Of course I am absolutely dying for this one from Mara Hoffman.
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.
It’s been all about the button-down this season.
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.
Belting also keeps things looking put-together.
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.
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.
You can’t beat a chino with a tuxedo stripe for cheeky good fun.
A corduroy blazer is so Seventeen Magazine back-to-school issue circa 1979.
I tend to like trenches best when they are some (dark) color other than the classic khaki, and this military green totally nails it.
Blue on blue and just so good.
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.)
Just more Kiehl’s Creme de Corps than a girl has a right to imagine.
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.
A nicely understated sneaker with a thicker-than-usual sole—all the better with which to add a little height.
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.
A slightly wackadoo print on an otherwise very tailored, clean piece is almost invariably a winning combination in my book.
I love the easy, flowy, deeply summery vibe of this blouse.
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.
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.
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).
A pintuck blouse is always feminine, and I like this one for being on the pared-down side.
The clean tailoring is a nice counterpoint to all the frou on this lace and eyelet option.
A fun short-sleeved iteration, with excellent pockets.
This one of so excellently apres-beach.
Of course this very tomboyish popover is on my short list.
I am so intrigued by this crossover shirt from Steven Alan.
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.
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.
I couldn’t not with this bronzer.
A good mood in a shoe.
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.
A basket shape is so French in a really sweet way, and this one is nicely under $50.
I like how this seems Mexican serape-inspired, but is still quite streamlined. And it’s roomy.
The space dye effect here is pretty cool.
Straw and brown leather = classic and cool.