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Lisa Aiken's outfit-making duster coat, above, inspired me to find a version that's a bit more everyday practical but still head-turning stylish. Mission accomplished with Frame's belted cardigan, below, that's on sale ($253!) at The Outnet. I love it half-buttoned, as shown, but I'll also wear it open, over a slinky slip dress and boots or a t-shirt and trousers. BTW: the next-level sweater assortment at The Outnet is totally worth mining! Check out these cuties by Ulla Johnson, Iris & Ink, Vince and Ganni and the entire line-up here!



Photo: Vogue

on target

 



Target unveiled its latest designer collaborations over the weekend, and shockingly, there are still lots of scores in stock. My favorite line-up comes from Nili Lotan, with updated classics like the pea coat, above, the pullover, below, this striped shirt, this floral slip dress, and this ruffled blouse. Rachel Comey's knit palazzo pants and Sandy Liang's sherpa jacket. Shop all the collections here!




bananas

 


I walked into Banana Republic the other day on a mission to find the statement-making wrap dress I'm wearing, above, and was delighted to discover a plethora of sleek wardrobe additions. I literally took two armfuls of clothing into the dressing room and scored this black tiered maxi dress, these perfectly-cut trousers, plus this versatile tank top, this oversized button-down, these fresh, flared (and super comfy) jeans, this wool shirt jacket, and this ribbed turtleneck. Then there's the amazing cashmere situation, including this, this and this! Truly, there's so much to love. Check it all out here


Photo: Aimee Rentmeester

knits to know


 

Milan Fashion Week just started and so far all I've gleaned is that I need to load up on next-level knits, pronto. I can easily take my pick--sweaters, skirts, vests, dresses, bralettes--but I'm leaning toward the edgier, fresher silhouettes for extra wow. How about these from Cecilie Bahnsen, Jonathan SimkhaiSaylorChristopher Eber (the rising star!), Zara, and Theory. Molto bene! 




on the fringe



My twin sister just a bought an apartment in Tribeca, so I just bought the chic fringed Mango coat, above, to wear in and out of it! I'm also in the market for some new up-to-the-New-York-minute, walk-everywhere boots, such as these from Larroude, Sam Edelman and Loeffler Randall. And I want to layer this coat over cold-proof pieces such as this colorful Kule fleece, this Demylee cable-knit cardigan and this JCrew puffer. Big Apple-bound and ready! 

lisa in London


Neiman Marcus's new fashion director Lisa Aiken is doing a spectacular job in the fashion-show-outfit department! Check out these highlights from London this past week. Her penchant for long skirts is inspiring me to stock up on a few and crush my everyday style job! I'm eyeing these from Nanushka, pictured immediately below, Gabriela Hearst, Isabel Marant, and Moon River.





diamond head

Dorsey Kate necklace

 

I have to give props today to my amazing friend in Honolulu, who not only taught me how to make a lei necklace out of plumeria recently, but boosted my bling via the pave crystal Dorsey necklace, above. (It has sold out 25 times since it debuted in June!) I promise, even though it's $230, it looks 100% real. She tends to wear the choker layered with a gold chain necklace from The Foundrae. I like the idea of toning it down with more casual, unexpected pieces like these from EliouRoxanne Assoulin, Laura Lombardi and Elizabeth Cole.

london calling

 


Wondering how to add style to a t-shirt and a pair of pants? Look to London Fashion Week attendees, who spruce up this classic combo with oversize fits, statement jackets, and anything-but-basic accessories. Of course, we must start with right pants! The current wide-leg go-to's come from Jason Wu, Zara, Boyish, and Acne Studios. I'd kick things up a notch with this Isabel Marant jacket, this Something Navy crewneck tee, this chain-handled Bottega Veneta bag, these zebra-print ankle boots by Shasta, and these Gianvito Rossi leopard pumps.






Photos: Vogue, Elle

check mate



My son's Back to School night had me and other eager parents meeting teachers IRL after nearly 18 months! Naturally, I dressed up for the occasion and put on my new fall must-have: the check blazer. It comes off as both polished and elegant yet it's t-shirt friendly, too. My kind of balance! The hero version, above, is by Balenciaga, but I also like these less pricey iterations from Veronica Beard, Zara, Maje, and Blaze Milano.


Photo: Lisa Aiken

undone

 

 

This fall's unbuttoned button-down warrants a closer look, because not only is the peekaboo effect alluring, it's effortlessly chic, too. (The blouse immediately below is by Tigra Tigra.) The key to pulling it off is a blouse with an extra long, thigh-grazing length. The additional coverage nicely counterbalances the skin-baring styling. Some great starter shirts come from Ganni, And Other Stories, Birds of Paradis, and Alex Mill.




Photos: Vogue, @J2Martinez
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