Friday links

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  • A short but highly edifying film about pioneering artist Hilma af Klint, who had an an amazing show at the Guggenheim a few years back, and who would likely have been known—had she not kept her work secret— as the mother of abstract art.
  • Seven great new audiobooks to enjoy right now.
  • And relatedly, here is Barack Obama’s summer reading list.
  • Lame. (The Cut)
  • May I suggest that, if you haven’t already, you tune in to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine, in which Jenn and I shoot the shit about our being “oldfluencers”; MTV reality stars turned shamen; how your ambition changes when you get older, and so very much more. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.
  • I adore this footage of PJ Harvey and Bjork performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at an awards show in 1994.
  • And I really really dig this gorgeous new animated video for the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song “Our House” by artist Jeff Scher. (YouTube)
  • 25 intriguing ways to make NYC a better place, post-pandemic. (Curbed)
  • A deep dive into 60s psychedelic elevator music, which who even knew existed? (Dangerous Minds)
  • I enjoyed the Fug Girls weighing in on the outfits in the Sex and the City reboot that’s been shooting around Manhattan. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • “Are You A Bezos?”  This hilarious piece was written by Nora Ephron’s son, and you can really hear her voice in it. (NY Times)

16 white button-downs with a difference

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I endlessly love (and wear!) classic white button-downs, but occasionally I find myself in the mood for one that isn’t so classic, but instead has a detail or two that sets it apart. Like for instance, the ruffles here, which are a bit deeper than you usually see.

And relatedly, I like the spiff tuxedo ruffles on this one.

The drop shoulder and voluminous sleeves on this pleated tunic from Cos give it a romantic vibe.

Meanwhile, the band collar and slightly cropped hem here are rather spiff.

An elegant popover with a just-deep-enough neckline.

This boxy short sleeved button-down looks cool in every respect.

And here’s another good boxy shirt with a clean and flattering A-line silhouette.

The touch of eyelet is quite winning on this well-priced top that looks like it could be Nili Lotan.

A seersucker top with a little extra length, for those times when butt coverage is the order of the day.

The tonal plaid print on this ruffle pintuck top is a nice, subtle touch.

This tie-front top just looks so breezy and cool.

The big front pockets on this utility shirt from Alex Mill are standout.

I’m slowly getting used to the puffy shoulders trend—for others, not for me—and everything else on this top is so straightforward that I feel like one could wear it without feeling like one was in costume.

A sweet, sheer-ish blouse that’d look great with a black bra underneath it.

The barely-there cheetah print here is just kind of fun.

And finally: an embroidered button-down that is so very quietly sexy when paired with a cami.

The swimsuit post I kept putting off

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I loathe shopping for swimsuits so much that I even disliked hypothetically shopping for them in order to belatedly bring you this (much-requested) post. I think part of the problem is that I have very specific—some might say slightly boring—taste in swimwear. The simpler the shape the better in my book, which is why I bought this tank suit from Solid & Striped a few years ago and have had it in high rotation every summer since.

I also like a swimsuit that gives off the impression of being barer than it is, like this little number (which also comes in black and red, fyi).

Animal print swimwear can skew tacky pretty fast, but the leopard print on this underwire suit is so impossibly chic. You can also avail yourself of this print in a plunge-neckline iteration.

Summersalt is a new brand that’s been advertising on my social media feed 24-7, and I like the fact that their suits come in sizes two to 22. This one is just so cute and cheery—you can’t see them here, but it has sweet shoulder-ties—and the vertical stripes on the bottom half are quite flattering.

Here’s a chic, retroish choice that I feel would be good for giving the flatter-chested among us a hint of cleavage.

A super-streamlined option with an alluring little peekaboo hole.

This one-shoulder suit comes in like a zillion colorways, and holds you in nicely.

I don’t usually like swimsuits with prints, but I do make exceptions—like for this rather dear floral.

And also this striped Norma Kamali suit (which also comes in solid black if that’s more your speed) that’ll make you look like a Coney Island bathing beauty circa 1955.

I dig the cool colorblock print here.

This flattering ruched bandeau suit comes in a lot of good colors; here’s something similar but with straps.

The blouson effect on this one camouflages stomach pooch quite nicely.

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