Ways to Wear a Shacket

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.…

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Ruffled Cable Knit Sweater

Sweaters are having a moment (as much as something this basic can). They went from something seen as fairly humble and utilitarian to suddenly being as aspirational as a designer handbag. For me, statement sweaters are a silver-bullet solution for (soul-crushingly) one-note cold-weather outfits. With a statement sweater, you can easily elevate even the most basic outfit (like the sweater-and-jeans…

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Wear It Five Ways: Wide-Leg Cropped Pants

One series that I am bringing back (or hope to bring back… the year’s still young and I tend to blog in fits and starts) in 2020 is “Wear It Five Ways.” I loved doing these back in the day, but have struggled to find motivation and time for photos in recent years. I thought I’d start with a piece…

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Mystery Solved

I puzzled at length over J. Crew’s deep discounts and Mickey Drexler’s “retirement” several weeks ago. Then, in late March, J. Crew shared financial results for the quarter ending February 2, 2019, and suddenly, the question I posed at the end of my rant had an obvious answer: J. Crew was running fire sales because its inventory had ballooned to…

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Review: Sam Edelman Leah Cap Toe Pumps (Chanel Slingbacks Lookalike)

Chanel’s two-tone leather slingbacks are among the luxury purveyor’s most celebrated and recognized footwear (second perhaps only to the two-tone ballerinas). Unfortunately for me, the shoe fits my feet wrong in too many important ways (and the lack of a proper quarter doesn’t allow for the use of cushions and other solutions). Thankfully, many “substitutes” can be found on the…

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