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.
As I’ve stated in the past, I am totally anti-logo in all cases, except for the Comme des Garcons heart—for which I am a complete sucker. And this new button-down, with the heart all cute and diminutive, is really almost too much to take. (It comes in black too, which is equally tempting, albiet in an entirely different way.)
I never ever, ever, wear pants with prints, but am so tempted by these because the wild pattern works so well with the super-clean cut of the pants. Still I wonder: a bit much?
I love the look of ponchos, but can never quite bring myself to wear them—I always feel a bit too much in costume somehow. This one from Oak is pretty great, though—the sweatshirt-style fabric keeps it casual, but that cowl neck adds real elegance, and employing the old short-in-front, long-in back trick keeps things from looking too tent-y.
Today I bring you one of my favorite fashion images from the 90s, because I mentioned, did I not, that Princess Week would be about indulging my nostalgic side? Consider for a moment Linda and Christy and friends in their white button-down shirts: do they not look like a million bucks? I miss the original supermodels, with their abundant joy and vim, and do not accept the current procession of desiccated, sullen specimens slouching down the runways as their worthy successors.
But back to those white button-downs, which have been on my mind since I spied this perfectly classic version a few weeks back. The chicest women I know live in white shirts, and use them as a foundation around which they build outfits that get interesting in the details. You should think of them that way, too: as a perfect foil for your most standout pieces.
I’ve been wanting to pull the trigger on this pintuck-style top for ages now. Nili Lotan pieces are pricey, but I always end up wearing the hell out of them, so I might just do it.
My Princess Week dream ensemble: a tuxedo shirt, leather jeans, an armful of bracelets and a slightly smaller ass.