April New Arrivals

Shoes-day Tuesday: Men’s Edition

Travel is a main passion and, as such, my husband and I are continually on the lookout for comfortable shoes to take on trips.  Recently Natty Guy has been searching for a pair that will work with jeans, chinos and possibly even shorts for an upcoming trip to Northern Europe. 

While catching up on my Feedly stream I came across a review for a company called Allbirds whose Wool Runner ($95) was recently dubbed by Time Magazine as “the world’s most comfortable shoe”. Natty Guy checked out the site and ordered a pair.  They came last week and he’s barely taken them off since! 

Made of New Zealand merino wool uppers and castor bean (yes, castor bean!) insoles, the shoes are: 

  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Odor minimizing
  • Flexible and movement conforming
  • Cool in the heat and warm in the cold
  • Soft enough to wear sockless
  • Boast a low carbon footprint
  • Have a 30-day no questions asked return policy
Currently the shoe is available in 4 color choices for men and 3 color choices for women.  We particularly like the black sole on the men’s version for it’s metropolitan feel.  Fingers crossed that additional styles will be on the way soon!
Allbirds Men’s Wool Runner with Alternate Colors Below
 
Allbirds Women’s Wool Runner

Trendy Tuesday: Say Hey to the Fray

A super-fun trend this season is the frayed edge.  Mostly seen on jeans and white denim, this top (in black denim) seemed special to me for a couple of reasons: it’s not cropped, the black and white fringe is fun and can go either casual or a bit dressy and it’s a great price!

Always a freak for black and white ,I love the pattern play with the bold plaid pant and Ipanema sidewalk inspired cuff and earrings.  A chic suede mule and tasseled clutch are the finishing touches.

 Via Spiga 'Wynola' Mule (Women)
Belle Etoile "Moda" Black and White Enamel Hoop Earrings With CZ Accents in Sterling Silver. 5/8"
Oliveve Queenie Clutch

 
Items Shown:
J.O.A. Top in Frayed Denim – $70
Banana Republic Avery Plaid Crop – $98
Via Spiga Wynola Mule – $185
Belle Etoile Moda Cuff – $450 and Earrings – $150
Oliveve Queenie Clutch – $135

Wardrobe Building: Suiting

One of the most important building blocks in any woman’s wardrobe is a suit.  While it’s easy to think of this as a piece only relevant to bankers, lawyers or hospital administrators, a suit is an indispensable item for all women and can be broken apart into many flexible looks
 
The J. Crew Super 120s Collection is my go-to low/moderate brand and can be a steal when they are running a sale, while BOSS and Theory are two top picks for moderate/high investment suiting.

My recommendation is to invest in the best jacket-pant-skirt combo that your budget can handle in black, navy or a dark grey.  Look for quality stretch wool fabric.  One-button or two-button jackets will work better than 3+ or double-breasted as will a classic shaped trouser (not too skinny, too flared).  A pencil is the most versatile skirt shape.  Tailor for an impeccable fit!

Now have fun styling your new versatile look!  For work try the trouser with a print blouse and accent-color cardigan; for day try jeans with a simple tee, blazer, bold statement necklace and platform slides or the pencil skirt paired with a chambray button-down tied at the waist, sunnies and a pair of lace-up ballet flats; for date night pair the trouser with an embellished silk tank and metallic sandals.  And rest easy you’ll never have to worry again about what to wear to that unexpected interview, that funeral, that after-hours work function of your husband’s, etc. 

J. Crew Super 120s

J. Crew Super 120’s Collection – Skirts from $128, Trousers from $138, Jackets from $248; a variety of fits are available in each category so you can find something that fits your style and best suits your body type. 

Theory Gabe Blazer
Theory Testra Trouser
Theory Lanai Blazer

 Theory Suiting Separates – Prices range from about $215-515 depending on item. 

BOSS Jabina Blazer
BOSS Tulea Trousers

 Boss Suiting Separates – Range from $180-625.