I like to describe my own style as “classic with a twist,” and what it entails is taking a classic (i.e., basic) combination and tweaking some of the elements to jazz up the look. Take an outfit comprising staples like a striped top and skinny jeans, which is my go-to for getting coffees or having brunch with friends; it serves…

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2018 has been the year of impulsive, frivolous purchases. Because nearly all of my big-ticket purchases didn’t pan out, I ended up spending on many smaller, unplanned items. There are some gems, though, which I highlight below: ——————–  Quay Australia My Girl Sunglasses  ——————– Measured by the usual yardsticks of UV-protection and polarization, these Quay sunglasses really can’t compete against…

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I went on a houndstooth bender (starting with this BP scarf) several weeks ago, and have since picked up several bottoms and accessories in this print. While the paper-bag pants featured here aren’t technically in a classic houndstooth, I really like the fall color palette and the wide-pantleg. The material–84% polyester, 14% viscose, and 2% elastane–is unexceptional, but the print…

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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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Burgundy-and-navy is one of my favorite fall color combinations, but an outfit comprising just these two colors can seem visually heavy. The solution? Add a light neutral. My go-to neutral is light brown, a natural complement to dark colors and one-note color schemes. When I am dressed in all-white or all-black, a textured light brown topper can brighten the outfit…

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