After an eternity of sales and the same old product I feel like I’ve been staring down for months, J. Crew has at last posted fresh new merch online. Here are a few pieces that have caught my eye, from the intergalactically splurgy to the pleasingly under $100. First up: I can’t let the fact that it’s not crisp white shirt season prevent me from pointing out the excellent example of the genre that is this tuxedo tunic. (Why they’ve styled it in Pilgrim mode here is mystifying, but unbuttoned at the neck it’ll be fantastic. And this is just exactly the type of hem that makes front-tucking a breeze.)
I’m a sucker for a blue leather bag—as colored leather goes, it is by far the most versatile hue—and this one is perfect for days when you don’t need to be lugging around your whole life.
UK-based jewelry designer Rosa de la Cruz has obsessed me for a while now, but her stuff has been nearly impossible to find in the States. J. Crew is now carrying her as part of their (pretty great) fine jewelry collection, and while they’ve got some of her less expensive (but still not cheap) pieces, this pendant is of course the one upon which I’m totally fixated.
This shirt dress is definitely for warmer weather, but you can easily adapt it to wear right now: just put a long sleeved tee underneath it, a cardigan over it, then throw on some black and tights and high boots and you’re set.
And here’s a super-subtle colorblock take on that great obsession of mine, the Clare Vivier duffel bag.
I totally need a new pair of big long tall walkable boots, and these are so perfect and elegant and excellently unadorned.
A preppier take on chambray.
Coolest workout leggings ever.
A bag to fit bigger-than-itsy dogs.
My newest Waylande Gregory obsession.
Ever since I got my new iPhone with the app that keeps track of how far you walk, I’ve become obsessed with taking 10,000 steps daily for good health. That nets out to about five miles, which isn’t nothing in this cold. And I hate the cold with the special passion reserved for those of us who grew up in much more temperate climates. Here are a few of the things that keep me warm: first up, my awesome new, super-toasty parka from Add Down (I got the longer version, which is sold out, but the shorter version is pretty great and currently marked down too).
I think that at this point if my house were on fire, my Nike Roshe Run sneaker boots might make it to the top 5 list of items I’d grab before fleeing.
When it’s really freezing, nothing but an old-school chunky woolen scarf will do.
And my new favorite thing of winter: leather leggings, which are so much cozier than jeans to crawl into for that first-thing-in-the-morning dog walk. Just buy them in your actual size—instead of sizing down, as is sometimes recommended—and they’ll stretch out to a fit that’s nice and slouchy.
It’s not often that you find a nice cashmere crewneck for under $100.
Mango’s tees are so excellently soft and slouchy.
Yes, I do think the leather Baggu counts as a classic at this point.
Nothing says Fresh Start quite like a new wallet, because it forces you to go through your old one and get rid of the long-expired expired gym and museum memberships and Container Store gift cards you forgot you even had until you’re left with nothing but the bare essentials and a satisfyingly clean slate. I’ve been obsessing over this new model from Comme des Garcons. It comes in black too, and I think the fact that I can’t decide which I like better is the only thing preventing me from going for it already.
Here’s a fantastically splurgy option that is just so Lady Badass I could almost, almost see going for it.
And here’s an under $50 option that looks so much fancier.
From Nordstrom: a jacket I have obsessed over all season.
Product is flying out of the Emerson Fry sale so fast that two different pieces I wanted to show you sold out before I could complete this post, so if you are at all interested, do not delay. This is about as chic as a parka gets, IMHO.
And because at this point in sale season not everything is available in every size, a few bags: over at Shopbop there’s a rather stunning array marked down, and the one I’m having the hardest time not pulling the trigger on is this Clare Vivier Sandrine Bag.
A solid pop of bright blue is an instant good mood this time of year—a clear January sky does my soul twice as good as one in July. And that same bold color is my preferred weapon of choice in the war against lumpy parka-and-snowboots induced schlump too. I acquired these Illesteva mirror sunglasses a while back and they seriously make me look cuter than I really am.
The girl who served us cappuccinos yesterday at a cafe on Broome Street flipped out over my hand-knit cap—which I wish you could see in person because the hue is even more rich and jewel-tone in actual life. “Yes, it’s magic, isn’t it?” I replied, at which point I think I might have lost her, but if you could see it I feel like you’d agree.
A lot of people subscribe to the if-it-works, buy-it-in-more-than-one-color philosophy. I do not so much, because I feel that color can change a piece entirely. Something that’s chic in grey can be completely workaday in black; and that top that so flatters you in red might do you no favors in ecru. However, I am quickly working up an exception to this rule based on my love of Chan Luu scarves, which are so warm and un-bulky and come in the very best shades, like this.
First: what I bought, starting with this streamlined, slightly asymmetrical, altogether fantastic grandpa cardigan. It is so out of my playbook—and works equally well for lounging about as it does out in the world.
R-13’s tees are not cheap even on sale, but I love the enduringly punk rock spirit of a black-and-white stripe, and a good one is not the easiest thing to find. (And OK, I also bought the short-sleeve version—which has wider stripes, is 10% cashmere, and is also on sale. They look super-cute layered.)
This Isabel Marant blazer is only one of the most perfect reds I have ever seen.
I’ve been a fan of Proenza Schouler’s Fall collection; in particular their Baja print, which has appeared on dresses, jackets, and multiple bags—all of the wicked expensive variety. I could justify this little clutch though. (FYI—I’ve seen a lot of Proenza bags on sale this season, and as far as I can tell, the prices are best on the Proenza site. They’re still serious investments, but pretty ones).