Monday 26th September 2016
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Top 5 of the week

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Today, I bring you pieces I’ve got my eye on over at Net A Porter, starting with this sweater from Bella Freud, featuring her thoroughly charming doggie-in-profile logo, which I have coveted for ages and ages.

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Striped Nikes!

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A sweeter, softer take on the denim shirt in a really nice, old-school wash.

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The polka dotted tulle peeking out from under this otherwise standard-issue preppy jacket just slays me. It’s from J. Crew’s recent capsule collection for Net a Porter, which is worth checking out.

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I actually just acquired this pair of Frame boyfriend jeans and they’re quite flatteringly cut and I love the wash, and just in general they’re giving my beloved r13s a run for their money.

Posted on September 26th, 2016 1 Comment

Cheap and chic of the week

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Here we have former French Voguette Capucine Safyurtlu looking all kinds of right in head-to-toe gray, a prospect that used to terrify me (the color doesn’t do my skin tone any favors) but that I now embrace fully (lipstick solves everything, it turns out).  Grey is great for color-phobes like me: it allows you to branch out from all black but still play it safe, in a nice, neutral tone that goes with everything and looks great layered with varying shades of itself.

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These cigarette pants are so damned snappy and the cut is just right.

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Just a good, solid, basic tee—cut on a bias, which is nice.

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I am especially keen on the idea of acquiring a pair of gray Vans at the moment.

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This sweater is perfectly slouchy-cool, and would look great with above cigarette pants.

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I love the look of gray suede—it makes this simple clutch come off so rich.

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A classic single-button houndstooth blazer will take you far.

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And again, I make my point about gray suede: don’t these pumps look way more expensive than they are?

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A cashmere and silk scarf in a great deep charcoal tone.

 

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 11 Comments

The GOACA denim guide part 3: white jeans

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Possibly you are thinking my timing is off, what with summer being right out the door, but I believe in white jeans for all seasons (well maybe not the depths of winter) with boots, clogs, sneakers, sandals, or whatever the temperature dictates. I also loathe tight white jeans, so all of these are boyfriend cut, starting with this pair from Citizens of Humanity.

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I like the unfinished hem here.

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An especially clean, crisp option from J. Crew.

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I’m a big fan of Frame Denim’s Le Garcon cut—nice, slouchy, but not sloppy.

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Here’s your very nicely priced option.

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 5 Comments

Things I bought, Things I want

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I can’t get enough of black and white striped tees—they’re quite versatile and sophisticated and a tiny bit rock and roll too—but they are maddeningly hard to find. So I jumped right on this oversized, slouchy number pretty much the moment I saw it. It’s boxy, but not overwhelming because the sleeves are cut narrow.  I pretty much can’t stop wearing it.

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These metallic mules from Rachel Comey are magic; a good mood in a shoe.  And the tone is a nice muted metallic, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing clown shoes. In addition to which—and counterintuitively—they’re quite practical: metallics totally work as neutrals; you can wear them with anything. And they’re perfect for this time of year, when it’s too cool for a sandal but not quite boot weather yet. I gave them a test run in the Rachel Comey store on Crosby Street but have yet to pull the trigger, which is curious, given the excellent job I’ve done talking myself into them.

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I’m not the biggest fan of velvet, but on a blazer I think it can be brilliant—sexy and tough and super-chic—and I might just be a little obsessed with this one from Frame Denim. It comes in a rather spectacular blue too, but the black just feels so dead-on glamorous I can hardly stand it.

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My fixation on yellow abides.

 

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 17 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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Some of you have asked if Everlane somehow pays for all the coverage they get here—because I do feature them kind of a lot. But the truth is, I just quite like the brand, and their simple-but-stylish designs, and most importantly, their emphasis on bringing ethically well-priced clothing to the people. And I’m very keen on their brand new selection of wool items, starting with this really well-cut cocoon-ish coat, which rings in just under $200 (it also comes in black, just fyi).

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I’ve been looking for a perfectly simple black A-line skirt approximately forever. This one is pretty much exactly right.

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And of course I’m loving this cute little cropped pant as well. I’m sure it was conceived as a work piece, but I’d dress it down with a tee and cardigan on weekends.

Posted on September 20th, 2016 8 Comments

The GOACA denim guide part 2: boyfriend jeans

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted jeans that fit me the way guys’ jeans fit them: relaxed, slouchy, with room to move. And so I was thrilled when manufacturers introduced the boyfriend jean (and its cousin, the “relaxed skinny”) and I live in fear of the day the trend dies. So I stockpile like mad. And I’d love to add any of the following to my collection, starting with this just slightly faded-out black pair from Citizens of Humanity.

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These are seriously roomy and look great low-slung at the hips.

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Of course I had to include this bit of crazy-fabulousness.

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nice, clean pair with minimal distressing.

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I love a good grey pair of jeans.

Posted on September 19th, 2016 9 Comments