Everything by this California-based brand is pretty cute and highly wearable, but I am especially enamored of their shirts, which come in a stupefyingly broad array of colors and prints. I am crazy for the almost-but-not-quite-too-loud pattern on this button-down.
The ruffles here are nicely restrained, and the floral print’s color combination is to die. Here’s the same shirt in a really good plaid.
This peasant-y top comes in several good floral prints, the best of which is this one—which looks like Liberty of London even though I don’t think it is, and which is sadly sold out in my size.
I like animal prints because they can skew so many different ways, depending on your style: they can be punk or preppy, ladylike or sexy, depending on the piece and your desire. I like them best on clean, minimal shapes (though there are exceptions to that rule below) and I especially like them on sweaters, like this inexpensive and fun cardigan.
The jury is still out, but a perusal of the once-essential brand’s new arrivals is encouraging—as are the prices, which seem to have settled into a more sane range than in they were the Jenna Lyons years. I still don’t quite think they’ve got a whole vision going on there—which they certainly did during the Lyons years, sometimes to a fault—but the aesthetic is also less all over the place than it has been recently. I’ve wanted a leather skirt for ages, but might settle for this faux version.
Such a chic little boucle jacket—I’d wear mine just as it’s styled here.
The styling of this teddy sherpa topcoat, on the other hand, is just ridiculous: for starters, the combination of bare legs with a big cozy coat does not hold much appeal outside of a fashion shoot, and I will never endorse the little-socks-with-heels look for anyone over the age of 25. But I like the coat! And it comes in black and brown too, just fyi.
I’m pretty sure I’ve shown you this lightweight quilted shirt jacket in the not-so-distant past, but it’s just so good and travel-friendly.
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.