Monday 29th May 2017
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10 spring shoes with walkable heels

Maryam Nasser Zadeh sandal

The only time I put on anything with a really high heel anymore is when I go on dates. The rest of the time, I crave comfort, and I know you do too, because this is a frequently-requested post. Lucky for us all, low heels are kind of a thing at the moment, and there are many quite suitable options to choose from. Maryam Nasser Zadeh makes tons of splurgy pairs, and I am especially enchanted by this red number.

Mango platforms

Platforms aren’t technically low heels, but I’ve included a couple anyway because of their supreme walkability: this pair is pretty classic in a 70s way that I like.

ATP Atelier pumps

A grey pump is a nice departure from black and a stylish touch this time of year.

Everlane pumps

And here’s another great pump, currently waitlisted at Everlane, but worth waiting for, to my mind.

& Other Stories mule

Just a very simple, versatile mule.

Mango sandal

This could not be much more adorable and is dirt cheap.

Kork-ease platform

I love Kork-ease: there is no more comfortable platform—or if there is, I haven’t found it—and this pair is neutral enough to go with just about anything.

Intentionally Blank sandal

This strikes me as a good, solid work shoe.

Topshop pump

pointy toe pump in a really fun hue.

Rachel Comey sandal

This silver sandal is appealingly retroish without looking costume-y.

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 9 Comments

Taking requests: Jeans under $100

Levi's jeans—Taking requests: jeans under $100

A very lovely reader named Llana wrote in and asked for a post on inexpensive jeans, and since my taste in denim skews pricey—and that ends up affecting what I show here—it seemed only fair to oblige. Let’s start off with a classic pair of Levis, shall we?

Kut from the Kloth jeans—Taking requests: jeans under $100

I could do without the tiny touch of distressing here, but otherwise this is a pretty decent boyfriend cut.

Topshop jeans—Taking requests: jeans under $100

I like the raw hem here.

Treasure & Bond jeans—Taking requests: Jeans under $100

Just a nice, skinny, high-waisted pair.

Levi's jeans—Taking requests: Jeans under $100

Another pair of Levi’s, also high-waisted, in a nice clean wash without any whiskering at all, which is tough to find.

Blank Denim jeans—Taking requests: jeans under $100

And finally: a fun cropped pair.


Posted on May 18th, 2017 35 Comments

Six jackets with a utilitarian feel

I am very much liking this kind of item lately, and wish I could find an exact replica of the French workman’s jacket I picked up at a vintage store a little while back, because it is perfection with my current jeans-and-button-downs uniform. But jackets like this look fantastic mixed with femme-ier pieces, too, for a soft/hard contrast.  And speaking of femme, I love the little bit of flouce at the hem of this bomber.

There are so many cute-but-overpriced military jackets out there, and the truth is, you should never pay a lot for one: this shirt/jacket hybrid is perfect for days when you barely need a layer at all.

An obvious Rick Owens knock-off, but a pretty good one.

nice alternative to your standard-issue denim jacket.

The lines here are really interesting, but I also like that this looks extremely wearable and versatile.

camo print with a traditional denim jacket shape is pretty fun.


Posted on May 16th, 2017 7 Comments

Suddenly liking kimono jackets

It’s good every once in a while to find yourself interested in some look that is completely out of your wheelhouse—it keeps you from falling into a wardrobe rut. And that is pretty much how I feel about kimono jackets, which are pretty far from my aesthetic, but which I find myself drawn to lately. Part of it is that so many of them are vehicles for good prints, but I also just like the easy glamour of them, and how they instantly elevate an otherwise everyday outfit. I’m quite tempted by this one, because the lines are nice and clean, and I think it would look so good with black jeans.

I actually tried this Ace & Jig jacket on at Bird the last time I was in Brooklyn, and was sorely tempted, but couldn’t quite justify it given the number of jackets that are already in my closet. They do matchy-clashy really well, Ace & Jig does.

The embroidery here is very sweet.

nicely priced option, and the blue pops in such a lovely way.

I am crazy for this splurgetastic choice from The Kooples—it is the ultimate throw-it-on-and-you’re-ready-for-a-party piece.

And this quilted denim jacket is exactly perfect for the weather right now.

Posted on May 12th, 2017 8 Comments

Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition

good one for kicking around on summer weekends.

DKNY dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

This dress is a little tricky, but not intimidatingly so, and the lines are really sophisticated.

Maje dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

I am actually really tempted to go to Maje on Prince Street this afternoon to try this  floral  midi dress on, because they’ve got it in the window and it’s been tempting me for days.

& Other Stories dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

A pleasingly simple shirtdress with a nice, subtle print.

James Perse dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

Sexy, but also really easy-looking.

Rachel Comey dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

I think the ruching business at the shoulder is quite cool.

Frame Denim dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

Lacing like this almost always looks cheesy to me for some reason, but here, I really like it.

I can’t resist a star print.


Posted on May 8th, 2017 24 Comments

Wardrobe classic: Cropped pants

I like cropped pants all year round (and have held forth more than once on the appeal of wearing them with boots) but this time of year is when they really make the most sense. I always feel like a crop just makes my whole outfit feel more together and tailored somehow, even if the pants in question are on the casual side. I like pairing them with clogs, of course, for a little height, and even sneakers sometimes, if I’m just kicking around.

White army pants are kind of a revelation, and I like the twisted seam.

Just a rather perfect pair of skinny pants, simple as you please. (And here’s your cheaper-and-quite-similar option.)

These just look like fun, and I like the elastic at the ankle.

An elegant pleated navy pair that tapers down nicely.

These are quite similar, but they’re black.

Since I’m in a camo mood lately, I had to include these.

And these pants just tickle me, what with all those adorable dots: they’re a good choice if you’d like to try a pair of pants with a print but the prospect also scares you, because the dots are pretty subtle.

These are quite nicely tailored, and I dig the army green.

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 26 Comments