Black dresses are a cornerstone of my summer wardrobe, but I do try to nod to the season by wearing them with bright accessories, like my red No. 6 huaraches or an Antonello bag. Here are a few I like a lot, starting with one that’s a little surprising for me, as I never much go for corset belts. But the one here is so subtle, and the lines of the rest of the dress are so clean, that it works.
A very feminine, flowy plus-size option (I’m sorry, I know you don’t always like it when I single out the plus-size options, but I feel like I need to when you can’t discern from the model that this is the case).
I’m pretty sure I posted this excellent black floral from the Kooples before, but now it’s on sale, and how great is that?
I live in No 6 clog sandals this time of year, but I’m hard on my shoes—I walk weird, and run down the heels quickly—so my sandals from years past are looking pretty busted. I decided to freshen things up with this huarache clog, which I got in the excellent red you see here. It comes in three heights (this is the highest) which is handy.
Tevas are so very ugly, but so damn comfortable, and my old pair—with a white footbed, which was a mistake—were looking pretty nasty, so I replaced them with these, in a pretty good army green.
And yet another Ulla Johnson dress I am dying for: it’s so feminine, but the shirtdress shape keeps it clean-lined at the same time.
I actually own these Nili Lotan military jeans in a regular blue jean wash, so I can’t possibly go for these, too. But I am sorely tempted.
And finally: the simplest, most nicely-priced preppy-chic dress for kicking around on weekends.
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.