Friday 18th April 2014
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I’m not sure whether I want to wear this Marc by Marc Jacobs silk shirt dress or make a pillow out of it—and that’s not necessarily an insult. (Check out the scarf version here; it actually looks highly wearable.)

Posted on April 17th, 2014 8 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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A silky, drapey top that looks not at all unlike a few from Maria Cornejo for which I have paid a great deal more.

Posted on April 15th, 2014 4 Comments

Meet the new kicks

slip on street style

I try to steer clear of the whole notion of athletic footwear as fashion (not always successfully) but slip-on sneakers I can fully get behind. They’re like exceptionally comfortable loafers, but so much cooler, as our friend here amply illustrates.

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Vince has many and varied excellent options to choose from in this category, and they have been the focal point of my personal slip-on sneaker fixation. So after much browsing and deliberating online, I finally pulled the trigger on Saturday at their Soho store and chose this woven pair. There are suede and leather versions as well, but I love how lightweight these will be come summer.

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Of course, a lot of you might say there’s no reason to look further than your classic Vans, and a lot of you would be right. I’d totally go for this metallic  option, even with that pesky front-and-center  branding.

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This snakeskin iteration is on the more fashiony side of things, but still nicely understated.

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There’s something about this rich charcoal suede pair from Rag & Bone that almost reminds me of desert boots.

Posted on April 15th, 2014 16 Comments

Indulge me

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Because yes, there was a leopard print post just last week, and I would not typically do another so soon, but this Current Elliott skirt is burning a hole in my shopping cart over at Shopbop, and when I can’t get something out of my head, I find it helps to share. Here’s how I’m picturing it: sized up so it sits a bit lower on the hips and falls a touch closer to the knees, and dressed down with a tee and flat sandals, or platforms that are on the chill side. Can you picture it? Should I go for it?

Posted on April 14th, 2014 23 Comments

Cobalt blue, and why not?

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Aside from good old trusty navy (and anything that skews darker)  I’m not an especially big fan of the color blue. But cobalt is different—a pleasing shock to the system that works any time of year and goes brilliantly with black—always a consideration in my book. I am a huge fan of this elegantly drapey dress, and not just because of the hue, but also because it has a grown-up hemline, and this turns out to be a particularly tricky season for finding dresses with grown-up hemlines.

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This beauty from Loeffler Randall is the kind of bag that can make an outfit.

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I never buy sandals in exciting rainbow-bright colors, but these make me want to.

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You know I love a good linen tee, and this one has a nice deep V, which is always so flattering.

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Bright blazers are a really easy way to make an outfit interesting without trying too hard.

Posted on April 10th, 2014 11 Comments

Feeling spring part two: 5 key jackets

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Good leather jackets don’t come cheap—so far from cheap, in fact, that I almost never feature them here. But a nice, throw-it-on-and-you’re done soft and slouchy one like this can turn just about anything you’re wearing into an outfit, and you can’t put a price tag on that.

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You guys know I love a good lightweight bomber, and this one is so cute and unexpected with the embroidery.

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A clean, cropped blazer, for when an outfit needs to read grown-up in a hurry.

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Ye olde trusty Barbour Beadnell jacket, now and forever.

steven alan car coat

Something on the more polished side, to throw on with a dress.

Posted on April 8th, 2014 10 Comments

The unburdening

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A few weeks ago, I bought myself a beautiful new Jerome Dreyfuss cross-body bag. It was pricey, but I’d been obsessing over it for ages, and had finally managed to talk myself into believing I actually needed it, and that was all it took. What I managed to conveniently overlook is that Jerome Dreyfuss bags are really heavy, and after a while, this one actually started messing up my back. If I carry it on one shoulder it’s fine,  but that’s kind of unwieldy, especially when walking the dog, which is a thrice-daily affair. Then this weekend, shlepping the dog and the bag around Nolita, I found the solution at Clare Vivier on Elizabeth Street. For those occasions when I don’t need to be carrying around much more than my wallet, phone, keys, and reading glasses, this classic suede pouch is very nearly perfect. It weighs next to nothing, and is big enough not to look wee, but small enough to keep you light on your feet. (That not-too-wee part is crucial: seriously mini bags don’t feel grown-up to me, especially if they’re in shapes you’re used to seeing at regular size, like hobos and satchels.) Here are a few other options, all with crossbody capabilities.

 

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Super-simple, deathly cheap.

lark and wolf

It’s not every day that you find a nice rich brown like this.

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Just the right amount of exterior stitching and not a touch more.

PINK BAG

This little guy comes in navy and tan too.

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Black on one side, nude on the other: big fat crazy versatility all around.

 

Posted on April 7th, 2014 7 Comments

Just throwing it out there

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Jumpsuits are a thing, guys. And not the 70s disco parachute cloth version that haunts our collective nightmares, but something more tailored and clean—and definitely cut to be more flattering to more bodies. I know I’m going to catch major blowback here from some of you for featuring these, and I’m not entirely sure I’ll be buying one myself, but I daresay I’m intrigued.  Because for instance, doesn’t this look like the perfect one-step solution for those days when you can’t figure out what to wear to work?

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I love the idea of wearing this crepe version  for evening: it’s got an appealing menswear feel, but with a neckline that turns things sexy.

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And here’s a kick-around version from DKNY.

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Even J Crew is in on the game, with an ever-so-slightly crazy eyelet version that’s also kind of awesome.

Posted on April 4th, 2014 44 Comments

French chicks just know things

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I love the look of white jeans, especially worn in seasons other than summer—not the easiest look to pull off, but not really the toughest either as long as you keep it simple, and so damn chic when it’s done well. Recently I’ve been on a dual quest, both for the exactly right pair, and to figure out a good way to wear them during the early, inevitably damp days of spring. As I sometimes do in situations such as this, I looked to the French fashion editors for inspiration. And as is so often the case, they did not disappoint.

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Step one: a really good blazer. I have a nice heavy wool one to trot out for the chilly days we’ve still got coming, but would love to somehow be able to justify the purchase of this spot-on tuxedo jacket. Frenchie up there on the right is wearing one that’s more like J Crew’s schoolboy blazer, and that of course looks great too.

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A tee that slouches perfectly, like this one from Splendid, is key.

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And as for the jeans themselves: at this point in my research, the pair that feels most right is this one from J Brand: they’re in a slim boyfriend cut (I can’t deal with tight white jeans) but still look neat. I also very much like this pair from Current Elliott—although they are definitely on the roomier side of things—these from Zara, and  this pair from DL 1961.

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A big scarf in a dark color is like French fashion editor 101.

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Accessory-wise, I’d throw in a few sophistipunk touches: like this belt, which substitutes big studs for gold chevrons.

 

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And this quite sculptural ID bracelet.

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Also: a pair of super-simple spikey silver studs.

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So many ways to go with footwear (wouldn’t these be a pip?) but I’d stay on the clean-lined and walkable side with something like this.

Posted on April 1st, 2014 33 Comments

Taking requests

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My sister in law Shanna needs an attractive, professionally-appropriate-but-not-boring black handbag that is big enough to accommodate her Macbook Air. This was a fun one. I am kind of in love with this endlessly chic and truly goes-with-everything number from Coach.

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For the person whose bag is never big enough: this up-for-everything messenger style.

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Probably my favorite: the vertical shape just feels so modern and chick-on-the-go.

 

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A lot of elegance for something that rings in under $25.

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Another, more refined take on the messenger bag, with a strong graphic zipper.

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An absolutely perfect saddle bag, for the more laid-back professional.

Posted on March 24th, 2014 22 Comments