Month: May 2014

Key Piece: Everlane Seed Stitch Sweater

Featherweight and so soft, Everlane’s cotton and cashmere raglan works equally well as a summer staple as it does a layering piece for cooler weather. In keeping with the nothing new campaign, I waited until a size small showed up on eBay and have since paired it with office and weekend wear alike. I’m nearly as fond of the delicate seed stitching, high-low silhouette, and hemmed shoulders as I am of Everlane’s transparent manufacturing practices. A history of evil eye charms and how to crown yourself with a bracelet. And in case you missed it, how to French cuff pants. Outfits featuring this sweater here. /// Always $60 at Everlane /// SIZE Wearing a small. I am 5’7″ and measure 32-24-32″. FIT This sweater fits true to size. A small fits me well and has a slouchy, relaxed fit. If you’re looking for a tailored, tighter fit, order down one size. REVIEW Featherweight and so, super soft – you’ll want to hand wash this or have it dry cleaned. This is also so lightweight that …

A simpler wardrobe: Summer outfits (this is a long post)

These are outfits I wore the first summer after I set out to whittle down my wardrobe. Here’s what the fall and winter and spring before looked like. Here’s what my wardrobe looks like nowadays. And here’s an interview on my year of buying nothing new. SCAD Museum of Art Apr 29, 2014 “I recall my fleeting instants in Savannah as the taste of a cup charged to the brim.” -Henry James For me Savannah, Georgia is like an old friend: Eternally warm and at the ready for a leisurely walk, ever armed with good stories and a cool gin and tonic. It’s been two summers too long since we last visited, and this past weekend Mr. Ralston and I had a few hours to stroll the cobblestone streets. Favorites: SCAD Museum of Art  I’m in love with everything about this museum, from the lake-drenched c-prints and Boschian collages, to the antebellum architectural heritage and clean concrete expansion, to the pared down landscaping and the illy issimo miscela espresso in the petite museum café. Leopold’s …

How to French Cuff your Jeans

Last week I thought I was onto something new when I hurriedly cuffed my jeans, accidentally tucking in one side in on the way. This cuff looked très chic, tailored, tapered — as if Emmanuelle Alt had whispered a French It Girl secret to my right leg. I’ve since learned that French cuffing, or peg rolling, has been around at least since the August 1985 issue of Seventeen Magazine. Look at that glorious denim! Now. How to enjoy some free, non-committal tailoring that shows off your shoes: Start with normal, unrolled jeans. Pinch up the inner hem of one leg, lengthwise. Use one hand at the bottom hem of your pants, and the other 3-4″ up the leg. Fold this pinched fabric flat over toward the heel of foot. For straight-leg jeans your pinched foldover should be ~1-2″. Hold the foldover in place as you roll the bottom hem of your pants up once, 1-2″. Roll that bottom fold one more time so the hem is no longer visible. Repeat on other leg. And if …