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August 31, 2013
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jacket required

jacket required

Fall is imminent. It’s that time of year when women are beginning to dream of the return of layering, of coats and boots and sweaters. Dressing is interesting again. But how do we make our shopping list of key pieces we want to pepper into our wardrobe? Confusion sets in. It can be daunting to suss out your own personal style or daily go-to look these days when designers are offering such an array of styles. It’s almost as if we have to ask ourselves: Which girl do you want to be?

I say, when in doubt, go classic. Veronica Beard‘s preppy blazer and dickie combos offer wardrobe relief for those in need of a quick and versatile solution to everyday outfit trauma. The genius trick of these jackets (besides the dickies which you can switch, of course) is their tailoring, which smartens up any casual look. The styling opportunities are endless, so think beyond jeans. I’ll be wearing my blazer with my new favorite cropped cargos from 3.1 Phillip Lim, which are incidentally the pant of the season. Hint, hint. And in case they weren’t already on your list, ankle boots from Lanvin are a must this season as well. Happy Fall Shopping!

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July 06, 2013
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summer storm uniform

Summer storm uniform

“Is it going to rain for the rest of summer??,” reads many a concerned New Yorker’s Facebook status, and sadly this is not hyperbole. Our iPhone weather apps have predicted doom and gloom for weeks now, the thunderstorm emoticon becoming the norm. And while April showers bring May flowers, wise women everywhere know summer storms wreak hellish havoc when it comes to our hair, and more importantly wardrobe choices. Schlepping an umbrella through steamy subway stations is torture enough, but a trench coat in July? No thanks. Wellies with shorts only look good on Tweens, or Kate Moss at Glastonbury ten years ago. Make the mugginess stop. Or at least give me the right gear to withstand it.

Sonia Rykiel‘s olive anorak is our first saving grace. Light as a feather, the exaggerated size also gives it a street wise appeal that sets it apart from other sad-sack jackets on Broadway. Imagine my delight upon discovery of the sandal from the Kirna Zabete for Nine West collab specifically designed for summer rainstorms. A cross between a jelly and gladiator, you’ll be able to show off your pedicure as you puddle jump. White jeans and a striped linen tee keep it clean and crisp even on the soggiest of days. The final touch is a pop of color by way of a bright cobalt bag– the antithesis of rainy day blues.

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May 04, 2013
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easy does it

Easy does it

As the weather continues to warm (thank the Lord and knock on wood), I’ve been eyeing my closet’s contents with derision and disdain. Maybe it’s End of the Season Blues, but I can’t stand the sight of my jeans and knits that have carried me so faithfully through these frigid months. These old friends just aren’t cutting it anymore. Or maybe they just need new friends to play with.

Designed by W editor Karla Martinez and Cecilia de Sola, Piamita is a line of pajama-inspired silk separates with louche tailoring, the perfect spring pick-me-up I’ve been searching for. These breezy basics will effortlessly glide right into my wardrobe and freshen up my stale standards, but I really aspire to rock a full look like my Street Style favorites. How to keep it more daytime than bedtime? Sleeken up the Carmen long sleeve top and the Clemence sunflower print short with a smart little linen blazer from Veronica Beard (ruched sleeves keep it playful), and an edgy kitten heel from Givenchy. One serious statement cuff from Aurelie Bidermann is all you need to walk out the door in style.

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April 27, 2013
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i lust, i must

I lust, I must

Occasionally, an item lands in the store that is so tempting, so Must Have This Now, there follows a collective oooh-ing and ahh-ing on the floor. Clients and staff alike flock to said item in a frenzy to fondle, and slip on, and admire its perfection. Such was the case the other day when 3.1 Phillip Lim’s flower print biker jacket was unearthed from its inconspicuous packaging. And for good reason.

This jacket is exactly what I want to be wearing right now. I’ve been in the trenches for far too long (albeit Céline), and my own black leather jacket has become more of a workhorse than a piece I lovingly select while dressing. The love child of Jane Austen and Joan Jett, Lim’s jacket has all the floral romance you want injected into your wardrobe come spring, toughened up with his signature biker jacket detailing. The cording makes it feel Victorian, and gives the jacket serious gravitas. The peplum element and zipper detailing modernize it just enough, and the washed-out lavender gray is a lovely choice. For day, I’d keep it fresh and airy in a neural monotone outfit. Pair with any of the similarly washed-out gray jeans from Christopher Kane for J Brand, the new light pink tee from T by Alexander Wang, and the nude suede cage sandals from Givenchy (so comfy and sexy on the leg, you won’t take them off this season). Tom Binns’s shark necklace is your final touch.