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Cheap and chic of the week

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I’ve been meaning to write about this J. Crew jacket for a while, because it is such a fantastic—but way better-priced—stand-in for this classic from Barbour. But I’m glad I waited, because right now, it’s one of many, many items the site is offering for 25% off. Just remember to enter the code STYLETREAT at checkout.

Posted on October 29th, 2014 12 Comments

I love a duffel coat

 

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So many different ways to go with this one: you can choose something utterly classic, like so.

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Or make your duffel coat your puffer.

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Or go with that whole pastel thing that’s so happening this season.

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Like everything, a duffel gets a little more sophisticated in grey, and I like the houndstooth moment on the pockets, too.

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Oh, I’m totally serious.

Posted on October 28th, 2014 12 Comments

Have at me, winter

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My awesome new Nike sneaker booties are the absolutely only reason I am looking forward to the nasty, chilly months to come: they’re unbelievably soft and plushy on the inside, water-resistant on the outside  (I tested) and actually—I swear it—quite cool-looking on. Like Mukluks gone techno. I totally should have written about them sooner because they’re beginning to sell out in some sizes (check them out on Zappos if that’s the case for you) and by the time the first snow’s here, they’ll all be gone, gone, gone.

Posted on October 27th, 2014 16 Comments

Alterna-blazers

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The type of jackets that are as good with jeans as they are with little work dresses and skirts, and that layer nicely under winter coats once the weather turns polar. I’m a bag fan of the whole lapel-facing-inward trend, and think it works especially nicely here.

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Leather and boucle is a combination that never ceases to charm.

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A whole lot of slick for under $100.

 

 

Posted on October 24th, 2014 4 Comments

Print of the week

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It’s all about the back view on this one.

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 7 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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This moto jacket from Loft’s little sister line Lou & Grey is like a more casual, cooler, infinitely cheaper version of this.

 

Posted on October 21st, 2014 6 Comments

Banana Republic, again

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It’s Banana in the 90s, y’all

As someone who recalls Banana Republic’s glory days with particular affection, I was intrigued by the following note, which I received recently from a reader named Aubrey: “My days shopping at Banana Republic ended a few years ago, but I had some time to kill, and stopped into their store earlier today. Lots of great pieces. Would be interested to get your take.” My initial take is that it would take a lot to revive Banana—the brand has felt so same for so long, and when a lot of customers jumped ship, it was because the quality just wasn’t there either—but with new creative directors anything is possible, and they have one of those. The website looked promising, but that doesn’t always mean much, so off I went to the Soho outpost to kick the tires.

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And here is what I discovered: progress. Nice pieces here and there that I would totally wear. The best of them by far—a near-perfect leather A-line midi skirt—isn’t on the site for some perplexing reason, but it should be. This very 1970s YSL military blouse, which I liked the looks of online, was just as nice in real life.

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If I worked in an office, I would be all over this boucle skirt with the zipper detail, because it is professional-looking but also just a tiny bit badass. Also, it’s not as short as it looks: on a person of non-model height such as myself (I’m 5’6”) it hits at the knee.

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I thought this jacket was pretty fun, and very much the type of item one could throw on and know looked good and not have to worry about. And it’s boucle—which I know, again with the boucle—but it’s such a fun, luxe fabric for everyday items.

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And this wool trench in the grey is straight out of the Lauren Hutton playbook.

Posted on October 20th, 2014 16 Comments

And yet again more Friends and Family excitement

 

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I couldn’t send you into your weekend without letting you know about the big sale event at Saks, but I must offer this one large caveat: there are a ridiciculous number of designer exclusions—like pretty much everyone fancy. If you’re interested in shopping contemporary brands, you’ll have more luck. I, as might be expected, found no shortage of things to like. These boots from 10 Crosby Derek Lam are at once totally cute and completely sophisticated.

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I’ve had my eye on this plaid jacket from ALC all season—that leather detail at the waist just makes it.

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And it’s always nice to be able to grab a nice little Iro something marked down, since their sweater jackets are so cute but so tragically overpriced: this moto-shape is light enough to layer under another coat or jacket—a look that gets me every time.

Posted on October 17th, 2014 2 Comments

Top 5 of the day: Fair isle sweaters, slightly subverted

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I love that designers continue to reinterpret this preppy standard, and the mix right now is especially inspired. There is no particular reason why space-dye and fair isle should work together, but they do here, brilliantly.

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Bold and happy red white and blue, with fluffy (and humanely sourced) angora.

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good mood in a sweater.

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I’ve been obsessing in a minor key over this Band of Outsiders horse-print fair isle for weeks now—it is at once classic and totally 70s to me.

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Inside-out stitch, flourescent—and still somehow not too much.

Posted on October 16th, 2014 10 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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These excellent old-school Onitsuka Tigers—which I discovered recently at Emerson Fry —get pretty much everything right: the black laces, the cool grey-on-black palette, and most of all, the price: a mere $75.

Posted on October 15th, 2014 10 Comments