Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category
I’m kind of liking this barely-there hue, which at first glance might strike one as overly prissy, but upon second consideration has a nice and nuanced sophistication to it. I prefer it as shown here with all light colors, but it can hold its own with darks, too.
Madewell’s Transport crossbody tote looks extra-fabulous when executed in pink suede.
I very much like the engineered slouchiness of this cashmere sweater from Vince.
The tweedy texture on these Seavees sneakers is just excellent.
I love a clog that has studs and not staples, and these are not too expensive either. And the color is just right. If you want them, buy them soon, because I fully expect them to sell out.
A really nice, gentle V-neck sweater from Theory.
And finally, this nifty foldover clutch from Everlane.
As I mentioned briefly last week, I have very much been feeling hoodies again, for the first time in about a decade. I used to wear them all the time—to toughen up jackets and coats that might otherwise come off too ladylike, but these days my wardrobe is more streamlined, and coats and jackets I’m wearing them under are too. This first option is quite chic in army green.
And the shirttail hem here appeals, as does the fact that the material is quite thin, making it good for layering.
A quite luxe choice in cashmere.
A nice classic grey zip-up style.
And finally: you can’t beat a solid, heavy-duty Champion model.
And by winter florals, I mean florals in a darker palette, which is just how I like them best really any time of the year. This one from Derek Lam is definitely on the splurgy side, but it is just so feminine and pretty.
I like the band collar and the sweet tiny floral here.
The simple, stark black and white palette is quite winning here.
A little flouncier than I usually go, but I love the rich green.
This almost doesn’t read like a floral at all—it’s a little abstract—but it’s got a slouchy cool I find irresistible.
I like the very bold color combo here.
And the matchy-clashy prints on this one are fun.
Does Cher not look fabulous here? I remember being so struck by this image of her in the brilliant style guide Cheap Chic (which came out in 1975 and has since been reissued and which you should by all means snap up, as it’s a timeless classic). I’m very much feeling this look. It seems polished and sexy and new, even though it’s been around for a little while.
I like the solid dark wash on this pair from Frame denim, and it’s got a staggered hem, which is very of the moment.
It’s tough to find a high-waisted pair in a boyfriend cut, but these—from Rag & Bone—are rather good.
Here’s a slick black pair.
I’m liking the grayish wash on this Citizens of Humanity pair.
These have a nicely beaten-up look.
Of all the recurring posts I do, there is no greater pain in the ass than dresses with grown-up hemlines. This is because I like to show you dresses with actual sleeves as well, and this additional requirement always manages to whittle the choices down with alarming efficiency. I did find a handful I liked quite a lot, however, starting with this flatteringly-cut dot print from & Other Stories.
A very ladylike—but not at all prissy—silhouette.
I just love this fun print, and the dress itself looks so easy and even a little sexy.
I like that this manages to be shoulder-baring and long-sleeved at the same time.
A graceful, asymmetrical choice from Zero+ Maria Cornejo.
I am a big fan of a simple shirtwaist dress—and like the way this one looks in comes in navy, too.
And finally, to round out the group: a really quite pretty silk floral.
I enlisted Tribeca Mom for this post, because a whole lot of you wanted help with a work capsule wardrobe, and it’s been so long since I had to dress for an office that I didn’t feel like I could do a very credible job of it—and because TM has fantastic office style. (For the uninitiated, Tribeca Mom is my friend Meredith Rollins, and she is the editor-in-chief of Redbook.) I’ll let her take it from here. “Dressing for work is one of those things where it helps to have a uniform. Ever since I got the top job at Redbook, I’ve majorly streamlined my closet: it’s a lot of the same kind of dresses, variations on the same jacket, the same pant cut, the same shoes. Maybe it’s not the most exciting array in the world, but it helps me get out of the house in less time—and it also means I never feel scraggly if a big meeting is thrust upon me in the middle of the day. Though the shapes of my clothes are classic, I try to have some fun with the prints and colors and little details, just to keep things from feeling boring. My go-to items are right here. Let’s work on the assumption that you have a nice white t-shirt (I like a J Crew V-neck) and some dark-ish jeans that can pass muster on a casual Friday. Add those two elements in, and you’ve got roughly three weeks’ worth of variations. Kinda magical, no?”
“A printed sheath dress (I like a floral). This is polished enough to wear on its own to an event, and also layers nicely under any kind of jacket or sweater.”
“A simple black blazer. Self-explanatory, I think. It makes you feel instantly boss-like, and can elevate that t-shirt and jeans into something office-y.”
“A cropped jacket. I’m really into this moto style, in a lush, deep green. It feels fancy. A black leather jacket would also work well here, if you’re in the kind of job where leather doesn’t seem wrong.”
“A floaty skirt in a pretty print. Yeah, this isn’t cheap, but it really works hard, and nice fabric is key. Cute with a sweater, a button-down, a blazer, a cropped jacket….just cute, period. Yet professional!”
“Black pants. This is the other place where it’s worth spending some money. These Philip Lim ones are my favorite—the crop is cute with loafers or heels, they’re not too low-waisted, they’re simple yet a tad bit interesting. Perfect all around.”
“A super-simple cashmere crewneck. Expensive-looking, luxurious-feeling, yet not a wallet-buster. You can even throw it over the sheath dress, to get more mileage out of that.”
“A silk button-down. This is chic as hell with the black pants (or jeans) and either heels or flats. Plus, it’s just the right side of sexy, which I love.”
“Loafers. I’m living in these right now. You gotta be able to walk, am I right? So gamine and sweet with a cropped pair of pants and a sharp little coat.”
“Pointy-toe heels. I’m hearing Kim’s voice in my head and not recommending my favorite shoes on the planet, which are Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. They are not cheap ($595) but boy, are they comfortable for a heel. They last forever, if you don’t slog through the slush in them. They’re trend-proof but also cool. And in a surprising color or print, they make even an all-black outfit feel thought-out and glamorous. Such a good investment, IMO. That said, you can get very similar and equally stylish heels for less. So…People swear SJP shoes are insanely comfortable, and these grey flannels are cute as can be.”
“Or you can jazz things way up with some animal-print velvet. Because your workday deserves a little jazziness. (Really: it does.)”