-to-toe black looks in summer—equal parts laid back and pulled together and just a tiny bit badass, too. Very New York chick. And aside from the part where she’s got her shirt unbuttoned past her bra, I feel Erin Wasson’s outfit here is a great object lesson in how to make the look work: keep things simple, pay attention to proportion, wear a clunky-ass platform, and even those of us who aren’t skinnypants, tously-haired models can to pull it off.

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This oversized stand collar shirt is a softer alternative to a more traditional button-down, and it keeps things on the breezy side. You must tuck it in, even if you just do that tucked-in-front-and-not-in-back thing.

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Erin is wearing super-skinny pants, something I no longer do: you can execute a perfectly credible version of this look with a more forgiving boy-cut skinny pair like this. (Yes, these are crazy stupid expensive R-13s; the market is annoyingly slim for good slouchy skinnies in black. This Frame Denim pair is still on the high side but not quite so bad; J Crew’s Matchstick cut is always a solid choice—size up one for more of a slouchy effect; or if you’re in the mood for a higher waist you might try these.)

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These platforms look perilously high, but they’re good old Kork Ease, which means they won’t be torture to walk in.

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Just a basic webbed Boy Scout-style belt, simple as you please.

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A quick hit of gold against bare skin is so sexy.

Posted on July 1st, 2014 21 Comments

Inspiration of the day

Jane Birkin could deploy the simplest of pieces for the deathliest of chic like nobody’s business.

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inspiration

1. Boy’s tee; 2.Delicate necklace; 3. Bootcut jeans for a somewhat more modest flare; 4. A straw bag like the one Ms. Birkin was rarely without; 5.Ballet flats

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Posted on June 26th, 2014 24 Comments

Top 5 of the day: hitting the beach

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cover up with real coverage.

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The kind of towel that makes it very nearly impossible to lose sight of one’s spot on the beach after a walk.

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Sandals that hold up better than flip flops when making one’s way across the deathly hot sand.

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A go-bold-or-go-home tote.

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A lightweight linen cloche: full-on facial coverage for those who aren’t nuts about a crazy-wide brim.

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 4 Comments

Print of the week

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daisy print against a black backdrop: all the fun with none of the twee.

Posted on June 19th, 2014 5 Comments

I like a white jean

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But I like it to be loose, as this woman’s are. I have found it such a struggle to feel good about my thighs in tight white jeans that even back when I was a chain-smoking stress case and skinnier than I’d been in high school, I couldn’t abide them. Ones with a little more room also just feel a bit chicer in my book—nice and slouchy, like you’d wear khakis and any other light-colored pant.

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I just got this pair from Current-Elliott (which you might recognize, as they are same model, different color as these*) and have been wearing them cuffed just once and very wide, 90s-style. I also like this boyfriend slouchy pair from J Brand, who always make a nice jean, and this one from 7 for All Mankind. And if you’re looking for something less-than-completely optic white, this might be up your alley.

Posted on June 18th, 2014 20 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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I’m a big fan of the UK-based high street chain Allsaints, which hit our shores a few years back: their look is all about drape and asymmetry and could not be more up my alley. But I do not so much dig their prices, and for this we can blame a crappy exchange rate that should hurry up and just right itself already. Until it does, though, I shall wait patiently until sale season to shop there, and I’m happy to report that time has come. Among the very nice selection: this subtly draped dress comes in quieter shades like heather grey, black, and eggplant, but I like it in good old poppy red.

itat shrug

Such a brilliant notion: an un-cropped shrug.

city monument coat

Only the chicest junk-camouflaging coat of all time, maybe.

Posted on June 16th, 2014 6 Comments

Inspiration of the day

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This picture of the divine Lauren Hutton has been obsessing me lately—everyone has their own notion of what constitutes effortless glamour, and for me this picture totally does it.  Part of what makes it so stunning, of course, is Ms. Hutton’s exquisite beauty, but try covering her face up with your thumb and the whole thing still works pretty great: just a denim skirt, button-down, and done.  Hutton understood the whole fashion/prep intersection before that was a whole thing, and she still does it better than just about anyone, never getting too prim, always keeping it on the loose side. I fell down a Google k-hole over the weekend looking at pictures of her both as a young model and now, and picked out some of the summer classics that seem to be cornerstones for her. They make for a pretty decent weekend packing list.

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1. Bucket hat  2. Striped tee 3. Crewneck sweater (to be worn over shoulders) 4. Oversized button-down 5. Western-style chambray shirt, buttoned low as you dare 6.  Roomy white trousers 7. Old-school denim skirt 8. Safari-esque khaki blazer 9. Straw tote 10. Classic Tretons

Posted on June 9th, 2014 20 Comments

I continue to surprise myself

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A tuxedo-style blazer has never been much my thing, but suddenly I’m craving one; specifically one with angular-cut hems like you see here. This is the kind of piece that spiffs up half your wardrobe—and provides a welcome alternative to the office cardi, and that’s never a bad thing.

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The snake print is too much but in a very good way.  Dress it down instead of up and you’re aces.

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Ye olde under $100 option that doesn’t look like it’s under $100.

Posted on June 9th, 2014 6 Comments

My new favorite jeans

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I became obsessed with this raw-hemmed, cropped pair from Current-Elliott the moment I saw them on my pal Andrea Linett’s excellent site I Want To Be Her (do bookmark it! If you haven’t already!). They’re perfect for right this minute—and I am in fact wearing them as I type—but I think I shall enjoy them even more in the fall, as I like the look of a slightly high-water pant and boots.

Posted on June 4th, 2014 12 Comments