Illustration by Britt Berger
Author Alexandra Andrews is profiled in WSJ. Magazine‘s ’12 for’21’ series. Her much-anticipated debut novel Who Is Maud Dixon?, a thriller set in New York’s literary world, is out March 2. When she was in college, I got Alexandra to intern in the fashion features department at Harper’s Bazaar, and her mother is a very dear friend. I am so proud of and excited for Alexandra and cannot wait to read her book!
On another note, I am completely obsessed with Britt Berger’s illustrations in the ’12 for ’21’ series — they are brilliant.
Wool coat with Logo buttons
Nanette shearling-trimmed leather ankle boots
Wool coat with logo buttons
Mid-heel pump with horsebit
New Standard skinny jeans
Heavy cotton poplin trench coat
In February Vogue, there are six must-read personal essays written by “writers who describe discovering fashion in their hometowns as they grew up.” Chapter four, The Wallflower by Andrea Lee, is my favorite. They are all excellent and well worth picking up or downloading the issue.
Though I’m not tall, I bought the Gabriela Hearst skirt reasoning that it would be a cinch to shorten. However, when worn with my Hermès stacked heel sandals circa 2001 (seriously, DON’T overpurge) it looks pretty good — despite needing to be pressed — so I’m going to leave the length as is. I had the grey aRossGirl❤️Soler dress made last fall and cannot wait to have an excuse to wear it.
I’ve been digging deep into my closet to avoid a uniform rut (#Don’tOverpurge), yet, there are four items that I’ve either gone back to or adopted. Flared and straight are great, but skinny jeans are my preferred cut in the winter— they are a trim foundation for oversized sweaters, parkas, and boots. I’ve been wearing Mother’s cocktail rings while I work because they bring me joy. For errands, I rarely need a handbag. With so many businesses taking Apple Pay, a small card holder is enough — the days of the massive wallet are over. And breaking in my new clogs gets me excited for warmer days ahead.
My two go-to jeans are Frame above and Toteme (they have very little stretch), ring, card holder, clogs.
Hermès FW20 Collection
A fine-knit mock turtleneck (bodysuit?) is in over half of the Hermès FW20 collection looks and I totally missed it. It’s one of my beloved items to layer and is styled to perfection under matching cardigans and polos. The necklace is Hermès, too — it’s divine.
Top left Vanity Fair photograph by Valentin Giacobetti and styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington, lower right Vogue Paris photograph by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by Anastasia Barbieri
I’ve been thinking about Gabriela Hearst taking over the design reigns at Chloé and wondering what she will do there. While noodling around Ms. Hearst’s eponymous FW20 collection looking for clues, I spied this terrific skirt. Cotton-drill wrap on sale with every size still in stock? Yes, please!
Need to be tall, this skirt is long.
On My Mind
As I was reaching, yet again, for a pair of leggings this morning, I thought of this December-January Vogue UA story on journalist Monica Ainley de la Villardière — her style is the perfect WFH inspiration.
Photography by Maxime Frogé
I bought a pair of these Classic Ultra Mini Uggs a few months ago thinking “no one will see me running errands in them”… Then, lo and behold, Vogue sanctioned them in a story last week. There you go.
On My Mind
Elin Kling & Pernille Teisbaek
In a comment on a previous post, Pamela asked which blogs I now follow. Sadly, many style bloggers moved off the platform to Instagram. Two of my early favorites, Elin Kling, designer of Totême, and Pernille Teisbaek, a huge influencer, shuttered their blogs years ago. Three good friends — Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic, Navaz Batliwalla of Disney Roller Girl, and Alyson Walsh of That’s Not My Age — continue to produce great content. Stylist Julia von Boehm relaunched her eponymous blog last week and I mention Editorialist, by the incredibly chic Kate Davidson Hudson, often. And Jennifer Alfano’s The Flair Index has a strong point of view and is a really good read.
Creating content, not just product-pushing posts, is a lot of work, so I’m not surprised that a number of bloggers have switched gears. I’m sure there are many more wonderful sites than just the ones listed here — please share your favorites.
This Vogue Paris video series and here offers a peek into the homes of a number of fashionable women. It’s fun to hear why they chose certain clothes, paintings, furniture, etc. The episode on writer Sophie Fontanel is one of my favorites.