Sunday 24th July 2016
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Done to death

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The clothing and accessories I find myself wearing all summer tend to fall into two categories: those items that are simply in high rotation—like pretty much all my white shirts—and those that get reached for so often it’s a little gross. These No. 6 clog sandals fall into the latter category. It has gotten to the point where I wonder why I bother even buying new summer shoes: both pairs I purchased this season languish in my closet, all but unworn.

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So I’m wondering: should I go way out on a crazy limb and buy them in this pinkish metallic? The shade seems (improbably) versatile, and I am wildly tempted by them.

What are you reading?

rich and pretty

My favorite recent book has been Rich and Pretty, a really smart, moving and especially well-observed story of two close friends from childhood who find themselves, in their twenties, drifting apart. It gets the particulars of female friendship so right that you will scarcely believe it was written by a man. The book has gotten loads of press and appeared on pretty much every best-books-of-summer list in existence, but I have a sentimental reason for being so fond of it too: its author, Rumaan Alam, was my assistant during the startup days at Lucky (he wrote beautifully here about his experiences at that job) and I loved sharing the earliest days of the magazine with him as my trusty sidekick. When he left Lucky to become a writer, I worried for him. Clearly, I didn’t need to.

Tuesday trifecta

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It is my belief that clothes should, as often as possible, be comfortable enough to sleep in (partially this is due to the fact that I not infrequently doze off on the living room sofa and never quite make it to bed). In summertime, this isn’t such a tough trick to pull off—especially not if you at all like t-shirt dresses, which I do very much. It’s not always easy to find one that fits just right—that isn’t too tent-like or, conversely, doesn’t cling in the wrong places—but they are out there. For instance, I tried on this cute  APC number at Steven Alan the other day, and loved the way it looked un-belted: very Frech chick in the 70s.

theory dress

subdued choice with nice details, like that flattering neckline and not-overwhelming asymmetrical hem.

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I know this one is on the shorter side, but the model is a giant and I’m pretty sure that on many of us normal-sized humans, the hem would hit closer to the knee. For kicking around on the weekend or using as a cover-up for the beach, I’m not sure it can be beat.

Monday links

convention style

Top 5 of the week

white denim skirt

I know I keep banging on about how yuck and hot it is outside, but when the weather takes a turn this hideous, I can consider little else. And when it comes to dressing for the temperature, I—like so many others—find it refreshing to do so in shades of white. First off, it doesn’t absorb sunlight the way darker colors do and make you just feel hotter, and secondly, it just comes off so damn crisp on days when you are feeling anything but. I love the raw hem on this denim skirt, the fact that it has a nice amount of stretch, and also its perfect just-above-the-knee length.

courier shirt

Short sleeves and an oversize cut here just look very fresh to me.

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I adore white jeans, but they can be on the heavy side when temperatures skyrocket. So I’ve elected to show these breezy, nicely tapered linen pants instead.

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I just bought this shirtdress on sale at Maria Cornejo and am getting crazy wear out of it already. It’s actually not white but a light, light shade of silver that is just so good. Exciting bonus for GOACA readers: from now until July 18, enter GOACAFREE at checkout and get free shipping on any Cornejo order!

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I know I face wicked backlash for featuring any shorts here at all—they appear to me among your most despised articles of clothing. But I love the idea of these with a great big slouchy top.

Too cool

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I have two huge walls of windows in my living room, which is so fantastic in lots of ways, but not so great when summertime heat turns intense—as it has at the moment—and my apartment starts to feel like the inside of a terrarium. All the A/C in the world wouldn’t help, and, sadly, the standard-issue A/C units in my building are woefully sub-par. So I lean on artfully arranged fans—small table fans, larger floor fans—to make it through the day. They’re all Vornados, which work as well as anything I’ve tried, even if they are on the ugly side. But now this little beauty, which I just acquired! Its design is based on Vornado’s  first fan, made in 1945, but it’s fully modern in function, which is a pretty spiff combination.