As ready as I am for warm weather to return, I will miss cold-weather dressing: The ability to layer without restraint is how sartorial magic happens. While the outfit shown here is a few notches of whimsy short of extraordinary, it is one that I like quite a bit. The green speckled tweed coat works really well with the darker…

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I had previously ranted about oppressive office air-conditioning, but after a space has been cooled or heated within a few degrees of your preferred temperature, you can likely bridge the gap with layers. I always keep a few oversized wraps and knit blazers in my office, as I am barely an endotherm, and having those at the ready has proven…

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Last week’s winter storm wiped the fall colors that were exuberantly on display from the landscape, and left in its wake a bleak palette. While temperatures have actually rebounded from the month’s lows, the disappearance of fall foliage is a bitter reminder that winter is near. And when it’s cold, I dress to compensate for the unrelenting bleakness that I…

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The rebirth of wide-leg pants has been a blessing for me. While I have mostly outgrown my adolescent issues with having muscular legs, a straight leg pant will perhaps never be comfortable for me. In contrast, wide-leg pants, especially truncated ones, are more comfortable than pajamas to me. So I have been buying all of them, or trying to, anyway,…

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This (very old) silk motorcycle jacket from J. Crew–a reimagining of the irreverent motorcycle jacket in a soft, light silk material–is a wardrobe workhorse for me. I can wear it all week long–on the weekday to work and on the weekend to brunch–because it doesn’t fall squarely into any one category, and looks just as good over a sheath dress…

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