I’m getting a lot of requests from you guys regarding this one, and here’s my main tip: pick a super-tight color palette and stick to it.
Sometimes when J. Crew indulges their brand of crazy, it totally works for me.
“It must be time for another installment of ‘Dresses with grown-up hemlines,’ mustn’t it be?” wrote a reader named Deborah last week, and she’s right: the last time I delivered this quarterly(ish) feature was October (and to be quite honest, I am never in a rush to put it together, for the same reason so many of you are eager to read it— few things are harder than finding decent contenders). These are all spring dresses, but I would wear each of them right now, layered up: I love the soft/hard look of florals with black tights, boots and a cardigan. The silhouette on this first one is crazy-flattering, with an unexpected color combination—white and black with pops of orange—that totally works.
Very party-on-the-bottom, business-on-the-top.
A super-abstract print with a totally work-worthy silhouette.
Shirtdress-inspired, but so much more wearable.
Here are a few products I’m using right now to keep these relentless days of cold and wet from making me feel like a big, plain lumpen mess. First up: I got a wee sample of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang—one of a brand new line of lip colors from Marc Jacobs—with my most recent Sephora order and am now using it to the exclusion of all other lippy. It’s the kind of pink that works even if you think you can’t wear pink, and stays on for ages.
Why have I been using brush eyeliners all of these years when pencils are so infinitely easier to work with? And this plummy hue so much softer and more flattering than straight-up black.
A nicely subtle bronzer for my deathly winter pallor.
I never mind the years that Valentine’s Day finds me unattached—it’s couples for whom the pressure is on; the rest of us can relax, maybe go out and catch some music (for a good cause) and possibly indulge in a little self-gifting. This neon heart is just six inches high and as cute as the day is long.
James Colarusso makes so many good hearts, and I am especially taken with how rough-hewn and one-of-a-kind this pendant looks.
What I really want is a tattoo of the Play Comme des Garcons heart, but this cute bottle of perfume is probably a far less batshit idea.