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(More) necklaces for that are excellent for layering


The last time I did a post on layering necklaces was close to a year ago, so I figured it was time for a redo. In the winter I rely on my jewelry to endow me with a little touch of femininity, because I always dress so tomboyish when it gets cold. And I like wearing a few, even though I am endlessly tangling them, because it keeps things interesting. One of my favorite jewelry designers is James Colarusso, and I am dying for this elegant antler.

catbird necklace

Also on my very-much-wanted list: this cool pearl-and-gold number.

dana rebecca necklace

I love stars: they’re so graphic and appealing, and I always feel a little happier when I put one on.

sydney evan necklace

It’s never a bad idea to throw an evil eye into the mix, and I really like the placement of the eensy diamond on this one.


gorjana necklace

This one does a bit of the layering for you, and it’s well-priced.

catbird necklace1

A cluster of black diamonds is pretty glam.


jennifer meyer necklace

This turquoise-and-diamond flower is delicate and sweet.


cloverpost necklace

A simple pearl would make a great starter layer, if you’re new to this.

garnet cage necklace

Such a fantastic claw setting on this garnet necklace.

ariel gordon necklace

And of course, a snake, because I love them.

Posted on January 26th, 2018 15 Comments

21 dresses with grown-up hemlines

Elizabeth and James sweater dress

I was surprised to note that the last time I brought you dresses with grown-up hemlines was early September: an update is clearly in order. Some dresses here are on the lighter side and not what you might intuitively think about wearing this time of year, but all things are possible with layering: try a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck layered under, wear a full slip for added warmth, and pair with cardigans and tailored jackets and you’re good to go. I like how easy this is, and that it’s got a nicely relaxed cut.

carven sweater dressAnd I’m always a fan of dresses that look like separates, as this does.

toit volant dress

I’d either wear a slip or a long-sleeved tee under this to make the neckline a little less plunging.

Joseph shift dress

OK, this is a very spring-y dress, but it could be made suitable for now with matte tights and a nice cardigan. I just love that green.

ALC dress

The twist at the bustline here is so becoming and I dig the asymmetrical hem.

which we want dress

A sweet (but not too sweet) and feminine floral.

public school dress

Another dress that looks pretty spring-y, but would be suitable for now with a little layering. A good choice for days when you really want to break out of the winter doldrums.

Giada Forte dress

Click through and check out the print on this splurgy option: it’s just so pretty .

Farrow Charlotte dress

So flattering and feminine: I like when the waistline is nice and high like it is here.

michel studio dress

The scoopneck here nicely highlights the collarbone—an almost universally flattering spot.

Dries Van Noten dress

This pretty velvet Dries Van Noten dress with is marked way down.

Xirena Leighton dress

I just think this is a fun print.

knot sisters dress

Reasonably priced, bright, poppy, and as good now as it will be in a few months.

farrow dress

The ruching here is what makes this such a figure-friendly (and even forgiving) dress.


city chic dress

This is pretty sexy, but at the same time not too much. Would look amazing with a leather jacket.

vince shirtdress

A shirtdress in an alluring dark floral.

stelen zora dress

This just looks so comfortable, and really elegant too (here it is in grey, which I also like).

vince side slit dress

I like the generous (but not perilous) side slit here.

farrow floral dress

I’d wear a shrunken leather jacket with this lovely dark floral.

Cornejo zuri dress

I’m not the biggest fan of the cold shoulder, but Maria Cornejo somehow always makes it work (and here is a cold shoulder dress in extended sizes that I quite like).

stelen farina dress


Another good asymmetrical hem, which works well because the rest of this dress is pretty straightforward.




Posted on January 25th, 2018 30 Comments

Wednesday links

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  • Here is a most excellent rabbit hole: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas is digitizing its vast movie poster archive. Check it out here. (via Kottke)
  • The most annoying teens in TV history. (Vulture)
  • Fascinating: what being lonely does to your body. (The Cut)
  • These Europop album covers are delightfully bad. (Dangerous Minds)
  • And these carved and embroidered leaves by artist Hillary Fayle are really quite something. (Colossal)



Posted on January 24th, 2018 4 Comments

17 colorful, happy tops to beat the winter blahs

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I’m going to try layering tops like these under a sweater or blazer for a little blast of springtime color—it’s the type of thing that puts a little spring in my step when it’s early and freezing out and the dogs need walking. I am suddenly crazy for yellow, and am dying for this Ulla Johnson top (here is a cheaper yellow top I also like, and, here is one in extended sizes.)

the great top

I just really like the blue and black embroidery here.

mango ruched blouse

The ruched detail on this top makes it standout, as does the cobalt blue. It’s pretty cheap, too.

mango red top

A really solid lipstick red on the type of top that you’d turn to again and again.

veronica beard top

You definitely need a cami for this, but I think it’s so pretty.

zadig tunic

I adore the print here, as well as the slouchy cut.

mango pink top

And here’s a rather more vivid pink.

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The striped detail on the sleeves is a fun contrast with the floral print.

eloquii tunic

This looks so easy and comfortable.

mango ruffled top

The tie-neck here is both polished and a little bit sexy.

topshop top

This is quite polished too, and sophisticated as well.

eloquii red top

Another good red.

tamis shirt

I’m pretty sure this is a Liberty print, but I’d like it even if it wasn’t—the color is just so good.

sea top

A slightly hippie girl top, cut in a way that makes it come off more sleek than crunchy.

topshop lace top

This seems like an excellent date night option.

warm tunic

The other color I’m liking right now in addition to yellow is green, and this floral tunic just kills me.

mango purple top

I like this purple floral styled just the way they’ve done it here, with a black turtleneck. But it’d look pretty great on its own, too.

Posted on January 24th, 2018 8 Comments

Checking out the La Garconne sale

isabel marant boots

I don’t shop on La Garconne’s site that often because it’s pretty pricey, and a lot of the stuff they sell is too interestingly deconstructed for simple old me. But you can find some pretty great pieces there, and this sale is definitely worth poking around—sizes are limited, as they always are during sales, but right now if you type in 99NEWYEAR at checkout you get an extra 20% off (until tomorrow), which makes some items, like these so-chic Isabel Marant boots, a lot more affordable.

Ann d boots

This Ann Demeulemeester coat is chic in a kind of slouchy way.

margiela boots

These python boots by Margiela are statement-y, but still quite versatile.

la garconne moderne sweater

I’m tempted by this sweater—it’s a good color, and I like how the U-neck would look layered over a button-down.

black crane jacket

A lightweight, slightly asymmetrical Black Crane jacket that would be perfect for spring, or for layering now.

harris wharf blazer

I like the color and but of this blazer a lot—just slightly unexpected, but still sort of classic.

6397 sweater

I posted about this the last time I wrote about fair isle sweaters, and now it’s nicely marked down, which is nice.

casey casey jacket

I think this quilted jacket is very French-looking.

la garconne moderne cardigan

This cardigan comes in a few colors, but I like the rich brown.

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

What is a fact about you that nobody would guess?

anthony weiner

True story: I was once fixed up with Anthony Weiner by a mutual friend. This was pre-scandal, pre-Huma, when he was just a very ambitious Congressman (the mutual friend no longer speaks to him, as you might imagine). The friend threw a dinner party, the sole purpose of which was to get us together. It did not go well. Your turn.

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 174 Comments