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Bag Lovin’

The Jerome Dreyfuss fall bags are really good-looking and a nice price point—eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

Black suede, black calf, grey suede.

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GIANVITO ROSSI

Katie suede sock bootie

PRADA

Belted wool coat

SAINT LAURENT

loulou leather over-the-knee boots

BALENCIAGA

Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot

BALENCIAGA

Everyday tote small leather bag

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Padded velvet jacket

LOEWE

Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater

GANNI

Ridgewood corduroy trousers

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Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps

PRADA

Patchwork fur jacket

GANNI

Alice square-frame acetate sunglasses

VANESSA SEWARD

Clever leather belt bag

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Navaz Batliwalla’s Favorite White Jeans

I’m on the hunt for new white jeans and asked a few of my uber stylish friends to weigh in with their favorites. Second up, Navaz Batliwalla, editor of Disneyrollergirl and author of the best style guide, ever, “The New Garconne- How to be a Modern Gentlewoman.”

“I only have one pair – white Levi’s 501s from a couple of years ago. They’re still white though as they only come out in summer and we rarely get proper summers in London. (We’re having an amazing heatwave right now though…)

I had mine tailored to above the ankle so I wear them with my oxblood Bass Weejuns or battered tan Church’s lace-ups. (No socks; if I’m feeling pasty I use the amazing Nars Monoi Body Glow bronzing oil but keep it well away from the white denim.)

They look great with anything tan or blue. And very simple jewellery – I wear my dad’s rings on a chain.

White 501s aren’t that widely available any more but I also like the look of these cropped cigarette jeans from Madewell.” Navaz

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Amanda Ross’ Favorite White Jeans

I’m on the hunt for new white jeans and asked a few of my uber stylish friends to weigh in with their favorites. First up, the editor of ARossGirlAmanda Ross:

“I have lived in MIH Jeans Marrakesh and skinny Marakesh styles for 10 years. They are the best with platforms and have the right hippie vibe. Two years ago I was visiting my friends, the Fekkais, in Aix en Provence and found Seafarer. I am obsessed with Amo, at The Line, for the perfect, tight, everyday run-around pair.” Amanda

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Vogue

‘Making Magic’

Pendants and charms have topped my jewelry list recently; I’m always on the lookout to add to my collection. So, you can only imagine my delight when I spied this story in the July issue of Vogue—heaven.

Photography by Cass Bird  

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Spring Jacket

I keep coming back to the Marni Spring collection jackets—they are so good. The one above is leather, but this one in white cotton is great, too, as is the khaki version.

Image by Vanessa Metz for June/July Numéro

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Shopping Rules

In the comments of the previous post a reader asked about my shopping and wardrobe building strategies—instead of reinventing the wheel, I thought I’d rerun this post from June 2015.

After I cleaned out my closet and made a short list of items that I need, I started to think about how I shop. More to the point—how is it that, although I have a fashion site, I don’t over-shop or have loads of things that I regret buying? Perhaps I can credit the few shopping rules that I’ve followed forever and swear by:

1. If I love something and KNOW that it’s a forever piece, I buy it immediately. Often, this is an item that I first saw on the runway, put on a list, and then asked for it’s delivery date.

2. Buy two identical items if I think I’ll be wearing them often (usually jeans, tops, and summer dresses).

3. Always buy one in black.

4. Buy one fashion-forward item each season and wear it to death. Then give it away.

5. I don’t wait for the sales. I buy at the front end of the season, then I’m guaranteed to get the things I want. Sale is for those fun and unexpected items that make me feel like I’ve won the fashion lottery.

6. I shop heavily from resort and pre-fall, I find the best and most wearable pieces in these collections.

7. Shop online so things can be returned if I change my mind. I hate a “no return” or “store credit only” policy.

8. Buy basic evening and wear repeatedly by changing up the shoes and accessories. I wore an inexpensive navy silk sheath to both of my daughter’s debutante balls with two different pairs of Valentino shoes and my good jewelry. No one noticed, wasn’t about me.

9. It’s all about the underpinnings—bras that fit and flatter, petals, slips, camisoles, and tanks.

10. Tailoring and maintenance are key. Just about every piece of clothing I buy gets tweaked by my brilliant seamstress. I keep everything clean and maintained and ready to wear—no holes, stains, or loose buttons.

Did I forget anything?

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Coat (Buying) Weather

I realize that it seems early, and counter intuitive when it’s 95° in the shade, but some of the best Pre-Fall coats are coming in. This one by Gucci is timeless.

Jeans, slides.

Nili Lotan Pre-Fall

Circling Back

The Nili Lotan Pre-Fall looks (left and right) are now available–I’ve been waiting to circle back to them.

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Straw Tote Update

For years I’ve carried a small straw market basket as my summer handbag, but since I’ve given so many to friends as hostess gifts, I’m looking for an updated version. I have my eye on these round-handled totes— the tassel on the one by Hat Attack is a nice touch, and the basic one from Sur La Table is a good deal. There are lots of options on Etsy.

British Vogue

‘Sweet Carolyn’

Carolyn Murphy looks pretty fab in this story by Inez & Vinoodh from July British Vogue—she’s still one of my favorite models.

Styling by Kate Phelan

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