I like the idea of a backpack a lot—they seem like the choice of smart, cool women who have more important things on their minds than what bag to wear. And if you’re shlepping a lot around, they’re so much more comfortable than a big, heavy purse. I think I will go crazy if I try to write my entire book in my apartment so I’ve been scouting out other places that I can work, and thinking about bags I can carry my computer in too, and a backpack just seems to make a lot of sense.
There is something quite appealing about a super-basic, no-frills nylon version.
But this buttery leather pouch-shaped option is quite nice too.
Extremely minimal and super-chic.
A gorgeous, splurgetsatic blue suede choice from Mansur Gavriel.
This one kind of looks like the one from Mansur, but it’s super-cheap.
And I like that this looks like a bucket bag.
Some items in this rundown are well under $150, like this excellent cotton shirt, for example.
A quite chic, very nicely slouchy tuxedo jacket.
These trousers come in a lot of different colors, and have a very hip-friendly fit.
Everlane’s cashmere v neck is rather luxe for the price.
You can’t beat classic Ray Ban aviators.
I like the beat-up black wash on this denim jacket.
My favorite tee of the moment, from J. Crew, is tissue-thin, and best sized-up.
OK, I’m cheating a little here, because this chelsea boot rings in at $155, but it’s still a remarkably good buy.
A classic black dress, with a sexy low back.
Just a good solid tote, nice and minimal, with the all-important cross-body strap.
A cute denim skirt, flatteringly A-line.
A striped tee, with a an also-quite-flattering boatneck.
Everbody needs a trench coat, and this is as solid a specimen as any.
I like the menswearish stylings of this chambray shirt.
A cool pump with a very walkable heel.
All of the following are tomboyish shirts that still manage to come off a little feminine, thanks to careful, small details. I wondered at first, when I was putting together this post, if this was a real category at all. And then I realized that these are actually the shirts I live my life in. First up: The gathered shoulders lend some grace to this Etoile Isabel Marant popover.
And I like the gentle smocking on this Madewell top.
The ruffle trim at the collar of this otherwise straightforward chambray shirt just delights me—so not my type of thing, but I really like it.
A microgingham print and slightly more diminutive collar help this top play it sweet.
Wide cuffs and interesting pleating here make for a bold (but not too loud) statement.
I know I just did a post on crewnecks back in November, but they are what I find myself wearing most of the time this winter for some reason, so I’m revisiting. They’re just so easy, and a little preppy, which I guess I’m digging, and you can make them look cool with a striped tee or patterned shirt peeking out underneath. I just saw this marled cashmere number in J. Crew’s New Arrivals and even though I don’t need any new sweaters, I want it so much.
Just a really good pink, which you don’t find every day, and it’s nice and slouchy too.
A big, fuzzy mohair sweater at a nice price.
I like the speckled effect on this cashmere option from Rag & Bone .
A boxier version of Everlane’s classic crewneck.
The stripes here are so playful, and I love the mix of colors.
The interplay of textures here is divine.
The Kate Moss for Equipment line has just released a new collection, and there are some really stellar prints in in, starting with this one, which incorporates circles and stars, two of my favorites.
Love the shooting stars here.
This one has an eye print: definitely not for everyone, but delightful in its way.
I’m digging the op-art vibe of this clutch, as I do love a loud clutch.
A nice crossbody shape, and a good blue.