Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition

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The theme this time around—and I didn’t realize I even had a theme until I took a look at all of these dresses together—is ease and comfort and a certain throw-it-on-and-go appeal. And isn’t that we’re all looking for in a dress as the weather turns warmer? Let’s start with the one I covet most intensely: this zebra-print is so good and somehow not-too-overwhelming, and I love the neckline—so graceful.

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You know how I like a dark floral.

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Just a really flattering shape—loose, but with enough definition not to come off too bulky.

twist front dress

This gauzy twist front dress is idling in my shopping cart even as I type. It looks so breezy, and drapes just right.

zara denim

Shirtdresses can be so unforgiving, but this one is so excellently flowy.

combo dress

Pre-styled for your convenience: this sweater-and-skirt combo dress.

Things I bought, things I want

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chunky cardi

I have been looking for a spring jacket that’s on the longer side—I’m feeling larger than usual lately; butt-coverage has become a priority—and this chunky wool sweater coat from Everlane is just the right weight for those spring days when a super-light jacket isn’t quite going to do the trick.

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I am so desperate for this pink-and-grey-striped shirt—part of a collab between Clare Vivier and Steven Alan—that if it wasn’t so crappy out today, I might be heading right over to my local CV outpost on Elizabeth Street to make it mine.

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Oh, these are crazy, I know. And they once again confirm my brother Mike’s assertion that my taste in shoes is too tricky. But they are just so good.

Things I bought, things I want

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The cleanest, thinnest (like, thin enough to layer under a blazer) perfect little wool-and-silk-blend cardigan. An investment, but it is going to pay off handsomely on the cost-per-wear front, I feel it. I am in fact am wearing it as I type.

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This super-soft scarf has one of the best prints I’ve seen in a while—and an unlikely but totally winning color palette.

frame striped tee

I can’t find any archival photos to back up the following assertion, but this strikes me as the kind of striped tee Jane Birkin might have worn in the 70s.

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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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