Checking out the new arrivals at Alex Mill

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I like this brand because it really understands what it is: a fantastic, not-overpriced source for highly wearable, slightly tweaked classics, like this button-down, which has the exactly-right amount of ruffles, and not a ruffle more.

I don’t just love how my arms look in a sleeveless top, and find that even barely-there cap sleeves like on this striped tee can be so much more flattering (as long as they’re not too tight).

A terry sweatshirt like this one (it comes in a couple of other colors, but I do like this one) would be a nice, lightweight cool-summer-evening option.

Such a crisp, perfect summer dress. It also comes in black, but the khaki looks so damn fresh that I’m really tempted to go for it even though khaki looks awful next to my face. But you know the rule for wearing unflattering colors, right? You just make sure another shade is closer to your face, like our girl is doing here with her bandana.

These slouchy pull-on pants look like the most perfect ones ever for travel.

 

What a perfect summer alternative this shirt is to the classic button-down, right?

This pull on skirt is so chic in black gingham that it really tempts me, even though I never wear full skirts like this.

On the other hand, I own about eleventy thousand shirt dresses—they’re all I wear in the summer pretty much—so I really don’t need more of them. But this one is such a good blue that I might have to go for it.

 

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16 Thoughts on Checking out the new arrivals at Alex Mill
    Cara
    14 Jul 2021
    7:37am

    I only wear pull-on pants (almost 70), and I like Eileen Fisher pants. I agree with Kim, a longer top works well. Needs to be a little bit fitted ,though. If you have shorter sweaters, wear a long shirt or t-shirt underneath.

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    cw
    13 Jul 2021
    9:18am

    Here’s my question: If one is only weeks away from being 70, how does one style pull-on pants to keep them from looking too Golden Girls finally arrive at the nursing home?

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      Mimi A.
      13 Jul 2021
      9:49am

      Happy almost birthday, cw! I’m 70+ and my solution is to avoid pull on pants completely. I don’t own a single pair. But the only real give away is the elastic waist, so I’d style these admirably slouchy pants with a loose-fitting, but not too oversized lightweight v-neck sweater or tee over the striped top the pants are shown with. With the waist hidden the pants would look like any other straight-legged pair.

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        cw
        13 Jul 2021
        11:51am

        Excellent ideas, MimiA! Thank you!!

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    Viajera
    13 Jul 2021
    12:19pm

    Hmm. I feel like a large part of the population wears some version of an elastic waist. And I’m not sure I notice anymore – unless they also tuck. It’s fascinating to me that this issue is an issue. I guess, I’m glad it’s an issue? Bc it means people now have the energy to worry about their clothes again? Also, that is a heck of a cute little skirt. Very nice.

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    Viajera
    13 Jul 2021
    9:50pm

    hey if anyone is thinking about flip flops with arch support, I am putting a new comment on the shoe post from earlier. just in case

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    MaryAlice
    13 Jul 2021
    11:12am

    I don’t think cap sleeves are flattering, as they tend to hit at the widest part of the upper arm. I really think sleeveless or a sleeve that hits mid-bicep is much better.

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      Elisabeth
      15 Jul 2021
      10:49am

      This is true for me, definitely. Maybe depends how your arm is shaped??

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    Meg
    13 Jul 2021
    11:26am

    At 60, I love the 6397 pull on pant, purchased a few years back due to Kim’s write up here on GOACA. Beautiful “drapey and covers many sins” kind of fabric.
    https://6397news.com/collections/bottoms/products/pull-on-trouser-in-black?variant=37073609793
    Although pricey, my cost per wear has already exceeded the limit. Seasonal colors do go on sale plus the brand founder styles the looks in such cool ways for never ending combo ideas on the site.

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    Susie Q
    13 Jul 2021
    11:28am

    Kim, maybe this is too ‘inside baseball’, but Alex Mill has always struck me as Mickey Drexler’s entree back into retail: his son founded it and Mickey introduced him to the designer, Somsack Sighounmoung, from J Crew. Mickey was an investor and is now CEO. Was his son really involved? As far as the clothes, it’s very Madewell IMO, which is not for me but is unoffensive.

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    Betsy Palmer
    13 Jul 2021
    9:27am

    I haven’t ordered anything from Alex Mill yet so can’t comment about fabrics and fit, but I love the aesthetic and the high moderate (?) pricing. Eagerly awaiting the styling answer to CW’s comment as well. Proportion is definitely in the answer mix but how?

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    MissE
    13 Jul 2021
    9:56am

    I second all of these questions about pull on pants! Styling tips, please! I have been desperately seeking travel pants that don’t make me look like an unmade bed, and I’m going to give these Alex Mill ones a try. I have a couple of things from them already and I’ve been very pleased with their quality for the price. Fingers crossed!

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      MissE
      27 Jul 2021
      11:54am

      For the record, I think they’re actually really good! They run TTS: you could definitely size down, but they won’t look as “excellently slouchy”, as Kim would say 🙂

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    Kim France
    13 Jul 2021
    11:01am

    I think the key to styling pull-on pants is for sure to wear a tunic or other top that looks good untucked. Also, some pull-on pants only have elastic in the back, so you can do a credible half-tuck.

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    Candy
    13 Jul 2021
    11:02am

    So many of the pull-on pants have excess gathered fabric in the rear, making my seat look big and baggy — and even bigger as the fabric stretches out with wear. The Athleta Brooklyn pant is a good one for travel and doesn’t seem to have this problem, but other suggestions or ways to style elastic waist pants would be welcome. Until then, I’m sticking with khakis and other real pants.

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      kimbersam
      14 Jul 2021
      2:45pm

      Me too, Candy. I had on a pair of pull-on cargo linen pants (old season Gap) the other day and I caught a glimpse of myself reflected in a window. For a few seconds, I didn’t realize it was me and when I did I gasped. It’s not a good look.

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