Tuesday 28th July 2015
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Three actually cool sports bras

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Of course I am absolutely dying for this one from Mara Hoffman.

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And here’s a rather sexy option from a line called Michi that pretty much specializes in sexy sports bras.

 

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If Missoni made a sports bra, it would pretty much look like this one from Sweaty Betty.

Posted on July 28th, 2015 6 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

skinny chino

These skinny chinos remind me extremely much of the rather perfect Crippen trousers that I bought back in the spring and have worn to death. They even come in the same grey.

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And while we’re it it, here’s an added extra cheap and chic: I met a woman earlier in the summer named Liz, and she had the most dead-on tomboy style, and wore these canvas sneakers from Seavees, a brand of which I had never heard. Of course I copied her. They’re insanely comfortable, and I don’t feel like I’m clomping around in them, as I have in the past with other slide sneakers.

cutoff shorts

And one more thing (because yes, I am feeling guilty about posting those pricey cutoffs on Friday that seem to have hit a nerve with some of you): these.

Posted on July 27th, 2015 14 Comments

My (somewhat improbable) new summer uniform

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It’s been all about the button-down this season.

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Which I pair with—and here’s the improbable part—jeans shorts. They’re an item I typically associate with the young and the leggy, but if you purchase them in a slouchy boyfriend cut, it totally works. I wear the pair you see here so frequently that I got it them the white too. When I’ve got on the blue ones, it’s always with a blue shirt; with the white ones I go white on top too. It elevates the look just a touch and makes it less relentlessly casual.

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Belting also keeps things looking put-together.

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For footwear, I opt for something with a bit of height, which helps me hit the streets at least feeling leggy, which I’m not. I’ve been getting an impossible amount of wear out of these seamed clog sandals from No.6.

Posted on July 24th, 2015 27 Comments

Top 5 of the week

chambray

It’s always a good day in this household when J. Crew throws a bunch of new arrivals up on its site. There’s a lot that I like this time around, but here are my top picks. First up: I always fear I’ll look too butch if I try to pull off a traditional chambray shirt, which is a drag because I really like the look of a chambray shirt. This popover version seems a lot more wearable.

chino

You can’t beat a chino with a tuxedo stripe for cheeky good fun.

blazer j crew

corduroy blazer is so Seventeen Magazine back-to-school issue circa 1979.

military trench

I tend to like trenches best when they are some (dark) color other than the classic khaki, and this  military green totally nails it.

j crew sneaker

Blue on blue and just so good.

Posted on July 21st, 2015 6 Comments

The fabulous Nordstrom anniversary sale starts tomorrow

iro jacket

Until then it’s still in preview mode—although those of you who possess a Nordstrom credit card—or are willing to sign up for one—can shop today. Here’s what I’m liking: this cream-colored jacket from Iro, which has a nice sweater-y fit and a very wearable length. (I am so tired of every goddamned jacket being cropped these days.)

Kiehl's

Just more Kiehl’s Creme de Corps than a girl has a right to imagine.

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These easy pull-on slouchy trousers remind me of a pair I bought at Maria Cornejo last year—but for a lot more cash than this.

vince sneaker

A nicely understated sneaker with a thicker-than-usual sole—all the better with which to add a little height.

Posted on July 16th, 2015 14 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

black dress

Don’t know why I haven’t posted yet about & Other Stories, the fashiony European chain that opened its first US outpost not far from me some months back. It’s by the folks who bring us H&M, but is more sophisticated and a little less trend-obsessed than H&M, and every time I go there I find something excellent. This black dress, for instance, seems so lovely and understated and French Lady to me.

mountain print maxi

A slightly wackadoo print on an otherwise very tailored, clean piece is almost invariably a winning combination in my book.

water lily print

I love the easy, flowy, deeply summery vibe of this blouse.

Posted on July 15th, 2015 4 Comments

Ten perfect white shirts

thomas mason tuxedo shirt

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons: iced coffee, the house in Sag Harbor, Long Island tomatoes in August. Not-so-favorite is the heat when it turns oppressive and the city gets stinky and soul-melting. It can also play hell with one’s personal style—on the most wilting of days, any amount of clothing can feel like too many—which is why I rely so heavily this time of year on white blouses, mostly of the button-down variety. Just throw one on and you instantly feel well-ventilated and crisp. I own an impressive array but am of course always on the lookout for more, and am very close to making this Thomas Mason tuxedo shirt from J. Crew mine, as it is clean-cut, sexy, and slouchy all at once.

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There is a woman named Sylvia Sichel who I knew in college, and who wore a sleeveless white button-down like nobody’s business. Whenever I see one, I’m reminded of how much I wanted to be her, and how great they’d look with cropped skinny pants, just like she used to do.

popover

For those of you who like the idea of sleeveless, but aren’t quite ready to bare your upper arms: this sweet popover  could be the answer (and I love the excellent butt-coverage in the back).

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A pintuck blouse is always feminine, and I like this one for being on the pared-down side.

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The clean tailoring is a nice counterpoint to all the frou on this lace and eyelet option.

madewell white

A fun short-sleeved iteration, with excellent pockets.

xirena heist

This one of so excellently apres-beach.

Frank & eileen

I love a classic button-down from Frank & Eileen—they’re slightly boyfriendish in fit, but not at all boxy. (Here‘s your more budget-friendly option.)

current elliott popover

Of course this very tomboyish popover is on my short list.

crossover shirt

I am so intrigued by this crossover shirt from Steven Alan.

Posted on July 14th, 2015 20 Comments

Print of the week

kishimoto

Do not delay in checking out the brand new collab Vans has going with Eley Kishimoto,  a design house that knows its way around a good pattern.

Posted on July 10th, 2015 6 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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Three wild and bright leopard prints—because if you’re going to go for it, summer’s the time. This oversized pouch could totally double as a clutch.

 

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I couldn’t not with this bronzer.

leopard espadrille

A good mood in a shoe.

 

Posted on June 30th, 2015 3 Comments

Top 5 of the week: beach bags

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A vinyl bag doesn’t make all the sense in the world for the beach, but the poppy 70s rainbow-bright sunset here is too much of a delight to be ignored.

pink tote

basket shape is so French in a really sweet way, and this one is nicely under $50.

J crew bag

I like how this seems Mexican serape-inspired, but is still quite streamlined. And it’s roomy.

madewell kenya bag

The space dye effect here is pretty cool.

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Straw and brown leather = classic and cool.

Posted on June 24th, 2015 8 Comments