Sunday 25th September 2016
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Wardrobe classic: the Chelsea boot

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I’ve probably had some version of a Chelsea boot in my wardrobe since I was 17 years old, and I’m not sure I can say that about anything else, except obviously jeans. As a teenager, I liked them because they felt British and rock and roll to me (if Elvis Costello didn’t wear them, then I imagined he did) and in my hipster 20s I duly wore the clunky Doc Martens versions to a thousand indie rock shows. But after that I began to understand Chelsea boots as classics, and went for iterations that felt more refined. Now I have it both ways: my clunky Blundstones for days when I’m going to be walking all over creation, and my more grown-up Church’s brogue boots for when I’m looking to come off more polished. The appeal never really subsides. They’re a little tomboyish, just the teensiest bit edgy. And comfortable, always. This particular pair is shearling-lined, which just sounds like heaven.

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stacked heel gives this one a feminine feel.

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Oh, I am just nuts for the grey suede and old school crepe sole here.

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Your beloved Doc Martens, but slightly de-clunkified.

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I’m a big fan of the brogue detailing on this splurgetastic pair.

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Your handy under $100 option.

 

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And I like this pointy option, with its substantial Cuban heel.

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The wood-grain sole on this one makes a kind of cool statement.

 

Tuesday links

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  • These pictures, from a weather photographer of the year contest, are rather transporting. (Mental Floss)
  • A brief look at Emmy fashion. (NY Times)
  • There will be a spin-off of The Good Wife. (Pajiba)
  • Bruce Springsteen opens up about dealing with depression. (Death & Taxes)
  • Are these potato chips—formerly only available to inhabitants of US correctional facilities—the best ever? (Laughing Squid)

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.

Six surpassingly cool totes

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Let’s start with the one I am dying for the absolute hardest: this suede and leather beauty, from Jane Mayle, who has resurrected her beloved-by-many clothing and accessories line from the 90s/early 00’s.

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This is just Madewell’s simple Transport Tote, but in the best blue.

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I find the black-on-black stripes here to be quite elegant.

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OK, in addition to the Mayle bag I am also very much dying for this splurgetastic Jerome Dreyfuss option, with the excellent chain detail.

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I love the elongated shape of Baggu’s Basic Tote.

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The genius of this one is that you can adjust the handle depending on whether you want to carry it or wear it on your shoulder.

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This one from APC is not the most convenient option—it has only the one set of straps, with no shoulder option—but it is so damned elegant I could die.

Monday links

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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.