Spring florals, part 1

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Just a really bright and graphic popover.

These track pants are just all sorts of fun, and this print also comes in an anorak.

Just an easy blue floral short-sleeved top for throwing on under a blazer.

An oversized shirtdress that’s nice and breezy and would be perfect for a really hot day.

A sweet blue floral at a very nice price.

I don’t usually like tiered dresses, but the tiers here are really subtle and not too flouncy.

The print on this one is kind of hippie girl, but the cut is a bit more sophisticated.

Such a cute Liberty print, and I love that it’s short-sleeved  (though it also comes in a long-sleeved version).

A cute blue dress with perfect sleeves and a band collar.

A sweet belted shirtdress with a retroish feel.

Such a feminine dress, and the smocking is a nice touch.

This silk shirt has a kind of trippy print and rings in under $100.

A fun bucket hat, for the beach, the greenmarket, wherever.

This tie front ruffle shirt looks like a perfect vintage find.

I like the slouchy fit of this green floral from Rag & Bone.

just a nice full skirt with a sweet Liberty print.

This is the type of tiered dress I like, because there’s just one tier. And even though I don’t typically like earth tones, I do like the hue here.

This is just an easy, perfect-for-spring top, and it’s made of recycled fabric.

The pink and green flowers on this top don’t look so much preppy as they so sweet and soft and sort of French.

And finally: a silk midi skirt with a delightfully happy print.

Denim jackets for spring, from splurgetastic to dirt cheap

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We’re all over the idea that women over 40 can’t wear these, right? Especially when they come in so many cool iterations. Like for instance, this utilitarian Nili Lotan jacket, which isn’t cheap but is just so good.

The longer length here appeals.

This cropped jacket would be perfect for pairing with dresses.

A cool quilted option in a nice light wash.

The bell sleeves here are a sophisticated touch.

And I like the flap pockets on this one.

This chore jacket has a slightly more body-skimming cut than most chore jackets, which I appreciate.

A belted utility jacket from Mother Denim that couldn’t be a whole lot more spiff.

The slim lines here give this one polish.

I could see throwing on this duster for morning dog walks.

A classic Levi’s jacket in fresh optic white.

Here’s a super-cheap choice that’s the exactly right amount of cropped.

This A.P.C. jacket is quite casually elegant.

I dig the colorblock-ish business going on here.

The wash on this well-priced jacket is perfectly un-distressed.

Here’s one from Madewell that’s ideal if you just want a straightforward denim jacket.

 

How fun is this coral-hued one?

Puffy shoulders are suddenly everywhere, and I’m feeling ambivalent (at best) about them, but don’t mind the subtle ones on this jacket.

And finally: I like the peplum action here.

Things I bought, things I want

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I’m not buying many new clothes for spring because I honestly don’t think I need much, but that didn’t stop me from making a couple of rather splurgy Nili Lotan purchases: this season, she has made her Paris pants in such a good khaki and they are perfect, perfect, perfect. I know some of you will not abide a drop crotch, but they’re actually pretty flattering.

I purchased this cotton and lace shirt too—it’s tomboyish like any button-down, but the lace adds a nice dose of femininity.

I found this seersucker shirt at Cos, and I think it would be fantastic tucked into those Paris pants.

Just a happy little top in a cute color combination.

One of my dearest friends is having a baby girl in a few months, and I’m so excited for multiple reasons, one of which is that most of my friends and both of my brothers have had nothing but boys, so I never had anyone to buy a sweet little Liberty baby dress for. But now I do, and I’m thinking of going for this adorbs pink number.

I plan on wearing shirtdresses all summer, and this navy one is pretty good, and rings in at just under $100.

I’m still digging yellow at the moment, and am thinking of going for this Alex Mill sweatshirt, which—in addition to its excellent hue—has a nice boxy cut and an appealingly relaxed neckline.

And here’s a cashmere sweater that comes in a few other good colors, is well-priced, and looks as comfy as the above sweatshirt.

 

And finally, here’s a lovely top for wearing now with a cardi and later on all on its own.

 

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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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