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Posts Tagged ‘Mango’

Cheap and chic of the week

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I am picky, picky when it comes to my t-shirts, and have lately been making the rounds to find some nice and not-too-pricey ones for summer—a season which, in my experience, can be hell on clothes. So far, Mango is the one to beat: this slouchy number is made of 100% viscose, but it’s the good kind of acrylic: super-soft and—trust me on this—completely breathable.  And the price—under $15!—makes me feel so much better about the big berry pie stain I’ll likely be gifting it with come July.

Posted on June 6th, 2014 13 Comments

Thursday trifecta: embroidered tops

 

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And not just any embroidered tops, but embroidered tops with something unexpected going on in the way of pattern, and with a tight color palette, which you know is a thing with me.*  I lingered over but didn’t buy this one when I was at Mango the other day, and have been regretting it ever since.

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A splurgy option from Suno with really exquisite handiwork.

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Is deco ethnic a thing? Because that’s the vibe this top gives off to me.

 

 

 

*I know, I know. They’re all sleeveless. But that’s what cotton cardigans are for.

Posted on May 8th, 2014 10 Comments

The leggings of the skirt world

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Tube skirts are as comfortable as the day is long, unrestrictive, and—if you take care to find a good one, and pair it with the right top—not quite so tricky as they seem. I bought this one from Maria Cornejo not long ago. It wasn’t cheap,  but sucks you in like you’re wearing Spanx from hip to knee.

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A little bit of strategic ruching works wonders for those of us with less than diminutive hips.

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The peaked hem on this (quite reasonably priced) option is a nice little touch.

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For me, some degree of hip and butt coverage is essential here—but I don’t go too big, as the silhouette starts to get weird. This draped front top dips satisfyingly low in back and has a nice amount of interest up front.

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I like a tee that has enough volume to provide coverage, but not so much that it will add unnecessary bulk. (I also like that this one also comes in a decent assortment of shades.)

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A crisp oversize cotton button-down  is exactly what I’ll want to be pairing it with come summertime.

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As will a big old blousy tunic.

Posted on April 29th, 2014 19 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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When worn with a black cardigan, leggings, and boots, this could not be more completely out of my playbook.

Posted on December 10th, 2013 7 Comments

In which I remain a woman of my word

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Those of you keeping track of these things might recall that some time ago, I did a post on all black clothes that came out on the expensive side. So I issued an IOU for a Cheap and Chic redo, and today, reader, the goods are delivered. First up: this flared coat is right out of the French ingenue playbook.

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Oversize alligator satchels always strike me as very very dotty rich British girl.

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Impossible but devastatingly true: this chocolatey-rich faux-shearling jacket rings in at $89.

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Who cares if you’ve already got a few? Life requires a big huggy cardigan to suit every mood.

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A trouser that’s on the skinny—but not asphyxiating—side.

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The black face Timex has more style than watches ten times its price.

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Dead solid classic.

Posted on October 11th, 2013 6 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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If you switched out the Mango label on this cute little top for an Isabel Marant one, and put it on the racks at Barneys, I honestly don’t think anyone would be the wiser.

Posted on October 9th, 2013 7 Comments

I’m digging lightweight silky bombers

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These are a totally different beast than their bulkier counterparts, and perfect for the weather we’re having right exactly now in New York, when it’s chilly in the morning, too warm for a sweater by noon, and then brisk again once evening hits. Unlike more wintry bombers, these conform to your shape instead of their own, and are as drapey as your favorite slouchy top. And, even though the silhouette is quite tomboyish, in this fabrication they can’t help but come off quite feminine as well. Not long ago, a blue version of this very nearly perfect little number sold out on the Zara site too quickly for me to even share it with you guys; this one will no doubt go fast as well. Do not delay!

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This washed silk version will run you more, but  it’s made from the genuine article and drapes like a dream.

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I feel certain I’ll catch flack for this one, but how can a houndstooth-into-leopard print be anything but unstoppable? Go ahead and have at me if you must. My skin’s feeling on the thicker side today.

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Yes, it’s white, and, as such, likely an accident waiting to happen. But it’s also machine-washable!

Posted on October 1st, 2013 17 Comments

More cheap and chic: leopard prints

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This is another Cheap and Chic Week category that got many requests, and again, I’m not surprised: there are few things better than a fantastic leopard print—it can be sexy or preppy or rock and roll depending on your mood, and how you care to style it. But a bad leopard print is a very bad thing indeed, and can happen just as easily on a $50 pair of shoes as a $500 blouse. My two general rules to getting it right: the shape of the piece itself should be somewhat classic, without too too much else going on; and the scale of the leopard print should be neither too tiny (which doesn’t read) nor too large (which comes off Flintstones). At $159, this coat rings in just a wee bit above Cheap and Chic Week’s price limit, but the print is very nearly perfect, and I love how big and dramatic and long it is, so it stays.

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Leopard print shoes have never really been my cup of tea, but I find the subtle, mottled look of the print on these pumps rather unexpected and elegant.

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Don’t the gold studs here just somehow, improbably, work?

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I do love a red and black leopard print, as well as the nice slouchy cut of this sweatshirt.

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Now here is a skirt that looks like it costs more than it does.

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This scarf looks—delightfully—as though its ends were dropped in a can of blue paint. (Note: click “reload” if at first the site tells you that the page is not available; it is.)

Posted on September 11th, 2013 18 Comments

Welcome to cheap and chic week!

 First up, by popular demand: boots. To those of you who were very specific in your requests for less expensive versions of certain Acne and Isabel Marant models: I have done my level best and hope you are satisfied. The prices here top out at about $130; not dead cheap, but about as expensive as the week will get.

Posted on September 8th, 2013 26 Comments

Print of the week extended play version: weekenders

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Shocking, isn’t it, that each one I liked was either an ethnic or animal print? The purplish/greyish leopard print on this little number from Herschel is the cuteness.

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A cheery vintage ikat print with very designer-y details.

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The leopard spots are so unexpected on the sportif duffel shape, and the stud details are fun but stop just short of being too much.

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Similarly, python can be a pretty strong statement, but the faded army green trim here keeps this one from coming off too disco lady.

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I love when colors that don’t necessarily make sense are thrown together—and the stripes on this bag’s Guatemalan print cover a lot of bases—because then you can wear them with anything.

Posted on August 8th, 2013 2 Comments