Madewell’s collab with Kule is seriously the cuteness

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I love Kule’s relaxed, easy, super-cheery vibe, and was so excited to see that they’ve partnered with Madewell. I’m less thrilled with the prices of some of the items, which seem high, but having said that, I must also say that there’s some great stuff to be had (and that isn’t too splurgy), like this hoodie, with its striped cuffs and sentiment for our time on the front.

This denim jacket is nicely oversized, and lined with a removable striped fleece vest—genius.

I’d layer this rugby shirt over a turtleneck, and maybe size up so it’s nice and slouchy.

Just a pretty perfect navy and white striped tee.

There are few things I adore than animal prints punctuated by stripes, like on this adorable beanie.

Likewise, this silk bandana, which I’d wear around my neck with a button-down, like I’ve seen certain stylish women do.

So many good new arrivals at Alex Mill

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I am such a fan of this preppy/tomboyish brand. It’s well-priced—not fast-fashion cheap, but very reasonable—and most everything comes in more than a few colors. Like this army pant, which I’m tempted to go for in this green as well as black.

I have seen a few versions of this cropped puffer around lately, but this is my favorite—it’s kind of cut like a shirt, and I like the big front pockets.

A cute corduroy jumpsuit that would be equally good belted as unbelted.

And speaking of corduroy, I think this blazer is so excellently old school, and the light brown hue is just exactly right.

The wee front pocket on this sweatshirt makes it standout, and just a little more polished than your typical sweatshirt.

This sneaker is from a company called Novesta, and I like it because it resembles a Chuck Taylor, but without all of the annoying branding.

A cotton cardigan with an adorably Chanel-ish vibe. At the same time, it looks so damn comfy.

Polo shirts and sweaters suddenly look really cool

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Here we have the ever-stylish Ines de la Fressange (check out her excellent Uniqlo line here) styled precisely how I think polos look best: paired with slouchy pants, layered necklaces, and maybe an armful of bangles too.  They’re not the most inherently cool item, so you’ve got to raise the cool factor yourself, with accessories, and taking care to pair them with less obviously preppy pieces (Ines’s chinos are preppy, sure, but the color is so unexpected that it works).

This top comes in a multitude of colorways, but I like this blue and white striped number best.

This Lacoste top is about as classic as it gets, and I like the contrasting white buttons.

A metallic top that’d be great under a cardigan.

I like the subtle cable-knit details and contrasting stitching on this Rag & Bone specimen.

And I love the oversized silhouette and spread collar here.

This ribbed sweater is made of ultra-light merino wool, and I love the blue. I’d wear it next to my skin, or layer it over a long-sleeved tee.

A cute rugby shirt from Kule that reminds me of one I had in the 80s from Benneton.

This one from J. Crew has a nice easy fit, and I like the slightly oversized buttons.

Isn’t this one kind of fun and retroish-looking?

A short-sleeved sweater in a nice creamy hue.

I showed you this cashmere sweater last week in black, but this watermelon-y hue is pretty good too.

I’d wear this merino wool piece as a cardigan with a flowy dress.

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