I went to a party the other night (for this fascinating book , written by my talented friend Darcey Steinke) and it was so fun to get just even a little dressed up, because I feel like I’ve been shlepping around in boyish layers and sweats for weeks. It’s a pain to look put-together when it’s yucky out (and it was raining that night) but even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s possible to look like you made an effort if you employ a few key, classic pieces. A blazer, as we all know, instantly dresses up anything you pair it with, and I’m quite fond of the band collar and clean cut of this one.
A drape-front blouse is a little more forgiving and feminine than a traditional button-down, and would be aces with that blazer.
I like the way these super-sharp booties dip in the front—it’s just a sly little bit of sexiness. Also, the heel height is three inches, which is just about as high as I can semi-comfortably go these days.
I desperately need a pair of wool trousers, and these, from Nili Lotan, are just perfection. So pared-down and smart. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you could do a lot worse than this Everlane pair.
I was given this Il Bisonte bucket bag as a gift, and I rely on it entirely, and do not understand why Il Bisonte isn’t a bigger deal, because their bags are so good: classic, streamlined, so well-made, and deathly chic. If you like the shape but don’t care for the price tag of this particular one, try trolling eBay and Etsy for similar vintage Coach shapes.