Feeling Chore jackets

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I know this isn’t the most seasonally appropriate post I’ve ever done for those of us trudging through frozen rain at the moment, as we have been here in New York. But I am reminded in the comments not infrequently that I have readers who live in warmer climates. And I think maybe, if I’m being really honest, the reason I so rarely do wintertime posts that may feel relevant to you is because I am just really jealous. I dream of the sun all winter long, and you people are living my dream. But I will also say that there is something to be said for encountering spring after a particularly brutal winter, so I shall look forward to enjoying these little chore jackets—that are maybe a trend, but more likely just a newish classic, like clogs—when the sun returns. This first one is from Everlane (Yes, Everlane again, but it’s good, and super-cheap) and I would wear the hell out of it layered with a cashmere hoodie.

I could almost see this drapey & Other Stories option in an office-y environment, styled as a kind of dressed-down blazer.

Now here is something we might have a fighting chance of wearing around here: a sherpa-lined L.L. Bean specimen. (Here is the not-sherpa-lined version.)

This Madewell option is such a cool and grown-up take on the denim jacket (even though it’s styled pretty young here, it must be said).

And here’s another Madewell number that has a slightly military-ish feel.

Circle of life

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So I’m doing sort of medium-good on the no-shopping front. I’m not buying nearly as much as I had grown used to, but lately there have been some slips. For instance, I bought a Zero+Maria Cornejo shearling jacket (no longer available or I’d link to it) that was 70% off but still not cheap by any means. It’s gorgeous but it’s not the type of thing I can go around throwing down the credit card for every day. Plus, I already have a lot. Too much, even. So in order to restore the karmic (and fiscal) balance, I sent some quite nice pieces I still really love to The Real Real. Like this dreamy this Zero+Maria Cornejo alpaca coat that I saw come down the Fall 2015 runway and swore I would make my own. It’s always been too tight in the sleeves, because I ordered it in the wrong size, but I didn’t ever want to get rid of it because it is just so beautiful. Also up for grabs: this Chanel coat that I (obviously) bought during the Lucky years, and have hung on to for ages even though it no longer fits my lifestyle (plus, there’s all that nasty business about Coco Chanel loving Nazis). And this Vince shearling hoodie, which I know is not cheap, but is an amazing buy. It hurts a little to see these pieces up for sale—they still did spark joy—but it also makes me feel so much less gross for buying that Cornejo shearling.

Tuesday trifecta—Everlane items I rely on heavily

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I am not at my most stylish—nor at my most concerned with being stylish—first thing in the morning when I walk the dogs, especially in the winter. But when I slip on these cashmere sweatpants I at least feel like I made a minimal effort, and maybe I even look that way too. It is also worth noting that I have owned these since Everlane introduced them, one, maybe two years ago, and they have yet to pill or otherwise show signs of wear, which is a rarity in the world of cheap cashmere (and expensive cashmere too, while we’re at it).

I like this silk cami better than ones I have that cost more because it’s double-lined to prevent sheerness. It’s also cut really simply and has so far worked nicely with everything I’ve layered it over.

I know some of you criticize the cut of certain Everlane items, and specifically their button-downs, as being too boxy, but I’m a big fan of their relaxed poplin shirts, which to me have the just-right amount of slouch.

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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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