Checking out the new arrivals at Alex Mill

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I continue to rely on this brand for just-left-of-classic pieces that don’t cost a fortune and play well with most everything in my closet. This fleece peacoat looks untra-chic and very cozy to me.

This cute pocket sweatshirt is just a little more elevated than your average sweatshirt.

These fleece sweatpants almost look like regular trousers, and seem perfect for just about now. They also—like most everything from Alex Mill—come in a few other good colors.

This cargo jumpsuit has a utilitarian vibe that I like.

These Mary Janes remind me of the shoes all the scary hippie girls wore in boarding school. They come in more subdued hues, but I kind of love this orange.

Wide-wale pleated corduroys are a bit of retroish fun.

 

Wide-leg pants continue to intrigue me, and this pair looks super-flattering.

A good herringbone coat for throwing on whenever.

This sweet sweater also comes in a cute striped iteration, but I’m really digging this mustard yellow.

A grey cardi that’s the exactly right amount of cropped; I’m also a big fan of the vest pictured here.

And I like this vest too. I’m very interested in vests all of a sudden, and feel they’re primed for a comeback.

These tie dye socks would look great peeking out from under the hem of your trousers.

I really want this sweater blazer ; it’s so polished but still super comfy-looking.

And speaking of polished, this topcoat hits all the marks.

 

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31 Thoughts on Checking out the new arrivals at Alex Mill
    Tiffany
    28 Jan 2021
    7:30pm

    The vest! I want it to come back (and also I want AM to restock the Ryder) …

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    Caroline
    29 Jan 2021
    9:01am

    Cardi is fabulous but I’m kind of into the sweater vest.. does it work as a solo piece or just with the cardi?

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    dana
    28 Jan 2021
    2:00pm

    also feeling vests rn

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    Kate
    28 Jan 2021
    1:27pm

    I wish Alex Mill would drop the one-pants-pocket thing — I don’t need interesting design details on my butt. I have the Neil pants (two pockets!) and those are great.

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    Karen
    28 Jan 2021
    12:35pm

    I own the sweater blazer..and its the perfect mix of sweater and blazer…like I don’t feel weird wearing it now for WFH because its a sweater, but its tailored enough that it will work as a blazer stand in if i ever get out of my dining room LOL.
    And to Eloise’s comment re small batches and selling out quickly-yes, I’ve had that happen to me, actually 1 time the order seemed to have gone thru only to get an email later saying “oops, it sold out” here’s X% off your next order because of our mistake

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    Eloise
    28 Jan 2021
    12:37pm

    Potentially weird question….I agree w/Mamavalveeta’s comment about the semi-Nili Lotan vibe of the sweatpants. I (surprise, surprise) returned the Lotan jeans (and many others I’ve tried recently) because they seemed to “bunch/pouch up” a ton in the crotch/zipper area. Is it just me? HELP. (I’m so frustrated I’d actually post an embarrassing picture if I could.) My husband seems to think the rise is too short but I am short and loathe to try high rise pants….

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      gillian
      28 Jan 2021
      5:04pm

      Aren’t most of Nili Lotan jeans drop crotch? Which would explain the extra fabric….

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        Eloise
        28 Jan 2021
        5:29pm

        Yes, but it also happens with other jeans (e.g, Rag & Bone Dre and Citizens of Humanity Principle) that aren’t….sigh

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    Hannah
    28 Jan 2021
    5:05pm

    Love that sweatshirt! Looks flattering with the bias pattern

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    Eloise
    28 Jan 2021
    10:47am

    FYI to anyone debating purchasing anything – Alex Mills appears to rely on the small batch model and things sell out quickly. (They do restock and will send you an email notifying you that something is back in stock if you sign up for one.) I’m currently debating the peacoat and the sweatpants. The jumpsuit would be ordered already if I weren’t so short.

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    Eloise
    28 Jan 2021
    11:23am

    Update: The customer service appears to be top notch. I started a chat because I wanted to see the peacoat buttoned all the way up, and within 5 minutes I had a picture of the store manager modeling one that way. Turns out not to be the coat for me (I am apparently still fixated on the expensive Goldbergh cocoon coat Kim included in her recent faux fur roundup that is sold out in my size) but I was routed to a jumpsuit with a slightly shorter inseam, which will still be too big, but glutton that I am, I may need to order “just to make sure.”

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      Jeanne
      28 Jan 2021
      12:27pm

      Wow that’s impressive. I’ve always had the vision of a call center in MS when the company is in NYC. I remember when that Reading Sweater sold out in 30 min.

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    Robin
    28 Jan 2021
    11:17am

    The other Saturday, NBC aired an ep of SNL from 1993 with Nicole Kidman. In several scenes, she wore vests like the one above, and I was transported back that time and that look. Agree that it feels right for a comeback!

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    Robyn
    29 Jan 2021
    4:59am

    I’ve been intrigued by Alex Mills as well. I was wondering about their sizing?They have a sizing chart but I’m still confused. Wider leg or just a different leg style of pant has caught my eye. In the fall I bought a cheap pair of bootcut jeans to see if I’d like them and they have been my most worn jean. Bootcut jeans are flattering with Converses and well… boots too. Skinny jeans tend to make me look like an apple with arms and legs.

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      Rae
      29 Jan 2021
      10:09am

      My experience has been that they are true to size. Some of their cuts are boxy & generous & I opt for the smaller size that I can wear in those pieces. The items I have purchased are not “vanity sized.”

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    Nancy
    28 Jan 2021
    11:25am

    I have not yet ordered from Alex Mill but tempted. Just wish the sweater jacket wasn’t somewhat “cropped” as it highlights an area I would prefer not to call attention to. I so much miss a (no longer made )JCrew cardigan that was cotton, had a matching shell if you wanted it. Was sold when Mickey Drexler was at jCrew. Maybe he will revive it at Alex Mill

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    Debbie
    29 Jan 2021
    10:32am

    This is the second time today I’ve seen a “twin set”. J Crew has a cashmere version and the gray cardigan and vest here. Is this look making a comeback? I’d like to see it return, especially as a v-neck and not crew. I’d appreciate your insight.

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    HickfromStyx
    30 Jan 2021
    11:21pm

    I remember buying slippers like that in Chinatown stores for a few dollars back in my university days. Memories.

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    kimbersam
    28 Jan 2021
    11:52am

    I’ve got the Mary Janes in the red velvet and I love them (my taste in shoes is ‘ten year-old girl.’ Back in the day, I wore vests with dozens of vintage pins on them or a tie! Memories!

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      CC
      29 Jan 2021
      9:33am

      Are they padded on the inside and comfortable, Kimbersam? I love them!

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        kimbersam
        29 Jan 2021
        11:28am

        They run a little small. As for the padding, there’s not much. The sole is rubber, though. I’ve not worn them all day, but I can tell you they don’t wear like a sneaker. Before you order, you may want to chat or email CS for details

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      Jenny
      28 Jan 2021
      12:37pm

      My taste in shoes is “ten year old with very strong opinions who likes balloons, dirt, bugs, and shiny objects on a crazy-ass sugar high at the end of a very long day.” I mean, that’s not what my closet says, but it is what my heart wants.

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        Rae
        28 Jan 2021
        9:15pm

        Jenny, you just perfectly described my 10 year old daughter and she has fantastic taste in shoes.

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        kimbersam
        28 Jan 2021
        3:43pm

        I love it when members of my tribe pop up! I see you, Jenny!

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    cw
    28 Jan 2021
    11:48am

    The vest is very Annie Hall (which is not a bad thing except for the Woody Allen connection). And I am loving those sweatpants AND the cords AND the cropped sweater. As my grandmother used to say whilst she clutched her pearls…”Mercy!”

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    Mamavalveeta03
    28 Jan 2021
    12:22pm

    There’s sort of a Nili Lotan-vibe to the sweatpants. Maybe it’s the fabric. I do wish they came in more neutral shades. The vest reminds me of a guy that wore vests that I had a major crush on in college. We called him The Marlboro Man because he had this sexy cowboy vibe. Please tell me that pleated pants aren’t staging a comeback!

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      kimbersam
      28 Jan 2021
      7:52pm

      Also crushed on a vest guy. We called him “Walks in Cuteness…” after Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty…”

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      Mimi A.
      28 Jan 2021
      5:03pm

      You might not want to hear this, Mamavalveeta, but some variations of pleated pants never went away. They can be both flattering and comfy, as long as they don’t have the look of extra wide khakis a dumpy country club dude would wear. After I saw Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” last year I was so inspired by the costumes that I went shopping in my closet and put together a few outfits built around vests I’ve had forever. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten rid of a classic vest – wool, velvet, cotton or linen. They come back “in” every few years and I wear them even when they’re not enjoying a revival. Long live Annie Hall!

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    Susanna
    28 Jan 2021
    12:28pm

    I love, love, love that “reading sweater”—but it’s completely sold out in all four colors except for one sweater (like , the very last item) in one size. And it says they will not be restocked, sigh…

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      Eloise
      28 Jan 2021
      12:32pm

      It’s been restocked a bunch of times. It pretty much broke the internet when it Cup of Jo introduced it late last year.

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    CynthiaE
    28 Jan 2021
    9:51pm

    Kim, I’m so glad you introduced me to Alex Mill several months ago. I have started with their sweatshirts, which are great quality and fit. I’m tempted to try the fleece sweatpants now, which I hope will work for my curvy body.

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