It’s prime light-colored pants season

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There are few looks I love quite the way I love white or similarly light pants with a white shirt or tee: so perfectly put-together in the most summery way imaginable. This chino is very nearly perfect: well-tailored and skinny but not too skinny.

These straight leg cropped pants from Everlane are a great deal and they look crisp as all get-out.

And these carpenter pants have a faint herringbone pattern, which keeps things interesting.

I don’t usually go for such a high waist or for pleats, but something about these appeals.

I like the patch pockets on these wide leg trousers.

A pair of pull-on pants from Vince that are as easy as they are chic.

This drawstring number is a good option for lounging about, but I could see dressing them up for work too (at least for casual Friday).

Nili Lotan’s Tel Aviv pant is a favorite of mine—I have a black pair, and they’re just the right amount of slouchy while still looking sleek.

 

Because you asked for them: 13 cute graphic tees

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For some reason, most of the graphic tees I liked this time around have words on them (they’re also, by and large—and as usual—more pricey than I feel a tee like this should be. You intrepid types can always scour vintage stores for them, but at least here in New York, they’re pretty pricey there too—sometimes ridiculously so). I think this faded-out OK is pretty great: it looks a little like a vintage magazine logo to me.

I like the script on this one from Mother Denim, and the cut looks flattering too.

I found this clever, happy 6397 tee marked down at Yoox.

This sweet Lake Tahoe tee stops just short of being kitschy.

A winning sentiment done up in a homespun needlepoint graphic.

And you can’t argue with the sentiment here either (also check it out marked down in pale pink).

The strategically-placed daisies on this one are funny and cute.

I like how the OMFG here looks like the old CBGB sign.

A colorful lightning bolt would be aces under a blazer.

The Fiorucci angels are a perennial favorite of mine, and take me back to the days when I used to make reverent visits to the Fiorucci store when I was a teenager visiting from Texas.

The L.A. Dodgers logo is appealingly old-school.

A cute tourist tee in an appealing pale yellow.

Tees 4 Togo is a nonprofit that was started by the peerless Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, and Le Tigre fame), and 100% of proceeds from T-shirt sales go to help educate girls in Dapaong, Togo. There are a number of appealing options to choose from, but I like this excellently 1980s likeness of Joan Jett best.

 

I surprise myself by liking tie-dye lately

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I don’t pay too much attention to trends anymore, which is why this tie-dye thing—which is very big at the moment—caught me by surprise. I dislike most things that skew too hippie-girl, and so I’m liking those pieces that are pretty clean-lined—nothing handkerchief-hem or flouncy—and I’d wear them with similarly clean-lined pieces. I think this button-down is right on the money in that respect.

This huge quilted tote by M.Z. Wallace has a slightly Japanese shibori vibe.

 

This tee could actually be totally office-appropriate with the right pencil skirt or skinny pants.

A well-priced and ladylike knife-pleat skirt that looks very Prada from back when Prada was really cool.

I’ve got a few pricier-than-usual tees in this post, and this 6397 number is one of them, but I just love that red.

 

And because I’ve got a few expensive tees in this post, here’s a cute cheap one.

And another cheap tee, in a very pretty lilac.

This blazer is just a kick.

These espadrilles don’t overdo it, which is why I think they work. Perfect for the beach.

An ideal tote for carrying to the greenmarket.

This charmeuse blouse is the most hippie-ish piece here, but the subdued colors keep it sophisticated.

This tee almost looks like a floral print.

A chic pull-on skirt that’d be great on really hot days.

I like the stripe action here.

Just a very cozy-looking hoodie in the always fun color combination of pink and red.

I want this dress very much—the silhouette is nice and relaxed, and the print makes a statement but doesn’t overwhelm.

A lightweight summer scarf that’d be aces with an all-white outfit.

And finally: I think this cami is just gorgeous—brown and red are an unexpectedly good combination—and I would wear it peeking out from under a blazer or cardigan.

 

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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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