I’ll take this as my annual opportunity to share the belief that all of those Don’t-Wear-This-After-40 lists that fashion websites and magazines push are are complete and utter bullshit. Denim jackets are inevitably on the list, and I always wonder why: they’re easy, casual timeless pieces that look good on most everyone. The ones I’ve chosen here are all, in different ways, slightly less classic and a little more interesting, starting with this one, which has such great pockets.
My erstwhile Everything is Fine co-host Tally Abecassis told me about Daisy Jones & The Six, which she thought might be right in my wheelhouse. The book is by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it’s a fictional oral history of a band that makes it big in 70s L.A. And it is right up my alley in so many ways: it satisfies my obsession with 70s L.A., and rock history, and it reads like such a real oral history that I have to keep reminding myself it’s not.
I’m not especially proud of this fact, but I am fascinated by the royal family. I don’t admire or wish I knew them—most of them seem, frankly, like a snore—but I do think the fact of their existence in 2022 is pretty crazy. Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—the Truth and the Turmoilis an irresistible combination of juicy gossip, rigorous research, and snappy writing. And though it sags in certain sections, it remains a rollicking good time.
I’m not sure how I was supposed to resist the siren song of Anna: The Biography, but rest assured, I didn’t. So far it feels far from definitive—Anna’s a slippery character, and even though a number of her friends spoke to author Amy Odell, a clear portrait of her doesn’t emerge—but it’s full of plenty of good nuggets that I haven’t read or heard elsewhere. Any fan of old-school magazine culture will get a kick out of this.
My friend Peggy writes: “I keep contemplating the current fashion for wire rims and thinking that once one is a certain age they risk making you look granny-ish but also that perhaps my very thick plastic frames are totally out of style, but I don’t really know, and I wonder if there are types or styles of frames that are timeless that we can wear at our age without looking granny-ish.” I really heard this request: I’ve been in a thick plastic frames rut for ages. This pair, from Warby Parker, at least lightens things up a bit.
Caddis sells prescription frames and readers too, and the company has a pro-aging message I can really get behind. These square-ish wire frames are cool in a really subtle way.
EyeBuyDirect traffics in knockoffs of classic frames, like these, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the Ray Ban Clubmaster.
Peepers is another wallet-friendly option; I’m partial to this pair, in a weird but somehow appealing green.
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.