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Anatomy of a core wardrobe, Part 1

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One of the most overdone fashion magazine stories in the history of fashion magazine stories—and one they’ll just keep running, because we just keep eating it up—is the Fashion Uniforms story. There are women for whom clothes are a canvas, and every day is a fresh opportunity to Create anew—and that is fabulous and a gift; it is. But the notion of getting it all down to a science is vastly appealing to a lot of us. And not because we don’t love clothes or getting dressed any less, but because we want to be able to put our finger on a look—or even just a set of pieces—that we can say is identifiably ours. And to return comfortably to this as home base, even if we wander (and, in fact, precisely because we do wander). I definitely have a uniform—more now than ever, probably, although I would be hard pressed to name it. And it’s absolutely centered around a handful of essential pieces, although I could never have predicted which ones those would turn out to be. Do any of you remember  last June when I asked whether you thought this Nili Lotan top was worth $285? Reactions were mixed, and when I visited the store to check it out for myself, I decided it wasn’t even close. Then, on my visit to LA in January, I came across it in black, marked down 30%. I wear it endlessly. Here it is, also on sale.

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Madewell makes a lot of their tees with linen and—as I have said before—I can not say enough good things about this. They wear and hang so well, and much better if you hand wash them (possibly you have noted by now that I’m a touch obsessive on the topic of hand washing favorite t-shirts). This stripey one is in such regular rotation that it’s slightly embarrassing.

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I love a nice wraparound sweater, and own enough to outfit a small dance company. If I wasn’t holding myself to an indefinite embargo on buying more, I’d definitely go for this little number from Alternative Apparel, because it’s just $68 and lightweight cotton and would layer so well. 


This is the season that I walk away from skinny jeans with my head held high: more power to those who can still occupy that space, but I can’t take the jeggings-ness of it all anymore. I’ve transitioned to the slouchy skinny jean, which is a different beast entirely. Check out this pair from J Brand. They’ve got a  boyfriend shape, but then taper, which is so much more flattering. And I continue to like J. Crew’s toothpick jean, but sized up—for that all-important slouch.

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I thought you guys would make all sorts of diaper load jokes when I bought these R13 crossover jeans, but you were actually rather supportive. Even I had my doubts, but these are so flattering that a dear friend who came over for dinner not long ago made me change out of them so she could try them on, and then grabbed my laptop and ordered herself a pair on the spot.

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These Zara trousers are a nice spring-weight alternative to those, and mighty cheaper too. Although it’s always a crapshoot with Zara and pants when it comes to sizing, lord knows.

red clogs

Red clogs. I know. Nobody could have been more surprised than me. They’ve been sitting in my closet since the nineties, I’m pretty sure, and have rarely gone farther than around the block for milk, but suddenly I think they’re the shit. Go figure.

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 9.39.40 PMBig hoops for going out to lunch or a party. I have a nice gold pair, but live in fear one will fall out and I won’t notice until later, so usually they stay home and I wear a dirt cheap pair  like these instead. 


These excellent star studs the rest of the time. (Here they are in silver.)




Posted on April 26th, 2013 29 Comments

Print of the week

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Set aside, for a moment, that this dress is Marni and costs a squillion dollars and just riddle me this:

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What species of woodland creature have we here? Bear? Bird? Raccoon? Please share your best guesses.

Posted on April 25th, 2013 23 Comments

Thursday links

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  • Please let The Bling Ring be as good as this trailer.  (Atlantic Wire)
  • There’s nothing a hipster fears more than being out of the loop—which is what makes this Jimmy Kimmel segment featuring a bunch of them pretending to know all about various totally made-up bands so completely amusing.  (The Frisky)
  • Cool. But also: gross. (PSFK)
  • Eskayel’s having its annual pillow sale, guys. It’s your chance to buy some of  the same items I paid retail for at ABC just months ago for a mere fraction of the price! Not that I’m bitter.  (Eskayel)
  • Juicy tidbits from a new book about the morning TV just reinforces it: Matt Lauer is kind of a dick. (Daily Beast)


Posted on April 25th, 2013 3 Comments

Writing about sandals so sandal weather will come

Our summer sandals work hard for us—there is no time of year we are out and about as much, and often in shoes not built for the expedition. The key to finding a really stylish and also utilitarian pair is to search for something that looks like it could handle a week’s vacation in a very chic city where you’re going to be walking everywhere. Forget about flimsy and go for something with a little more heft—like these, all of which call out to me with their natural leather and their pops of color.


Posted on April 24th, 2013 20 Comments

It’s the little things

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A clever commentary of our culture’s obsession with status-bearing goods and a really cute bag all at the same time? I’ll take it!

Posted on April 24th, 2013

Tuesday links

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  • Cat people collect the kookiest things. (Collector’s Weekly)
  • Kim Gordon holds forth on her brush with breast cancer, Thurston’s infidelity, and women making the best revolutionaries in this smart little piece by Lizzie Goodman. (Elle)
  • Here’s the dramatic reading of that infamously scary (and very NSFW) sorority girl’s email eviscerating her sisters that I think we’ve all been waiting for. (Funny or Die, HuffPo)
  • The Westboro Baptist Church is no match for the Teamsters of Boston. (Atlantic Wire)
  • On the occasion of his 67th birthday, 67 quotes from the peerless John Waters. (Flavorwire)
Posted on April 23rd, 2013 8 Comments