A few weeks ago when we were in the throes of producing our annual Holiday Gift Guide (coming soon in Lucky's December issue!), a debate ensued in the office over union suits. They're basically onesies for grown-ups, and our camp was divided between those who found this concept totally appealing and those who found them, well, icky and infantilizing.
What about onesies that you wear out?
I'm all for them. There's something really comforting about the idea of lounging around at home ensconced in a soft knit. I get how this could be construed as babyish, though from another perspective, there's this whole old-school industrial vibe to them that feels really cool (and far more adult). My two favorites on the market right now are Alexander Wang's charcoal button-up thermal (love the little details like the sliver pocket on the front and the ruched hems, and overall this is so pared down you could get away with layering it under jeans to wear outside the house), and this navy and white
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A few weeks ago when we were in the throes of producing our annual Holiday Gift Guide (coming soon in Lucky's December issue!), a debate ensued in the office over union suits. They're basically onesies for grown-ups, and our camp was divided between those who found this concept totally appealing and those who found them, well, icky and infantilizing.Read More »from Is it okay for adults to wear union suits?
I have this friend, let's call her M, for whom new clothes are sacred. So sacred in fact she's compelled to wait several days, if not weeks, before wearing them. I think this has to do with prolonging the shopping high. Or maybe it's about deferring the pleasure that comes with wearing a brand new outfit. It's pretty alien behavior to me either way.
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I'm the person who might even walk out of the store wearing whatever I've just bought, or will come home and immediately put on a new garment just to waltz around the house (part of my gripe about having rubber soles put on a new pair of shoes is that it gets in the way of my instant gratification). But maybe waiting-before-wearing is a more common phenomena than I'd have thought. I'm curious: anyone out there with my friend M, or are you guys as impatient as I am?
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I happened to call my friend Iman in LA last night as she was running to the Only Hearts store to stock up on lingerie. Turns out it's something of a uniform for her-she swears by their Second Skins line and wears it daily ("pretty yet super-comfortable and totally disappears under whatever you have on" she says).
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She also acknowledged her compulsion for matching undergarments, a concept I find kind of fascinating, if only because I'm the complete opposite and have never coordinated undies a day in my life. To me it sounds like a lot of effort/extra laundry (does anyone really wash a bra after every wear?), though Iman's formula is this: for every one bra, she buys 4 pairs of underwear (3 boy shorts and 1 thong to be exact). Now I'm curious: what about the rest of you? Do you guys go the matchy-matchy lingerie route or are you content mixing things up?
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- Emily Hsieh, Shop Girl, Lucky Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 26, 2009 5:42 PM EDT
Two of my favorite bloggers, mother and daughter duo Judy and Jane Aldridge, are off visiting Tokyo right now, and have been chronicling their trip online at Atlantis Home and Sea of Shoes. The umbrellas people were carrying in Judy's rainy day street shots caught my eye-they're gorgeous! Bright, unusually shaped, and often patterned, they're a long way from the basic black disposable ones you see everyone carry here in New York. Scouting around for an authentic Japanese umbrella of my own, I found this old fashioned dome style with fine red pinstripes and a dainty curved handle from umbrellas.net.Read More »from Look chic on a rainy day with these gorgeous umbrellas
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I'm also digging the options from this Japanese company, Rakuten Ichiba, that ships to the States (Conveniently, there's a shipping calculator on the site. A 3 pound package costs about $30 to ship to the US-steep, but the umbrellas themselves are priced reasonably enough and are so special I think it's
I've been avoiding white pants for years, for the usual reasons: I'm worried they'd get dirty about five seconds after I put them on, and that they'd make me look bottom-heavy. This spring weather is making me reconsider, though. I love how fresh and crisp they look, and it would be nice to have an alternative to my usual dark-rinse denim.
My friend Sam, who worked at a major denim brand for years and is a total jeans expert, says that she keeps her white jeans tight (in a pale hue, the looser the pair, the more frumpy the look, she says) and washes them with every wear to keep them pristine.
J Brand's 10" Skinny might be it for me. They're slim and devoid of labels and obvious embroidery. They hit right around the ankle-to avoid stains, I don't want anything that would possibly drag on the ground or catch on my shoe. I'm picturing these with studded sandals and somethingRead More »from How to find the perfect pair of white jeans
Reader Quilly asked: "I'm about to pack for a trip to Europe and was wondering if you had any suggestions that would be versatile, stylish... and not flag me as a tourist."
I'm totally obsessed with finding the perfect travel pieces myself. Here are some of the things that always make it into my suitcase:
I hesitated for a second before I threw on my new blue sweatshirt. I was dying to wear it, but I hadn't washed it. I started pondering whether it's unhygienic to wear something you just bought without laundering it beforehand. Think about it in terms of bedding at a hotel: Is wearing clothing that a bunch of people have potentially tried on at the store the equivalent of staying at a hotel where the sheets haven't been cleaned? Doesn't that just seem gross?
Maybe it depends on the item? I find that with silk (or anything dry clean-only) I just put it right on, but with stuff that's easy to throw in the machine (socks, tees, and, though not apparel, towels and sheets), I pre-wash. What do you guys do?
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- Emily Hsieh, Shop Girl, Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Sep 26, 2008 9:03 PM EDT
I have no idea what compelled me to fish around on Delia's website just now, but it turns out they have some stuff that's totally applicable even for those of us who left behind their teenage years a long, long time ago. My favorite pieces are the ones that have a sort of bookish, preppy vibe, including this cozy shrunken sailor sweater ($59.50). This would look so cute on the weekends with jeans and this classic navy blue toggle coat ($89.50), or else during the workweek with ankle-length black pants and leopard flats. And to finish it all off, I'm tempted to add my prescription lenses to these bargain-priced Poindexter glasses ($9.50).
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After being massively let down by virtually every dry cleaner in my neighborhood (clothes returned with holes or discoloration that made them look like they'd been acid-washed) and spending a small fortune in the process, I've started handwashing everything I can. These days, pretty much all my knitwear goes into my bathroom sink along with a couple of capfuls of this Wool & Cashmere Shampoo by the Laundress. It's free of harsh chemicals, leaves sweaters really soft, and is laced with cedar extracts that smell amazing and also act as a natural moth repellent. If you've never handwashed a sweater before, click here to watch a step-by-step video on how to do it.
(PS: Though the Laundress girls suggest soaking garments for two hours, I tend to get impatient. In my experience, 15 minutes or so is fine.)
- Emily Hsieh, Shop Girl, Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Aug 1, 2008 6:51 PM EDT
Despite the fact that I've passed on wearing any sort of jewelry my whole life, I'm suddenly craving big, statement-making necklaces. Elaborate beading, bright colors, layers of chains-I want it all. This one from Anthropologie is everything I'm looking for: It's made of several strands of faceted drops in the prettiest lemon color, and it would be so great over a simple white tee and paired with beat-up jeans. With a piece as dressy and embellished as this, my instinct is to keep the rest of the outfit really straightforward and casual. And since it's only $38, if my jewelry fetish turns out to be just a phase, I won't feel guilty for having invested too much in it.
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