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A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Brooklyn-based Liz Libré not only creates beautiful textiles herself — like radish sheets! — but also has a way of pulling together outfits that feel as dynamic as she is. “Great design and durability is the sweet spot for me,” she says. Here, the mother of three reveals five ensembles she wears on repeat…

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Sweater: Misha & Puff. Embroidered pants: Trico Field. Glasses: similar. Sneakers: Nike.

“With a new baby, I wear tops that he’ll feel good nuzzling into and that can withstand a little drool. James is such a sweet, chill guy; I’m obsessed with his breath. This popcorn sweater is actually from the children’s label Misha & Puff. My daughter Louise was given one years ago, and I always wished it were mine. So, when I saw an adult version on sale, I couldn’t resist. I’ve worn it every third day since! It’s the most comfortable thing I own.”

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Dress: Ace & Jig. Jeans: Paige Denim. Shoes: Loeffler Randall.

“When shopping, I look for clothes that are workhorses. They have to hang in there. (I still wear the first pair of jeans I bought when I moved to New York 15 years ago; there are now holes in the knees.) For that reason, I’m a huge fan of Loeffler Randall — I wore their shoes at my wedding over ten years ago! These pom pom sandals are so comfortable; the bottoms are almost gummy. I’ll wear them to death. P.S. My foot tattoo is a butterfly. I was 15. My mom did not freak, but my dad FREAKED.”

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Shirt: Sessùn. Cardigan: similar. Pants: Jesse Kamm. Sneakers: similar. Bag: Mansur Gavriel.

“I walk my two older kids over a mile to school every day, so that’s a huge factor when getting dressed. Even at three, my daughter walked on foot the whole way — she gets a chocolate milk or hot chocolate as a treat. When I was little, I went through many, many rough fashion phases. Do you remember Multiples? Everything was interchangeable. The tops could be skirts; the headbands could be belts. I loved them! I paired them with white pleather boots that my friend and I each got from Kmart. We thought we were so cool. My mom never bought me Freezy Freakies, but I really, really wanted them, too.”

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Sweater: Leah Goren. Chambray shirt: J.Crew. Jeans: Point Sur Denim. Glasses: similar. Shoes: Loeffler Randall.

“Even as a textile designer, I tend to wear one pattern at a time, versus mixing them. A little goes a long way, right? The shops Bird and Mille carry great textiles; the main model at Mille is a little older and wears the clothes so naturally. I follow small brands on Instagram, too, which is how I learned that illustrator Leah Goren had re-released her knit sweater that I’d been eyeing for over a year. And I always wear glasses. Five years ago, everything suddenly got blurry, especially at night. It got embarrassing, where I couldn’t see who I was talking to. Clear glasses felt like a softer step from not wearing glasses.”

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

A Week of Outfits: Liz Libré

Jumper: Black Crane. Reversible jacket: Isabel Marant. Earrings: Annie Costello Brown.

“At work, I do all my drawings with India ink which doesn’t come out of clothing, so I have to be careful. But to me, style is the way you wear your clothes — how you walk in them and how you interact with people in them. An old classmate of mine was raised by an eccentric aunt, who was unbelievably cool. She had purplish-black hair, carried crystals and wore tea rose perfume you could smell a mile away. In my young impressionable eyes, she was the most stylish woman because she was wholly herself.”

Thank you so much, Liz!

P.S. Liz’s Brooklyn apartment, and more women’s go-to outfits.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Miriam says...

    I always enjoy these blog posts but I particularly loved this one. Liz’s style speaks to me! :) I love her clear glasses frames. The first outfit reminded me that I used to have a pair of jeans that I embroidered with colourful freestyle patterns when I was in school or maybe college (15/20 years ago). Looking back now I bet they were awesome and I wonder why I ever stopped wearing them? And also I wonder… where are they now?

    PS That is the cutest baby!

  2. Elizabeth says...

    If you would let me post a picture it would show me modeling Multiples as a preteen with my older sisters on either side of me completely embarrassed as they were in high school and couldn’t be bothered with me.

  3. First of all–what a fantastic name! Liz Libré not only do you dress beautifully, your name is superhero all the way. Liz Libré to the rescue!

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  4. Kate says...

    OMG i LOVE multiples! i still have a tube top/belt in fuchsia that i will never give up. Love your style – so close to mine … but obvi more fun!

  5. rachel says...

    I love all of the artists you’ve featured in this series and think that Brooklyn-based pattern designer and illustrator Ange McKay would be an amazing addition. Ange has such a relaxed and laid-back style which is interesting given her history as a model and, briefly, Miss Thailand! I’ve met her a handful of times but always feel too intimidated by her talent and presence to ask all the silly questions about what she is wearing. :(

    http://www.ohkiistudio.com/about/

  6. Elizabeth says...

    I find it so interesting after reading all the comments here how much discussion there has been about price point (and a fair bit of price shaming)…I think Joanna does a great job of showing clothing in her blog at a lot of different price points…in fact I feel like she tries to skew towards affordable items more often than not…In general outfit posts are meant to be aspirational and inspirational – when I read Vogue I’m not put out that I can’t afford Gucci, Celine, etc … and I think it’s fantastic that a smart, cool, successful woman like Liz chooses to support small women designers and shops. I think there should more of that! and perhaps a broader discussion of what the cost is to produce ethically made, small batch clothing (and the greater cost to our environment, society, etc of fast fashion and cheaply produced items). There is great style at every price point and every post doesn’t have to cover all budgets!

    • Thanks for chiming in, Elizabeth. I couldn’t agree more nor could have said it better myself.

    • So well put Elizabeth! I look to posts like this for inspiration, then often head to the thrift stores to look for certain silhouettes or pieces. I am often successful in my finds. As much as I would love to have a closet full of Jesse Kamm, Elizabeth Suzzane ect. my funds don’t allow it right now but it doesn’t mean I have to shop fast fashion. Also, never underestimate the power of a good tailor to make second hand goodies a perfect fit.
      Love her style so much!

  7. Sara says...

    I agree, the price point of these outfits was a little hard to swallow. Ironically, I relate to Liz’s style a lot and tend to scour the internet for sales at Mille or ebay for brands like at ace & jig. I think the issue is that she didn’t mix much low with all of her high end brands. While it is inspirational, it is not that doable for most. I do love this series though and love her style! Just wish I could afford it;) xxx

  8. Emmaline says...

    Love Liz’s style! Those glasses! I agree with commenters above, would love to see women rockin-it from outside the NY/LA area.

  9. Jess says...

    I always love these features – its so great to see people’s different tastes and style and get inspiration, and the women are always so beautiful in their own unique way – but am I the only one who can’t afford a $200 jumper?! Everyone seems to buy really expensive stuff. I always love to hear about new brands to explore but every time I click on the link to see if I could buy something too they’re just way too expensive. I would love to read features that highlight brands and clothing items across the price spectrum.

    • Jackie says...

      How about the $500 puff sweater? I love this feature but this was off for me too.

  10. Alyce says...

    I love Liz’s style! The unique pieces and the patterns and prints and the layering are lovely.

    To also chime in on the cost of her items, I too was initially turned off by the price of her items. A sort if knee-jerk reaction to idealizing rich people who can afford to spend large sums of money on every item in their wardrobe. But in thinking about it more, I recognize that I don’t need for the people profiled to showcase items I personally can afford or am willing to pay for. For me, the value of these style profiles isn’t to find specific items or entire outfits to buy, but to be inspired by someone else’s style, and perhaps identify styling tricks that I can incorporate into my own wardrobe. I can get that at any price point. For that reason, I think it’s more helpful to showcase a wide variety of people with different body types and different styles, than it is to profile people who have pieces that cost x amount of money. That said, the NYC/LA centric style profiles do ignore the reality that most Americans simply don’t have access to the clothing resources available in those cities. I didn’t realize how lucky I had it in NYC until leaving. Online shopping is simply no substitute, especially if you’re taking a buying from small and independent shops with not great return policies.

    Additionally, given your readers interest in having more talk of finances, these style profiles, along with home tours, are excellent opportunities to incorporate financial discussions. Like how do people prioritize their spending on home decor and clothing relative to all of the other pulls on their finances? For example, I make enough money to spend as much money on clothing as Liz, but before I was saving to buy a house. Having bought a house last year, we’re now spending money on home decor, and saving up for a air conditioning and a modest kitchen renovation. Maybe when those things are done, I’ll be splurging on beautifully unique wardrobe pieces. Or maybe I’ll havr kids by then and will have to wait till daycare expenses are no longer a financial proority. Who knows – people are always making financial tradeoffs, and it’s totally likely Liz is making some too in order to have the wardrobe that she has. Those are the types of insights that would be awesome to see in these posts.

    • Sara says...

      I love your comment, Alyce. Super insightful and great suggestions. I agree about the inspiration for style from these posts and would love to read about everything you highlighted re: home tours/style/finances. Thanks for your thoughtful addition!

      Sara

    • But…if someone wanted a sweater for YEARS and wears it every 3rd day…even for a year that’s about 120 days right? That breaks down to less than 4 bucks every time she wears it..less than a Starbucks. And if she loves it – every time she wears it – that is priceless. Sounds like a great investment to me.

    • Beautifully said! Real-world $$ conversations are the last taboo of the fashion blogosphere.

  11. I would love to see some more of this series on women maybe outside of New York or LA? Perhaps reach out to some women in different cities to see if they’d participate? It’d be really neat to see the different approaches to fashion in say…Providence, Louisville, Pittsburgh, or Cleveland! (but i’m slightly biased with that last one!) Smaller cities don’t always have the same resources that larger cities do so you have to be a little more creative sometimes to come up with unique fashions.

  12. stylingfun says...

    Love her eclectic accessories!

  13. Jean says...

    Oh I love her outfits and how she’s put everything together! This is exactly how I would dress if only I had style!

  14. Elizabeth says...

    I love these posts, but sometimes the price tags can be a little tough to take. I work for an art museum and while I love the creativity and inspiration these posts provide, my nonprofit paycheck makes this “look but don’t touch” reading. It would be wonderful if you could focus now and then on stylish people on a tight budget. It can be done!

  15. Nikki says...

    This has been my favorite outfit series yet! Love her style, and message to be true to yourself ;)

  16. ABBY says...

    One of my favorite women! Liz is one of the most thoughtful and kind-hearted people I know. Her style is just one of her many inspiring dimensions! So happy to see her featured. Yay, Liz!!

  17. liz says...

    the best outfit would be any outfit with that chill baby!

  18. Mary says...

    So if I buy that adorable sweater, the cute baby comes with it, right? Loved all the outfits which were made even better by her wonderful smile.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, he is the sweetest little one! i had such baby fever at the photo shoot :)

  19. Trisha says...

    omg I love love love her outfits!! goals.

  20. I love her playful yet sophisticated style! Those statement earrings on her? BAM. They look amazing.

  21. I like her glasses a lot.

  22. Tiffany says...

    Lovely and baby, oh baby is adorable!!

  23. Tina, NYC says...

    This is the magical “cabin in sky” house tour!

    Liz, the story of you sharing your dearest departed dad’s stories with your children left such an impression on my heart.

    I loved seeing your fashion choices for the week! Bold and exciting but it still feels like you.

    I second, a beauty post by Liz please!

    • Tina – You’re so sweet to say that. Storytelling is the best way I can keep him present for my kids and for me.
      XOXO

  24. Something that is never mentioned and I’ve wondered about for a long time now that I’m actually more interested in clothes and style is how much time goes into finding all these interesting pieces or clothes in general. I shop at pretty mainstream shops and would love to find more unique things, but I can’t imagine dedicating the time to it. It takes time just to order some things from nordstrom and return what doesn’t work, find right size, jewelry etc. I feel like I would have to spend so much time shopping, pinning, and on Instagram to find cool stuff and let’s be honest Cup of Jo is the only place on the internet getting that much of my time. I’d love to know if people with great style feel like they spend a lot of time on it or if it happens more organically.

    • Louisa says...

      Yes! Great question.
      (Or do they all live in big cities??)

    • Weetzie says...

      I don’t know if this helps, but I shop pretty much exclusively online (I live in the Midwest), and I don’t feel like it takes a ton of time. A lot of it is knowing yourself – what you like, what looks good on you, what works with your lifestyle – and then knowing where to look. If you like Liz’s style, her recommendations of Bird and Mille (both of which are online!) are great places to start. Bird is expensive but has stuff you won’t find elsewhere; Mille has some nice things at lower pricepoints and also has good sales and a great return policy. Covet and Lou is good, too. I’ve found a lot of great little shops just Googling for a specific item I wanted at another place that was sold out in my size. Again, this doesn’t have to take a lot of time! Also, if you’re older, Kim France’s blog A Girl of a Certain Age is a super helpful resource. I hope this helps a little!

    • Sarah says...

      Damn. I remember Kim France from back when she wrote for Sassy. I guess I really am “of a certain age.”

  25. Carrie says...

    Boy do I need some inspiration. I work a desk job, but as a dispatcher in construction. I work 50 hours a week, I have to be comfortable. Between sitting 10hrs a day and my birth control, I have gained some weight too- so I don’t even know how to dress my “new” body. I’d love to see a post addressing our changing bodies (hehe) and how to dress ourselves after weight gain!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea!

    • seconded – i love that idea! i was actually recently thinking how much the way i dress has changed since i had a baby. in a strange way, i almost feel like more of an adventurous dresser now (brighter colors, jumpsuits in patterns), but good bye long earrings, big necklaces, and ANYTHING that would draw attention to my stomach :)

    • Miriam says...

      Our style has to change and evolve through so many changes in our bodies and our lifestyles over our lifespan and figuring that out can be hard! :) I’ve both gained & lost a bunch of weight and I always find dressing myself the biggest adjustment.
      I’ve also had a serious chronic illness for over a decade which has totally changed how I dress. I used to have an adventurous, colourful, eclectic style in college. I’d wear a lot of dresses & skirts, bright colours in many layers & bold jewellery and had so much fun with it. When I got sick comfort & simplicity became paramount. I’m housebound a lot of the time now, so I mostly wear comfy PJs, but when I go out I need outfits that are comfortable, presentable & easy to throw on. Usually that means I wear jeans & a hoody or sweater and I have no spare energy for hair, make-up or accessories. I often think I would love to find a way to dress easily & comfortably and also express myself stylistically but I haven’t figured it out yet!

  26. “Style is the way you wear your clothes” – hellllllllll yes!!

  27. Erin says...

    Erin again – i see that you do see the model’s face in a few pics : )
    Getting off my soapbox now : )

  28. Erin says...

    This was a great post. I’d like to point out something about Mille, one of the sources cited for the clothes. When I clicked to it I was initially excited to see a model that was older than most but then I noticed that the photographer always cut off her head. If they needed a face-view picture of the piece of clothing they actually used another model! Nowhere on the website do you see the older model’s face. This struck me as highly offensive. Ageism is still such a thing, and invisible to so many people.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i think it’s a just new style of photography they have — up until very very recently (like this month), you always saw her face in all the photos. she’s so lovely!

    • Mille here – the reason we chop off Mia’s head in a lot of the photos is for 1 basic reason – she is one of our best friends so when we are shooting with her we are constantly talking, laughing etc and so 99% of the pictures of her face have her saying something etc – since we shoot so much but only have her for a short period of time (we are all moms and she has a full time high power job) we do it out of ease and necessity… when we shoot with other models we usually have to book them for an entire day and get to take our time a little more and don’t chit chat as much… I am the same age as Mia (41) and always hope to use women who reflect that!

  29. Karen T. says...

    Freezy Freakies!!! My mom wouldn’t buy those for me either! That is a total blast from the past! Love Liz’s confidence and style! And those patterns, to die for!

  30. Lady D says...

    Would love to know about her hair…the color is beautiful!!!

  31. Anne says...

    Love her style. That last line made me cry.

  32. Very interesting outfits! I love how happy and confident she looks in each photo. You would definitely have to be comfortable in your own skin to be able to pull these looks off, which she does so easily.

  33. Whitney says...

    How about a week of maternity outfits? I’m at the awkward stage of my (third) pregnancy and need outfit inspiration! I’m tired of all the Hatch features -cute clothes but way out of my budget.

    • Becca says...

      Yes!!

  34. Jess. says...

    Ha! When my mom found out that my older sister had gotten a tattoo, she was so mad that she stopped talking to ME (Hey, I didn’t do anything!). When I got a tattoo . . . my mom never found out. ;)
    You’ve got great style. That denim outfit with the faces sweater is the darlingest. xox

  35. Such great style and beautiful clothing! Majorly jealous of the faces sweater :)

  36. Kate says...

    I can’t find those embroidered pants… can you post a direct link to buying them? I’m obsessed! Love this post!

  37. Scarlett says...

    I love her style! I love women who dress very eclectically and very ~themselves~. I agreed so much with her when she said the eccentric aunt was the most stylish person she knew– I had an art teacher like that when I was young. I still remember her cool short hair and big earrings. What I want to know is… how do you start dressing more eclectically when you have a very basic Midwestern wardrobe (I’m talking boots, jeans, and tee shirts) and low funds??? Asking for a friend.

    • Katie says...

      Start with lipstick/eyeliner, scarves, and jewelry!

    • Sasha says...

      Thrift stores? You see a lot of interesting, one of a kind looking items, all for next to nothing so buying something a little outside of your comfort zone doesn’t feel so scary.

    • Sylvias-Industrieromantik says...

      Hi Scarlett
      You can start with what you already like and feel your best in (jeans?). Next, you try different shapes, coulours, patterns of that. From there you might think of switching jeans to trousers in different shapes etc.
      With that you probably want to try some other shoes like sneaker, flats… They should always be comfy but there are different patterns and colors. I think you get the “system”.
      Also try to figure out what your dressing method in the morning is. For me it has always been about colors, so now i’m loving monochromatic outfits and add some unexpected texture.
      If it really is jeans for you, because of the feel you could go all jeans and take a look in the mirror and notice its also all light blue and start looking for a light blue sweater. Oh and the sweater they have has pompoms…
      Keep in mind if you want the clothes make you feel better or if you want to feel better in your clothes. The latter comes from within, but can be learned and may need some practise. Be yourself a friend and allow yourself to express more of you through clothes, which were fun to buy but mostly help feeling yourself (not safest) through the day.

      Sooo, that got long. My first comment in seven years of daily reading. Just so. Feel proud to be now a part of this incredible community. But mostly I hope its helpful.

      Sylvia

  38. Lo says...

    Officially obsessed with this sweater collection – I mean, can I look cool in a granny sweater? I’m not sure, but I’m willing to try!

    Lo
    http://www.themixtures.com

  39. grace says...

    love her style, especially the black crane jumper! I’ve been hoping to save up for a black crane piece to add to my wardrobe. I have to ask – where is her ring in the last photo from? I’m swooning.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask! :)

    • meredith says...

      That Black Crane jumper is pretty awesome. Sucks that they only make up to a Size 8. Somany cool unique clothing brands featured on here don’t make larger sizes. And I”m not even asking for plus sizes…just a 12 or 14 for heavens sake.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good eye, alisha! liz had forgotten, and we hadn’t been able to track it down. thank you!

  40. I am forever telling Liz she is my style icon. ❤️ this and sweet Liz!

    • Aw thanks Erin! XOXO

  41. Hill says...

    I love those embroidered pants in the first pic. I looked quickly at the link and couldn’t find them….I wonder if I could DIY them…?

    • You can definitely DIY them! The textile reminds me of a sewing project my six year old did – which is why I got them. I think you should do it! :) Let me know if you do – I’d love to see!

  42. Brigitte says...

    i love liz’s style! and she looks so comfortable in everything she wears. this is what elegance looks like!
    re the comments on the pricey sweater: maybe it went unnoticed that the sweater is HANDKNITTED! i knit myself and know how much time and care goes into an item like this. i knit all sweaters for my daughter by hand from organic yarns of highest quality. they are so durable because of the quality of the yarn, so they can be passed on to other children.
    i think it’s about time that we redevelop our sense for quality (which is admittedly difficult in times of mass production and stores that are constantly flooded with new goods)! on behalf of our children and on behalf of our planet we should buy less and buy better!

    • Paula says...

      yes this. thank you! Clothes in general, that are not mass produced in China/Bangladesh/India, et al, are expensive: that means somebody that made them is getting a living wage, healthcare, and other humane working “perks”. Then like you say, things that are handmade take extra precious time. My goodness, I can only knit scarves and that shit is time consuming!

    • Sasha says...

      For those that aspire to this ethic, but couldn’t possibly, EVER justify $500 for one sweater, may I recommend thrift stores? In my community, all of the profits at my favorite shops go to a women in crisis help center (sexual assault hot line, free counseling, etc). The prices are far lower than even target. You never know what you’ll find, but you can always find essentials. And I’ve seen all the very expensive brands endorsed on COJ many times, for under $10. Reused clothing is the most ecologically friendly and affordable for everyone. The money stays in your own community too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great advice, sasha!

  43. I’d love to see you do a spoof on this one week, like A Week of Outfits for a stay-at-home mom of a baby:
    Monday: black sweatpants and white nursing tank top.
    Tuesday: black sweatpants and black t-shirt
    Wednesday: black yoga pants and same black t-shirt
    Thursday: cropped black yoga pants and grey t-shirt
    Friday: “oh my god, I haven’t worn real clothes all week” – maternity jeans and nursing-friendly almost-nice sweater.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha, yes! love it. i joked to my colleagues that i would wear the same pair of jeans and white sneakers all week, and probably secretly double up on a shirt, too.

    • Saturday: “This black t-shirt doesn’t smell *that* bad and you can barely see that spit-up/poop/food stain, so…”

    • Stephanie says...

      Or maybe one for someone who isn’t an artist living in Brooklyn. Like boring office job and mom week of outfits:
      Monday: black pants, blouse, cardigan
      Tuesday: sheath dress with hopefully unnoticeable green smoothie spot near armpit
      Wed-Fri: same-ish
      Saturday: jeans, tshirt and utility jacket for kid sport thing
      Sunday: yoga clothes all day

  44. Jasna says...

    “With a new baby, I wear tops that he’ll feel good nuzzling into and that can withstand a little drool. ” That’s exactly how I’m choosing my daily outfits. Ever since I had children I wear only soft, natural materials and I do not like shirts to have anything on them where kids could scratch faces…

    She’s so cute and natural and I love her style!

  45. Leah says...

    Love this feature! And would love, love, love to see “A Week” on someone petite! My 5’1″ self needs inspiration (and clothing sources)!! PLEASE. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea, leah! we’re on it!

    • Brianna says...

      Yes, please. I’m 5’2″ and mostly shop at Loft, but I’d love to change it up sometimes.

    • Yes thank you, there are limited choices for us shorties out there would love to see this too.

    • Laura says...

      Yes! Shorties, unite!

    • Amanda says...

      I agree. At 5’2″ the latest fashions, or even “basics”, do not really translate well on a shorter frame.

    • Emily says...

      Yes, 5’2″ over here. Please feature more for petite ladies! I loves the clothes on sites like Everlane but usually it just doesn’t work for shorter women. Would love to know where petite women buy their clothes!

    • Miriam says...

      Yes please! Under 5″ here.

  46. Mea says...

    My favorite so far! Down to earth, trendy yet wearable and durable! Perfect!

    • Christine says...

      I agree. Liz looks comfortable in her own skin.

  47. Deb says...

    Loving Cup of Jo’s content at the moment. I seem to be going through some kind of crisis of confidence and Cup of Jo is, by some happy accident, reassuring me that it’s OK to just be me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad, deb. you sound wonderful :)

  48. I love everything about this woman! Multiples! OMG! I totally wanted those when I was a kid but could never have them. I even tried making some of the pieces myself. Love the clear glasses, the bold earrings, the soft sweaters. All of the outfits are pretty classic only the patterns and colors give it some funk. Love her style!

  49. Tamara says...

    Love your style Liz – you have got it totally sorted! I have got to have that Ace & Jig dress.

  50. jen says...

    Loved this hugely!

  51. Liz really makes me rethink the top-knot/bun. She makes it all look good.

  52. Celeste says...

    I love love your style, Liz!

    These posts and the different clothing price points (and the comments and conversation that inevitably follow) always leaves me pondering clothing quality. I tend to shop in the $30-150 clothing price range and my experience of higher end brands is very limited. I’m dying to know if I shopped in the $500 range would I find clothes that lasted longer, fit better, didn’t pull or pill or shrink? I’m SO curious about this. I tend to be pretty hard on my clothing and often feel like everything I love falls apart from wear within a year or two. I would absolutely be willing to alter my purchasing habits and save up for that perfect sweater if I knew that it was substantially better.

    • Deb says...

      Hi Celeste, I’m like you and if I have something at the higher end of the price range I almost certainly bought it on sale. I’ve bought pricier things before and been both impressed an disappointed, there seems to be no consistency at all and that’s frustrating for us people who don’t mind spending more as long as we can be sure it will be worth it. I’ve bought expensive t-shirts that were hideously see-through and barely withstood a wash, and a VERY expensive coat that I love and wore every day every winter for 5 years but now it needs re-lining and the pocket is frayed from where my handbag rubs against it and some of the fabric is bald… but I still LOVE it and it’s probably not unreasonable to expect that clothes need some TLC. I’m practically rambling now, sorry!

      All I meant to say is that I wish a high price meant high quality so we’d know what’s worth spending a bit more on to in the end, buy less.

    • I’m with you on this question. Please explore this question on Cup of Jo!

    • Ellen says...

      I agree! I’d like to know how well the expensive stuff holds up after several washes. I get so bummed out when I buy a new shirt that’s never quite the same after being washed.

    • JB says...

      100% the comment I wanted to make. I am SO hard on clothes and it seems the harder I try to preserve them, the more disastrous the ruining of them becomes… I’m now at the point where my entire wardrobe has rips, tears, frays, stains, missing buttons.

      Wondering if investing in few clothes but better quality will resolve this!

    • Sasha says...

      I keep seeing women talking about how clothes are falling apart these days and I’m so curious about it. Is it just recently you are noticing this? I buy 95% of my clothing at thrift, so all different brands and I have things in my closet that are decades old, still wearable, although maybe a spot and thin. I’m not noticing things falling apart at all, but I have almost nothing that’s not a few years old. I just posted down an old navy little grey cardigan to my daughter, finally too worn for me, found a replacement (@ thrift), but it was 15 yrs old! Old navy isn’t well made, right?

      Is it how folks are laundering? I use homemade soap (ecological reasons and very sensitive to artificial scent), only wash if something is dirty, on cold, front loader, dry in dryer. Never iron or dry clean anything.

    • Totally agree, if any one item is over $250 (which is totally still a splurge) I just have a hard time justifying it. BUT if there were first hand experiences of ” I bought a $500…” and it’s the greatest thing ever I could consider. COJ would love your help with this.

    • Kelly says...

      I totally agree with you! Looking at that sweater, it’s hand knit and made with organic yarns/dye, so I could justify that price, given the labor (that popcorn detail is time intensive!). Hand knit goods do tend to last a lot longer than machine knit, if taken care of properly (friends have sweaters that are 15-20 years old and look great…I’ve only been knitting for 8 years, so mine haven’t acquired that age yet).

      Garment quality has to do a lot with fabric. A $150 polyester shirt isn’t going to be much better than a $30 one! So I look a lot at fabric content/weave/fiber length, lining, quality of seams, types of dyes (if I can find out), knowing proper care instructions, etc. I buy higher quality/priced denim and sweaters but don’t bother as much with t-shirts, so I pick and choose my battles. Grana has a cool feature on their website where they talk a little about their fabrics (https://www.grana.com/fabrics/). I don’t work for them or anything (actually have never bought from them, just considered it), but I’m a fabric nerd and found it interesting.

  53. Liz C. says...

    Great week of outfits! Thank you! Does anyone know how to find discounted Ace & Jig? Or other brands that have a similar look and feel but are more budget friendly? Love the look, but the price is high for my non-profit salary. Thanks! xo

    • Julia says...

      There are several Instagram accounts where people sell off their secondhand Ace and Jig. It is still on the pricier side, but it’s a way to find the look without shelling out for brand new. eBay is occasionally a good spot for sourcing A and J as well.

    • Julia says...

      I can also highly recommend Pyne and Smith Clothiers who makes clothes in a somewhat similar aesthetic with a sustainable production practice, but the clothes are a slightly lower price point. I own two of their linen dresses – they are very well made, stand up very well to wear, and I imagine will be in heavy rotation for a very long time.

    • Karen says...

      Try instagram @aceandjiglove, you can buy/sell/trade Ace and Jig on there, good luck!!

  54. Claire says...

    Liz is so stylish, interesting and unique. I love her look, and every single outfit. It reminds me that sometimes having all basics can be kind of bland (like how red shoes can make an outfit way snappier than black shoes). Although these specific items are all so far out of my price range they might as well be on the moon, I am going to keep this bookmarked for inspiration when I am looking to buy something new. Love the wide leg jeans, the embroidered white pants, the Leah Goren sweater, the popcorn sweater, the jacket…the clear glasses …everything!

  55. Lauren says...

    I love the way NYC women dress. I moved here last summer, and I’m inspired every single time I step out of my apartment. The way they mix patterns and create interesting silhouettes is seriously moving and so playful and fun.

  56. What a fantastic feature I loved this so much! Liz has such wonderful taste and I love seeing all of her inspiring and beautiful work!

  57. Mariana says...

    I loved every outfit. Want, want, want!
    I would wear Ace and Jig every day, if budget would allow. Their dresses are so soft and comfortable, and I always feel cool when I wear them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  58. Anna says...

    Every time I bring up Multiples in a ‘trip down memory lane’ conversation, no one remembers. I always want them to be a shared memory – like Saved by the Bell, or hypercolor t-shirts, or ‘Can’t Touch This’ – but instead people just blink at me.

    But! Liz! You are my co-rememberer. My Multiples jumpsuit even had little air vents sewn into the armpits, which were a marvel and novel to me as a little girl.

    • Karla says...

      I’m totally with you on the multiples! I thought they were the coolest!

  59. Lovely shots! Thanks for coming to our little cafe :-) was fun having you all at Milk Bar. Been reading your blog for so long!! Well done.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it was so nice to meet you, kylie!!

  60. Laura says...

    This is how I would dress–practical with a twist. Also, I love the model at Mille too–she makes me think I could pull off anything (I can’t).

    • Don’t you love her?! She definitely makes me want to buy everything. She looks so cool!

  61. Sarah says...

    Such a great sense of style! But, I just can’t with $520 for a sweater! Always appreciate some ideas for those of us that don’t even spend that much on a couch (ha!).

    • Erin says...

      Totally agree! My wedding dress wasn’t even that much!

  62. Lee says...

    Hands down my favorite Week of Outfits yet. She is “wholly herself” and wears it beautifully.
    However, like Kate, I am also bummed that the sweater of my dreams is also totally and completely out of my price point! Geez.

    • Thanks for the sweet words, Lee! I was lucky to get the sweater at a discount bc we were doing an event together, but it really is the most beautiful sweater I own. The quality is unmatched.

  63. So rad! I love every look, but especially adore her sentiment that “style is the way you wear your clothes — how you walk in them and how you interact with people in them. ” I totally agree!

    • Thanks Casey! I really do believe this. Glad you agree!

  64. That Leah Goren sweater is so cute! Liz had a great, easy style.

    I clicked on the link to the Mille shop and pretty much every piece is gorgeous…. Uh-oh!

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  65. Peony says...

    Love this series so much! My only quibble: I’d love to see a couple of photos of each outfit! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we can do that! i’ll add a few more to the post right now!

  66. Jessie says...

    I love this article so much!!! I’m a huge fan of Liz’s work!

  67. Lexie says...

    Ooooof I must say I am very envious of her clothing budget! Quite the champagne taste!

  68. Carole says...

    I really like these posts, they are fun and it’s great to get ideas. However, lately it seems like it’s not quite relatable… all the outfits are hundreds of dollars and although I do enjoy seeing all the different styles and such it would be so nice to see outfits of the everyday girl – what do we all wear to the office, to the store, to a party etc… I really don’t mean to come off as rude – just a comment :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure! we have tons coming up with different styles, price points, etc. thank you so much for the feedback, carole!

  69. she looks so cool! I love the sweater from the first outfit. It is very eye-catching <3

  70. Love her approach to style. Thanks for sharing!

  71. Tai says...

    To each her own! I can’t wrap my head around these outfits, but she seems super comfortable in her own skin, and that’s beautiful.

  72. I’ll have what sh’es wearing :) What a gorgeous, luminous woman, and what a super cool style. I want to live in her last outfit… Great post!

    • Thanks Rebecca! I do live in that last outfit! I wore this jumper in the first several months of both of my last pregnancies. Perfect for pregnancy, post pregnancy and not pregnant at all :)

  73. Gorgeous!

  74. Rebecca says...

    She is beautiful! I want to be liz when I grow up. :-)

  75. Sarah King says...

    i love liz’s style. relaxed and laid back but really visually interesting. this is my favorite week of outfits yet!

  76. Kate says...

    Love her innately chic, effortless style. But $520 for a sweater?! I don’t know how you Brooklyn ladies do it!

    • J says...

      We don’t all do it! I live in Brooklyn and know exactly nobody who could afford these beautiful clothes.

    • Kate says...

      lol my wedding dress cost $500 and that’s the most expensive article of clothing I think I’ll ever own! Literally all of my clothes come from Loft 50% off sales.

  77. Elizabeth says...

    Can Liz also appear in a Beauty Uniform? Pretty please.

    • Samantha says...

      Yes please! Her skin looks amazing.

    • Brianna says...

      And a house tour? Let’s just always have a trifecta of everyone who appears in one thing. If they get a house tour, they automatically get a week of outfits and a beauty uniform. If they a beauty uniform, they get a week of outfits and a house tour. You get the idea…

      Everyone always asks…

    • jaclyn says...

      YEAH. Tell me about that hair!

    • Ha you guys are too funny! I would be terrrrible for a beauty uniform post. I don’t wash my face regularly! The light here makes my skin look great, and I’m wearing a LOT of makeup:) I’m very inspired by the Beauty Uniform posts and always take notes!

    • Liz just so you know – I saw you that day when photos were shot in my cafe and you didn’t look like you had a lot of make up on. Looked great! Fun post.

  78. Lauren says...

    Love this! Liz seems so cool and nice – I love her style and her home tour is truly dreamy. Thanks for sharing :)