Things I bought, things I want

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Higher-waisted pants of most kinds mostly look particularly awful on me, which is why I’m such a fan of  these Nili Lotan Montauk pants: the waist is high but not uncomfortably so, and the (cotton) material is slightly heavier than most of Lotan’s trousers, making them ideal for cooler weather.

I’d wear this chic blue leather shirt on its own, or as a light jacket.

Such a cute fleece jacket in a good army green.

I wore sneakers a ton over the past year and a half, and I don’t see that changing now that the world has (semi) opened up again. I think these adidas are just aces, and I dig the platform sole for extra added height.

Here’s a shirtdress from Cos that looks fancier than it is.

A jacket with a slightly military-ish vibe that also comes in a very poppy pink, as well as a few other colorways.

Madewell is big on quilted stuff this season, which makes me happy cause I’m always big on quilted stuff. This jacket has a tiny little floral print, and a slightly oversized fit that’s ideal for layering.

They’ve also got this quilted packable puffer on offer, and how perfect is that for travel, or just traversing the city on days when the weather’s iffy?

And finally: a quilted coat from Uniqlo at a very nice price.

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    Viajera
    27 Sep 2021
    6:55pm

    Btw, my heart link stopped working – I was trying to heart what Karen said. That was fun looking at the Target x Lotan stuff. Maybe I will lay off of her on the sizing issue for a few minutes. ; )

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      Viajera
      27 Sep 2021
      7:01pm

      Well, maybe it worked once I posted this? Anyhow Karen, I *wanted* to heart your comment. … … … The size thing is real, but I hope we don’t fight each other about it. I don’t have the answer about what to do about it. … … … On the one hand, I wish we lived in a country where you couldn’t operate on a person if it isn’t safe. On the other hand, I commend people for complaining when it might warn another person, someone they don’t even know. This is good I think.

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        Karen
        28 Sep 2021
        6:30am

        I think that its amazing what can be done with the right, ie a large and extensive team, that has done this before. I’m hoping that this collab will have left each of these brands with the knowledge of how to scale patterns etc. up and create a larger size range. Time will tell.

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    Gablesgirl
    27 Sep 2021
    8:03pm

    I am so over the high waisted pant look. Unless you have no hips or but they look awful and give you a fat tire roll. I’m holding out for mid-low waisted and baggy.

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    MaryAlice
    28 Sep 2021
    5:57pm

    Saw some stuff I liked as I perused the Target collabs, but I will never buy any of that stuff. There’s only one way clothes can be sold that cheaply and it is certainly NOT from paying garment workers a living wage, or using quality materials. We really, really need to stop promoting disposable clothing.

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    Eloise
    27 Sep 2021
    8:54am

    I SO don’t need another army green jacket but that Sezane is hanging out in my cart in two sizes (wish they had more sizing info – my thought is “French brand must run small, but….

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      Eloise
      27 Sep 2021
      9:17am

      I also have an inkling that I’m somehow hoping that the jacket has magic powers and I’d be able to pull off the rest of the ensemble – not sure I could have done that as even a Girl of a Certain Much Younger Age….

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        kimbersam
        27 Sep 2021
        9:52am

        Eloise, That jacket is really cool. Def has magical power potential 😉 As for the rest of the outfit, it looks like they put it together to match the handbag in the feature image, no?

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    Viajera
    27 Sep 2021
    12:45pm

    As often happens, what I really like are the boots. I also like the color and the sleeves of the green dress, and the green coat too. But boots are more exciting.

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    Sharona
    27 Sep 2021
    11:33am

    As usual it’s the Cos I want. And as usual it’s the Cos that won’t fit my over-size-10 middle aged body.

    Wish you were more size inclusive, Kim. I mean, I do see very thin GOACAs around, but I see way more who arent that thin (any more) and can’t shop most of the clothes links here.

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      Lara
      27 Sep 2021
      4:58pm

      I’m surprised by your mention of Cos with respect to size inclusivity. My GOACA size 12 upper half and size 14 lower really enjoys Cos as long as I pay attention to shape (i.e., a-line for dresses/skirts – which happen to look better on my pear-shaped figure anyway).

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      Anon
      27 Sep 2021
      11:44am

      A certain former supermodel has been making headlines lately because — gasp — she gained weight, in her 50s (after giving birth and getting a divorce; a lawsuit was announced over gaining weight after a procedure intended to do the opposite).

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        Liz
        27 Sep 2021
        3:30pm

        Ha, I saw that article and of course looked up the photos of her and was like, lady, you just look like every other woman our age who gained some weight, so I get that you’re upset, but maybe using the word “deformed” is a bit much?

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          Heather
          28 Sep 2021
          7:48am

          It’s a bit more than gaining weight apparently. She had Coolsculpting (a newer alternative to liposuction – not ‘weight loss’ so much as targeted fat removal) and apparently had a bad reaction to it and it’s caused permanent scarring.

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        lc
        27 Sep 2021
        6:08pm

        Ms. Evangelista has not always been the most sympathetic figure and it’s easy to feel schadenfreude when a famous beauty learns what it’s like to look ordinary, but at least be accurate. Her lawsuit is not about gaining weight, it’s about the side effects from the procedure, which she’s had multiple unsuccessful surgeries to address. As per the NYT:
        “The lawsuit said Ms. Evangelista had seven treatments from August 2015 through February 2016 to break down fat cells in her abdomen, flanks, back and bra area, inner thighs, and chin. Within a few months, she developed “hard, bulging, painful masses under her skin in those areas,” it said, and was given a diagnosis of PAH in June 2016.”
        https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/23/us/linda-evangelista-lawsuit-paradoxical-adipose-hyperplasia.html
        In the most recent photos of her, you can see some lumpiness around her neck and jawline.
        When I was younger I occasionally yearned to be as beautiful as Linda, Christy et al. It seemed like that kind of beauty conferred unassailable power and perhaps it did, for a while. Now, I’m glad I was just a regular-pretty girl, able to move through life without constant scrutiny. I’m okay with my almost-60 face and body and no longer feel any need to look perfect. Ms. Evangelista doesn’t have that serenity, and for that reason I feel sympathy for her.

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          patty
          28 Sep 2021
          10:35am

          You sound like a nice person.

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    MelO
    27 Sep 2021
    11:54am

    This is the first time I bought an item *before* I saw it posted here (green COS dress). Makes me feel proud 🙂 I feel like this blog has been like having my own personal shopper for a long time now, thank you!

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    Elisa
    27 Sep 2021
    11:59am

    Kim, will you be shopping the designer collaboration between Nili Lotan and Target? They also have pieces from Rachel Comey some others I’d not heard of before and I’m curious to hear your take.

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      Mimi A.
      27 Sep 2021
      1:21pm

      I bought a few Nili Lotan pieces from Target and will post to share my evaluations when they get here. I know I’m curious to see whether the cut, fit and fabrics are decent. I’m a sucker for collabs, and stuff often becomes available when people return what they don’t want, or on Ebay for a somewhat higher price. So you might not be SOL yet, Elisa.

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        JenM
        28 Sep 2021
        8:41am

        I actually refrained from the Target Nili & RC collections. It was hard. Dying to know if they are actually good, so thanks in advance Mimi for letting us know. I buy a lot of Nili & RC on The Real Real and on sale in the actual Nili / RC shops in NYC. The Target collabs I’ve tried in the past have all been awful quality IRL, but maybe that was just my bad luck on certain pieces. I do know friends who have looked totally fabulous in these pieces. As a shorter, smaller person, I don’t have that towering “I can just throw on a voluminous garbage bag with dubious lines + heels and look elegant anyway” kind of stature. Though sometimes I still wish I did hahaha.

        As for COS–my teen son loves the men’s stuff. And we found the whole COS store on sale this past weekend strangely enough.

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      Karen
      27 Sep 2021
      5:27pm

      I was lucky enough to get the NIli Lotan flare jeans, which once they are hemmed will be perfect. They look better in person than on line, since they are longer in person. Aslo the Nili Lotan trench, which is incredibly well made & which I would have been willing to pay twice as much as the charged. Also got the Sandy Liang cargo pocket pants-which I love in the green and thought were just ok in the khaki. Saw a lot of the other pieces. FWIW I thought this collab was one of the best, and as of yesterday, both of my local stores still had a lot of inventory, so if your interested I’d keep looking on line to see if more is available to ship.

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      Kim France
      27 Sep 2021
      12:32pm

      I wish, Elisa, but everything sold out too fast!

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        kimbersam
        27 Sep 2021
        8:41pm

        My niece works at Target in a very nice SoCal beach town. She said, ” We put all four designers out at 4 AM and by 9 AM we had undressed the mannequin.” She was decidedly unimpressed but her taste leans toward clothing inspired by ’80s Robert Smith (the Cure).

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