A whole bunch of plaid shirts

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Plaid shirts used to strike me as too tomboyish and style-less, but now I like them a great deal, and am—since I only have one—looking to expand my repertoire. I like how they look all oversized and slouchy, like here, and though they’re a natural with jeans, they get about a hundred times chicer when you pair them with trousers (I especially like how they look with leather pants).

The color really pops against the grey here.

And I adore black and yellow together wherever I find it.

The contrasting pockets and cuffs here are fun.

I like that this one is kind of faded out.

Blue on blue is always a winner in my book.

This silk option is nicely refined.

This is just pretty adorable.

Here is one I might go for: the blue and red together is so strong.

From Frank & Eileen, a shirt brand I really like: blue and white and nicely graphic.

I am mad for the poppy color combination here.

Here’s a sweet, feminine choice.

Red and black always looks great.

And finally: a classic scotch plaid from LL Bean.

17 coats for your delectation

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Here is one item I think it’s always a good idea to invest in, because it is so easy to feel shlumpy in drab winter outerwear, and a nice, snappy coat makes you instead positively exude chic. I have more coats than I know what to do with, but was sorely tempted by a lot of these, starting with this one, which has such excellent lapels.

From APC: a nice herringbone tweed that’d look great with jeans or more dressed up.

This is Rachel Comey and not cheap, but I really wanted to include a couple of colorful options and they were in short supply. Also, it’s got a really appealingly nubby texture.

Nothing cozier than a hooded faux fur coat.

The stripe at the hem here adds just the right amount of interest.

A classic shape, and a perfect tomato red.

A little on the crazy side, but good crazy, I think.

This is alpaca, which always looks so great, and I love the idea of a creamy white coat.

The oversized lapels here are so damn chic.

I had to include a leopard choice, of course.

I just think this duffle coat is the most stylish thing ever.

I like the subtle military look here.

Such a perfect, blazing autumnal color, and I really like the texture.

The ribbed, knit cuff is what makes this faux fur standout.

Just a really good houndstooth.

Why not something sweet and peachy pink?

Just as elegant as the day is long.

Totes don’t have to be black and boring

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I’ve included some black totes here because they’re so functional, but they’ve all got something a little interesting going on. Personally, I prefer totes that pop a little, even if they’re in neutral colors, like this excellent grey one with stripes from Clare V.

I also like the idea of carrying something summery, like this one from Antonello, all winter long.

This is Isabel Marant and it exceeds the GOACA price limit, but I am in love with the print on the strap.

Nothing all that unusual here, just a really good grey.

I love the color block business going on here.

Just a bright, vibrant red.

 

This is actually a baby bag, which just means it has a million convenient interior pockets, and I’m crazy for the quilting.

This costs more than it should but it is so damn cute in the denim.

The shape here is cool.

Remember always, ladies, that metallics are neutrals, and love this Baggu tote as I do.

The chain handle here is so chic but slightly un-functional, so it’s nice that it comes with a shoulder strap for convenience.

This croc-embossed option is so fancy-looking.

This isn’t the biggest tote of the bunch, but I do love the way it looks.

The slightly weird mustard-y hue on this canvas bag appeals.

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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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