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Archive for September, 2016

Friday links


  • Neon photos of Tokyo at night. (Visual News)
  • RIP Agnes Nixon, creator of One Life to Live and my old college favorite, All My Children. (Jezebel)
  • Stephen Colbert’s register to vote PSA amuses. (Slate)
  • 25 notable women on overcoming rejection. (The Cut)
  • How easily bored are you? A quiz. (The Science of Us)
Posted on September 30th, 2016 2 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week


Today I bring you menswearish button-downs, which form the basis for my favorite of all the French fashion editor outfits: the simple but perfect jeans-and-button-down ensemble. The Frenchies didn’t invent this combo, of course—it’s American to the core—but they did manage to perfect it, getting the crucial shirt and jeans slouch-to-tight ratio just right so that the look skews feminine, and mastering the all-important half-tuck. It’s the easiest look in the world to copy: the key is to get that slouch going, and for that you need a nice, roomy shirt. So choose one of the oversized options I’ve included here, or size up.


striped shirt buttoned low is just so sexy, I don’t know why.


This oversize option has a nifty split hem in back.


Classic blue with a pocket is kind of fun and preppy.


Oversize, with micro-stripes.

Posted on September 30th, 2016 6 Comments

Wardrobe classic: the fair isle sweater


The Fair Isle sweater may have its roots in preppy style, but I like to think of it as just another great ethnic print, and I’m crazy for all of the stylish and innovative liberties that designers are taking with them these days. The design is actually sewn on the reverse of this quite arresting option from Mes Demoiselles.


The skulls here are a delightfully morbid little touch.


A classic turtleneck in a really winning color combination.


I’m not certain how Fair Isle this really is—the pattern feels almost art nouveau-ish to me—but I dig the use of metallic threads.

It delights me that there are actual sheep on this one.


The bold red and black here comes off almost tribal.


Posted on September 30th, 2016 8 Comments

Thursday links


  • Check out this trailer for the new Netflix series, The Crownabout Queen Elizabeth II’s early years on the throne. (Elle)
  • 16 out-of-circulation expletives worth resurrecting. (Mental Floss)
  • Oh, gross. (The Frisky)
  • 101 small things you can do to improve your city. (Curbed via Kottke)
  • A deep dive into the phenomenon that is Dress for Success. (Racked)


Posted on September 29th, 2016 2 Comments

It’s blazer season at last


A really good blazer is like a grown-up version of a blankie: it makes you feel more happy, together, and secure just the moment you get your hands on it. I definitely feel more confident when I’ve got one on and, depending on the outfit, sexier too.  I love watching the women of New York bopping around in their blazers this time of year, looking fantastic. Don’t these two exude style even just from the back?


I’m pretty much dying for a well-tailored army green blazer.


Just a straight-up classic two-button black blazer, versatile as the day is long.


This oversized grey herringbone number is fun and cheap, too.


I know this is a little Drum Major with that angular hem, but I also kind of love it.


I am dying, dying, dying for this brown wide-wale corduroy blazer—and just the idea of corduroy blazers in general. (Check out  this one from J. Crew for a more affordable option.)


I like how tuxedo-ish this feels without being an actual tuxedo cut.


And finally: Pas de Calais makes the coolest blazers with delicate embroidered vests layered underneath.

Posted on September 29th, 2016 14 Comments

Wednesday links


  • Perfect movies for the autumnal equinox. (Flavorwire)
  • This beginner’s guide to meditation is just two minutes long, pretty much says all you need to know to get a start, and makes the whole enterprise come off a lot less intimidating than it usually does. (Kottke)
  • Would you take a nap in this airport pod between flights? (Mental Floss)
  • Modern Family has just cast television’s first transgender child actor. (Jezebel)
  • A look back at the rock & roll billboards of LA’s Sunset Strip. (Collector’s Weekly)
Posted on September 28th, 2016 7 Comments