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I’ve been sticking to my no-shopping regimen pretty well lately, but find it tough to pass up a pair of jeans that fit exactly right, and these, from the brand 6397 (which just opened a store in Nolita, at 199 Mulberry Street) are just  that. They’re cropped the precisely right amount to show off your ankle boots (of course, that will vary for you depending on your height, but I’m 5’6″ and that’s where they hit on me). I also really dig the perfect grey wash (it’s a bit darker in real life than it is here), slouchy boyfriend silhouette, and higher-than-I’m-used-to-but-still-not-too-high waist.

The stores are being flooded with springtime merch, which has put me in mind of warmer weather, and I’m seriously considering adding these cute espadrille sandals to my shopping cart. I think the leather and rope is such a cool combination, and they’d just be a good pair for kicking around in once sandal season hits.

One question I didn’t get to answer during the week of requests was who I think makes the best inexpensive linen tee. I like this one from Everlane, and am thinking of stocking up on a couple. At $35, it isn’t exactly dirt cheap, but isn’t bad either given the relative priciness of the category (if you’re committed to not spending that much, here’s a  version by what I’m pretty sure is one of those Amazon in-house lines that goes for $18). If you’ve never worn a linen tee before, be advised that they’re usually a bit more (and occasionally a lot more) sheer than their all-cotton counterparts. I like that, but perhaps you would not.

Now that Universal Standard has extended its size range to go all the way down to 6, I’ve been perusing their site with renewed vigor. I think this cropped pleated trouser looks awfully snappy, and way versatile.

This navy sweater jacket feels like a good transitional item, and has a satisfyingly French vibe.

This ribbed zipper cardigan reminds me of this far more expensive one from Acne Studios.

I love the pants I own from Nili Lotan, but the waist is too low to feel entirely current at the moment, and I hate caring about that, but I do find myself thinking a great deal about the upward migration of waistlines these days.  I am trying to make peace with it. So I find myself intrigued by her Montauk pant, which has a chic-looking higher waist and the same menswear-ish-but-feminine cut I’ve come to adore from Lotan. Here’s a cheaper iteration, if you’re interested.

I feel duty-bound to always point out good caftans to the GOACA community when I discover them, and this purple specimen by Emerson Fry is especially appealing, even if I think it’s silly that they styled it with jeans.

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41 Thoughts on Things I bought, things I want
    Mindy
    12 Mar 2019
    8:36am

    The espadrilles look great, but don’t spend $400 on them. Espadrilles never hold up well over time.

    I love the cropped trousers and the caftan is divine.

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    Mary
    12 Mar 2019
    7:39am

    I’m loving the navy sweater from Anthropolgie, the Nili Lotan pants and the 6397 jeans. Still not sure I’ve got the physique to carry off a boyfriend jean but would love to try them nonetheless.

    I love the high waist for sure, as they suck everything in. It depends, of course. Some jeans, like the Mom jean, look positively hideous.

    My favourite brand of jeans, as we speak, is Mother. I think they do a fabulous job with the high-waisted fit.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      17 Mar 2019
      2:35am

      Mother jeans vs. “Mom jeans”…a very important distinction.

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    Emily M.
    12 Mar 2019
    8:54am

    I love the styling on the Nili Lotan pants. One of the things I have learned from you is that army green + white = aces.

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    Eloise
    12 Mar 2019
    10:09am

    I think I must have always read your references to “Nili Lotan” as “Nils Lofgren, since I was taken aback by your reference to “her” pants. Those ARE great looking pants, though, and you can be sure I won’t make that mistake again!

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    c.w.
    12 Mar 2019
    10:23am

    I swear by 6397 jeans even though I only have one pair (which I wear over and over and over) so springing for another pair is something I’m considering. Sidenote: the pair I own is one size smaller than what I normally wear, but they are also a different styling so… And fair warning on those Emerson Fry caftans––they are HUGE!! (which can be a good thing or a bad thing and, yes, pairing a caftan with jeans is…different)

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    Jenny
    12 Mar 2019
    10:25am

    I love the caftan with jeans. That’s the only way I could pull off the look. It translates the caftan into my real life in the summer, which is identical to my real life year round, aka not at the beach.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      17 Mar 2019
      2:37am

      I dig it with the jeans, too, Jenny. And my real life is beach.

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      Kim France
      12 Mar 2019
      11:28am

      I stand corrected.

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      c.w.
      12 Mar 2019
      4:00pm

      I’ll give it a go. !!

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    Caroline
    12 Mar 2019
    10:28am

    I’m totally with you on the pants waistline. Its ok, I care about it too 🙂
    Right now I’m get ready to order the carpenter pants from everlane for spring.
    The bone color is really good and the waistline hits the sweet spot. High but not too high!

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    Mimi
    12 Mar 2019
    10:48am

    You raise an interesting issue re the rising waistlines of pants: does a new style or silhouette necessarily render a previous look passe? Can’t we enjoy a little peaceful coexistence? Aren’t there classic designs that are perennially in style? If most of us have pants in our wardrobes with wide legs, skinny legs, tapered legs, straight legs, can’t we also wear everything from very high-waisted trousers to what used to be called hip huggers? I think we can, but it depends on the styling and the confidence you exhibit. The right shoe or belt can update a look. Certain tops demand a lower waist, others, especially cropped tops, need a high waist. Thoughts, anyone?
    I like the & Other Stories zip cardigan better than the more expensive Acne Studios version, which is too long and oversized imo. Some of the Everlane chinos are appealing (especially the Slouchy Chino), but they’re all too short! A 26 1/2 inch inseam is too skimpy, and I’m only 5/6″.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      17 Mar 2019
      2:41am

      Mimi, regarding waistlines: Take a look at almost any pic of French Voguette, Emmanuel Alt. She ALWAYS wears low-rise jeans. She’s rather lanky and slim of hip, but I say go for it if you want to. You’re a badass GOACA!

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      Viajera
      12 Mar 2019
      11:11am

      I find this interesting too, though I doubt we will get very far for some reason. For one thing, I don’t tuck tops in – so the height of the waist is purely a matter of comfort for me. I am still curious though – which tops need a lower waist in your opinion? As a non-tucker-inner, this eludes me. [paragraph break!] I think it is fine if you like these 6397 pants … but in what way can they be said to “fit?” They barely touch your body – which is fine, but couldn’t one just buy non-fitting pants of any other brand? Unless it is the back pockets people like – the ones located south of one’s fanny? They aren’t my thing but they are quite trendy now. I’d be interested to see a no-names test of these pants. Could one tell the difference? [paragraph!] V cute peacoat-sweater!!! The Lotan pants look nice but not special, to me – can someone explain the special? The caftan is gorgeous and the pants didn’t bother me – the sun went down, the day got chilly and you didn’t feel like changing clothes?

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        Mary
        12 Mar 2019
        11:52am

        I don’t think you’d be able to tell the differences between jeans just by a picture but often you can when seen in person. To me, the fit of designer jeans is superior and they often hold their shape better. Jeans are my thing though – I’ll take jeans over shoes any day!

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          c.w.
          12 Mar 2019
          4:13pm

          As to the fit of jeans…I have a pair of the 6397 and a pair of Frame jeans. Whenever I wear either pair I get compliments (the 6397 are midrise, the Frame a tad higher). There is just something about the fit/cut of a higher price jean that looks better. Sidenote: not all high price jeans look good on me so I always have to try them on, but when they do fit, the fit is pretty darn fabulous. I did order the jeans above so we’ll see if the fit is different between styles.

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            Mary
            12 Mar 2019
            8:17pm

            I’d also like to try the jeans above! You’ll have to let us know if the sizing is different between the styles.

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              Viajera
              13 Mar 2019
              11:18am

              Mary and c.w. – I believe you about the fabric, having experienced saggy pants all too often. (If someone ever gets to the bottom of that – har har – do let me know.)

              As to the rest, I believe you, but … one wonders if it is the air of confidence, or is it the actual pants? I’d still love to see a rigorous double blind study, except, I don’t know who would pay for it. I can easily believe that many, if not most, pricier designers take a bit more time with their products. But all of them? Not so fast. But I’ve been wrong often before.

              [paragraph!] Btw … according to Peggy Sagers’ show, they do the size adjustments to patterns by computer now, so that whole excuse of “it takes too long to accommodate a big range of sizes” is pretty much b.s. (I think it always was, really. Since menswear managed.) Says lady in bleachers, anyhow.

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                Mary
                13 Mar 2019
                3:47pm

                Safe to say not all designer jeans fit better – I’ve tried on loads that aren’t anything to write home about! But I’ve also had many designer jeans that have simply nailed it, and I’ve yet to experience this with the non-designer jeans (including Levi’s).

                And for those of you who think designer jeans are out of reach financially, this is simply not the case. I’ve picked up jeans at Gap prices from Saks, Nordstrom and for my fellow Canadians, The Bay.

                But every time I do purchase a non-designer pair, I don’t reach for them.

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        Mimi
        13 Mar 2019
        10:53am

        I tuck tops in a lot, but when I don’t I find a high waisted pant works best. Here’s why: the waist band of low waisted pants has a way of bulging out under a top worn out, giving me the look of a tummy that I don’t have. A sweater or tee that’s snug over the hips lies flat over high waisted pants. No bulge! You know the French editor’s style Kim likes, with a drapey shirt tucked into low slung jeans and bloused above the waistband? That look needs a lower waist. And sometimes a thin sweater (think cashmere turtle or crew) tucked into a low waist and bloused gives you the look of a long torso and the chance to show off a cool belt and a flat tummy. Or if the sweater is bloused right, it can camoflage a bit of a pooch or hide a little roll of flesh above the waist.

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          Viajera
          13 Mar 2019
          11:12am

          Mimi – you’re a genius! Thank you – I had forgotten all about the French mag editor look, you’re completely right. Also, I love your use of blouse as a verb – it is so explanatory. And it sounds fun. Perhaps one of these days I too will blouse. (not today though!)

          I feel so much better now. A small piece of the world at least makes sense now.

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      Mary
      12 Mar 2019
      11:57am

      Can’t imagine giving up skinnies! I’m absolutely not cut out for extremely baggy pants, trends be darned. I still like to move with the times though, so looking for a coexistence for sure.

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        Viajera
        13 Mar 2019
        11:21am

        Mary, it’s none of my business, but if I were in your shoes, I’d go buy me a bunch of back-up pairs. The skinny thing has been in so long it will probably be gone soon. One of the annoying things about women’s clothing. Stockpile!

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          Mary
          13 Mar 2019
          11:34am

          Great idea, Viajera! I’m on it.

          Still thinking about the 6397’s Kim posted about though. ….

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    Candy
    12 Mar 2019
    10:57am

    I am a huge fan of Everlane tees, especially the cotton v-neck pocket tee for staying cool and looking cool in the summer — but this linen one looks great, too. Can never have too many white tees.

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    JB
    12 Mar 2019
    11:24am

    For kicks, I clicked on the link to the budget version of the Nili trousers… on Everlane. When the model is a size 2 (they actually say this in the description) and looks THAT awful in those pants, no way are those going to look remotely acceptable on anyone, most particularly ME with my size 12/14 bod. It might be worth springing for the Nilis!

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      Sue
      13 Mar 2019
      12:44pm

      Except the Nilis don’t come in any size bigger than 10! (I’m another 12/14, and I also thought those Everlane pants looked terrible on the model.)

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      Viajera
      14 Mar 2019
      2:42am

      I thought the photo of the other pants was interesting too. I like that they hired a model whose figure looks more customary (even though technically she is still quite tiny). To me, what it is is that she has more of a figure than we’re used to seeing, and the fit and proportions don’t necessarily flatter her as much as some other ones might have, whereas on the more boyish figures, the clothes are never tight regardless, and we’re more used to seeing that. And accepting it, for whatever reason. Her fanny looked amazing though, I thought. Still not a reason for me to buy flood pants! Just my two cents.

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    MaryAlice
    12 Mar 2019
    11:33am

    As fashions change, proportions change as well, and sometimes it’s hard for the eye to adjust. Maybe it’s the stance, I don’t know, but those jeans look terribly unflattering to me. But then, I also think skinny jeans look pretty terrible on 85% of the population, so what do I know!

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    Kathi
    12 Mar 2019
    12:16pm

    When I saw the title for this post, I was OH NO NO NO but in a good way as I just want everything!!! Speaking of espadrilles, did anyone else see the so so cute Tretorn ones on I Want To Be Her last week?

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    Karen
    12 Mar 2019
    12:32pm

    I actually love the jeans with the caftan. It was the first thing that caught my eye… then you said you didn’t care for the look. I’m wondering what you would wear with it? Usually caftans are too sheer to be worn alone, except at the beach. I like them with leggings, but sometimes that seems dated. Also, I love the slouchy jean on you. I wish I could get away with it, but my body won’t cooperate! Remember wearing them in my twenties and thought I was so cool.

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    Kim France
    12 Mar 2019
    12:45pm

    I agree, most caftans are too sheer to be worn out and about, and perhaps I spoke to soon about them combined with jeans, since that look seems to have some fans here. I mostly just wear my caftans when I’m lounging or sleeping, or to the beach, but if I were to wear one out of the house I’d layer it with a dark slip.

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      Jenny
      13 Mar 2019
      9:39am

      Then again, I love cropped wide-legged jeans, so I’m a GOACA outlier in all kinds of ways. And the real-life chances of me ever owning a caftan are approximately zero, so it’ all speculative. I just kinda liked it. Maybe because yesterday I wore a dress over leggings with running shoes at a conference where everyone is totally chic and cool and I looked very “suburban mom running errands today,” so seeing a caftan over jeans felt validating?

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        Viajera
        14 Mar 2019
        2:29am

        You know, I could imagine a caftan made out of a nice wool jersey. It’s just a shape and an attitude. I think it might work for colder climates. It would just have to fit so it didn’t look like a blanket.

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          Jenny
          14 Mar 2019
          9:20am

          Oh wow, this is now all I can think about. So exquisitely 70s, something Rhoda Morgenstern totally could wear. I think she is my style icon. I need you, Viajera, in my life, always.

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            Viajera
            14 Mar 2019
            12:48pm

            I’m here for you.

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    yvrjanice
    12 Mar 2019
    1:02pm

    Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who loves brown. Mostly because it looks amazing with my colouring and also because I’m not a fan of grey. I live in Vancouver, a very rainy city, and grey is such a dreary colour. So YAY, to the 70’s revival and bring on the brown!

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    Claire
    12 Mar 2019
    1:59pm

    I love Nili Lotan – she’s my absolute favorite designer. Nothing fits like her pants. However, since I can’t afford the Montauk pants, I bought the Girlfriend Chinos at the Gap as an almost-satisfying substitute.

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      JenM
      13 Mar 2019
      10:06am

      Set up a search for Nili Lotan on eBay in your size. I do this and have a whole fab wardrobe of Nili all less than $100. Also The Real Real has great Nili for waaaay less.

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    Gleaming the Cube
    12 Mar 2019
    8:12pm

    I have the pinker version of that EF caftan and it is glorious. It’s cut a little slimmer and with a different neckline than previous caftans (the butterfly and indigo print ones), so it’s slightly less voluminous but still very much Mrs Roper chic.

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      Elle
      14 Mar 2019
      9:50am

      “Mrs. Roper chic” lolz

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