OK guys, so tonight I get on a plane and go to Portugal, and it’s my first real vacation—and also the first one in which I do not bring my laptop—in quite some time. This leaves me super-excited, but also super-anxious—the latter of which is my default setting in the days before I leave home for a trip. Does anyone else out there get mildly nuts in anticipation of leaving town? What do you do to calm the jitters? I really need to know. Also, please share any any last-minute Lisbon, Alentejo, and Porto recommendations, and expect me back here May 1.
What can I say about blazers that I haven’t said already? They are one of the more perfect articles of clothing in existence, as appropriate with jeans and a tee as they are with items far dressier. I like to wear mine with a button-down or graphic tee and sometimes layered over a thin cashmere hoodie. I’m not typically a huge fan of double-breasted versions—especially if the buttons are loud—but I do like this understated version a lot.
I would totally wear a corduroy blazer in a light color like this right now.
This is Veronica Beard’s School boy jacket, and it’s not too cheap, but I like the shrunken proportions like the shorter sleeves.
I don’t know what this pattern is called—is it a check?—but I do think it’s a ton of fun. And I surprise myself by liking it, a little.
I am so fond of this funky madras plaid jacket so much that I had to include it even though it’s only left in a few sizes.
This notch collar number comes in several colors and rings in at under $100.
I’m pretty certain I’ve shown you this blazer before (my memory is a disaster) but I love everything about it: the cut, the collar, the pockets, the buttons. So much excellence rarely exists in the same item.
Another design detail I usually don’t go for is a lapel-less look, but this Madewell blazer is really polished.
A white blazer worn just like this, over all black, is one of the best looks going.
Chinos aren’t having a big fashion moment out there in the world, but they’re always having a big fashion moment with me, and I’m pretty much dying for this super-snappy (yet, alas, splurgy) Nili Lotan pair.
A lovely, clean-lined army green pair with an unfinished hem, which I know not all of you are fans of, but which I still like.
Usually, I like the slouchiness of chinos (because of course I do) but this Vince pair is curve-hugging in a way I can get behind too.
I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.