Q: Funnel turtlenecks.
Q: Maternity going out clothes – my first pregnancy was during COVID so I didn’t need much.
A: Congratulations! I’d wear a nap dress (layered over a maternity turtleneck) or nap-dress-inspired situation like this or this, or a sweater dress like this or this paired with tall boots or these chic suede ones. Alternately, a simple black dress like this, this, this or this (would again layer over a turtleneck — for some reason imagine finishing this look with black tights and these boots) and a statement headband! I also love this white shirtdress, this maternity cardi, this dress (would work with bump), and this non-maternity shearling long vest to throw on over leggings and a maternity tee when all else fails.
Q: Tops for leggings.
A: My first thought was a long sweater turtleneck poncho/vest situation like this, this, this, this or this, layered over one of the base layers mentioned here or maybe for the vests something like this!
Q:Black dress for cocktail attire wedding in March.
A: THIS DRESS! Also love this and this. For something a bit more avant-garde, love this tulle style (spectacular with a really high heel) and this matelasse Jonathan Simhkhai. Budget buy: this Wayf! Love the neckline.
Q: An everyday bag.
A: If we’re talking tote bags, I always think highly of women who wear Anya Hindmarch, like this tote. Such a chic, under-the-radar-ish brand. I don’t feel like she gets the praise she’s due! For something more casual, I love the quilted Clare Vivier or any of the Rue De Verneuil totes. This Loewe is super chic, too. If we’re talking crossbodies, I love this Loewe, my Marc Jacobs bag, and this Celine!
Q: Country club holiday chic!
A: I feel like La Ligne and Veronica Beard are the answer — my observation in this setting is that you want to feel pulled together but not too stuffy, trend-conscious but not too-too. Effortless chic — if you’re wearing anything tight, you’ve gone too far. La Ligne and Veronica Beard boast classic underpinnings, but made sexy and modern. Think a marin sweater with straight-leg cords, a plaid dress with velvet flats, or some trouser-style jeans (though my family’s club has an embargo on denim, not sure how common that is) and a turtleneck. A few other pieces that I would gravitate towards: this vest over anything but especially a cableknit (as styled), this striped sweater over a striped tissue turtleneck, this chunky turtleneck over an oxford (<<on rare sale!), this wool coat or this checked one over anything, this cable-knit, these straight-leg cords. All of those would be SO chic at the club bar or bowling alley or what have you!
If you’re talking cocktail party attire, I shared all my favorite dresses for the season here and lobby that all bets are off this season and to dress to the nines! But I can tell you I’m planning to wear this Damaris Bailey dress to a holiday tea at the country club, and the cocktail dress variation would be chic for a luncheon or cocktail party situation.
Q: A dress for my daughter’s Baptism in February (in FL — so chilly, but not freezing).
A: Congratulations! I can’t stop thinking about this Emilia Wickstead. Perfection for such an occasion. Major investment but I truly believe it would work for about 23592 different events at any age. A few other dresses I love: this Significant Other, this Brock Collection, this Vampire’s Wife, this Damaris Bailey, this Seraphina, this royal-looking Red Valentino, this knit dress, this Sandro, or this Rebecca Taylor.
Q: 40th birthday gift for a dear friend. $100-$200 range. Hermes twilly?
A: Oo, how fun! I’m approaching this from the vantage of things I personally love and either own or would love to own:
MASON PEARSON BRUSH — NEVER SEEN IT MARKED DOWN SO LOW, AND EVERY WOMAN NEEDS ONE OF THESE
NAP DRESS — I FEEL LIKE THE CAROLINE IS THE BEST TO GIVE AS A GIFT SINCE IT FEELS MORE LIKE A NIGHTGOWN/LOUNGEWEAR THAN A DRESS TO WEAR OUT, WHICH FEELS WEIRDLY INTIMATE TO GIVE
GORGEOUS CABLEKNIT SWEATER — WHAT WOMAN WOULDN’T LOVE THIS?
Q: Black tie dress for a charity gala in NYC in February. Under $200.
Q: Perfect martini glasses and picks as a Christmas gift for a discerning sister.
A: Oo this is SO fun. I like the look of these Schott Zwiesels — this brand is widely respected and carried in a lot of fine restaurants, and this more curved style feels more contemporary/current than the more traditional style (with harder angles, like these, though they are timeless in their own way). To that end, a lot of “up” cocktails are served in coupes — and you could gift her these or these, which would work for martinis, champagne, or my favorite festive cocktail. For something in the middle, I love the long slender stem of these CB2s! For picks, we use these classic ball-end ones in stainless steel. Timeless and unfussy! Juliska sells a similar set that comes in a case that would pretty enough to keep out on a bar.
Q: Tops under $75 to wear with the Madewell jeans you love.
A: I personally prefer these jeans with a more fitted top/something that contours/tucks-in at that waist. I like things like:
THIS MANGO SWEATER
Q: Dress for a bridal luncheon in February. I’m the bride and would love to wear white.
A: Congratulations! A splurge, but this jumpsuit would be spectacular. I also love this darling Staud, this Amanda Uprichard (imagine with demure pumps and pearl earrings), this Cinq A Sept, this Self-Portrait, this Zimmermann, this lacey little thing, and this Sandro. This combo dress is a bit of a divergence from my normal style but wow – how chic!? A sort of 60s Twiggy vibe.
Q: White, classic bedding. Comforter (prefer) or duvet and pillows. Not Boll and Branch.
A: Matouk! They have tons of chic styles. The Gatsby is crisp, European hotel tailoring at its finest. A caveat: I do find Matouk sheets require more ironing than others I’ve tried. We used Restoration Hardware for years and I love the look — again, crisp and classic.