Saturday 21st January 2017
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Wardrobe classic: the big old turtleneck sweater

It is the rare article of clothing that has the power to soothe, but I believe that a big old turtleneck is one that does: it’s the type of thing to throw on when you wake up feeling like you could use a hug, and for this reason, I believe we should all own at least one. I like this Isabel Marant fisherman’s sweater—currently marked down at Net A Porter—because of those standout pops of color at the shoulder and neck.

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Just a really good cable knit.

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I like the twisted seam on this option from & Other Stories (it comes in a really nice grey, too).

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Pristine white is nice, if you’re up to the challenge of not spilling coffee on it.

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The collar on this clever number is detachable.

 

 

Posted on December 20th, 2016 9 Comments

The jacket that makes the outfit

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The jacket that makes the outfit is a close cousin to the party in a top, and is quite useful this time of year. The right one—like this almost-too-much sequined number from Iro—can turn even just your most basic jeans and tee combo into a memorable party ensemble.

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This wine-hued blazer is so luxe in velvet.

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Nothing says party like a nice glossy bomber.

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Tweed and studs: unexpected, but it totally works.

I love the vintage-y feel of this drapey item from Elizabeth and James.

This super-graphic Indian print jacket from Ace and Jig would look fantastic with black trousers and the simplest top.

A cropped tuxedo jacket that will instantly spiff whatever it is paired with.

Posted on December 16th, 2016 4 Comments

A party in a top, part 6

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For those of you just joining in, the notion of a party in a top was born when I realized that at crowded holiday gatherings, all anyone really notices in the crush is what you’re wearing from the waist up.  To me, this is a very freeing concept, as it is so much easier to find a great top than it is to locate the perfect dress, and afterward, you’re left with a fun little piece to work into your wardrobe however you may please. And you can dress a top up or down, depending on the occasion, with cocktail trousers or a little skirt, even jeans.  A party in a top is maybe something you wouldn’t wear every other day of the week, like this metallic blouse, say.

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A good party in a top can even be a little bit crazy, as this one most certainly is.

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tuxedo shirt is very classic party in a top—throw on some skinny trousers and you’ve got as elegant a look as you could ask for.

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Something that sparkles is always party-appropriate.

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A little sheer is welcome at all the best parties: just slip on a cami underneath.

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Too often, lace comes off prissy, but this very well-priced, super-femme-y option is anything but.

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From the sale at Maria Cornejo: you can’t go too far wrong with something quietly sexy and shoulder-baring.

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Call me nuts, but I’m a complete sucker for sequins, and think they look especially great dressed down with jeans.

 

 

Posted on December 7th, 2016 9 Comments

Good winter white jeans, and what to wear them with

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I pull out my white jeans pretty regularly, and am so glad when I do: there’s nothing fresher to wear on a nice, crisp fall day (or a crappy, rainy Parisian one, like Emmanuelle Alt and Geraldine Saglio show here). There doesn’t have to be anything at all tricky about this look: the simpler you keep it, the better.

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Geraldine and Emmanuelle like their white jeans tight, but I prefer a boyfriend cut—in particular this pair from FrameDenim which, annoyingly, is sold out in many sizes.

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So I bring you my second-favorite white jeans:  these from Current Elliott

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And for those who insist on going tight, I suggest this pair from J. Crew, as they are in ecru, which is more flattering than going for straight, snug optic white.

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As for what to pair them with: more often than not, I go super-straightforward, and choose a black cashmere crewneck.

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But a nice, chunky handknit-looking sweater in a rich light brown plays nicely off the white as well.

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In general with this look I like to stick with solids, but this fair isle is a pretty perfect accompaniment.

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As for outerwear: think oversized. I don’t know why, I just like the look of it. This coat is almost as tailored as a blazer, and I love the very subtle herringbone pattern.

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This is for if you want to look all dramatic and Ice Queen.

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I just love the way grey looks with white—and this is so winningly fuzzy.

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 22 Comments

Wardrobe classic: the crewneck sweater

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I used to think crewneck sweaters were desperately boring, but I have decided that I just misunderstood them. A good crewneck, as Capucine Safyurtlu so aptly demonstrates here, can turn a whole outfit chic in the quietest of ways. All you need is something interesting—but not too interesting—going on in the way of color or texture.

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This oversized sweater has little sparkly bits in it, which I love.

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These stripes are in such a good palette, and I like how the red really pops.

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I am crazy for the ribbing on this cashmere offering from Everlane.

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I really dig the unexpected color combo here.

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This is cute, with the side-zipper, and the price is nice.

Posted on November 16th, 2016 15 Comments

Fun with faux fur

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I very much believe that the faker a faux fur coat or jacket looks, the better. Furs are dead serious, but fake furs have a sense of humor, and they’re a whole lot chicer—and cheekier—when they’re not trying too hard to approximate the real thing. This coat, for instance, couldn’t look less like actual fur, and I couldn’t be crazier about it.

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This fluffy number practically looks like the hide of a Teddy bear, and I love it.

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A really good leopard print from British label Shrimps.

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Such a great cropped jacket—sort of 70s, but not in a costume-y way.

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The subdued camel color and the clean-lined cut contrast so well here with the crazy-ass “fur.”

 

 

Posted on November 14th, 2016 3 Comments