I have some mom friends who are really (really) into Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines type of preppiness — and I thought it might be fun to round up different stores selling “weekend vibe” clothes in different personalities for our ongoing Weekend Wednesdays series. After all, we’ve talked in the past about the weekend you vs. the weekday you — as well as sharing our best tips for upgrading your weekend clothes and cultivating style in general. I tend to associate Lily et al. with the summer months, so we’ll save preppy weekend looks for next spring — and instead let’s start with the weekend vibe of tough girl chic, which has always been one of my preferred options,
Let’s back up a bit, though: As a reminder, there was an old style book I had where the author (CNN style commentator Elsa Klensch) talked about how “[m]any successful businesswomen I know tap into their private visions of themselves and express that inner being in their weekend wear. … On weekends, I want to be softer, more romantic. My fantasy in the summer is to look as though I just stepped out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel wearing Gatsby-style long skirts and gently flowing chiffon scarves.”
So I’ve always had the idea that a bit of separation of your professional and private self is necessary, even healthy as a boundary ritual. “Tough girl chic” (a flawed term, to be sure, but I’m not quite sure what else to call it) has always been one of my preferred weekend vibes, primarily for comfort/ease/flattering but with an edge. The big pros for me are a lot of flat boots and denim, a lot of black (making for an easy capsule wardrobe), a non-fussy aesthetic (perfect for someone who avoids ironing like the plague and is happy when her jeans get new rips), and easy upgrading with concert t-shirts and things like that. Score!
There are a few brands who I think of as selling great tough girl chic clothes if you want to move away from jeans, boots, and graphic tees, so I thought it would be fun to explore some great stores selling “tough girl chic” clothing today.
Readers, do you have a distinct “weekend personality”? Do you like the vibes of tough girl chic or rocker chic — and if so, where do you shop and what do you buy to bring your vision to life?
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Building Blocks for Tough Girl Chic
- basic tees and tanks from Monrow, James Perse, Three Dots, Splendid
- leather pants, great jeans (possibly with more “classic” cuts as opposed to the trendier options)
- boots such as from Rag & Bone, Frye, Docs, the latest trend with combat boots
- accessories from McQueen and modernist jewelry like Jill Platner
Tough Girl Chic with a British Edge: AllSaints
I love AllSaints for a bit of “tough girl chic with a British edge” — I always stop in when I’m near their store in SoHo. In addition to having their own store, the brand is also available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
Where to Shop for Tough Girl Chic Clothing in Sizes 6–32: Universal Standard
Universal Standard is available in sizes 6–32 and has a new “Fit Liberty” program where, if your size changes within a year of purchase, they’ll send you a new shirt. In addition to having their own store, the brand is also available at Nordstrom & J.Crew.
(I have top #3 and like it a lot!)
Let’s hear from you, readers: Do you have a “weekend personality” (or personalities!), whether it’s a tough girl or not? Where do you love to shop for weekend clothes?