Sunday 21st January 2018
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Universal Standard is making workout clothes

power move tee—Universal Standard

The line is called Game by Universal Standard, and it is, as you might imagine, really good. I think this tee is the cuteness.

naked armor bodysuit—Universal Standard

And this bodysuit is pretty great too.

Posted on January 19th, 2018 2 Comments

Things I bought, things I want: winter doldrums edition

nili lotan tel aviv jeans

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions—they’re just a recipe for disappointment—but I have made a decision to continue to shop significantly less this year, and so far I’ve been pretty good. Still, these Nili Lotan jeans were too good a deal to pass up, if still not especially cheap.

veronica beard scarf

There is a very good sale going on right now at Veronica Beard—you can get one of their excellent Dickey blazers for less than $200, which is a pretty steep markdown. I think I’m definitely going for this silk and cashmere camo-print scarf, although I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.
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There’s a good sale at Clare V too; that’s where I saw this rather excellent shearling foldover clutch nicely marked down. If you’re a fan of a bright, poppy handbag, do check out that sale.

equipment slim signature blouse

Just a really, really good leopard print silk shirt which would look great with one of the V-neck sweaters I posted yesterday.

needle & thread hoodie

There are two splurgy hoodies I’m most likely not going to buy in this post today, and the first one is this cutie with embroidery. It might be a little on the crazy side, but I like that about it.

amuse society weekender

I don’t need another weekender, but if I did, I’d definitely buy this one.

water filter

I drink a ton of water, which I order in cases from Fresh Direct, and the wastefulness of that is starting to get to me (I do recycle, but still). So I’m thinking it would be a good idea to join the 21st century and get a water filter, and this one is just so simple and lovely.

sacai hoodie

Another hoodie, this one the platonic ideal of  a hoodie: it’s just so damn polished and elegant even.

madewell track trousers

And finally: These velvet track trousers look perfect for lounging around at home.


Posted on January 17th, 2018 17 Comments

The black sweater: 15 takes on a classic

nili lotan sweaterThere are few items as timeless and forever useful as a black sweater, and although I am making some effort to wear color close to my face, I don’t think I’ll ever quite give them up. They’re just too figure-flattering and easy. This is a splurgy cashmere option from Nili Lotan: I think the buttons at the shoulder are really chic.

vince sweater

Just a nice, heavy V-neck with ribbing that isn’t too tight, as ribbing so often is.

gia cardigan

A lightweight cashmere cardigan is such a good layering piece, and I like them slightly oversized (here is one that looks pretty good too, and is cheaper).

universal standard cape

This cape  sweater from Universal Standard is so good I wish it came in straight sizes, as I do so many pieces from Universal Standard. I heard a rumor that they are planning to do a capsule collection of straight sizes, but it’s totally unconfirm-able.

trouve sweaterI like how forgivingly cut this V-neck is—very good for camouflaging stomach junk.

other stories turtleneck

The side slits on this chunky turtleneck are a nice touch.

sundry sweater
 Bowie-esque lightning bolt is fun and graphic.

other stories mohair

This is made from a mohair blend, so it’s nice and fluffy.

eileen fisher sweater

There are subtle sequins on this Eileen Fisher option, which would look as nice with jeans as it would more dressed up.

halogen cardigan

A round-neck cardigan can skew a bit girly for my taste, but they’re really good with dresses.

brochu walker sweater

I’m afraid that this is only available in limited sizes, but it’s so graceful and sculptural (and comfortable-looking) that I had to include it.

free people sweater

Here is a really excellent big huggy choice.

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The lace detail here is so pretty, and even a little sexy.

topshop sweater

I like the slit detail at the arms here, and the price is quite nice.

Another big old V-neck suitable for the coldest of days.


Here is a post on black pieces under $100 that I wrote a while back.


Posted on January 16th, 2018 25 Comments

Week of requests: A selection of tote bags


“I would love a tote review,” writes a reader named Laura. “I know you have done one before [most recently, here] but I need a heavy-duty one that can deal with my computer, and stuff for travel and work, and that looks good.” For Laura, I’ve included a few that look really durable, and for the rest of you I’ve just chosen ones I think are cute. Like this splurgy Jerome Dreyfuss bag, which is almost too crazy but at the same time quite wonderful.

Madewell tote

This is just super-classic—I picture 70s Lauren Hutton carrying it around—and is the kind of leather that only gets better with age.

I always think grey suede is the chicest (and I also like this version of the bag).

This tool bag is super-utilitarian—maybe too much for most workplaces—but it’d be aces for travel.

Just a really straightforward, nicely priced black option.

LL Bean totes are the best—reasonably-priced, indestructible, and stylish in a timeless way—and this one is so good with the camo (Here is their classic Boat n’ Tote if you’re in the mood for something more straightforward).

I have never been crazy for Longchamp nylon bags, but this in leather is stupendous. Very Euro.

Baggu totes are pretty straightforward propositions—I do like how they’re long and narrow, though. And I like the idea of one in metallic, just for kicks.

This star print is just too adorable, and so is the quilting.

This is very attractive, a little menswearish, and very, very large.

A very sleek and office-worthy option.

 is a combination I always find winning: canvas and leather.

I like the nifty (and useful) drawstring here (and I also like this drawstring option, from Allsaints and on sale).

The tassel here is a fun touch, and I even like the whipstitching, which usually I’m not a fan of.

Posted on January 10th, 2018 16 Comments

Week of requests: Things I would buy if price was no object

Saint Laurent le smoking jacket

“I’d love to see what you’d splurge on if you could go a price point or two over GOACA guidelines,” writes a reader named Julie, and if ever there was a post that could write itself, this would be it. I have an informal price limit here of $900, and try to keep most of the items I show much more affordable than that. I try to stick by even stricter guidelines in my personal life (not always successfully). But were I to take leave of my senses and go for whatever struck my fancy, I’d acquire a St. Laurent  Le Smoking jacket so fast it would make your head spin. I’ve wanted one for years.

Bottega Veneta bag

For days when I want to look especially polished, I’d buy a Bottega Veneta bag with a chain strap.

Zero + Maria Cornejo coat

And I’d definitely go for this Zero + Maria Cornejo shearling, which I have tried on and it is just the chicest, and so cozy.

Dries Van Noten dress

Back when I was a fancy editor in chief, I used to wear a lot of Dries Van Noten dresses, and if I still had a clothing allowance to play around with (yes, you read right: a clothing allowance, and it’s one of the few things I miss about my old life), I’d buy this little confection.

The Elder Statesman blanket

And why not a cashmere blanket from The Elder Statesman? So desperately luxe.

Ten Thousand Things necklace

I’d definitely indulge in something from Ten Thousand Things, my favorite jewelry line. This Tahitian pearl necklace is just glorious.

Ted Muehling earrings

I might also spring for a big, dramatic pair of Ted Meuhling hoops.

Fornasetti waste basket

If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy Fornasetti everything, and definitely this waste basket.

Posted on January 9th, 2018 20 Comments

Week of requests: Fair-trade fashion

Lots of requests for this one, as well as for a rundown of brands made in America (for that I refer you here and here), but let’s start with my favorite fair trade fashion company, Everlane. To me, Everlane serves the function that Gap did back in the day: they provide sophisticated, well-priced versions of classic pieces that you can work into your wardrobe and make your own. Their $65 poplin button-downs are just as attractive and well-made as shirts I’ve paid a whole lot more for.

Zady also traffics in classics, but they’re a bit more fashiony. I am crazy for this excellent sweater coat.

I am surprised constantly by Eileen Fisher—the brand’s reputation is sleepy, but I find items I want pretty regularly, like this quilted jacket.

The clothes at Reformation are on the young side, but if you poke around the site you’ll find a number of super-cute items. I’m a big fan of this furry toggle jacket.

Krochet Kids sells some clothes, but I like this site for the winter hats on offer. This is fairly adorable.

Nisolo sells bags and shoes at reasonable prices. I think this weekender is very preppy chic.

I have liked Alternative Apparel ‘s T-shirts for a while now—they’re super-soft and high-quality.

Able Local & Global is a good resource for tees and bags. This tote is very nearly perfect.

Mayamiko is another site that skews young, but they’ve got some unstoppable African prints that are worth checking out if you’re into that type of thing.

I’m really liking the button-down shirts on the Tradlands site.

DL 1961 is a great denim brand, and they have other cute items too, like this slim-fit jumpsuit.

Christy Dawn is a good resource for flowy, feminine dresses.

Encircled has decent basics that tend to be on the drapey side: this tee looks so comfortable and flattering.

Posted on January 5th, 2018 22 Comments