Some might argue that cropped jeans aren’t a wardrobe classic at all, but it is my belief that they are, or deserve to be: this time of year, they’re fun to wear with boots, and in a couple of months, they’ll look great with sandals. I’ve got short legs (actually, they may be perfectly in proportion, but all I’ve ever wanted were long legs, so I loathe this about myself) and I feel like they’re really leg-elongating if you’re up for wearing a big old clunky platform with them, which I always am. I like them best with a button-down half-tucked under a V-neck sweater this time of year, and something lighter and breezier later on. This Nili Lotan pair isn’t for everyone, but I think they’re rather fabulous.
I love a good grey jean and I love a good boyfriend jean—and not nearly enough cropped jeans are boyfriend-cut for my taste—so these are aces in my book.
And speaking of boyfriend cuts: I loathe white jeans worn tight, so I really appreciate these.
A nice pair of Levi’s, with a flattering high waist.
And another high-waisted pair, this one from Madewell, that I’ve had my eye on for some time.
I just really like the wash here.
Ditto here; so nice and dark, which is so hard to find.
I know R13s cost a fortune, but if you are in the mood for a splurge and they fit you right they really are worth it: I’ve got this pair, and it is probably one of the three pairs of jeans I wear the most, which is saying a great deal, because I have a lot of jeans.
I like graphic tee best when worn with a blazer—that’s the most polished, grown-up way to style them—but they’re of course perfectly good to kick around in on weekends in whatever you’re in the mood to wear. This one from Allsaints, with its football stripes and faint leopard print, is so cute I can hardly get over it.
The bandana print here is just kind of sweet.
I always like Zoe Karssen’s bat tee, which she makes pretty much every season.
This insect tee from Carven isn’t cheap, but the colors sure are pretty.
I very much like how worn-in this one from The Great looks.
And finally: a tissue-thin specimen by Proenza Schouler that’s a mighty splurge but that I am altogether tempted by.
Today, I bring you denim jackets with a little something different going on, like this collarless number from Madewell, which I didn’t like at first, and then decided I really liked.
I know, this one from Etoile Isabel Marant is pricey, but the beading at the collar is just too good.
White denim is always cool, and the sherpa lining is just a plus.
Another nice collarless option, this one a little more pared-down.
And why not a red denim jacket, I ask you?
Finally, I couldn’t resist throwing in this Carhartt jacket, because I love Carhartt anything.
Please do indulge me as I post a whole ton of pieces in that awesome pale pink that is showing up everywhere, even though I already posted on it not so very long ago. It is not at all like me to be so totally taken by a pastel, but it’s so subtle it feels almost like a neutral, which is nice. And I am especially in love with this boyfriend sweater from Frame denim. It sits in my shopping cart as I type.
This coat has such excellent clean, clean lines.
And I’m digging the lightning bolt pattern on this silk shirt by Equipment.
Another purchase I’m pretty ready to make: these slouchy trousers, which seem like a really chic alternative to khakis.
I like the idea of layering this hoodie under a coat for a nice pop of delicate color.
James Perse makes the best tees—really soft and durable—and this one has the most flattering neckline.
I almost never show you guys anything without sleeves, but this Rebecca Taylor blouse is so pretty and feminine, and it would look great peeking out from under a blazer.
I think the very dirty pink hue of this Iro jacket is quite chic.
This blouse just looks so easy and sweet.
And this shoulder bag is just the coolest.
Blue is a good color for those of us whose wardrobes are largely composed of items that are black: it is not too far afield from it, and therefore not too scary. I also quite like how it looks paired with black: statement-y, but never overwhelming. I would wear these Stan Smiths with jeans or skinny trousers, and a denim skirt once the weather (finally!) gets warmer.
I really, really prefer a trench in a darker color to one in the traditional khaki, and this new navy one from Everlane is smart as can be. In addition to which, it’s a pretty good buy.
Such a fuzzy, huggy sweet mohair-wool-blend sweater from & Other Stories.
I like the silhouette of these sweats—and of course, the boss racing stripe.
Such a pretty, feminine slip skirt.
They just seem so feminine and easy, and good for winter, when you want something covering your legs. I like to wear them with the most opaque black tights I can find—which in my experience is Spanx—and an ankle or knee boot, depending on my mood and the weather. This first skirt, with a fluted hem, is just all kinds of pretty. I’d wear it with a deep-V-neck sweater.
Just a super-classic A-line wool version in a nice dark blue.
Such a cool print, and I dig the asymmetrical cut on this Helmut Lang option.
I am dying for this very flatteringly ruched Rick Owens cotton midi, which would be perfect for year-round wear.
This is not as crazy-asymmetrical as it seems here—click through for a still-life and you’ll see—and I think it’s such a fun, lively print.
Nothing lovelier than a silk skirt.