This dress isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for some reason I really like it — the asymmetric dropped waist, the simple long sleeves, the scoop neckline — lovely. I’d wear it with dark tights and moto booties for a night out with friends. Neiman Marcus Pleated Faux-Leather Long-Sleeve Dress
I rounded up some of my favorite workwear and accessory picks from the Nordstrom sale earlier this week, but I didn’t get too far into the weekend and evening stuff. But MAN: I love this dress for a night out. The peekaboo lace, mixed with the pretty floral pattern, and an otherwise warm and sturdy merino wool — love it all. It was $528, but is now marked to $396 at the Nordstrom sale. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Leandra’ Lace Appliqué Merino Wrap Dress
I’ve been admiring these Toms boots for a while now, and while I’ve heard great things about the comfort, I could never pull the trigger. This season I’ve noticed that they changed the label in the back (it used to be a lot more obvious, yes?) and I’m really tempted by this navy corduroy version with the textures going every which way. For $89, it may be time. TOMS’s site has a bunch of other fun colors (gunmetal metallic), and Nordstrom has them in black herringbone, gray suede, and some lovely shearling lined ones. The pictured corduroy boot is $89 at Zappos, and available in sizes 5-12. TOMS Desert Wedge
I got one of these tissue weight wool cashmere wraps during one of the spring sales, and have been wearing it everywhere — the weight is perfect for fall, and a wrap/scarf is one of my favorite things to take with me out the door when I’m not sure if I need a jacket or not. (I have yet to master the headscarf so that I look more Audrey, less babushka, but hey, I am part Polish, and if it’s raining out I’ll still put it on over my head too!) The wrap is 40% off and available in a zillion fun colors still. Nordstrom Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Wrap
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Booties: they’re in one season, out the next — but right now they’re hot. They’re inherently a more casual look than, say, pumps — boots become more and more casual the blockier the heels get, and the more Western-y the details get; a seam or two is on one end of the spectrum, while fringe, buckles, and belts are on the other end. For casual days at the office they can be great with ankle pants (worn with low, hidden socks so your ankles are still exposed), tights and skirts for casual days, or — if hemmed appropriately — trousers or flares. (The bottom of the hem should graze the top of your foot, leaving only about 1/2″ of heel exposed in the back.) On the weekends, of course, they’re great with all sorts of denim, and the bare-leg-plus-bootie look continues to go strong (but to me that really looks like a weekend look!). I thought I’d round up a few that look great to me — readers, which are your favorite booties this season? Which are your favorite styles of booties (e.g., pump-booties, stiletto booties, rugged booties, wedge booties) to wear to work — or do you primarily wear them on the weekends?
(Another fun question: we haven’t talked about peep-toe booties in AGES — what’s your feeling about them now? Yea or nay?)
First, some roundups of special interest shoes (unless noted, most links go to Nordstrom, or Zappos):
Now that cooler weather is finally coming our way (woo hoo!), I’m all about the long cardigans for weekends. This Halogen one is a blend of merino and acrylic, has pockets, and comes in five great colors (pink, white, black, burgundy and teal). It’s available in sizes XS-XL for $78. Halogen® Side Zip Long V-Neck Cardigan