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It’s not especially in my wheelhouse, but I became obsessed with the quilted leather bomber that Loeffler Randall’s Jesse Randall is wearing in this profile on Madewell’s blog the second I saw it. It walks that classic/edgy line quite well, if you take the quilting to Barbour-type places in your head, which I do. It also seems like it’d be a good weight for early spring. Should spring ever actually come.
This one’s a little more like it.
Today I bring you one of my favorite fashion images from the 90s, because I mentioned, did I not, that Princess Week would be about indulging my nostalgic side? Consider for a moment Linda and Christy and friends in their white button-down shirts: do they not look like a million bucks? I miss the original supermodels, with their abundant joy and vim, and do not accept the current procession of desiccated, sullen specimens slouching down the runways as their worthy successors.
But back to those white button-downs, which have been on my mind since I spied this perfectly classic version a few weeks back. The chicest women I know live in white shirts, and use them as a foundation around which they build outfits that get interesting in the details. You should think of them that way, too: as a perfect foil for your most standout pieces.
I’ve been wanting to pull the trigger on this pintuck-style top for ages now. Nili Lotan pieces are pricey, but I always end up wearing the hell out of them, so I might just do it.
My Princess Week dream ensemble: a tuxedo shirt, leather jeans, an armful of bracelets and a slightly smaller ass.
Just latch this satisfyingly sturdy double chain link bracelet on your wrist, and poof! You’re Coco Chanel.
Quite a lot of print, yes. But when you’re on crazy arctic lockdown and layers are the rule of the day, it’s nice to throw something a little unexpected in there between your sweater and big-ass parka.
When certain trends go away, they seem only just mildly unlikely to come back; others are more of a snowball’s-chance-in-hell proposition. If you’d asked me which category I thought cropped motorcycle boots fell into, I’d definitely have chosen the latter. And yet here is this: a somewhat more spiffed version of the clunkers that (I’m not ashamed to admit) I thought were the absolute bomb back around 1992. Then, as now, they are exactly equal parts batshit crazy and somehow oddly cute. Would you do it, ladies?
Last year around this time, I wrote a post about dressing for holiday parties in which I stated that the best approach regarding this type of event is to choose a really standout top and not worry so much about the rest. As a rule, nobody notices anything but what’s going on from the waist up at big parties—something I realized after attending a crowded and frenetic holiday function in a sweater dress whose sole interesting detail existed at the hem—and felt like the sartorial equivalent of the moment all the liquor runs out. So these days I adhere to what I like to call the Party in a Top philosophy. Everybody should own at least one party in a top, and you probably already do. But it never hurts to widen your array of options. I like this one because it looks like the soul of comfort, could just as easily be paired with jeans as dressy pants or a skirt, and—not least— has a sparkle component.
A black floral is always so damn sophisticated. And also just FYI: don’t let the sheerness scare you off: it’s just styled here with an especially immodest cami.
A party in a top doesn’t always have to make all that big of a statement: the sexy choker neckline here speaks volumes, quietly.
Just the kind of very easy, very feminine but not at all prissy top I live for.
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