Possibly it’s because I’ve returned home from vacation with a refreshed appreciation for Latin American prints; possibly it’s because, viewed full-length, the pattern of this Rebecca Taylor coat actually sort of resembles the world’s most sophisticated Union Jack. All I know for sure is that I want and I want and I want.
To my mind, the platonic ideal of this particular item is the Barbour Beadnell. I feel so cool and post-fashion when I wear mine.
And here it is lined in a Liberty print.
J. Crew’s ever-popular Downtown Field Jacket has a somewhat more urban feel.
I am beyond-obsessing over this denim version from The Great.
From LL Bean: so good in the cream.
I can not lie: I will spend what others may consider an ungodly amount on T-shirts. But to me, a really good tee is an investment purchase—I wear them endlessly (and they will last forever if you hand-wash and dry them)—and I’d rather have fewer and better. I’ve got a couple of Alexander Wang Classic Jersey tees that have worn amazingly well. And they are a perfect object lesson in why I tell you guys not to fear synthetics: they’re 100% rayon and as soft as a beloved cotton tee you’ve put through the wash 100 times. Here’s the variation I’m thinking of going for this year, because a scoop-neck is so pretty and feminine on, and the relaxed, swingy hem will deftly camouflage my stomach junk.
Wilt tees are all cotton and definitely heavier if that’s what you’re looking for, and they have completely mastered the high-low hem thing.
A classic stripe, but in black and white for a little edge.
Nothing wrong with a nice, slouchy v-neck, and this is such a good blue (it does come in other colors, FYI).
And finally: this one is dizzyingly pricey even by my warped standards (it’s Proenza Schouler) but is also just so good.
Because Andrea Linett (check out her fantastic blog here) is the only person I’ve ever met who looks good in a Canadian tuxedo, and because she’s got excellently high-low taste in denim (whereas, as many of you have pointed out, I am stuck in high) I asked her to provide a rundown of the best of the cheapest. Lucky us, she said yes.
“I am into this somewhat dorky-yet-sexy shape lately, and the flare is just flared enough without being costumey.”
‘These have a cool A.P.C. feel (dark, straight, not super-skinny) but with 1% stretch to keep them comfy.”
“My new go-tos now come in black for fall!”
“I love all my shrunken little jackets but am wanting one like this—perfectly oversize so it looks fresh and can fit over sweaters.”
“These are called The Bianca, but they remind me more of Jane Birkin, and I would wear them with a more fitted tee or sweater.”
“I love a good denim work shirt and the details on this one (dark buttons, great wash) make all the difference.”
“And here’s a great button-front 70s skirt to wear now and with boots and a peacoat or big cardigan later.”
My closet is jammed with bags, and I only have two or three in rotation at the same time—and they’re pretty much the same two or three. Right now it’s the black Clare Vivier number I wrote about here; a summery red-and-white Antonello tote (that is sold out everywhere or else I’d show it to you) for when I’ve got to carry a lot of stuff around; and—in current, constant rotation—this little wonder, which has sold me on the utility and stylishness of grey bags in a big way: they really do go with everything, and on days that I’m about to walk out of the house all in black yet again, they add a little punch to the situation. I am crazy for this one from Rag & Bone, with its nifty cream and black details.
Grey suede looks especially refined, and this tote is also very nicely priced, which is lovely.
Another suede option, big enough to fit your laptop.
Roomy enough for work, cool enough for after-work.
A cute little cross-body option from Madewell.
This Stella McCartney for Adidas bag, which I purchased at the beginning of the season—is definitely my best investment in recent memory. It’s meant for the gym, I suppose, but is super-light, and its ability to absorb all your stuff and then fit more makes it perfection for travel. Plus, it expands, making ample room for whatever fun little purchases you might have made while away.
Occasionally, when I find something I love that costs more than I care to spend, I’ll post it here to get it out of my system. That’s what I did last fall with this dark-on-dark camo anorak—which you can now find quite marked down (but alas, still not exactly cheap) at Emerson Fry.
In the past few years there’s been an explosion of super-chic rain boots to choose from, but most come at a super-high price. This waterproof Chelsea boot is a happy exception: under $100, and cute as can be.
Wearing white during the (fast-approaching) non-summer months can be so divinely chic that I can’t believe there are still people out there who believe it has no place in a person’s wardrobe after Labor Day. White just starts being fun after Labor Day, and makes so much more of an impact when you throw it into the mix with other, darker hues. There are so many pieces in this post that I feel the need to own immediately, and this nubby jacket from Iro is one of them.
It’s silly to use a word like “refined” to describe sneakers, but these Classic Pumas have a certain grown-up appeal.
These slouch slacks would look so excellent paired with an otherwise all-black ensemble.
This crewneck tee isn’t cheap, but it’s linen, and you know how I feel about linen tees—they hang so well, and are sexier somehow than straight-up cotton. I actually am pretty sure I’m going for this one, as it has definite wear-it-into-the-ground potential.
Big huggy sweaters can often skew frumpy, but this one is cut exactly right: a bit more snug up top, appealingly looser below.
The black buttons on this Everlane trench keep it from coming off too lightweight, somehow.
Any excuse to buy another silk/cashmere Chan Luu scarf.
A white button-down is so obvious a choice that I wasn’t going to include it at all, but I’m a sucker for a Comme des Garcons little black heart
I like the crop on these corduroys—perfect for showing off your new fall boots.