All I want to buy are red things

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street style red

I’m not entirely certain where my enthusiasm for red comes from: it’s a color that flatters me, so that’s nice, but the attraction is about more than that. I also like that it is so unstoppably bold, and that it plays well with so many other colors. Wearing red puts a little spring in my step, too, because it makes me feel like I made an effort not to default to the same old black.

marc jacobs trench

A nice shrunken trench that’s kind of similar to the one Giovanna Battaglia is wearing in the above picture, except for that hers is leather.

vince dress

Seriously, could this dress be any easier?

chiffon top

This chiffon top is rather sweet.

ramy brook top

I like the business on the sleeves of this blouse.

derek lam blouse

A lovely floral blouse with a cool asymmetrical hem.

lagence blazer

I’d love a red blazer—it would look fantastic with just jeans and a graphic tee.

& other stories knot dress

There’s a very subtle dot print on this well-priced dress.

iro jacket

I own this Iro jacket in white, and would almost consider buying it in red too, because it’s so versatile, and is a good stand-in for a blazer when you’re just not in the mood for a blazer but need to look polished.

vince skirt

The side pleat on this skirt is a subtle-but-statement-y touch.

frame jeans

Women who can pull off red jeans are cool and I wish I was like them.

shaggy sweater

I can never resist a shaggy sweater.

mango blouse

A very well-priced, work-worthy blouse.

theory sweater

The shirttail hem on this cashmere sweater makes it an excellent choice for when you’re in a casual mood.

black halo dress

A very streamlined, pretty dress with a really nice neckline.

mango tee

Just a good striped tee.

theory pants

I’d wear these pull-on pants with a crisp white button-down.

mango red dress

I’m not the hugest fan of an off-the-shoulder look, but I do think this dress is quite graceful.

alice trousers

My friend Pavia is looking for wide-leg trousers, so I included these for her.

mara hoffman dress

One-shoulder silhouettes are another look that is not so much my thing, but I think I’d wear this Mara Hoffman dress all summer.

mango red top

This blouse is nicely oversized. I’d go for the half-tuck.

& other stories red dress

The matchy-clashiness of the prints on this dress appeals.

 

And here’s a post I did on grey clothes for (mostly) under $100.

A really very picky jeans post

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ag jeans

All I’m interested in looking at right now are jeans in dark washes, with little or no whiskering, fading, or distressing. A tiny little bit of that stuff is OK. Good even, because it gives jeans character, and can even cause a pair to be more flattering. But too much of it—and there is so so much of it out there—is way overdone. There are few things I think a person necessarily has to age out of, but super worn-in-looking jeans is for the kids, I really believe.  This pair from AG has a nice straight cut, and such a clean wash you could wear it to work, just about.

topshop jeans

This high-waisted dark-grey pair from Topshop has a lot of slouch appeal.

madewell jeans

A very all-American choice, from Madewell.

universal standard jeans

Universal Standard makes the best jeans in extended sizes, and I’m having a tough time finding others I like as well. Thoughts, ladies?

citizens jeans

These cropped jeans are nice  and neat-looking, and I like that the waist is high, but not too high.

levis grey jeans

These Levi’s are just a good kick-around-on-the-weekends option.

mother jeans

A nice inky-dark take with a step hem, from Mother.

everlane boyfriend jeans

Everlane’s boyfriend jean in pitch black is another one I’d consider for the office.

 

 

j crew jeans

This pair, from  J. Crew, has the just-right amount of whiskering—which is to say, very little.

goldsign jeans

A very excellently 70s mom option.

absolution jeans

A well-priced pair of boyfriend jeans.

transcend jeans

If you’re looking for something black and skinny, you could do worse than these.

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Nili Lotan’s boyfriend jean has a nice, trouser-ish cut.

everlane jean

Everlane’s High-Rise skinny jean has such a good dark indigo wash. They remind me of APC.

veronica beard jeans

I like Veronica Beard’s line, and so I’m curious about her jeans. These have a pleasingly saturated wash, and a not-distracting amount of whiskering.

 

Here’s a post I did a little while back on boyfriend jeans.

Sweatpants are all I feel like wearing right now

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sweatpants street style

Especially first thing in the morning when it’s time to take the dogs out for their stroll, and when I drag my ass to yoga and it’s too freezing to wear leggings. But I’m thinking of expanding my horizons: I have a super-stylish friend who wears her sweatpants as streetwear, and she always looks great, and enviably comfortable. I wouldn’t try to dress sweats too far up (although I have included here a silk pair that is practically evening-worthy), but instead to think of them as an alternative to jeans on days you just can’t be bothered with a zipper.

outdoor voices sweatpants

this heather grey pair looks a bit like what the woman in the picture is wearing.

The Great sweatpants

The Great makes these adorable embroidered star sweats (as well as these, with hearts).

sincerely jules sweatpants

Just a well-cut, straightforward black pair.

adidas sweatpants

I have always loved the look of classic Adidas sweats—the stripes are so sportif (and here’s a very chic pair with subtler stripes).

z supply sweatpants

Grey camo is nice and subdued.

nike sweatpants

These are fleece, which would be so damn cozy.

PE nation sweatpants

I wrote about these PE Nation sweats a while back. They were quite splurgetastic, but I went for it and am so glad I did: they’re the perfect winter sweats, very thick and warm. Now they’re on sale—still not cheap, but nicely cheaper.

mother sweatpants

I like the raw cropped hem here.

pam & gela sweatpants

And I am crazy for this dark leopard print, and the fun way it contrasts with the stripes at the waist.

ATM silk sweatpants

A silk pair is nicely luxe—wear them exactly as you would a good pair of trousers, with just about anything.

terez sweatpants

The skulls here stop short of being overwhelming because the print is black-on-black so they’re barely visible.

everlane cashmere sweatpants

These are Everlane’s cashmere iteration—there’s a waitlist, but it’s well worth getting yourself on: I own a pair and they’re so soft, and wear well.

juicy sweatpants

How squishy and comfortable would a velour pair be?

 

Here is a post I did on my favorite pair of yoga pants.

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