A whole mess of Summer pants

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For whatever reason, I’ve got a lot of requests up my sleeve this week: you all seem to have a lot on your minds. A reader named Kristin wants “General guidance on summer pants—I’m working in the summer for the first time in a long time and am struggling with getting dressed. ” I feel you, Kristin. There are times when I miss working in an office—I desperately miss the spirit of collaboration, and being around other people all day—but I never long for how much I stressed out every morning over what to wear. It used to just destroy me. It doesn’t matter how many clothes you have—and I had a lot—you can always look in your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear. So great basics you can turn to without too much thinking are key. And a good summer trouser counts as one of those. These high-waisted khaki cigarette pants are so damn chic, and inexpensive, and they come in black, too.

A wide-leg pant can be very flattering, and is always office-appropriate.

I’m a big fan of J. Crew’s boyfriend chino; it’s got the just-right amount of slouchiness, and the cut is nice and feminine.

These stovepipe trousers are just a good solid classic cropped option.

linen-blend pant with a deep cuff, a good blue and a nice price.

A good casual Friday grey chino.

From very cool plus-size brand Shegul (which a reader named Becca clued me in to), a very cute pair of tapered trousers.

These have a tuxedo stripe, which is fun.

From Violeta, Mango’s plus-size line, a perfectly snappy pair of  white chinos.

Red trousers are a kick, and really pop with a white button-down.

And why not checked pants?

I just really like the nice clean cut here.

Plus-size spring dresses with grown-up hemlines

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Universal Standard dress

I have heard the grumbling and I am listening: I need to be better about including on GOACA clothes in sizes that reflect the whole of my readership. Mostly I’ll do it by including options in regular posts instead of ghettoizing them as I am here, but I figured this might be a nice start. And please, because I am new to this, and because there are so very few plus brands I like, do pass along the names of designers you think do it well. One brand I absolutely adore is Universal Standard—their clothes are so cool I wish they came in my size—and this shirtdress is a prime example: just totally exactly right. It also comes in black, but the white is so damn crisp.

Eloquii dress

I an not a huge fan of off-the-shoulder looks—and it’s a trend that seems to have taken over this season—but this is so breezy and pretty.

Lafayette 148 dress

Just a fun, poppy floral.

 

Maria Rinaldi dress

The neckline here is absolutely stunning, and the silhouette is so elegant and classic.

Rachel Pally dress

A classic black wrap dress is just ease personified.

Eloquii dress

I love a shirtwaist dress, and the eyelet here is a nice touch.

Eloquii dress

I am all over this print.

Universal Standard dress

A highly wearable, so-chic cocoon dress from Universal Standard.

My favorite tee is being discontinued

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Maureen Lewis, my dear friend who manages the Zero Maria Cornejo boutique in New York, is the person who clued me in to the wonders of the J. Crew Vintage Cotton Scoopneck T-Shirt, and it is she who just informed me that it is soon to be no more. A salesperson at J. Crew recently told her they’re phasing out the tee, and with decisions like that, I can see why they’re in trouble. Not all of you agree that this is the best tee of all time, but I love its lightweight-ness and its deep scoop neck, and am—if not bereft—then at least very, very irked. They were just running one of their 25% off deals (they’ve got another one going today), so I ordered four, in white.  I shall treat them like tiny gods so that they’ll last forever.

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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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