In my ongoing attempt to avoid wearing so much black, I am going waaaay out on a limb this season and embracing grey. Not head-to-toe—although in varying shades, that can look fantastic—but as more of a punctuation. Check out how sophisticated Giovavanna Battaglia looks here: everything else she’s wearing can go ahead and be black and it doesn’t even matter because it looks like she made an such an effort with that coat (the belt helps too, of course; European women are fearless in the face of coat-belting).
So usually not my thing—their gestalt is a little too preppy/tomboy for me—but there are so many cute ones this fall that I’m finding myself more than a little intrigued.
Lingering in my shopping cart even as I type is this excellent drop sleeve top from Emerson Fry—a lot of print even by my standards, but in a color palette that keeps things more elegant than screamy.
It’s the last week of summer, and I’ve got sweet bohemian tops on my mind. This blue and black option is sophisticated enough to wear under a blazer.
An authentic Mexican blouse in graphic black and white.
Some of the best Liberty prints are just a little bit trippy.
Behold one Capucine Safyurtlu*, my style obsession of the moment and a French fashion editor, because of course she is. Check out how she rotates the same cornerstone pieces into her outfits repeatedly: the studded belt, the gray trousers, the black top. Google search her and you’ll see the black pumps get quite a workout too. It can never be said enough: this kind of reliance on fewer, better pieces really is how you create a signature style.
1. Organic by John Patrick 2. Nordstrom scarf 3. Nili Lotan tuxedo top 4. APC jeans 5. IRO belt 6. 3.1 Phillip Lim pencil pant 7. Etro crepe top 8. Helmut Lang pump 9. Clare V duffel 10. Loeffler Randall boots
*I know, the cigarette. Awful. Let’s chalk it up to Frenchiness and hope she accessorizes with a nicotine patch some time soon.
It started, as these things so often do, innocently enough. I agreed to accompany a friend to her appointment at our neighborhood piercing emporium, and then of course—because what I really want is another tattoo and this seemed like a harmless enough stand-in—before long I was ponying up for a piece of the action. And it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t feeling quite hardcore enough to consent to one of those (ouchy-looking) upper-ear pierces like the cool girls have, because I think my little row of hoops feels sweet and feminine; even understated. Not that I don’t imagine I’ll be mixing things up a bit eventually.
Photo by my very talented photographer brother Todd.
Suddenly, improbably, eyes appear to be a little bit of a thing. I am digging this quite graphic Indian-inspired Kenzo tee.
Eye prints typically come off rather Lady Surrealist, but the one on this lovely summer sarong/scarf couldn’t be a whole lot cuter.
The low-key, rather 70s lines of this pendant by Anna Graham appeal.
My dear friend Elise, who is currently in town from LA, has a fantastic sense of style: she has never met a bold print she didn’t want to pair with a bolder one, and her approach to color is fearless. I always look forward to seeing how she’s going to put herself together, and when we met up yesterday for lunch at Russ & Daughters, she did not disappoint. For starters, she was wearing a red and white striped tee, which in the wardrobe vocabulary of Elise, practically qualifies as a solid.
And then one of those floral print skirts that flirt with—but stop just short of—being altogether too much.
The fact that Elise is 5’10” is not something that keeps her from wearing heels when the mood strikes her. But we are friends from Lucky days, and express our affection for one another by shopping together, which we did after dining. So today she wore flats, the better with which to make tracks.
And then she was carrying this altogether too cute tote, with which I am fully obsessed.
Plaid has always felt a little too butch for me, but suddenly I’m kind of into it, just as long as it’s not played too straight. Like for instance, check out how the oversized pockets on this windowpane top transform it into something fashiony.
And I am a fan of the band collar here, and the fact that it’s a popover, which is always a nicely forgiving silhouette.
And for a super-stealth option: the wee sliver of pattern just peeking out on this prepster version is rather clever.