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I’m digging lightweight silky bombers

zara silky bomber

These are a totally different beast than their bulkier counterparts, and perfect for the weather we’re having right exactly now in New York, when it’s chilly in the morning, too warm for a sweater by noon, and then brisk again once evening hits. Unlike more wintry bombers, these conform to your shape instead of their own, and are as drapey as your favorite slouchy top. And, even though the silhouette is quite tomboyish, in this fabrication they can’t help but come off quite feminine as well. Not long ago, a blue version of this very nearly perfect little number sold out on the Zara site too quickly for me to even share it with you guys; this one will no doubt go fast as well. Do not delay!

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This washed silk version will run you more, but  it’s made from the genuine article and drapes like a dream.

joie empire jacket

I feel certain I’ll catch flack for this one, but how can a houndstooth-into-leopard print be anything but unstoppable? Go ahead and have at me if you must. My skin’s feeling on the thicker side today.

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Yes, it’s white, and, as such, likely an accident waiting to happen. But it’s also machine-washable!

Posted on October 1st, 2013 17 Comments

More cheap and chic: leopard prints

leopard coat

This is another Cheap and Chic Week category that got many requests, and again, I’m not surprised: there are few things better than a fantastic leopard print—it can be sexy or preppy or rock and roll depending on your mood, and how you care to style it. But a bad leopard print is a very bad thing indeed, and can happen just as easily on a $50 pair of shoes as a $500 blouse. My two general rules to getting it right: the shape of the piece itself should be somewhat classic, without too too much else going on; and the scale of the leopard print should be neither too tiny (which doesn’t read) nor too large (which comes off Flintstones). At $159, this coat rings in just a wee bit above Cheap and Chic Week’s price limit, but the print is very nearly perfect, and I love how big and dramatic and long it is, so it stays.

ann taylor pump

Leopard print shoes have never really been my cup of tea, but I find the subtle, mottled look of the print on these pumps rather unexpected and elegant.

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Don’t the gold studs here just somehow, improbably, work?

leopard mango

I do love a red and black leopard print, as well as the nice slouchy cut of this sweatshirt.

leopard topshop

Now here is a skirt that looks like it costs more than it does.

leopard scarf

This scarf looks—delightfully—as though its ends were dropped in a can of blue paint. (Note: click “reload” if at first the site tells you that the page is not available; it is.)

Posted on September 11th, 2013 18 Comments

Welcome to cheap and chic week!

 First up, by popular demand: boots. To those of you who were very specific in your requests for less expensive versions of certain Acne and Isabel Marant models: I have done my level best and hope you are satisfied. The prices here top out at about $130; not dead cheap, but about as expensive as the week will get.

Posted on September 8th, 2013 26 Comments

Print of the week extended play version: weekenders


Shocking, isn’t it, that each one I liked was either an ethnic or animal print? The purplish/greyish leopard print on this little number from Herschel is the cuteness.


A cheery vintage ikat print with very designer-y details.

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The leopard spots are so unexpected on the sportif duffel shape, and the stud details are fun but stop just short of being too much.

deux lux georgie

Similarly, python can be a pretty strong statement, but the faded army green trim here keeps this one from coming off too disco lady.

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I love when colors that don’t necessarily make sense are thrown together—and the stripes on this bag’s Guatemalan print cover a lot of bases—because then you can wear them with anything.

Posted on August 8th, 2013 2 Comments

It’s the little things


Nothing says summer like a white-on-white embroidered blouse, fun and geometric and light as you please.

Posted on May 29th, 2013 3 Comments

Clean slate club


Late last month, I annoyed quite a number of you by showing a selection of spring dresses with dignified hemlines that skewed more expensive than usual. Typically, I feature items in a variety of prices, from cheap to moderate to splurgy, but this time I started at splurge and built from there, and you all  had a right to be irked. So I promised a make-up post, and here it is: none of these dresses are over $200, starting with this super-elegant, totally unexpected white floral number.

mango dress

This reminds me of the type of nouvelle ethnic dress you’d see from Vanessa Bruno or  Isabel Marant or some other French designer of their ilk: a good print—but not too much print—on a pared-down peasant-y shape. And the neckline couldn’t be more flattering: dramatic and yet not the least bit revealing.


An strong print, certainly, but a sophisticated one too, and the black is a minor enough player that things don’t come off too Halloween-y. In addition to which: such a forgiving a lady with hips.

purple dress

I might prefer this purple dress without the black panels, because then absolutely nothing would get in the way of me and that fantastic print. But  I am probably completely alone in this, as the world seems to be in love with a slenderizing black panel.


The retail universe is crawling with jersey dresses made of soft, t-shirty material, but the vast majority are too flimsy to be acceptable for anything other than coffee runs and dog walks. Here’s why this is an exception: you can wear a bra with it, which is almost uniformly never the case with in the category;  it’s hip-slung and slouchy and doesn’t require a belt; and it’s got an asymmetrical hem, which makes for such a lovely flow.


Loose and slouchy is always superior to tight and slinky when it comes to animal prints, and brown and cream is my favorite zebra print color combo, so basically, this dress is aces in my book.





Posted on April 18th, 2013 21 Comments