An All-Season Outerwear Guide

Cold days are not created equal, so I really enjoy having a coat (okay, more like 10) for every 10-degree temperature drop–from mild mid-60s weather to below-freezing conditions. —————————–  FIELD JACKET  —————————– Field jackets are historically made of wind-resistant, water-repellent, treated cotton. In the warmer periods of transitional weather, this jacket adds a touch of insouciance to any outfit, and can…

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Review: J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Tweed

After months of dither, during which my size sold out, I was forced to pass on the J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Tweed last winter, a decision I sorely regretted. So imagine my delight when I found it in this fall’s lineup. A statement coat, while not as “classic” as an olive green down coat or a black wool tailored coat,…

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Review: Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafers

For fans of the Gucci Brixton Leather Horsebit Loafer who recoil at its price tag, the Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer is a rather affordable copy that comes in a rainbow of colors. The two are so similar that Nordstrom ordered its version slightly tweaked to avoid cannibalizing sales of the Brixton Loafer. The calfskin leather is soft and rather supple,…

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Review: J. Crew Easy Pant in Lace

A closet favorite, the J. Crew Easy Pant in Lace, has returned in four colorways this fall. It was a marquee piece in my bleisure wardrobe so I wanted to quickly review the item now that it’s on sale (sale details below). What my outfits lack in bright colors, I try to make up in texture and prints, as those add…

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Review: J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Boiled Wool

Setting aside the question of “do I need a wool topcoat” (in short: “no, for people who live in places with short periods of mild weather, they are inessential”) and jumping straight into the question of “why should I consider the Daphne Topcoat,” J. Crew’s Daphne Topcoat is an elegant solution for cooling weather that is priced reasonably (with a discount)…

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