Monday 29th August 2016
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Is it too soon to look at fall jackets?

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Just really easy, casual ones for those first crisp days when suddenly it occurs to you that you’d better layer up before leaving the house? I bought this silk bomber four or five years ago from Equipment and it is perfect, perfect and as lightweight a jacket as I’ve ever found.

quilted jacket

This quilted  cotton number feels very Isabel Marant to me, but is priced decidedly not.

white downtown

I’m very much liking J. Crew’s ever-popular Downtown Field Jacket in this eggshell hue, which may be new but at the very least is new to me.

barn jacket

barn jacket-shaped denim jacket feels ideal for kicking about on weekends.

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A handy cropped-in-front-long-in-back army shirt jacket for throwing on whenever.

Posted on August 26th, 2016 7 Comments

Top 5 of the week

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A good pair of slouchy trousers is just about the best thing ever: not only are they as comfortable as they are flattering, but they have a way of making anything you pair them with look that much cooler. Plus, they work with everything from sneakers to clogs to heels. I miss wearing them in the summer when it’s too hot to, and so today, in celebration of the fact that it was 68 degrees when I woke up this morning, I bring you the following quite stellar pairs. First up: these have a high waist and a very, very, very, subtle navy and grey check, which is fun.

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Hope makes their super-baggy chino in a few colors, but I like this eggshell hue best.

track pants

These have an easy elastic waist—ankles too—and remind me of my favorite classic Gabi Trousers from Maria Cornejo, except that they’re from Madewell and cost a whole lot less.

slouchy army

I live in my super-light slouchy army pants from The Great. I wear them as I type. No lie.

drop rise jeans

Technically, these are jeans, but the cut is so excellently trouser-y that I think they work just fine here.

Posted on August 24th, 2016 15 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

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I have desired this skull & crossbones pendant by James Colarusso approximately forever. It is the only skull and crossbones I’ve ever felt like I could wear and still feel like myself: the blurred-out effect softens the menacing imagery, and turns it into something quite beautiful, in an offbeat way.

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You’ve got to click through to see the picture with the model to get a better sense of the dimensions of this bag, with which I am completely obsessed: it’s like a wee pouch that has been blown up to serious handbag/tote proportions. Like, I’m pretty sure you could fit a laptop in it.

stripe heart dress

Again, click through to get a close-up view, this time of the print on this pretty shirtdress: it’s all striped hearts: so cute—but not cutesy—and entirely chic.

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 11 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week


I like this picture of Caroline de Maigret better than most carefully staged-to-not-look-staged street style photos, because it catches her looking imperfect and rumpled, but still rather fantastic in that most powerhouse of wardrobe staples, the white shirt. This time of year in particular, nothing beats it for all-around chic, comfort and utility, and—astonishing though it may seem—I appear to have gotten through practically the whole summer without bringing you a roundup of them. So here are a bunch, all under $75, because I’m nice like that.

perfect shirt

Your standard classic long-sleeved button-down, with which you can not go wrong.

courier shirt

I feel as though perhaps I showed you this short-sleeved Madewell top already this season at some point but I’m going ahead and doing it again anyway, because it’s got a certain tomboyish appeal that charms me.


I am not the world’s biggest fan of a peplum, but here I think it totally works because it’s on such a clean-lined piece.

crew popover

Just a simple, clean popover, easy as you please.

drape front

drape-front top is the very embodiment of slouch.

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 7 Comments

Reader, should I?

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This amazing velvet jacket just turned up today on Net a Porter, and already they are running low in certain sizes, and I feel certain it will be headed for sell-out status sooner than later. I am desperate for it. And yet here I sit, unable to pull the trigger. On the one hand, this is a fantastic piece, all the statement any outfit needs. On the other, it feels very much of this season and as though it won’t have a lot of staying power beyond it. And I worry that it’s so popular I will see myself coming and going in it. On the other hand: who cares? It is just so good. This one is 100% down to you, readers. Should I go for it?

Posted on August 19th, 2016 80 Comments

In which I endlessly surprise myself



The part of me that was ever even the tiniest bit cool is rolling its eyes at the part of me that is dying for this jacket, which is the spawn of a collab between Barbour and Wedgwood, manufacturers of fine china.

Posted on August 17th, 2016 4 Comments