The clear winner at last night’s Oscars was 16-year-old Auli’i Cravalho, and I’m not saying that just because my friend Sam Saboura styled her. I’m saying that because he did a spectacular job, and she looked stunning in everything she wore.
Other dresses and wearers worthy of praise:
Taraji P. Henson
Dresses that missed the mark:
The allure of skinny pants and leggings continues to escalate, and what better way to freshen them up for fall than with a pair of menswear-inspired shoes.
These Paul Green oxfords absolutely hit the mark. They’re stylish and oh-so-comfortable, since Paul Green is perhaps the only shoe company that recognizes the existence of an arched foot. They look fabulous with ankle-length pants and full-length leggings, and showing a bit of bare ankle gives the borrowed-from-the-boys look a feminine spin.
Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown
Let’s start with the worst of the worst, shall we?
Anna Chlumsky – Reappropriated bedspread, perhaps?
Laura Carmichael – Easter bunny adjacent
Judith Light – She’s too vibrant for a dress this blah.
Carly Chaikin – Goth meets shower curtain
Jane Krakowski – If you have to put your hand over the slit, it’s too high.
Jill Soloway – No comment necessary
With a continuing eye on cooler temperatures, I’ve moved from boots to sweaters (and will likely continue to move back and forth until I drive you or myself mad with anticipation). The new arrivals at Ted Baker include some beautiful floral prints—perfect for the transition from summer to fall. The “Teeah” cardigan is one of my favorites.
Blending summery blossoms with a rich autumnal plaid, it’s the perfect way to welcome brisker weather without having to bid a complete farewell to summer. The cardigan teams perfectly with any black bottom: pants, skirt, or jeans. When I tried it on in the store, I was wearing red jeans, and the combination was a complete bust. I think the flowers need to make a statement of their own, and the bright pants competed for attention. For the best result, keep the bottom half dark and simple.
Without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of year. I’ve always preferred boots and sweaters to flip-flops and T-shirts, probably because it’s so much easier to make a statement or get playful with clothing when the focus isn’t on trying to stay cool. (And I mean that in a temperature sort of way, not in a hip sort of way.) Now that June and July are behind us, I feel I have carte blanche to turn my attention to fall fashions, and there’s no better place to start than at the Nordstrom anniversary sale.
Nordstrom’s fall sale has always been a great source for amazing prices on boots, and this year is no exception. A perfect example is the Paul Green “Jules” block-heel bootie, on sale now for $266.90. (On August 8, it jumps to $399.00.)
Although the reviews say the boots fits true to size, I found it more comfortable to go up a 1/2 size. If you’re tempted to buy, keep in mind that it has no zipper, so slipping it on and off can pose a bit of a challenge to a high arch.
Since the Lulu Frost necklace I posted last week is one of a kind, I thought I should share some of the items that are actually available. There’s an obvious Art Deco influence in a lot of the pieces. For more—plus items on sale—visit the website.