Thursday 22nd June 2017
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A good canvas tote will take you far

A canvas tote is very sportif and summery, and if you choose the right one, like this nifty number from Fleabags, you can fit your whole weekend in it.

Same goes for LL Bean’s classic Boat and Tote, which comes in a variety of sizes, and is indestructible, and such a good buy. You can choose what color you’d like for your straps, so I chose camo to show here, natch.

This is on the smaller side of things, but at 14×14 is still big enough for a laptop and all the daily essentials. And I dig the army green.

Apparently, this is for men, but I find those straps quite chic.

OK, this isn’t canvas at all, but it’s waterproof, which is cool. It also comes in 11 really good colors.

How could I not include this sweet Liberty print tote? (I like this navy floral too.)

Baggu’s Duck Bag is a great deal and it fits a ton.

You guys sold out this excellent Barbour tote when I posted it the first time, so I was happy to see they’d restocked, so that the rest of you could have a shot at it. UPDATE: It sold out at Nordstrom again, but I found it here

I have always loved the Thrasher magazine logo, and the leather handles are cool.

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 10 Comments

Ten perfectly solid t-shirts

Today’s post feels maybe slightly boring but definitely highly useful: we live in t-shirts once summer hits, and it occurred to me that perhaps you’d like to see some without stripes on them, since that’s usually all I show. I like a nice deep scoop neck on my tees, and this is the deepest one I’ve seen.

I’m a big fan of Everlane’s linen tees: they hang really nicely and aren’t as pricey as other linen tees I’ve seen. This one comes in a really good blue too.

A very deep V neck is a good thing too.

Here’s one for fans of the pocket tee, and it’s quite well-priced: click through to see the other colors it comes in.

This one is just so excellently drapey.

And here’s a personal favorite: Jolie Laide’s Roll and Tuck Tee. It slouches so beautifully and is all-around flattering. And as a special deal for GOACA readers, type in GOACA at checkout and get 20% off! Offer is good until 12am Friday 6/21.

This James Perse number is a classic, and perfection at camouflaging stomach junk.

From Universal Standard: this V-neck comes in black and white, but I like this cool mushroom-y hue.

This twist front number gives you a nifty half-tucked look with absolutely no tucking.

The ruffle sleeve here is awfully sweet (and here’s a similar-but-cheaper option).

 

 

Posted on June 21st, 2017 9 Comments

Writing swimsuit posts always makes me cranky

I always dread trying to find good swimsuits to write about here, because nothing inspires self-loathing like that particular article of clothing, and it’s tough to know what’s going to look good on all of you, with your many and varied body types. But such a post has been requested a few times lately. And it is pretty much the season, so I’ll power right through the absolute mood that trying to get this together has placed me in and start with one that I just purchased for myself: this perfectly classic number from Solid & Striped.

I bought this for my trip to Miami a few months back, and adore the crochet business, but must warn that it hits very high in the rear.

One of you wrote in the comments that I do not need to point out every time something is a plus-size option, but I find it tough not to when the size of the model leaves one wondering. In any case, are these polka dots not criminally cute?

This is very 50s screen siren, and it is made with control material for a flattering fit.

The chevron pattern here is also quite flattering.

Here’s one specifically made for women with a fuller bust.

The back straps here are rather intricate and really pretty, and I love a red swimsuit.

Just a stupendously fun striped option.

From Ashley Graham’s line: I think the lace-up situation is very sexy, without really exposing much of anything.

I know this one plunges rather darlingly, but the floral is so pretty.

Another rather 50s-style cut (and here’s a very similar plus version).

I like the neckline here, and it’s a nice buy, too.

Posted on June 20th, 2017 29 Comments

A perfect yoga pant that doubles as a real-life pant

One of my favorite teachers, Kate Posch at Sky Ting Yoga (aka my home away from home), mentioned that this capri pant from Outdoor Voices is as ideal for life outside the yoga studio as in, and she is right: they are super, super lightweight, comfortable as anything and amazingly flattering. (I know that it’s tough to call a pair of pants flattering and expect that to apply to everyone, but I am wide of hip and they make me look skinnier than I am.)

Posted on June 19th, 2017 4 Comments

10 highly wearable shirtdresses

Shirtdresses can be hard. Too many of them are narrow, and tough on those with a tummy, hips, or a backside of substance. But good ones are worth seeking out, because they look so crisp on scorching days. I like when they’re a touch flowy, or at least flowier on the lower half. They’re more feminine that way too. Here is a classic example of an old-style shirtwaist dress, only loosened up a bit for comfort.

There is a very subtle striping on this one that I’m crazy for.

You would never know this is a plus option based on what the model looks like, so I am forced to point it out. I like the blue a lot, and think it’s quite office-appropriate.

The light stripes here are so summery and appealing.

dress you couldn’t help but feel feminine in.

I think I’ve shown this Universal Standard dress before, but it is just so good.

A classic black version, and very well-priced.

Red and blue stripes are always a favorite of mine, and the fabric is feather-light.

This is wait-listed in many sizes—it’s part of a collab between Teresa Maccapani Missoni and plus size retailers Eloquii—but it is so pretty I had to include it.

Another striped number, with a nice, roomy cut.

Posted on June 16th, 2017 12 Comments

Liberty of London is having a sale

The discounts are deep enough to make a purchase worth it even with the crappy exchange rate, and I’ve got my eye on a few items, starting with these excellent pajamas. It’s a print called Strawberry Thief—actually a William Morris pattern that Liberty now produces—which is a favorite of mine. The sizes are limited, but there are other prints to choose from, so click through and check it out.

There are a lot of robes on offer as well, but I’m going for this blue iteration of Strawberry Thief because it’s just so good.

These lavender bags are just sweet.

How cute is this Union Jack tea towel?

A Liberty toaster, people.

Posted on June 15th, 2017 6 Comments