Posts Tagged ‘madewell’
I love backpacks because they are the ultimate in utility and not trying too hard, and I always think that women who can pull them off look impossibly cool in that I’ve got better things to do than think about It-bags kind of way. I use a quite inexpensive and way pared-down black one from Muji on days I’m going to be running around the city with my laptop, because it’s so much more comfortable than dragging it around in any bag, but I do occasionally dream of an upgrade. The trick, I think, is to stick to very classic shapes—backpacks that try for other, more esoteric or handbaggy contours miss the point—and keep your outfit on the simpler side, so as to avoid coming off too shleppy hippie chick, which—for me and possibly only just for me—is always the fear with a backpack. This one from Madewell has got as timeless a look as you could ask for, and the leather’s only going to get better with age.
Just the most simple utilitarian shape possible, but rather fabulous when executed in leather.
Filson bags are always great because they’ve got the unique ability to look all-American and outdoorsy or super-chic and sophisticated, depending on the context.
Rock solid evidence that black and brown actually work great together.
Suddenly, all I want to wear are pintuck tops and their cousins, button-down shirts that only button halfway down (do these have a name?) and allow for a kind of blouson-ish, excellently stomach-junk-camouflaging kind of effect. This silk one is a bit on the long side, and perfect for those who are looking for a little butt-coverage while they’re at it.
A cute, tuxedo-style option.
Really, I think I could wear white versions of this particular style of top every day of the week. So sharp and pulled-together, especially if you elect to tuck. This one, with its sweet gold buttons, is a more straightforwardly feminine option.
I tried this on at the Joie store the last time I was there and truly, the only reason it didn’t leave with me is because I’m trying to institute a New Austerity program, and it involves not buying every single cute top I come across. But it wasn’t easy: the slouch factor is fantabulous.
The ruffle neck is a little more lady than I usually go, but the red on this Liberty print for J. Crew is positively unstoppable.
Looks as though I’m skewing seriously casual. And you?
1. Black skinny slouchy jeans
2. A perfectly classic Cardigan
2. Ye olde drapey top
4. A tailored army jacket
5. Ankle boots with a touch of height
My dear friend and former coworker Elise Loehnen—who lives in LA and works as the editor in chief of Beso—is a woman who is not afraid to let her sartorial freak flag fly. There were times when I would see her coming down the halls of Lucky in one of her crazy-bright shirtwaist vintage dresses, complemented by a big belt in a dramatically contrasting hue, then topped off with a doorknocker of a Navajo squash blossom necklace, and I would just have to crack up. It was totally loony but a delight to behold, and while none of it had anything to do with any trend of the moment, it all, I eventually came to realize, was brilliant. Elise understands the joy of color and print, and I would venture to say that she, more than any other one person, is responsible to passing that on to me. Her style has definitely morphed into something quieter and more grown up in recent years. But she can still bring the crazy.
Straight Leg Jeans from Big Star This is a heritage brand that’s due for a comeback: The denim is really high-quality, and the wash is unadulterated. I like straight jeans because they don’t make me look too hip-y (like skinny jeans, which are the bane of my existence), but they’re still cuffable.
Pointy-Toe Skimmers Cute and then more cute.
Timberline Ltd Pendleton Laptop Case I bought an 11” MacBook Air earlier this year that literally changed my life, particularly with the arrival of a baby (more on Max later). I was surprised to find that while everyone has jumped on the iPad case bandwagon, nobody is making them for my sweet little laptop. (Does anyone really even use their iPad?) I found this awesome lady on Etsy who custom-made a case for me for about $55: As Kim can attest, I’ve been on the Pendleton tip for about 20 years now, and while it’s surfed in and out on the trendscape, I will never, ever quit it. I love my case almost as much as my computer.
Liberty Print Nike ID Sneakers These might not count as cheap, but on the cost-per-wear spectrum, mine have been essentially free: I love a good pair of sneakers and while I’m a big enough person that they can look mannish and not so cute, these work. Even my judge-y husband thinks so. I wear mine to work out, and I wear them with black cuffed jeans.
Victoria’s Secret Chambray Shirt If I learned one thing from Kim and Andrea at Lucky, it was to never dismiss Victoria Secret clothing—there’s a lot there that doesn’t involve sequined sayings across the rear. This chambray shirt looks super soft, and I love that it doesn’t feature any weird fading. I’m still carrying many extra pounds from having that aforementioned baby, and so a button down and button down-plus-sweatshirt combos have been my go-to for getting through these chubbier days.
Necklaces, Layered — 1, 2, 3 Here’s a good triumvirate (everything is better in odd numbers): Even before I had a baby, I liked to keep all my shapes nice and tailored. I’m curvy, and so something with a collar, that fits well, always does me the most favors. Often, those things tend to be boyish (if not actually from the men’s department), and so I add my pin flair through a happy jumble of necklaces.
Riot Sweatshirt Am I too old for this sweatshirt? Am I too old to shop at this new Tomboy-themed site?
Vintage Enamel Taurus Charm + Vintage Enamel Travel Charms As I’ve traveled over the years, I’ve picked up loads of charms, specifically of the enamel variety. But there’s no reason you can’t jump the line and pick them up on eBay! This guy has a great selection, PLUS, he has enamel astronomy charms, a path I decided to take to commemorate Max’s arrival (in lieu of wearing his initials and all that jazz).
All Knit Caps How awesome are these hats? It would look super lame on me here in LA, but if I find any reason to visit the East Coast this winter, I’m all over them.
Sioux Barrettes Being from Montana, I can’t go home without stopping by a trading post or two—I’ve always been obsessed with seed beadwork. These are from the Sioux tribes—gorgeous right?
XS Men’s J.Crew Shirts I buy ALL of my button-downs from the men’s department at J. Crew now that they sell them in XS: They’re cut extra-narrow, but they’re nice and long, so I don’t expose myself when I bend over. I usually wear them under a sweatshirt, or with a chambray or cardigan on top.
Like for actual shoe shoes. I own almost none. But they’re exactly what’s called for in the weeks that are almost upon us, when it’s too cool for sandals but not quite boot season either. The key is to avoid pairs that are too flat: there’s got to be something in the way of a heel—or, failing that, a thick-ish sole—or all but the tallest and willowiest among us run the risk of looking like we booked a one-way ticket to Stumpytown.
It would be almost impossible to stay in a bad mood with a pair of these shinypants loafers on.
And I love the subtle masculin/feminin vibe of this patent pair.
I almost never go for a loafer, but am attracted to the casual chic of these: they look like a pair of Vans cast in leather. Also, the thick rubber sole would add a nice little dose of height.
The shoe itself says grown up and together; the delightfully clunky sole says Doc Martens forever.
Everything on sale at Madewell is an additional 40% off right now, and much of it is both rather cute and under $100.
A nice, bright little pile of stackable rings, pre-styled for your convenience.
It’s a Liberty print, guys!
Here is precisely why I always say not to judge all synthetics too harshly: this tee, which right off the rack looks slouchy and chic and perfectly broken-in, like you’ve had it for years. It’s 100% rayon and you would never, ever know.