Some picks from the big Nordstrom anniversary sale

If you don’t mind shopping for cooler weather clothes now, this is a very good sale: here’s a James Perse jacket that would be a great for transitioning from summer to fall.

I like the trouser-like styling on these Frame jeans—right on trend.

I am so into the colors of the leopard print on this Veronica Beard jacket, and also the fact that it almost looks like a camo print.

A cashmere sweater from Vince in playful stripes.

These houndstooth pants are awfully snappy.

And these coated jeans give the illusion of leather at a fraction of the price.

A classic cable-knit sweater is such a good weekend piece.

A really easy, flattering dress you can wear now and layer with a cardigan, tights and boots later.

And finally: a waxed Barbour jacket, the likes of which rarely get marked down.

Feeling summer preppy

When I was 15 or so, I used to study my older brother’s high school yearbook for style tips. He went to a fancy WASP-y private school in River Oaks, which is where all of the people with old money in Houston lived, and the girls dressed differently than they did at my big public school, where the aesthetic was very more is more. I was drawn to how understated and elegant the girls at my brother’s school were, and how cool they looked in jeans and a simple  Lacoste shirt, like this one.

A seersucker blazer in grey is a little chicer and less obvious than blue.

Classic khaki chinos in a just-right dark hue.

Embroidered belts are a preppy mainstay, but this one with skulls has a bit of edge.

I like this anchor belt too.

Tretorns are classics, and they’re so well-priced.

I’d wear this Madras shirt with cutoffs, or over my swimsuit at the beach.

All the preppy girls in Houston wore Mexican dresses like this one, and they’re so good for tooling around on hot days, and this purplish-blue embroidery is pretty good.

This wicker bag, with black skinny pants and a white tee would be aces.

And this wicker clutch is pretty good too.

Jack Rogers sandals are another preppy mainstay, and they get slightly edgy in gold.

Ray Ban Wayfarers suddenly feel really right to me again.

This tee dress has black and white stripes, which is somewhat more sophisticated than if they were blue or red.

Canvas totes for shlepping all your shlepp-ables

I worked in the magazine business for over two decades, so I never need to buy another canvas tote bag in my life, because they were always being given to me as gifts, or they were the bags in which gifts were delivered, and I’ve managed to hang on to quite a few.  I find them endlessly handy: for travel, of course, but also the greenmarket and the beach, among other places. I like the straightforwardness of this utility tote.

The fringe here is just the right amount of fun.

This matchy-clashy bag is very seventh-grade-art-teacher, but in a good way.

I like this one from Madewell because it’s a nice size for kicking around the city—big enough to accommodate a laptop, but not too big.

This Fjallraven specimen is on the smaller size too, and it comes in a number of good colors, though I’m partial to this olive drab.

This washed canvas number looks nicely broken-in, and the exterior pockets are satisfyingly deep.

Typically I don’t like logo-ed anything, but the white-on-off-white lettering on this A.P.C. bag is subtle enough to clear the bar.

I couldn’t resist this borderline silly plaid one.


This is big enough to function as a weekender, and I dig the separate bottom compartment for shoes or whatever.

You can’t beat this classic from Filson.

The multi-strap situation here makes this one ideal for travel.

This isn’t canvas, but it reminds me of much more expensive bags from Antonello, so I thought it was worth including.

This sturdy-looking camo number isn’t cheap, but it’s pretty perfect.

And finally, L.L. Bean’s Boat and Tote, which is such a good value, lasts forever, and is perfectly, timelessly chic.

So many flat summer sandals


I like the natural leather and crisscross straps here.

I know this Ulla Johnson sandal is a bit nuts, but I am similarly batty for the cool print on the fabric.

These are on the tough side, but are still nicely refined.

I’d wear this Madewell pair with a flowy sundress.

This raffia pair is pleasantly unexpected, and they’re pretty neutral so you could wear them with just about anything.

These have a bit of a platform, for those of you who—like me—can’t leave the house in a shoe that doesn’t provide a little bit of height.

Poppy pink is fun, and these are quite well-priced.

I really dig a print that’s heavy on pink and orange, which is a perfect summer color combination.

Metallics like this are so damned versatile.

I bought a pair on yellow sandals this year, and wear them constantly, and especially if I’m wearing all white or black, because then it really pops. I’d love to own this specimen as well.

This is kind of nerdy and orthopedic-looking, but that’s what I like about it. It also comes in several good colors.

A pair from Kork-Ease that I’m certain would be insanely comfortable, and I like the woven detail.

I’m a sucker for anything red lately, and these No. 6 huarache clog sandals are so nice and shiny.

The strap overload here is really chic.

These look like classed-up Birkenstocks.

I am very tempted by this because it is so simple yet really stylish at the same time.

Optic white looks fantastic with a deep red pedicure.

I bought a version of this K. Jacques sandal in Paris five years ago when I broke the strap of the shoes I’d been wearing that day in close proximity to their shop in the Marais, and I replaced them last year after I wore that pair into the ground. They’re about as sexy as a pair of flat sandals can get.

This is a dead ringer for a much pricier pair by Manolo Blahnik.

You don’t see a whole lot of sandals made of suede, which is too bad because I think it’s really elegant.


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