Denim jackets that aren’t like all the other denim jackets

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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.

Here’s one in the ever-popular chore jacket shape.

The grey hue here is nicely unexpected, and I like the slightly oversized silhouette.

This one is just desperately chic, and comes in a very good khaki brown too.

This is actually a pretty straightforwardly classic denim jacket, but the dark black and body-skimming fit make it just slightly dressier than the rest here.

Such a nice clean shape on this one, and I really like the buttons.

If I were to allow myself to purchase just one of these jackets, I’d go for this because the stitching at the collar is so damn cute.

And finally: another chore jacket, nicely priced.

What are you reading?

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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 Turmoil is 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.

 

Taking requests: Where to find glasses

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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.

Look Optic offers readers and prescription frames too, and has slightly trendier items up for grabs, like this very 70s-ish pair.

Ray Ban is a fantastic source for timeless frames, like these aviators.

Zenni Optical offers very well-priced frames, like this round-ish pair that rings in at just under $25.

Glasses USA sells—among other things—discounted designer frames, like this Bottega Veneta cat eye pair, as well as a trove of Celine.

Peepers is another wallet-friendly option; I’m partial to this pair, in a weird but somehow appealing green.

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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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