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Top 5 of the day: kinds of blue


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The prospect of wearing something like this snappy little blue-grey blazer to work is almost—and yet not quite—enough to make me want to take an office job again.

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Everything—the sleeves, the neckline, the hem—on this perfect throw-it-on jersey dress hits at the exactly right spot.

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Ye olde asymmetric pullover.

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less expensive approximation of my beloved Maria Cornejo Gabi trousers (see also: here)

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Cooler than a loafer, more streamlined than an oxford, and just the tiniest little bit punk: I love these.



Posted on July 25th, 2014 14 Comments

Inspiration of the day

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This picture of the divine Lauren Hutton has been obsessing me lately—everyone has their own notion of what constitutes effortless glamour, and for me this picture totally does it.  Part of what makes it so stunning, of course, is Ms. Hutton’s exquisite beauty, but try covering her face up with your thumb and the whole thing still works pretty great: just a denim skirt, button-down, and done.  Hutton understood the whole fashion/prep intersection before that was a whole thing, and she still does it better than just about anyone, never getting too prim, always keeping it on the loose side. I fell down a Google k-hole over the weekend looking at pictures of her both as a young model and now, and picked out some of the summer classics that seem to be cornerstones for her. They make for a pretty decent weekend packing list.



1. Bucket hat  2. Striped tee 3. Crewneck sweater (to be worn over shoulders) 4. Oversized button-down 5. Western-style chambray shirt, buttoned low as you dare 6.  Roomy white trousers 7. Old-school denim skirt 8. Safari-esque khaki blazer 9. Straw tote 10. Classic Tretons

Posted on June 9th, 2014 20 Comments

I could live all summer in crisp white tops

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And I mean that quite literally: if somebody came into my closet, filled it with dozens of attractive and light tunic-y  shirts in varying shades of white, and then packed up every other blouse I owned until Labor Day, I would be one thousand percent fine with that. No one other summer garment pulls off the excellent trick of being both surpassingly comfortable and pulled-together at the same time. And when the weather starts getting all wilty—as it most definitely already has here in New York—that’s the type of thing I like to put at a premium.  This one’s definitely on the beachy side of things, but I’d totally wear it out with jeans and sandals.

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I am not an inevitable fan of eyelet—you know how I get about things that skew girly—but this band-collar top has such nice, clean tailoring that I can totally get with it.

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The white on white here is pretty elegant.


I tried on this Theory top a few weeks ago and dream of it still: light as air, nicely flowy, brilliantly junk-camouflaging.

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A very lady-ish variation I would butch up with my most worn-in jeans.


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A slightly less predictable choice, but I like the shape, the dots amuse, and it’s on sale.

Posted on June 5th, 2014 34 Comments

Taking requests

JP writes to say that she needs help figuring out what to pack for an upcoming trip to Italy. She’s got nothing fancy planned,  “…just touristy stuff. Eating, walking, wine,” she says, then adds, “I would love to see your tips on what you tend to pack on a minimal packing trip.”  Fun challenge, JP: I’m a chronic over-packer who used to be a brilliant under-packer, and who has been reminded—thanks to your request—how nice it can be to go light.


Clockwise from top right:
•  Black tee
• Drapey white jersey top
• Pretty bright printed top
Tube skirt
• Chinos
• Skinny slouchy jeans
• Bucket hat
• Walkable platforms
• Worishofer sandals (as comfortable as Birkenstocks for all-day walking)
• Bright, light scarf
• Cashmere cardigan
• Casual but interesting dress
• Striped tee
• Light tunic

Posted on April 25th, 2014 70 Comments

Print of the week

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British footwear designer Sophia Webster has created a capsule collection for J. Crew, and each selection is so bright and cheeky I found it difficult to bring you just one. Of course this wickedly charming star-print pump is my favorite. Not that I could walk five yards in it.

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The pink floral here is on the quieter side of things.

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Whereas this one pretty much drives the crazy on home.

Posted on April 25th, 2014 4 Comments

Would you?

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Tribeca Mom did. And it actually totally worked on her, because if there’s anyone who can carry off a floral so crazy it almost makes your eyes hurt, it’s a WASP.

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The fact that the rest of her outfit spoke very quietly helped. First up: this silky, drapey navy tee.

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The earthy tone and casual slouch of these army green chinos helped balance all that drama up top.

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Finally,  TM had on tassel loafers from Dieppa Restrepo, which of course looked completely nifty on her, and contributed nicely to the dressed-down mood of the ensemble. I could not in a million years—loafers make me feel like a stump and I’ve always thought I would try tassels never. Could you? And the jacket?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 23 Comments