One practical layering essential that doesn’t get enough credit is the lace layering top; I really enjoy the visual interest they lend to an outfit. But if an all-lace base layer feels too frilly, try something like this henley top with lace cuffs. If you don’t wear much jewelry around your wrist, a lace accent can have a transformative effect on an otherwise humdrum look.
Happy Cyber Monday! Just a short post today sharing four great sales that I am shopping or have already shopped:
♥ Take 50% off your entire purchase at J.Crew with code MONDAY, and select full-price styles are on promotion (prices as marked, offer cannot stack with the storewide code). The Double-Breasted Topcoat in Wool Cashmere (review in the works) pictured is 50% off, and still available in a number of sizes and five colorways.
♥♥ The Shopbop Buy More, Save More sale has been upgraded: on top of the original tiered discount, take an extra 10% off with code MORE19. The Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer (reviewed here) that doesn’t go on sale often in “classic” colors is eligible for this promotion.
♥♥♥ Take 50% off everything at Kate Spade New York with code CYBERFUNDAY. Shipping and returns are free on all orders.
♥♥♥♥ And no Cyber Monday would be complete without a plug for the Cheesecake Factory gift card promotion: until the end of today (12/2/19), for every $25 in gift card purchased, get 2 “slices of joy’ (each “slice of joy” is redeemable for a slice of cheesecake).
After my mom “borrowed” the Ann Taylor leopard topper that I acquired earlier this year, I looked at a few other options to replace it but none were comparable in value or print to this Ann Taylor number (even the original fell short; I didn’t feel the quality justified the price, sale or retail).
What did I do? I bought a second, on a better sale this time around (I even managed to get a few pictures of my camera shy mom and me in matching leopard toppers; will share those pictures when I get her permission).
|Ann Taylor Floral Leopard Jacquard Topper (last worn here) | Zipia Lace Cropped Top (similar) | Zara Straight Combination Dress (last worn here) | Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Necklace (similar) | Chanel Jumbo Flap | Ivanka Trump Fazio Bow Pumps (similar)|
A few of you were disappointed to learn that this Zara faux leather combination dress is available in only two sizes (S or M) and the cut is unforgiving for those with better endowed chests and hips. I found a few options on ASOS that come in more democratic sizes that should work for a larger population.
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I got “dressed up” to take these photos in the yard last fall, because indoor lighting was unjustly harsh to this sherpa jacket with faux leather trim, a style from several seasons ago that is still sold at Amazon in three colorways and a range of sizes (XS-L).
This bomber jacket in moppy fleece has a bulky silhouette, but is very cozy and rather warm. And while the faux leather detailing looks a little plastic-y under certain lighting conditions, it will add visual interest and texture to any outfit. I wore it here with an a-line mini skirt and tall boots, but the jacket also pairs nicely with easy outfits like jeans and a light sweater.
On the subject of sherpa jackets, I tried on one of Levi’s evergreen styles, the Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket, over the summer and wanted to share a photo and a quick review. I thought the quality was extremely reasonable for the price point (sticker price is $98 but you can find it for less in the warmer months), but the fit was off in critical ways: the sleeves were too long (I am only 5’2) and the sherpa lining (which requires that you order a size or two larger) adds a substantial amount of bulk. This was a return for me.
If you are in the market for a sherpa jacket, here are a few more options to consider:
The “shacket”–a portmanteau of shirt and jacket–is less a hybrid of the two, and more a catchall term for buttoned garments that straddle the public and the private.
Just as pandemic blur erased the line between days and months, gone is the practical difference between a shirt and a jacket. If you never leave the house, eventually everything becomes innerwear. And who even has the mental bandwidth to draw that distinction anymore?
This style of jacket (or shirt, take your pick) is hardly new, but has renewed importance during a pandemic, when the essential component of fashion is comfort and versatility.
So that’s how the shacket captures the zeitgeist: it’s a piece that can be worn just as easily (and chicly) over a soft tank top on a warmish day, as it can be worn under a heavier coat on a cold day.
A shacket can do it all. And it can be many things: it’s an oversized flannel shirt, or a lighter jacket that front fastens with buttons. Whatever you call it, it’s the thing that you’ll reach to wear with your worn-in leggings or shredded joggers.
An aside: What to look for in a good shacket.
A versatile shacket is mid-weight, so the material should have structure, but it should also have some drape. The cut should be relaxed and fit somewhat oversized, but the sleeves and torso needn’t be too wide, to allow for the piece to be easily layered. You want to be able to pull up the sleeves, but not necessarily be able to roll the sleeves to your elbow.
Below are a few shackets for those of you in the market for one:
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And for a casual but still styled look, try it with a graphic tee, skinny jeans, and lace-up combat boots.
A BALANCED SILHOUETTE
A shacket is necessarily oversized, so balance out the bulk with close-fitting bottoms. Pair it with your favorite pair of leggings and a crop top to add an undone vibe, or dust off your legging jeans and tall boots to achieve a slightly more polished look.
One easy way to inject gamine insouciance into any basic outfit is to finish it with a shacket. Add a shacket to the humble white-tee-and-jeans base. Or top your favorite sweater dress with this perfect layering piece.
How would you wear a shacket?