Review: J. Crew Smocked-Waist Pleated Dress

I have mixed feelings about the resurgence of smocking details in clothing. I mean, for a (long) time in the early aughts, I was all about Juicy Couture terry cloth dresses with smocked bodices, so the nostalgia factor is there for me. But smocking can also really cheapen an article of clothing, so there’s no shortage of design train wrecks…
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Review: Club Monaco Kaytee Fit & Flare Sweater Dress

One update that I am making to my work wardrobe is culling structured sheath dresses–which formed the foundation of my work outfits pre-pandemic but now feel too formal–and replacing them with weightier knit pieces that look just as polished but feel cozier. A new favorite is the Club Monaco Kaytee Fit & Flare Sweater Dress seen here. I had originally…
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♥ Popeyes Stockpiles Chicken Meat Ahead of Nationwide Nugget Debut (Bloomberg): “The business … has been building its frozen-chicken inventory for more than six months … The company wants to be confident it has sufficient supplies when the nuggets roll out nationwide July 27 … Chicken prices for producers jumped to an all-time high in May, gaining 2.1% in the…
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Ditsy Bloom Sundress

My dress du jour is ditsy-bloomed mini sundresses with square or sweetheart necklines (to show off a dainty necklace, if you choose to wear one), smocking in the bodice (which offers plenty of stretch, a must in 90-degree heat), and tie keyhole details (or any kind of accent at the neckline, for added visual interest). This dress is (almost) a…
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♥ How the Cape Became an Unlikely Post-Pandemic Flex (GQ): “Capes have emerged as an unlikely … post-pandemic flex in the fashion world. They popped up at Balenciaga’s couture show ,,, and in Hedi Slimane’s Fall 2021 Celine show back in February, and Vaccarello showed them with a vampiric Pete Doherty-esque campness, as huge, floor-length silk blouses, buttoned or tied…
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