I have a new strategy for satisfying my retail jones without spending much: I just fill my cart with everything from a brand or retailer I like, then simply don’t proceed to checkout after I’m done. It’s amazing how satisfying the simple act of placing something in your shopping cart can be (and apparently I’m not alone in thinking this: a guy I know who works in e-commerce for a big company told me that something like 90% of all shopping carts are abandoned). The brand I’ve most recently performed this exercise with is Universal Standard, which was conceived in 2015 as a line exclusively for extended sizes. Their pieces are consistently cool, classic, flattering, and as well-made as they are priced. And now that they offer their goods in sizes 00 to 40, I find myself desiring clothes from them on the regular. This pretty perfect twill top also comes in black, but I’m trying to go for navy more these days because it doesn’t wash you out as much.
A cropped zipper hoodie—perfect for layering.
This moto jacket is nicely unadorned, which is a good quality in a moto jacket.
This is Universal Standard’s Geneva dress, and I already own (and love) it in the black, and am considering going for it in this eggplant-y hue too.
This A-line vegan leather skirt is a pretty compelling stand-in for the real thing, has pockets, which is always a plus, and is high on the list of Universal Standard pieces I’ll likely end up acquiring.
This vegan leather cami requires a bit more nerve than the skirt, but I’d like to think I’m up to it. It’d be pretty cool layered under a tuxedo blazer for a fancy-ish occasion.
A really quite elegant and simple dress that is also on my likely-to-purchase list.