5 Great Things - January 2023 Edition
Sneakers I never thought I would wear, Rebecca Taylor is real!, Junya outerwear, the best top for under a jacket andddddd wool sweatpants?
Good morning! Five things I’m thinking about at the moment. That’s all!
Did you know Rebecca Taylor is a real person? It’s true. She sold her company years ago and moved her family back to New Zealand…now she’s back. And she has a new line of cotton shirting and its ohhhh so good. Romantic but not saccharine. The nicest cotton that is pre-washed and pre-shrunk so you can just toss it in the machine. But looks so nice with jeans, with “work pants”, layered, open, etc. etc. etc. I got a sneak preview of them last fall and have been thinking about them ever since. The site is finally live. Like how to pick just one!? Oh, and they are named after literary heroines. <3
*I am wearing a size medium below for reference. Shirts here.
I found an On Running shoe I like?
A moment of pause here to acknowledge that I said I would never wear On Running. Is it just that I have seen them so much that I have been exposure therapied into thinking they are normal? Or is it the Prada effect…where sometimes I am so confused by the show it takes me like three more seasons to recognize what she was doing is brilliant? Anyway, I’ve been wearing these with my Buck Mason washed out black sweatpants, colorful socks and big tan overcoat and am very pleased with myself walking down Lex, of late. They are doing a good job of toning down my geriatric tendencies with a more youthful spunk. And they balance out a “vintage” look. Wearing them with said washed out sweatpants feels very different to me than pairing them with techy fabric athleisure which is not balanced at all! Because to be clear, I am not wearing these to actually jog. I’m just looking for a hint of sporty.
To make what I’m saying make sense, I’m creating a knock around outfit out of these for you with vintage flair and no vintage smells. You’re welcome!
A really great “top” to wear under jackets/blazers
It can be so hard to find a layering top that isn’t too low cut, isn’t a flimsy t-shirt, isn’t a button down shirt…I sure know a lot of things that I DON’T want a top to be. Pinpointing what it SHOULD be is a lot harder. This knit tank from Courreges has a delightfully high neck, but a little flattering slit detail. It won’t add bulk under a jacket and yet you can take said jacket off if you wanted to since its not a camisole. It’s an excruciatingly tricky category, and this guy appears to be a real winner! It’s on sale some places, full retail others. So here are some resources to find it by size and sale:
Also not on sale, but fun to look at the whole Courreges website anyway.
A Junya Watanabe winter wear deep dive.
After I posted my little puffer last week, I went down a rabbit hole of what Junya has on offer this year. A slew of deliciousness! Like, the coolest leopard patched anorak on mega sale. And this fleece/puffer hybrid with a leopard collar! OMG!
I found them! The non denim pants I needed to get me through winter!
Wool sweatpants. Who would have thought! I like to wear these with sneakers or boots in place of jeans on long writing days or errands days or really any casual day for which its too cold for denim. Now, these are not “warm” per se. I don’t want to mislead you. But I don’t love jeans on grey days that that don’t totally require me to get “dressed dressed.” With knee high socks and a knee length wool coat, they are perfect for most of my daily occasions. Wearing them as we speak with a men’s buffalo check flannel and combat boots! But to be clear, I still change into actual sweatpants when I get home. :)
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Thank you for your insight and expertise. I love getting your newsletter each week. I wonder if you might be open to talk about tailoring? You pull off these looks so chicly and effortlessly and I feel like part of it is based on your understanding of where things should fall or hit. For example, so many times I try to wear something oversized and just look like I am wearing clothes that don’t fit. Or when I wear sweats I look like I’ve given up rather than put together. Thanks again!
i say you've really upped your game with those sneakers! they are kicking your "geriatric tendencies" in the butt!