Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Sweatpants are all I feel like wearing right now

sweatpants street style

Especially first thing in the morning when it’s time to take the dogs out for their stroll, and when I drag my ass to yoga and it’s too freezing to wear leggings. But I’m thinking of expanding my horizons: I have a super-stylish friend who wears her sweatpants as streetwear, and she always looks great, and enviably comfortable. I wouldn’t try to dress sweats too far up (although I have included here a silk pair that is practically evening-worthy), but instead to think of them as an alternative to jeans on days you just can’t be bothered with a zipper.

outdoor voices sweatpants

this heather grey pair looks a bit like what the woman in the picture is wearing.

The Great sweatpants

The Great makes these adorable embroidered star sweats (as well as these, with hearts).

sincerely jules sweatpants

Just a well-cut, straightforward black pair.

adidas sweatpants

I have always loved the look of classic Adidas sweats—the stripes are so sportif (and here’s a very chic pair with subtler stripes).

z supply sweatpants

Grey camo is nice and subdued.

nike sweatpants

These are fleece, which would be so damn cozy.

PE nation sweatpants

I wrote about these PE Nation sweats a while back. They were quite splurgetastic, but I went for it and am so glad I did: they’re the perfect winter sweats, very thick and warm. Now they’re on sale—still not cheap, but nicely cheaper.

mother sweatpants

I like the raw cropped hem here.

pam & gela sweatpants

And I am crazy for this dark leopard print, and the fun way it contrasts with the stripes at the waist.

ATM silk sweatpants

A silk pair is nicely luxe—wear them exactly as you would a good pair of trousers, with just about anything.

terez sweatpants

The skulls here stop short of being overwhelming because the print is black-on-black so they’re barely visible.

everlane cashmere sweatpants

These are Everlane’s cashmere iteration—there’s a waitlist, but it’s well worth getting yourself on: I own a pair and they’re so soft, and wear well.

juicy sweatpants

How squishy and comfortable would a velour pair be?


Here is a post I did on my favorite pair of yoga pants.

Posted on February 12th, 2018 28 Comments

Taking (challenging) requests: flats

want les essentiels shoe

So many of you have written me asking for a post on flats, and I have been avoiding it for the longest time because I personally can not bear to wear a shoe that doesn’t make me at least a little taller (hence, my love of clogs, and their unbeatable combination of height without pain). But I understand the desire for a comfortable, walkable shoe, so I decided to stop procrastinating on this one and just get down to it. I like the contrast of the crepe sole with the shiny leather on this Want les Essentiels pair.

churchs oxford

You can’t get a whole lot more classic—or natty—than a pair of Church’s wingtop oxfords: they’re not especially cheap, but are well-made and will last forever.

frye loafer

This pair from Frye reminds me of a much more expensive pair from Zero + Maria Cornejo.

lucky brand loafer

The lines on this pair of stylized loafers are nicely streamlined.

doc martens

I know many of you guys still love your Doc Martens, and I’ve got a big soft spot for them too, even though it’s been a while since I’ve owned a pair. I like that this one has a black sole.

everlane loafer

These loafers from Everlane come in a few colors, but I like the idea of going for a pair in navy.

penny loafer

I think penny loafers can be quite chic if you pair them with a slightly edgy outfit.

everlane street shoe

These street shoes, also from Everlane, are technically sneakers, but I think they’re sophisticated enough to wear bopping around town.

everlane babo

These will obviously be better once the weather turns warmer, but they’re really cool-looking.

mansur gavriel shoe

This is a splurgy option—it’s Mansur Gavriel—but that pink is pretty irresistible.

weitzman loafer

This has a nice loafer shape, but it’s as lightweight as a ballet flat. (Here’s a cheaper version).

rachel comey shoe

I love the D’Orsay shape here, and the fact that this one seems very versatile.


Posted on February 9th, 2018 39 Comments

GOACA wardrobe classics: sneakers

want les essentials sneakers

I pretty much want every pair of sneakers I’ve posted here, but of course the pair I want the very most is the only really splurgy one I’ve included: these salmon-pink kicks from Want les Essentiels. I like that they have a platform, but that it isn’t too clunky.

allbirds sneakers

I’m very intrigued by Allbirds, the newish company that makes their shoes from Merino wool. That seems like it would be cozy this time of year, and word is they’re the most comfortable thing ever. They’re also appealingly minimal.

greats alta sneaker

Greats is another company I’m pretty keen on: I owned this pair, the Alta, in black, but alas, one of the dogs chewed them. So I’m thinking of getting this plummy color to replace them.

adidas gazelle sneakers

I’m pretty sure I’ve shown you these pink Adidas Gazelles before, but they sell out fast and right this second Net a Porter has them in all sizes. I also quite like them in this blue.

nike cortez sneakers

The Nike Cortez is such an old-school classic, and the pops of red and blue are nicely graphic.

vans old skool sneakers

You can’t beat Vans Old Skools, and I am a big fan of this red (click through to see a lot of other colors too).

adidas iniki sneaker

Another very old-school design, from Adidas. They remind me of a pair I’ve spied Maria Cornejo wearing.

veja sneakers

Veja is another company about which people rave: they use organic materials, and are fair trade, which is cool. And they’re super-cute. (Check out a few additional styles here.)

puma suede classic sneaker

Another winning pink pair—I couldn’t resist—from Puma.

vans leopard sneakers

Leopard print can be tricky on footwear of any kind, but the fact that the color palette here is so simple makes them work.

blue converse sneakers

I love the blue contrasted with the red stripe on these forever-cool Converse.

nike blazer sneakers

I have gotten some questions about whether high-tops are appropriate after a certain age, and I have to say I think they are perfectly fantastic if the style is pretty simple, which I think these are.


Posted on February 7th, 2018 46 Comments

In which I argue that pencil skirts are wearable

pencil skirt street style

I know the general impression is that pencil skirts look best on those who are long and lean, but I love the way they look on a woman with curves—very sexy and confident. I find that full skirts, with all their volume, tend to make me look bigger, and that a pencil silhouette can actually be on the slimming side. And I like how the woman here is wearing hers with a big slouchy sweater, which is so chic and also nicely casual (yes, I know her shoes tell another story).

lou lou skirt

The trim at the hem of this skirt from Tibi is such a nice hit of femininity, and I love that it’s asymmetrical.

max mara skirt

A denim pencil skirt  with a super-clean wash, which isn’t the easiest thing to find (I like this one from AG as well).

allude skirt

This one is ribbed cashmere, which would be so cozy to wear right about now.

mango skirt

Look closely at this check print and you’ll see that it’s a pretty great green-and-white pattern.

& other stories skirt

I am crazy for this asymmetrical leather choice from & Other Stories. It’s not cheap, but it’s pretty well-priced for a leather skirt.


universal standard skirt

And here’s a faux-leather option from Universal Standard (here’s another—quite well-priced—similar choice).

karen millen skirt

And another faux leather—this one in a pretty magnificent blue.

j crew pencil skirt

A nice simple grey option from J. Crew that’d be endlessly versatile

halogen pencil skirt

And here is a very reasonably-priced option.

camuto pencil skirt

I like the side slit here, and the fact that it, too, is well-priced.

theory skirt

I’m pretty sure I showed you this gorgeous ruched skirt from Theory before, but it’s nicely marked down now. It’s got a very forgiving cut.

whistles pencil skirt

This leather skirt also comes in a very nice burgundy hue.

standards & practices skirt

The lace overlay here is so lovely and sweet: I’d dress it down with a simple white tee.

milly pencil skirt

A sequined skirt is perfect for a party (and here is a pretty stupendous green sequined choice in extended sizes).

And in case you missed it: here is a post I did on black skirts a while back.

Posted on February 1st, 2018 38 Comments

18 cute pieces for you petite ladies

eileen fisher jacket

I know this petite-friendly post has been a long time in coming, and I apologize for the delay. I also promise that I will provide more, specific posts like this in the future, but for the first time around I thought I’d throw out pieces I like in every category (except dresses, which proved especially elusive). I was pleased to see that Eileen Fisher has a not-small petites selection, and very much like this vaguely sculptural stand-collar jacket.

J Crew popover

J. Crew has petites too, although not as many as perhaps they should (and why don’t they get on extended sizes already while they’re at it?). I think the gathering on this popover makes it nicely feminine.

halogen sweater

A very well-priced  V-neck cashmere sweater.

anthropologie jacket

This jacket is just a tiny bit twee, but I somehow really like it, and cropped styles like this are nice and elongating.

eileen fisher jacket

As you may recall from my post last week on colorful tops, I am loving yellow these days, which might explain why I’m very much a fan of this quilted jacket.

J Crew denim shirt

A good denim shirt is such a solid classic that I don’t know why I’ve never included it in any of my rundowns of the best classics to own.

spacedye cardigan

This spacedye sweater is quite Missoni-esque, but not nearly so pricey as Missoni.

anthro floral blouse

The pink flowers on this sweet blouse are really good.

flutter sleeve top

This flutter-sleeve top reminds me of Ulla Johnson, but—as with the above sweater—it’s a lot more reasonably priced.

eileen fisher top

A crisp white tunic with a hi-low hem comes in handy on those for days when you’re not at all interested in exposing your behind.

anthro striped tee

This striped tee comes in a few colorways, but I’m partial to the black and white.

J Crew blazer

Just a really well-cut blazer from J. Crew.

anthro button down

I am crazy for the color of this button down, and the barely-there print.

J Crew downtown field jacket

I was pleased to see that the Crew offers their downtown field jacket in petites.

J Crew leather leggings

Leather leggings that are pretty well-priced for leather leggings.

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And here’s a super-affordable pair of cigarette pants.

J Crew white jeans

White jeans in a nice slouchy boyfriend cut, just how I like them.

pilcro jeans

And finally: a pair of perfectly clean, un-distressed black jeans.


Posted on January 31st, 2018 21 Comments

17 colorful, happy tops to beat the winter blahs

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I’m going to try layering tops like these under a sweater or blazer for a little blast of springtime color—it’s the type of thing that puts a little spring in my step when it’s early and freezing out and the dogs need walking. I am suddenly crazy for yellow, and am dying for this Ulla Johnson top (here is a cheaper yellow top I also like, and, here is one in extended sizes.)

the great top

I just really like the blue and black embroidery here.

mango ruched blouse

The ruched detail on this top makes it standout, as does the cobalt blue. It’s pretty cheap, too.

mango red top

A really solid lipstick red on the type of top that you’d turn to again and again.

veronica beard top

You definitely need a cami for this, but I think it’s so pretty.

zadig tunic

I adore the print here, as well as the slouchy cut.

mango pink top

And here’s a rather more vivid pink.

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The striped detail on the sleeves is a fun contrast with the floral print.

eloquii tunic

This looks so easy and comfortable.

mango ruffled top

The tie-neck here is both polished and a little bit sexy.

topshop top

This is quite polished too, and sophisticated as well.

eloquii red top

Another good red.

tamis shirt

I’m pretty sure this is a Liberty print, but I’d like it even if it wasn’t—the color is just so good.

sea top

A slightly hippie girl top, cut in a way that makes it come off more sleek than crunchy.

topshop lace top

This seems like an excellent date night option.

warm tunic

The other color I’m liking right now in addition to yellow is green, and this floral tunic just kills me.

mango purple top

I like this purple floral styled just the way they’ve done it here, with a black turtleneck. But it’d look pretty great on its own, too.

Posted on January 24th, 2018 8 Comments