Week of requests: investment pieces, my way

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I’m just going to do a few more days of requests because you all had so many good ones. For today’s post, a reader named Liz writes, “I’m interested in investment pieces – jewelry, watches, handbags, coats – that stand the test of time. I’m at an age where I’d like to look pulled together without having to chase new stuff every season.” I am throwing the GOACA price limit out the window with this post, so just know that going in. Let’s start with one of the most important investment pieces I can think of, a statement coat—something that’s classic enough to wear for years, but also somewhat left-of-center design-wise, like this one.

 

I don’t wear a watch, and believe those who insist that that a Timex keeps just as good time as a Rolex does, but if I were to go for a splurgy one, it’d be a tank watch from Cartier because it’s so elegant, understated, and French. However, this one from Seiko is a pretty convincing dupe.

Popular wisdom dictates that bags and shoes are the two most important pieces to invest in, and I very much go along with that assessment. I sprang for this bucket bag from Il Bisonte a few years ago, and it only gets better with age, truly. I’ve bought new bags since I acquired this one, but I always come back to it.

 

I once temporarily took leave of my senses and purchased a Jerome Dreyfuss python bag like this one, but I don’t totally regret it, because whenever I’ve got a nice event to attend, I’m prepared.

And speaking of which: a really good pair of heels—these are Christian Loubouton’s Pigalle pumps—are essential. This is about as high as I can go at the moment.

Statement jewelry can turn an otherwise everyday ensemble into something really exciting. I’d love to go for something luxe-but-not-showy, like these gorgeous Ted Meuhling hoops.

A pair of cashmere joggers—these are from Nili Lotan, and the cut is based on her Paris pants—are a good way to feel fancy when all you’re doing is lounging about. These, from Nadaam, are a whole lot cheaper, and also pretty good.

Never underestimate the feeling of power that comes with wearing a really, really nice bra.

I generally think that expensive cashmere isn’t worth its price: it pills and wears just as fast as inexpensive cashmere, in my experience. But a thick ply cashmere sweater like this is just impossibly deluxe, and well worth shelling out for.

I have said before that I prefer a Serious Black Dress over a LBD: something that’s interesting from a design perspective—like this Rachel Comey number—and can be worn any season (I’d make it winter-worthy by layering it over a turtleneck or pairing it with a cashmere cardigan).

Buy a good leather jacket in a classic cut and you’ll never regret it.

 

Week of requests: casual blazers

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“Casual blazers please,” writes a reader named Kay. “Something that looks good with sweats at the farmers market on Sunday morning.” I’ve been halfway looking for the same thing lately, so I was happy to oblige this query. One key to having a blazer come off casual, I think, is having it be slightly oversized, like this glen plaid number from Madewell.

A sweater blazer is another shortcut to casual blazer style, and this one comes in several good colors, though I’m partial to this grey.

The hit of orange on this one is really standout.

A quilted blazer jacket is a nifty notion, and would work well layered under a long coat.

Here’s a boucle specimen with excellent patch pockets that looks like it would be warmer than your average blazer.

A tomboyish herringbone blazer for throwing on with just about anything.

I like that this has a lovely kimono-ish drape.

This nubby Anine Bing blazer would look fantastic layered over a graphic tee.

A denim option from Nili Lotan that’s currently marked way down.

And here’s another denim blazer, this one with a much sharper cut.

I’d wear this one with all white, just as shown here.

I might have to go for Alex Mill’s corduroy blazer at some point: I love how it kind of resembles a chore jacket.

And finally, Rag & Bone’s Slade blazer has been a favorite with you all, and it’s easy to see why: it’s the perfect combination of laid-back and polished.

 

Week of requests: the best long-sleeved tees

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“I feel like I spend hours a week searching for the perfect long sleeve T shirt,” writes a commenter named Patricia. “Not graphic, not super trendy, with not-too-thin material, and not too tight, but still cool and chic.” And aren’t we all looking for just that? What follows are my candidates for best long-sleeve tees, starting with this slightly spendy one from ATM, which is just ever-so-slightly cropped.

This is from Outdoor Voices and I’m sure some of you will balk at the fact that it is 100% synthetic, but it is soft as all get-out and really breathes too.

This is from Splendid, a brand whose tees I’ve had really good luck with, and it’s got such a nice deep V.

A pretty classic tee with nice proportions.

I do love a boatneck tee, and this one comes in a number of good colors and is pretty cheap.

This is a dolman-sleeve tee, and I like that it’s on the slouchier side.

And here’s another tee that’s nicely oversized, but not too boxy.

This is a pretty thick tee—almost sweatshirt-thick—and I like the high neckline, which is unusual for me.

This one is from Kule, who make the best striped tees.

I like that this navy tee has a slight shirttail hem.

I’m a big fan of J. Crew’s Vintage cotton tees—they’re super-soft and so comfy.

And finally: this bubble sleeve is just a fun touch.

 

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