Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Taking requests: Lace-up boots

“So for whatever reason (midlife crisis?) I’ve been painfully missing my 90s Doc Martens 8-eye boots,” writes a reader named Sara. She wonders if she should buy herself a black pair, or “is there a more grown-up, chic alternative?” I love the idea of the GOACA army decked out in Docs (and I know that quite a few of you still wear and love them) but the notion of a more polished version also appeals. This suede pair from Vince would look so great with skinny trousers.

Here is a very splurgetastic but also quite chic pair from Ann Demeulemeester that I have lusted after for ages (pretty much every season she does a slightly different version).

The lug soles on this pair would make them great for trekkingin the snow. Also, they’re kind of tough-chick-looking.

A pre-worn option, for those of you who enjoy such things.

I’d love to have the nerve to wear a to-the-kneee lace-up.

This just looks eminently cozy.

The most feminine choice of the bunch, with a nice wedge heel.

I like the ever-so-slightly platform sole here.

These brogue-style boots are actually Doc Martens and I think they’re wonderful.



Posted on October 24th, 2017 59 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Business casual

This is actually a request, from a reader named Meghan, who writes, “I’d like to know your ideas for business casual. I’m packing for a conference in Chicago and kicking myself that I didn’t ask about this sooner!” This is a tough one, as it has been seven years since I’ve worked in an office, and from what I understand, things have gotten much more dressed-down since then. Which is cool, but can be confusing when you want to look on point. My advice is to play things pretty straight: it’s a look I like anyway, and one you can’t really go too far wrong with. I’d start off with a nice cashmere V-neck.

And then I’d go for some tailored-but-casual trousers, like these chinos from Vince.

Under the sweater I’d layer a cotton button down like this one.

I’d have a little fun with footwear and go for these burnished metallic boots. (Here’s a cheaper pair I  like too.)

And—just so I wouldn’t come across too preppy, I’d throw on this faux fur jacket.

Posted on October 19th, 2017 11 Comments

Top 5 of the week: corduroy jackets


I love corduroy, but find jeans in that material impossible to wear—so deeply unflattering—so instead I go for jackets. This is so excellently classic, with really good leather buttons.

Here’s a nice boyfriend-cut version.

A corduroy bomber is really chic in a French chick kind of a way.

I found a Marc Jacobs jacket I thought was adorable, but it was too pricey for what it was. This one from Levi’s is a dead ringer for it, and well-priced.

This plummy hue is just the best. I want this jacket a lot.


Posted on October 13th, 2017 11 Comments

Cheap(er) and chic of the week

I have been obsessed with this Nili Lotan faux fur jacket for a  while now, but no way am I springing for it.

Especially when this so much more reasonably-priced version exists. It’s not blue, which is part of what makes that Lotan jacket so perfect, but it is pretty damn good.


Posted on October 6th, 2017 8 Comments

Velvet and velour are having quite a moment

I approached this post with some degree of caution, as velvet and velour can skew really cheesy really easily. But they can also be quite elegant, and few things feel as good to wear. My main rule with these materials is to play it relatively straight: velvet in particular makes enough of a statement on its own, so you don’t want to get too tricky with it. This dress is  so feminine, but at the same time nicely streamlined.

A black blazer looks nice and rich.

If I still worked in an office, I’d be all over this dress.

This tee is the lightest, lightest lavender, and hangs so nicely.

A dress for throwing on when comfort is the priority. It’d look amazing with leather leggings.

Here’s pencil skirt with nice clean lines.

This tank worn with your most beaten-up jeans would be aces.

A blouse that’s ladylike without being prissy, which is nice.

Velvet on shoes can be disastrous, but if the color is good enough, as it is here, they can really add a lot to an outfit.

This blazer is just such a good green.

I like the dressed-up feel of these Tretorns.

The kind of tee that goes into high rotation as soon as it reaches your closet.

Grey velvet jeans are nicely sophisticated.

I adore this vest, and so wish I had the nerve to try and pull off a vest.

Just a very simple top that could easily be dressed up or down.

The choker collar here is really sexy.

And why not a velour hoodie?

Posted on October 5th, 2017 44 Comments

It is ankle boot season at last

Summer is my favorite season in many ways and I’m always sad to see it go, but fashion-wise, fall is the best time by far. I’m always pleased when it’s time to switch from sandals and clogs to boots, and am therefore delighted that New York—after an unseasonably hot September—is finally getting cool enough to do just that. Here are 12 pairs I like, starting with this chic ecru pair from Everlane.

This looks very Isabel Marant, but in fact is Madewell.

My favorite boots these days come from Officine Creative, and I’m nuts for this pair, because the shape is so good and the height is substantial but still walkable.

I am so excited that No 6 has made their clog boots with serious treads on the soles so you can wear them in inclement weather without slipping all over the place.

A nice stiletto heel that isn’t too perilously high.

I like the combination of pointy toe and clunky heel here.

And I like the very eensy, walkable heel here.

My most stylish friend wears her Rachel Comey Mars booties endlessly.

These ring in just under $100, but look like they cost a lot more.

Just a really show-stopping hue.

These offer a nice amount of height without too much pain.

You could traipse all over town in these.

Posted on October 4th, 2017 25 Comments