Reiss is one of those brands who walks the tenuous line between being inspired by and ripping off designer clothes. We don’t like copying, but we do like a lot of their “inspired” pieces. And in the brand’s defense, they’ve become a lot better at doing their own thing than ripping style directly from the runways. If you’re looking for a dress either for work or play, it’s almost impossible not to find something there that’s well made and will get the job done. Whether it’s a flirty little tiered skirt, a svelte cocktail dress or a business-ready shift dress, we defy you to leave totally disappointed. Between the small details — like nice buttons instead of junky ones — and the fact that almost everything’s lined and there’s very little synthetic to be found, rarely do they eff it up. Plus, if you live near an actual store, they’ve got a tailor on site and the charge for alterations is completely reasonable. [$340, Reiss] Keep reading »
It’s not easy to find the perfect cocktail dress that a) isn’t black and b) isn’t something you’ve seen a million times before. A guaranteed “wow” piece that will doubtless bring all eyes on you—this draped gold lamé dress by Willow. Three reasons to love: The material has a unique terracotta texture, the blousy sleeves will flatter your body, and the exposed back will bring some extra sexy. With a slight vintage vibe, the look we’re thinking of is Betty Draper goes downtown. [$680, Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »
Half the reason I ordered Ann Taylor‘s “Perfect Flats” was a spiteful attempt to find a way in which they are not, in fact, “Perfect.” But I needed new black flats and didn’t want to spend $500 to replace my Lanvin regulars as they became increasingly less wearable, though I assumed the $98 Ann Taylor substitutes would be nothing but a short-lived band-aid on the problem. As it turns out, I was wrong. Not only do they look good — far better, in fact, than their picture — the leather is soft, the sole padded and the toe cleavage perfectly balanced. If this is what Ann Taylor’s new designer and sleeker approach is going to look like all the time, consider us interested. [$98, Ann Taylor] Keep reading »
If you’re going to buy a leather jacket, invest in a good one. Aside from looking junky, cheap leather has a nasty habit of cracking and wearing out long before you’d like it to. That said, you can keep the price at a relatively reasonable level and still walk away with something that looks as classy as it does badass. For something like that, check out VEDA. Keep reading »
Man shoes for ladies have become almost unavoidable fixtures in stores and on the feet of cool girls. So while they were a bit of a challenge to find just a couple years ago, there’s now a plethora of options, some much, much better than others. Amongst the chosen brogues are those by New York brand Candela. They run about $200 to $250, so they’re not freebies. But they are glorious. Keep reading »
We all like looking sassy on a budget, but sometimes a splurge is in order. With this in mind, welcome to the first edition of Worth The Splurge, a primer to help you prepare for your next grown-up purchase.
Remember lusting over that boxy little Kate Spade purse that everyone was trying to get their hands on in high school? Remember getting it and then realizing a few months later that maybe cookie cutter bags aren’t the coolest thing ever? Well, Ms. Spade (much like you) has come a long way since then. Her bags have become progressively more chic but, even more than that, her clothes are adorable and rarely get the attention that they deserve. Keep reading »