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Dare I do a post on shorts?

mother shorts

Few issues divide the GOACA community quite like shorts do: some of you like them just fine, others find them to be nothing short of an instrument of the devil. And I understand the loathing: they can be tough to wear and unflattering too. But if you wear a shoe with some height, I think even the less-than-perfectly-willowy can get away with them. I love the way a Bermuda-length short looks with a button-down—very casual preppy chic—and this pair is nicely slouchy.

halogen shorts

This red pair is awfully snappy.

vince shorts

I showed you these Vince shorts last week in black, but I think they’re pretty classic in the khaki too.

perse shorts

I bought a version of these James Perse shorts a couple of years ago, and they are insanely comfortable.

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This chambray pair is pretty cute.


And I’m a big fan of the check pattern here.

fisher shorts

These are linen, which is a nice material to have next to your skin when the weather turns toasty.

lang shorts

I almost didn’t include this pair, because the last time I showed denim cutoff shorts, a whole flotilla of you complained that they’re the easiest thing in the world to make yourself and not worth the cash, but every time I try to make my own cutoffs I screw it up somehow, and possibly you are the same. Anyway, I like how these hit right at the knee.

hudson shorts

Same here.


Posted on May 30th, 2018 44 Comments

Tuesday links


  • Here’s a gorgeous short film with the most graceful underwater dancing, created and performed by Julie Gautier. (Kottke)
  • And I liked this animated short on the life of Marie Curie, the first female female Nobel laureate. (Open Culture)
  • Well this is nice news: a new study finds that sleeping in on the weekend helps you live longer. (My Modern Met)
  • This cultural history of ugly sandals amuses. (Racked)
  • A moving piece about one woman’s efforts to rebuild her life after her husband’s suicide. (Vogue)
Posted on May 29th, 2018 5 Comments

Friday links

simpson collage

  • These collages by artist Lorna Simpson are pretty spectacular. (Colossal)
  • Sephora will soon offer makeup classes for the transgender community. (Elle)
  • Creepy-cool vintage covers of classic crime novels. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Check out this butter art made by Tibetan Buddhists. (Atlas Obscura)
  • RIP Philip Roth, one of my favorite writers. Here are 20 of his books, ranked. (Vulture)



Posted on May 25th, 2018 1 Comment

Join me in my annual search for a reasonably clean-lined skirt

vince skirt

I don’t know when exactly it got so hard to locate a simple, unadorned skirt, but I feel like it’s been quite some time and I am frankly growing quite frustrated with the search. Why must designers add so much unnecessary frippery—ruffles, hi-lo hems, tricky belting—to this most straightforward of garments? I did manage to find enough good ones to bring you this post,  but I had to look at so many bad ones in order to do so that I’m feeling a little dizzy. So please, enjoy this very pretty front-twisted number from Vince while I go drink a nice big glass of water.

bing skirt

A straightforward, nicely flowy silk number from Anine Bing.

micro skirt

I haven’t included a lot of prints here—I really do like my skirts nice and simple, maybe even borderline boring—but the floral here is so subtle I decided it cleared the bar.

theory skirt

This Theory skirt is almost too tricky, but I think if you wore it with a simple white tee, it’d be aces.

fisher skirt

The shirttail hem here is a nice casual touch.

whistles skirt

I am not mad for wrap skirts—I live in fear that a big gust of wind will expose me to the world as I walk down the street—but I’d make an exception for this one.


nic skirt

True A-line denim skirts are tough to find, and this one is a touch flowier than that, but I could see living out all of my summer days in this.

whistles skirt1

I always like a button-front skirt.

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And here’s another button-front, nicely priced.

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It drives me crazy how few denim skirts have grown-up hemlines, so when I find a good one—like this—I feel it is my duty to share.

Posted on May 25th, 2018 14 Comments

A few picks from Nordstrom’s rather huge sale

suede tote

I’m pretty sure I showed you guys this suede tote before, but the fact that it’s now nicely marked down merited a repeat.

pink vans

Who doesn’t need a pair of pink Vans?

twist hem top

I like a twist hem top—so much easier than tucking, and they provide excellent stomach pooch camouflage.

etoile top

This Isabel Marant Etoile embroidered top looks so light and breezy—perfect for the scorching days soon to come.


And here’s another embroidered Etoile top that has actually been in my shopping cart for weeks now.

bucket bag

Such a good electric blue on this bucket bag.


Posted on May 24th, 2018 2 Comments

There are so many tops I want at Vince right now

vince top

As a brand, Vince is a little unpredictable. Sometimes, I feel like they churn out unspectacular-but-well-executed basics, nothing to get too excited about and definitely not worth the cash. But other times—like this season—they really hit their mark, and offer modern-looking classic pieces that somehow manage to get it exactly right. This top has the kind of print that is good for people who are mostly afraid of them.pleated shell

This pleated shell could be dressed way, way up—or, conversely, worn with jeans.

silk v neck

I’m a sucker for a drawstring sleeve: so excellently 70s.


A pullover that I could see taking on vacation: you could throw it on over your swimsuit at the beach, then wear it to dinner.



I like the tiny bead detail on this flutter-sleeve top.

poet blouse

A perfectly unadorned poet blouse.

shirred blouse

A nice and crisp tunic for when you want to look especially put-together.

flower shirt

A great, graphic floral print on a silk button-down—so perfect.

raw edge

This shirt is fabricated with a combination of cotton and silk, and I think it is probably the softest thing ever and has really nice drape.


Posted on May 24th, 2018 18 Comments