I love backpacks because they are the ultimate in utility and not trying too hard, and I always think that women who can pull them off look impossibly cool in that I’ve got better things to do than think about It-bags kind of way. I use a quite inexpensive and way pared-down black one from Muji on days I’m going to be running around the city with my laptop, because it’s so much more comfortable than dragging it around in any bag, but I do occasionally dream of an upgrade. The trick, I think, is to stick to very classic shapes—backpacks that try for other, more esoteric or handbaggy contours miss the point—and keep your outfit on the simpler side, so as to avoid coming off too shleppy hippie chick, which—for me and possibly only just for me—is always the fear with a backpack. This one from Madewell has got as timeless a look as you could ask for, and the leather’s only going to get better with age.
Just the most simple utilitarian shape possible, but rather fabulous when executed in leather.
Filson bags are always great because they’ve got the unique ability to look all-American and outdoorsy or super-chic and sophisticated, depending on the context.
Back when I worked in an office and was in the habit of wearing dresses every day, I found it maddening that I couldn’t locate more coats with dress-length hems. And just this week, when a reader requested a post on just exactly that, I found myself maddened all over again. Why is something so uniformly necessary so impossible to find? Why doesn’t every designer want to make a coat that’s nicely long and maybe just a little sweeping and dramatic? Why can’t there be more like this gloriously asymmetrical number from 10 Crosby?
This one’s got it right: clean and classic, with a touch of military styling.
The styling here drives me crazy—I know it’s very Fashion to have a skirt hem sticking a few inches out below a coat but my eye will never get used to it. Still the coat itself has got such a nice menswear-ish cut. And the color’s unbeatable.
Those clever ladies at limited edition site Of A Kind have hit it out of the park with this really quite lovely gift bag of tricks, perfect for that person on your list for whom nothing seems exactly right. It comes with a pretty great gold leather pouch from Baggu, a mini facial set from indie beauty brand Marble & Milkweed, a candle from Cold Spring Apothecary and even more pretty bits. The last time I tried to write about something from Of A Kind, it literally sold out before I could finish the post, so if you’re at all interested, by all means, do not delay.
Rock solid evidence that black and brown actually work great together.
Be still my beating heart.
Classic cotton PJs with a star print. Now that we’re deep into Lounging Season, this (almost) gets classified as fashion for me.
Due to a rogue nerve growth somewhere between my pinky toe and the one next to it, wearing high heels has become a uniquely excruciating form of self-punishment for me—agonizing both in the moment, and, lingeringly, tauntingly, for an entire day following. So when I’m in the mood for height, I get it from platforms and big clunky boots—anything without too big a dip. This time of year, however, there are parties to attend, and pretty little frocks to put on, and that calls for footwear that’s a bit more on the delicate side. Specifically, what one wants are short heels that have the feel of something higher and that—with the right orthopedic support—can be worn comfortably all night long. I would scoop up this d’Orsay-ish pump in a second if I were in the market for a new pair of pumps—the height is just perfect, the shape is nice and modern, and I love the embossed leather. (Also! They’ve got it in the gold marked way down if you’re interested.)
I do love a good metallic, and this one is nice and burnished, which makes it all that much more wearable.
There are those who would suggest that snakeskin should be treated as a neutral, mixed with everything and without fear. I would not go that far, but will say that it’s far more versatile than people give it credit for. There’s not a color that snakeskin doesn’t go with, and in fact how fun would these be with a bold pair of red tights?
No season is a more swift and efficient style killer than winter, and no one article of clothing is more responsible for that annual death of chic than the down jacket. They are as inherently unattractive as they are unilaterally necessary, and they make us all look a little bit like each other as we lumber down the sidewalk, all puffy and bundled. I have managed to dig a few up that I think are on the cuter side of things, though. They’e all thigh-length, because a girl’s got to stay warm. First up: this wooly on the outside, downy on the inside number with a hood and always- cute toggles.
I like the cocoon shape here, and the funnel neck looks like it’d be crazy cozy.
So very sportif in the navy, and nice and slim in proportion, with a black faux fur collar. I am forever a sucker for the blue and the black.
This one’s just like a really smart, big, well-proportioned hug.
A little bit on the shorter side, but I’m allowing it because it’s got leather sleeves, which is kind of to die.
I found all of these with the guidance of my friend Dolly, who is vegan right down to her leatherette jacket. Wouldn’t you kind of wear all of them?
I’ve put together a couple of holiday gift guides—at Shopping’s My Cardio and Go Fug Yourself—and you might want to check them both out, because I think they turned out pretty fun, and because now I’m likely all holiday gift guided-out and might not be producing more holiday gift guide goodness here. Although I might be throwing in the odd impossibly perfect gift in now and again. Like for instance: the best Christmas tree ornament ever.
Well, why not a flamingo print in the middle of November, I ask you?