Dresses with grown-up hemlines, fall edition

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The pinkish snake print and streamlined-but-flowy shape make this dress feminine in a really modern way.

I dig the print here: it’s kind of floral but also kind of camo, and the green really pops.

Such a chic little high-necked leopard print shift—it reminds me a little of old Jane Mayle.

It’s Universal Standard’s excellent and so-flattering Geneva dress, but with long sleeves for cooler weather.

This pink dress is a pretty girly choice for me, but I think there’s something really elegant about it.

I like that the color here is kind of unexpected, and the blouson top with the pencil skirt bottom looks sophisticated in a really easy way.

I realize this slinky number might require some tricky maneuvering in the bra department, but I think it’d be so great for a kind of fancy party.

I’d swap out the belt here for something more substantial, and pair this cool green floral with brown knee-high boots.

The zipper front on this sweet Alexa Chung dress keeps it from coming off too prissy.

This faded-out leopard print is such a good throw-it-on-and-go piece, and it’d look great with a bright cardigan.

I don’t usually go in for flounce, but it’s done so minimally on this Veronica Beard dress that I can handle it, and this is such a pretty print. Also, good on Shopbop for dipping their toe into the world of size-inclusive models.

The ballerina pink here is just the perfect ballerina pink.

A good dress for an important meeting at work—it just telegraphs put-togetherness.

 

 

 

 

Checking in on Liberty

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Considering what a rabid Liberty of London fangirl I have been known to be in the past, it feels notable that for the past couple of years, I’ve barely checked in on the London-based department store’s offerings at all. I feel like their creative direction was just totally on the money for a good decade, and that they were coming up with fantastic new prints and cool iterations of old ones constantly, but lately, not so much.  Still, when I learned that they just started free shipping and returns to and from the U.S., it seemed like a good moment to give it another look. And I found a number of things to like, including this brilliant velvet pillow in their Ianthe print.

This eye mask is the Ianthe print again, but this time with stars added into the mix, and could it be any more glamorous?

Liberty’s got a decent number of phone cases to choose from, and I’m a fan of this cheery little number.

Here’s a tote that doesn’t look so traditionally Liberty-ish, but I think the juxtaposition of stripes is really sophisticated and cool and kind of deco-ish.

There are also a decent number of button-downs to choose from, and this blue-on-blue specimen is snappy as hell.

And finally: there were so many good hankies that I had a tough time picking a favorite, but finally settled on this sweet, retroish floral.

Brand I like: Birds of Paradis by Trovata

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This casual and elegant California-based label wasn’t on my radar at all until my cool friend Shelby connected me to them, and they, in turn, very kindly let me choose a few pieces from their fall collection. My absolute favorite is this  antique white pintuck blouse that is currently in perilously high rotation, and which I just ordered in the black too. You know I can not stand much in the way of ruffles, but the ones at the neckline are so subtle here that it really works.

I like the blue-on-blue stripes on this popover: it’s kind of a perfect, easy vacation piece.

This peasant blouse is saved from being too hippie girl-ish by a clean shape and smart gray print.

A cute graphic tee with a sentiment that’s tough to argue with.

Another piece they sent me that I love: this super-cute, slightly boxy striped popover.

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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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