Cheap and chic of the week

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Just last week, I wrote about Iro’s Shavani jacket, which I own and love, and which I believe is an excellent stand-in for a blazer for those of you who can’t abide blazers. And now, I am happy to have discovered this excellent close match for that piece, which, happily, rings in at just under $100.

April showers preparedness

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Believe it or not, spring is coming soon, and with it will come the rain, and few things cramp one’s style like rain does. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as stylish waterproof options do exist. Why not let’s start out with a classic bright yellow rain slicker?

I know a lot of you like a bit more length in your raincoats, so I offer up this this mac from Everlane, which is perfect for those of you who like the idea of a trench, but can’t deal with the belt situation.

I think the print here is pretty amazing—such a cheery item to wear on a cloudy, wet day.

I couldn’t resist including this audacious metallic number.

Stutterheim makes some of the most timeless, durable raincoats out there, and one day I aspire to own one. (This is from a men’s site, but the jackets are unisex.)

A snappy boot in versatile, chic army green (it also comes in black and white).

I like the big clunky platform-ish sole on this Chelsea rainboot.

And I love this moto boot by Rag & Bone, which they seem to make every year, and which every year I covet.

It’s tough to walk two dogs and carry an umbrella at the same time, so sometimes, if the rain isn’t falling too hard, I just wear my Stutterheim hat and call it good.

And here’s a cute quilted rain hat.

In the mood for metallic footwear

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A little hit of metallic can go a long way towards making even the most boring outfits a little exciting, and that’s largely why I am craving a pair right now. I’m also in the mood to look at warm-weather options today. I own this clog sandal in the yellow, but am considering acquiring this pair too, because I think they’d be pretty versatile.

Veja sneakers are sourced and manufactured sustainably, and their design is so good in a really classic, old-school way.

Many of you desire a post on low-heeled sandals, and I will bring you one sooner than later, but in the meantime, I think these are pretty snappy.

These cage-toe slides would look fantastic with worn-in jeans and a simple white tee.

I like that these flat sandals are elegant-looking, but casual at the same time.

Here’s a slightly more streamlined—and nicely priced—version of above.

When they’re rendered in metallic leather, espadrilles get a little fancier.

This pointy-toe flat is so excellently new wave.

I’d wear this cork-sole platform all summer long: they just look so easy and walkable.

 

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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.

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