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5 Things I Can’t Stop Wearing

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

Do you have certain clothes you just love? A couple years ago, I shared a list of clothes I’d worn eight million times. And it’s funny, because I’m STILL constantly wearing them — the glasses, the red shirt, the pajamas, everything. They’re just such great uniform pieces! Since then, I’ve added a few more workhorses to my closet. Here are five, if you’d like to see…

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

Summer dress. Now that I’m older, I’ve realized the value of well-made pieces that will last for years, even if they’re a little pricier. Ace & Jig, the brand run by two friends, has the nicest dresses that move with your body and are tough enough to withstand sticky toddler hands, ocean water, and whatever else you might come across. I have — and love — this cheery number. (Similar here.)

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

White blouse. File this under “The Perfect Travel Shirt.” White shirts make eyes look brighter, skin look rosier and a whole outfit look pulled together. But while regular cotton shirts always wrinkle, this gauze blouse is soft, airy and supposed to be a little crinkled, in that drinking-negronis-on-the-Amalfi-coast-while-the-sun-sets kind of way. Shove it in your suitcase, and you’re on your way.

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

Woven sandals. I’ve mentioned these huaraches before, but I cannot say enough good things! They’re so comfortable (I’ve walked miles and miles around New York City in them) and go with everything, from shorts to dresses. I end up slipping them on pretty much every day.

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

City anorak. I’m actually wearing this as I type this very post! Maybe it’s my British side talking, but putting on a water-resistant jacket always makes me feel like I’m heading out on a fun adventure. This Everlane version has a relaxed silhouette and lightweight fabric you can wear year round. It comes in three pretty colors, but I went for the black.

Cotton jeans. Fashion editors are swearing by 100% cotton jeans this year, but, although they look great, they can feel stiff. Enter: this magical pair. The high-waist makes you look cute from behind; the fabric is still soft and comfy; and they work well with both heels and flats. Plus, honestly, I just feel cool in them. :)

What do you always find yourself reaching for? Anything you’re wearing non-stop right now? I’d love to hear…

P.S. Pretty swimsuits, and gold necklaces.

  1. Jenna says...

    I finally bought the Nisolo huaraches and I LOVE THEM!!! This is the best product tip I’ve ever received from Cup of Jo. Just wanted to come back to this post and share my love.

    • Molly says...

      Did you size down or get your normal size?! I wear a 9 typically, I ordered both 8.5 and 9 and just can’t seem to stretch the 8.5 enough to make them comfortable. Only have had them for a week or two… can’t decide what to do.

  2. i just can’t stop wearing my black wellies: https://www.aigle.com/fr_fr/miss-juliette-a-576.html
    they’re so comfy, elegant (well, for wellies at least!), and they have a small heel that’s just perfect! i’m always so lost when summer is coming because i don’t know which pair of shoes to wear anymore!!
    s.

  3. Shoshana B says...

    Like a lot of the other posters, I live in easy breezy dresses from two companies I haven’t seen anyone else post about. I LOVE https://thefrocknyc.com and https://www.mimumaxi.com/. Each company was started by sisters (or sisters-in-law) to create modest options for Orthodox Jews (that’s me!) that are fashionable and well-made and well-priced. I promise they’re not paying me to say this!!

  4. Whit says...

    Would you all at Cup of Jo consider doing a post on places to purchase well made items? I get lost in fast fashion, but want to be purchasing items that will last. Happy to buy second hand, but feel unsure at what will last…

  5. LaQuetha says...

    My cargo vest. I wear it all the time. My black cotton dress with fun criss-cross design on the back. Olive jeans from Loft and anything blush.

  6. Alyce says...

    Let’s see..high-waisted boot cut jeans, sneakers or the brown Mary Janes I’ve had for a decade and counting, top that’s often flowy and most likely red, bangles and chunky jewelry.

    That’s a large chunk of my wardrobe!

  7. Maire says...

    My uniform consists of a solid color (but occasionally pattered) A-line or swing jersey dress, vintage cowboy boots (either black, purple, two tone gray and cream, or saddle), a cardigan, a long gold pendant necklace, and knockoff Karen Walker sunglasses. True life story: I do not own any pants except for yoga pants, which I wear to the gym, yoga studio, around the house on weekends or under my dresses in the winter instead of tights because they are warmer. Have not worn jeans since maybe 2012? Never looking back. #nopantsdance

  8. Katy says...

    I got the Merry Teasdale dress a few weeks ago and I’ve probably worn it at least 3 times a week! It is the perfect summer dress and my favorite from this season.

  9. Lindsay says...

    Has anyone purchased anything from Alabama Chanin? http://alabamachanin.com/collection I love the idea of supporting this U.S. based clothing company–and so many of their pieces are beautiful–but curious to know if they’re worth the investment. Because they are definitely spendy. Would a stretchy cotton skirt or dress wear out in a year?

    • lindsey says...

      the tall socks there are the best! i have 6 pairs…

    • I purchased a few things on sale and via eBay several years ago. Everything is very well made and will last for years. They are what I’d consider collection pieces.

  10. Love this style.

  11. Alice says...

    Kind of devastated that the xirena top is sold out. Anyone have a lead of anything similar?

  12. Hi
    All of your choices are wonderful!
    Thanks, Anita

  13. Annette Silveira says...

    100% yes to cotton jeans. I hate stretch.
    I’m so going to be clicking through to explore your favorite pieces, as I am discovering the value of having a few wonderful items in my closet and wearing the heck out of them

  14. Jessica says...

    I have been eyeing Ace & Jig for maybe a birthday or Christmas gift in the future…but am a little nervous about the sizing. Do you find Joanna it’s true to size? I wear a 4/6 so not sure if that would make me a small or medium?

    • Lucia L says...

      Check out the instagram @noihsaf.bazaar. I learned about it through a Cup of Jo week of outfits post. People are always reselling Ace&Jig on there, at greatly reduced prices. I haven’t personally bought any so I’m not sure about sizing.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! if you’re closer to a 4, i’d say try a small, and if you’re closer to a 6, i’d say try a medium. or you could always order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t work as well.

      either way, the dresses really loose/flowy so they look great even if they’re not exaaaaactly your size!

    • mindi says...

      Go to Ace & Jig’s site, and check out each piece – they have specific measurements for each style. Because their pieces are handmade there are some discrepancies with sizing, and different fabrics fit and wear differently (I would NOT recommend double gauze for “super hard wearing”…it’s so fragile!) . I’m anywhere from a small to a large in A&J, to even sized out in some of the styles, so it pays to just ask! There’s a great A&J community on instagram, and people can help with sizing, too. I’ve also found some wonderful deals on instagram, which has made these pieces more affordable. :)

    • Jessica says...

      Thank you! That is super helpful advice! :-)

    • Tegan says...

      Hello! Mad-keen ace&jig fan here (I’m wearing one of their dresses as I type this!). If you look on the a&j website they tend to have measurements alongside the sizes on each item. The instagram hashtag #aceandjig is also a gateway to a lovely, sharing community of women (and well-priced second-hand pieces!).

  15. Elizabeth says...

    Love the Huarache sandals! the website says to order down a size do you recommend that too?

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I ordered a half size down and they stretched out pretty quickly so now they kind of flop on my feet when I walk. Go a full size down.

  16. I really like that anorak, but reviews say it’s not waterproof! Do you find that to be true? I really need a rain coat for pushing a stroller around NYC on those rainy days…pushing and holding an umbrella gets old fast.

    • ks says...

      i had the same question. just paused on purchasing because of the reviews earlier this week & then it pops up here. would love to know! x

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! in my experience, i’ve found that it’s water resistant and great for a light sprinkle but not a super heavy rainstorm.

      interestingly, i just googled these terms:
      “Water-resistant: able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely. Waterproof: impervious to water.”

    • Mindi says...

      If you’re looking for waterproof, the best raincoat: Patagonia’s city torrentshell. It’s long enough so your thighs don’t get wet, it has a zipper that goes two ways (makes it easier to bend and move if you have hips and a booty!), Patagonia will fix it forever, and it is truly waterproof. It’s pricey, but sometimes seasonal colors go on sale…and if you use ebates, you get cash back!

  17. Julie says...

    Love reading the comments on posts like this. A treasure trove of amazing picks…at all price ranges. Big thumbs up.

  18. Christy says...

    I’m so torn. On one hand, of course, I want to buy the $200-$300 lovely dress that’s responsibly made and beautiful, yet my bank account tells me I gotta buy the $30 one from some mass producer made in Vietnam, China or somewhere far far away. With kids in daycare, a mortgage, etc I often resort to fast and cheap(er) fashion instead of saving up for one item over time that I’ll wear longer. Then when I hear said pricey dress isn’t made all that well and won’t necessarily hold up longer, I’m reeaally torn.

    • Emma says...

      Second-hand! Great quality pieces for fractions of the price!

    • Annette Silveira says...

      I agree with Emma. Thrifting is such fun. You don’t get rewarded on every trip, but when you do, it’s pretty special.

    • mindi says...

      I second the second hand idea! Do you have any consignment shops where you live? Or check out Poshmark or Thredup online, both sites where you can buy and sell.

    • Lauren E. says...

      I second the vintage/used suggestion. I love the app Poshmark because you can favorite things you like and if you’re not ready to pay full asking price (which is already reduced), you’ll get a notification when the price drops. I’ve had amazing luck and have sold a bunch of my own clothes, as well.

  19. RIGHT now I am wearing a blue/white striped button-down tied at the waist with a jersey black maxi. Both are Old Navy, I think. And my H&M denim jacket that has some fun enamel pins on it from Wildfang. I’m at work, so my blouse is buttoned higher, and I’m wearing flats, but when I go out tonight I’ll unbutton it a little lower and adjust it a bit so there’s a sliver of midriff. ;) And I’ll swap out the flats for black peep-toe mules, hoop earrings, and bright lipstick. Fri-yay!

    But I swear you always have the best timing for these posts; I’m staying at my boyfriend’s (half living out of a suitcase, half playing house) while my apartment undergoes maintenance, so I’ve had to choose a capsule collection, of sorts! I realized I own a lot of gray, white, and black, with pops of red and blue, and I purposely grabbed my fave gray leopard gauzy scarf (infinite uses) and high-waisted Madewell jeans (infinitely comfy and flattering). I did just buy a new off-the-shoulder linen white top that I haven’t had the chance to wear yet (it’s been chilly in LA!) but I left behind my favorite Madewell white top (reminds me a bit of the one in the photo) that I wore every other day for two weeks when I first bought it! I wish I’d bought 4 at the time so it never wears out…so maybe it’s best that I give it a respite this month!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      your style sounds so cute, jessica!

  20. Jen says...

    I dress business/smart casual. I have this dress that I wear year round but it’s a summer yes. Hint,it’s yellow high low ,w/flowers lol. I will put a turtle neck a sweater or whatever in the winter. It’s from Anthropologie which is a hit it miss for me because of my size. Let’s see,I am a sucker for black slacks and now that I have my pair from MM leflur (they offer extended sizes) I wear them non stop. I love simple shirts. Though I have nice ones my simple shirts are best. I have one from Target that is a Merlot color. Yes I wear it when I can lol how often I can. Best thing is that is was $3! I think the color and one pocket gives it justice. I get so many compliments.

  21. those woven sandals are the most comfortable shoes I have owned in my life.. I could live in them!

  22. Veronica says...

    My weekend uniform right now is the J.Crew ballet t-shirt (the cut dresses everything up a bit, I’ve even been wearing them to the office sometimes) and some denim shorts that were J.Crew dupes I bought at Kohl’s eight years ago.

    For shoes in the summer, I live in Birkenstock’s Mayari sandals. Are Birkenstock’s still ‘in’? I got mine when they had a moment three years ago and I am now never giving them up. I wasn’t sure if I’m a cliche yet.

    Also, I bought this dress yesterday at Nordstrom and I am pretty sure it will be my go to for everything (casual and a bit dressier) this summer: http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/leith-stretch-knit-midi-dress/4196892?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK

    • Thanks for the tip about the JCrew ballet tops! I literally read your comment then went and bought two colors over lunch (on sale, too!). I work in a creative business casual environment, and they are perfect for tucking into high-waisted anything.

  23. Tania Barnes says...

    Love the Ace & Jig dress!

    For me its boxy t-shirts in basic colors (esp white) from Madewell. A black Uniqlo jumpsuit. Navy and white striped shirts – any and all. This pair of high waisted drapey black cotton pants that I am not even sure where I got — years ago either from a friend or by accident in the laundry drop off (I guess I probably should not have kept them if that was the case, but I don’t even remember! it feels like I have had them forever, though I’m certain I never actually bought them…)

    Speaking of spending more on things you’ll wear forever — there’s this Rachel Craven dress in this beautiful bright yellow I desperately want, but it’s upward of $250. I know I will probably wear it to death! But I’m deliberating hard right now about whether to drop all that cash…

  24. Eszter says...

    My fave item in my wardrobe is a pair of Mango skinny jeans which i’ve been wearing religiously. I recently invested in a pair of Toms classics (in red) and a pair of Birkenstock as well. The latter is so so comfy yet oddly sexy too!
    I also love pairing my bright green smart jacket with tee and jeans or a simple dress – works well with so many items and I always get compliments for wearing such a popping colour.

    P.S.: I love Cup of Jo! My only regular blog/website I read and actually check the newsletter I signed up for! <3

  25. Rachel says...

    Durning the summer I love knit dresses – the soft, light material is so comfy and they come in so many great colors and prints.

    They’re sort of spendy, but I especially really love Boden for dresses – they’re patterns are always on point and the cut of their clothes usually fit me well.

    • Andrea says...

      If you are in NYC, the Boden sample sale takes place tomorrow from 9-4 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th street. Other Boden sample sales around the Northeast. Dresses are $40!

  26. Melanie says...

    Love this post. I turned 30 last year (and had a baby!) and feel like I finally found my own style. Cotton jeans, cropped at the ankle (optional high-waist), flats (with the exception of a few heeled booties), breezy blouses, cigarette black pants for work, and cozy sweaters. It takes some time to figure what clothes make you the most you :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      your look sounds so lovely — and congratulations on your baby! :)

    • Lizzie says...

      Hi Melanie! Do you have a good cigarette pant to recommendation for work? I struggle to find one that’s work appropriate while still cute!

  27. Maud says...

    My go to summer dresses are from LL Bean and are especially nice to buy during a 20% off event. They’re lined, have great invisible pockets, and bra straps. I have a few different ones and have several belts to add variety. I added this one this year: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/117316?feat=506213-GN3&page=the-signature-poplin-dress-reef-coral-dot&csp=f&attrValue_0=Reef%20Coral&productId=1611112
    I walk a lot and wear Jockey underwear shorts underneath – no chafing evah!

    • Veronica says...

      I have this in navy polka dots and it is seriously the best dress. I think I’m going to add the chambray version to my wardrobe this summer.

    • Erin G says...

      I have this dress in three colors. Thanks to your post, I’m adding that fab red and blue stripe number to my closet.

    • Laura says...

      Thank you for the underwear tip!

  28. Caro says...

    Love all of your picks, especially the xirena shirt. Sadly, it’s sold out :( I have put a self-ban on all ace&jig. My addiction was getting out of hand.

  29. kacie says...

    i am not really a uniform person. But, kately for me i can’t get enough of a high wasted cropped pant ( denim, silk or cotton) , a blouse of some kind and a pair of low key booties or heeled sandals weather permitting

  30. Maud says...

    I’ve been wearing these non stop for a couple of weeks now. I bought them while on vacation to wear to a graduation with a dress that I hadn’t brought shoes for. I figured “they’re cheap and if they are awful it won’t have been a huge expense”. They’re amazingly comfortable! I work at a large urban university and am walking in them all the time. I bought them 1/2 size larger than my normal size. https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1939067/susina-dillon-cutout-espadrille-wedge-sandal?color=CHESTNUT%20SUEDE

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a great rec! thank you, maud!

  31. Hi Jo, I wear a size 10 shoe, too. Do you find that the Nisolo huarache fits true-to-size, or would you recommend sizing down, as they suggest? Thanks so much!

    • gillian says...

      I wear a size 6.5 and ordered the Nisolo huarache without sizing down, and they were too small! Then I exchanged them for the 7 but they were still too tight! I couldn’t believe they recommended sizing down! I have wide feet, and they just felt too narrow. I’m sure they could have been great if i was committed to breaking them in, but I ended up returning them.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i wear a size 10 shoe, but wear a 9.5 in nisolo huaraches. hope that helps!

    • G says...

      Gillian, the same thing happened to me! Got my size 7s true to size- the 6.5 were painfully small) I hope they fit :)

  32. My hudson jeans! I wear them almost every day that I am not working and in scrubs. I will have to try out the cotton jeans you recommended!

  33. Cynthia says...

    I wear a dusty blue anorak from LL Bean I’ve had for several years and it still looks great plus it’s machine washable. I sew, so I make most of my summer dresses. Honestly, I can’t afford to spend over $200 on a summer dress or $158 on a pair of jeans. The most comfortable sandals I own are a pair of Crocs from last summer that resemble Birkenstocks. Unfortunately, Crocs didn’t bring back that style.

    • Sarah says...

      Same! A hand-sewn dress by me would surely be as durable and last as long as Ace & Jig, but for probably 1/10th of the cost!

  34. txilibrin says...

    I have that dress and love it! I’m pregnant but I’m planning to stretch it so I can use it after. It is so colorful. Buttttttt, I have to say, that even if the dresses have great quality, I think they are overpriced… Like a lot…

  35. Kelly says...

    I’m wondering what you think about the structural integrity of Ace & Jig? I don’t own any (yet), but follow a couple of re-sale accounts on instagram where people sell a lot of new or gently used Ace & Jig, and the sellers are always mentioning that there are snags and loose threads “as is bound to happen with Ace & Jig.” I’m curious because it doesn’t jive with the bloggers I follow, who are always raving about the high quality. The clothes are absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t want to spend $300 on a dress that’ll look old in a month!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hmmm, i’m not sure! i’ve had three ace & jig dresses over the years, and i haven’t noticed snags or loose threads, but i wonder if they’re wearing them much more often and/or over a longer period of time? i wish i could be more help!

    • lindsey says...

      the tall socks there are the best! i have 6 pairs…

    • lindsey says...

      i have maybe 6 ace & jig pieces some 5 years old and they all still look fresh and great, and somehow, don’t look dated. i love every piece.

    • I know what you mean Kelly. I fell in love with a flowy Ace & Jig top last year. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so saved my pennies and bought it. After only a couple of wears it had loads of loose threads which is a shame. I think it’s the nature of the fabric they use… beautiful with embroidered detail which unfortunately lends itself to snags. It’s still lovely but I think I’ll look out for second hand next time.

    • Katy says...

      It often depends on the textile. Many of the double sided textiles are more of a loose weave and so some threads will pull. The dress pictured above is VERY sturdy. I wear it all over the city, on trams, metros and buses with 2 children and it’s held up great. But I have a few of the more delicate weaves and they do pull more easily. They don’t look old or worn, and the snags are often minimal and you can usually just pull the thread back through easily. Hope that helps!!

    • Katy says...

      It often depends on the textile. Many of the double sided textiles are more of a loose weave and so some threads will pull. The dress pictured above is VERY sturdy. I wear it all over the city, on trams, metros and buses with 2 children and it’s held up great. But I have a few of the more delicate weaves and they do pull more easily. They don’t look old or worn, and the snags are often minimal and you can usually just pull the thread back through easily. Hope that helps!!

  36. Jen says...

    I am in love with the Eileen Fisher sports sandals and the ‘Willow’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal. My go to summer sandals and so comfortable too! I got them from Nordstrom.

    Sports Sandal
    https://goo.gl/NUQG0x

    Espadrille
    https://goo.gl/aMfoq4

    • Ash says...

      Yes, Jen! Wearing these now with the theory dress I just commented about! I even recommended them to my MIL who had Achilles surgery, since they are so comfortable and prettier than tennis shoes ;).

  37. Lisa says...

    I’m pregnant for the second time in two years, so it’s all about comfort and being able to dress easily.

    I’m wearing a lot of dresses from COS. Even though they’re not meant to be, I think? their clothes are awesome for maternity wear. I find dresses easy as you don’t need to try and find something matching, and they skim over a growing bump. I’m gravitating towards shirt dresses in particular, and every time I wear this one http://www.cosstores.com/gb/Women/Dresses/Flared_shirt_dress/46881-64535606.1#c-24481 I get at least one person coming up to me at work saying it’s a great dress (it is!)

    I decided to stop buying cheap ballet slippers, and instead by some proper flats, so invested in these https://www.mychatelles.com/en/corneliusii-slippers I always get compliments on them, they make any outfit look smart and (once I wore them in), they’re super comfortable.

    A surprising staple of my wardrobe currently is this http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/skirts-449/metallic-jersey-pleated-skirt-6555828?bi=0&ps=20 in gold. I wear it with a plain top (fancy fabrics like silk for work, or a plain t shirt for weekend) and always feel happy when I wear it.

    Before I went back to work after my son was born, to try and psyche myself up about it (being able to wear nice clothes!) and to try to mitigate some of the initial chaos of juggling home / work / child, I started planning my outfits, and now have a list of about 50 different outfits. It’s made such a difference! I’m wearing more of my wardrobe as I’ve had time to think about what actually goes with what, and experiment with lesser worn stuff. Now I know essentially what works, I’m starting to focus on accessories and I feel like I’m really raising my dressing game.

    • Love this tip. I plan out a list of outfits whenever I travel (and tend to feel so “myself” when travelling), but never thought of doing the same for everyday life!

    • Lisa says...

      Honestly – it has been such a game changer. Initially I’d planned for one month back (and I work from home one day a week, so it was 16 outfits, not that many), but then I went a bit nuts. I normally prepare my clothes on a Sunday evening so I’m ready for the week (making sure the things I want to wear are clean / ironed / fit expanding belly) but even if I don’t that, and I wake up in the morning with NO idea what to wear, I just scroll through the list and pick something that sounds nice.

    • Oh thank you Lisa!
      We are Chatelles and we like reading what you wrote!
      xx

  38. Meghan says...

    I feel the same way about the weatherproof jacket! Mine isn’t nearly so stylish but I love wearing it even when it isn’t raining for everyday tasks – the walk to work or the grocery store. It makes me feel invincible!

  39. Chelsea says...

    I’m wearing a light pink button up, and a dark wash jean with tan flats for “Casual Friday” at my work! I’m a huge fan different colored button ups so I often wear them in several different shades.

  40. White or navy tee.
    Jeans.
    Clogs.

    Repeat.

    • Preach!

    • Maggie says...

      YYYUUUPPP.

    • Milou says...

      White tee.
      Vintage concert t’s from my older brother.
      Jeans.
      Clogs. :-)

  41. Molly says...

    “Plus, honestly, I just feel cool in them.” You are too cute!

  42. Cazmina says...

    I have a pair of black skinny mid-rise jeans from Zara which I wear constantly, and a tan leather cross-body bag from Tony Bianco that I bought on sale about 5 years ago and have worn almost daily since. It’s the perfect size – not huge but you can fit a large wallet, water bottle and umbrella in it – and it’s getting pretty worn out but I will keep it until it absolutely dies.

  43. If you like it – WEAR IT!! :)

    I’m the same for all of the above!! Thanks for sharing,

    Aesthetic Mind | Fashion & Personal Style Blog
    http://aestheticmind.co

  44. Sarah says...

    I recently rescued a 1970s shortie jumpsuit from a thrift store. It was only $5 bucks, as it had a broken zipper, and no manufacturer’s tags. A $10 repair later, and I wear it constantly, to tremendous compliments. I’m always intrigued by the modern clothes you post about on your site, but in the end, I think I’ll always be a thrift girl!

    • Katie says...

      Same! I get so much inspiration from blogs, but rarely buy new clothing anymore. My closet is full of fun pieces, often made of nicer fabrics, that I only spent $3-48 on!

    • Meredith says...

      Oh my gosh, for some reason I read “1970s shortie WETsuit” and pictured you walking around in a shortie all the time (zipper and tag comment still could apply!). I was so curious about where you were wearing this wetsuit around to, and where you lived that the weather was wetsuit appropriate!!

  45. Kristina says...

    I bought the Nisolo huaraches after you posted them a few weeks ago and I LOVE them! They are so comfortable and easy. I wear them for miles pushing my twins around Bern and they always feel great. Thank you for the recommendation! (If anyone else is thinking about them, I sized down a half size and the fit is spot on). I also love Cos t-shirts for everyday wear: they are so soft and the perfect fit. Currently looking for more easy dresses for the summer : )

    • Veronica says...

      @emilie, both of my pairs are a 26, which is within .5″ of my waist size depending on the time of the month. Depending on your figure, I would go based off your waist measurement. For reference, I have an hourglass figure, so 26″ waist and 36″ hips. The last time I bought gap jeans, they were a 26. Also, I think the size guide online is super difficult to navigate, but the staff in the store (I bought my second pair in person on vacation last year in Nashville) is very helpful, so if you call the store, they could probably also talk you through figuring out sizing.

  46. eliot says...

    My Imogene Slims from Imogene + Willie. I’ve worn this pair of jeans at least 4 times a week for the past 5 years and they’ve only gotten better with age. I’m actually having them repaired by I+W later this summer (for free!!) so that they can last another 5. I’ve never had another pair of jeans make me feel as sophisticated, rugged, and sexy all at the same time. And I still get complements almost every time I wear them. They’re pricey but worth it 110%. Also, Everlane. Everything I’ve ever purchased from Everlane is still in constant rotation.

    • Veronica says...

      I don’t think I will buy jeans from anyone else ever again. I have a pair of Elizabeth and a pair of Imogene (can’t remember if they are original or slim), and they are truly the most amazing jeans ever. Of course, I can only afford one pair every two years, but they seem to be holding up well to constant use.

    • Emilie says...

      I LOVE the look of the I+W jeans online — but there is no vendor where I live that sells them. Could you ladies provide some guidance on size? The site says that they fit “true to size” but if you could comment further or provide a comparison (what you wear at Gap? Zara? H&M?) I would be forever grateful!

    • Veronica says...

      @emilie, I posted a long reply to your comment, but I somehow posted it to Kristina’s comment above. Whoops!

    • eliot says...

      Emilie, I’m a 26 in Madewell denim but my Imogene+Willie’s are a 24. I was just super lucky once. I had been eyeing them online for ages and saw that Anthropology was carrying them for a limited time. I dropped everything (including work :|) and went to buy them. I’ve ordered a few pairs in other cuts from I+W online and, in all honestly, have had real trouble getting the sizing correct. I agree with Veronica that the sizing guide is confusing and not exactly accurate but the jeans are worth the hassle, I promise! You just might have to mail them back and forth a couple of times or order several sizes and return all of them except the size that fits best. Mine still have a few more years in them (which I think justifies the price…~8 years isn’t too bad) but I plan to actually go to Nashville next time I invest in a pair so that they are tailored to fit me perfectly. That sounds sort of crazy but I hear Nashville is great and, for the elusive perfect jean, I will make that my vacation for the year! Hope that’s helpful.

  47. Erin says...

    I’ve been eyeing those nisolo huaraches for a while… Joanna, how has the sole held up for you? I have everlane sandals that I’ve warn to death for two seasons and I’ve been so impressed with the quality.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they’ve held up well! i wear them almost every single day.

  48. annelise says...

    a loose black cotton tank and Madewell’s Perfect Summer Jeans in a light faded blue wash and flats similar to these: http://www.charmingcharlie.com/accessories/shoes.html#color_family=black&product_type_category-left_is_open=true&style=flats&style-left_is_open=true&gan_data=true (that I found at the thrift store by my job). You have awesome an awesome eye for fashion that’s well made and classic yet somehow also quirky and comfortable… I always look forward to seeing your style posts!

  49. Kara says...

    I just bought an ace & jig dress after years of admiring them, and I was surprised by how flimsy it feels for what it costs. I guess I thought it’d have a heavier weight or thickness to it…or at least be lined since it’s so thin. I’m worried it’ll tear easily and want it to be a forever wardrobe piece. Is your dress a lightweight fabric? It sounds like yours has held up great so is that just how their dresses feel?

    • lindsey says...

      it depends on the fabric of each piece–the lightweight fabrics are more delicate (my dog jumped up on me pulled a few threads loose once), but the heavier, double woven fabrics are tough as nails…i have worn a pair of pants for 4 years in heavy rotation and they look great. the only problem i have had with ace&jig is with the metallic threads being itchy.

    • LOR says...

      thank you!

    • Danika says...

      But they aren’t made from amazing soft leather! And Nisolo shoes are ethically (and transparently) created!

    • Lauren says...

      I have and love the Target version, but they are very much disposable/fast fashion. The sole on mine fell apart after 1 season.
      I work in an office, so I can only wear these shoes on the weekends…its not like I was wearing them every day and walking for miles. Frankly, its what I’d expect for $26 — good for a season or to try out the style, but not a long term purchase.
      I hope to upgrade to the Nisolo soon

  50. Sylvie says...

    I bought the everlane jacket after seeing your post and I love it! I bought my true size, which was just right for me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad, sylvie!

  51. G says...

    Loving that you’ve got Everlane and Nisolo on this list. They are great companies that strive to employ more ethical manufacturing practices, something we all benefit from.

  52. I can’t get enough of linen skirts and dresses…..mine are from JJill and Talbots’s. T-shirts for casual; lightweight cardigans for dressier occasions. Classics that will last forever; with a lining they hold their shape. I feel cool and put together.

    And always flip flops with arch support so I can walk miles…..Reef or LL Bean. I live in the Jersey ‘burbs, it’s a flip flop world.

  53. Heather says...

    My black silk tank Everlane dress! I love this dress so much (it has pockets!!!) that I have purchased two more! It’s 100% Effortless and can be dressed up or down- think denim shirt at the waist with havaianas or with heels and a killer necklace at night!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh thanks for the rec, heather!

    • Alli says...

      Oooo I’ve been curious about this dress, for this same reason- seems so versatile! However, I have a bit of a belly and was wondering if it is clingy when it hangs, or tends to get static-y? That’s been my one hesitation.

    • To Alli – I have the silk dress in the red color, and it’s gorgeous, but yes, the fabric can get static-y/clingy. I’ve worn it with a half slip or sprayed it with anti-cling stuff and it’s helped.

    • L says...

      I love the look of their older version that had a scoop neck. The only one available on their website now has a v-neck that looks so low.

  54. Karen says...

    I have a couple jersey dresses from Boden. They are a little pricey, but I wear them all the time. They are a good length (right below the knee) so I can wear them out to dinner or to the park with my kids or to my teaching job. And they’ve held up in the wash.

    • Emma says...

      I have been loving using Thred-up http://www.thredup.com/r/ITNPLQ
      You can get lightly used (and sometimes even new w/ tags still on) pieces from Boden, J. Crew, etc. It especially works well for brands I know my size in, but their return policy is really simple & easy so it’s not much risk. Definitely a more affordable way to get some nicer pieces.

    • Andrea says...

      Boden sample sale tomorrow in Manhattan from 9-4. Dresses are $40!

  55. Laura says...

    I second the Everlane anorak! I have it in the hunter green and I love it. Beware that it runs large!

  56. Dix says...

    From your previous post about your glasses – I have a large head too and I found that looking at prescription sunglasses I got a much better frame for my face and lots of compliments. Just ask your optician to pop the dark lenses out and voila!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is such a smart tip, dix!! thank you!

    • Lee says...

      Dix,
      I started doing this too awhile back because I love oversized frames. It also allows for more fun design and color options.

    • Great tips! Shameless plug here, but my brother’s company is now making replacement lenses for any glasses, any frames. So if you love your nice frames, but the lenses are scratched, there’s now an affordable way to keep them. And just in time for summer! I just think it’s so awesome. Check them out at https://www.revantoptics.com if you’re in need of new ones. Happy Friday and thanks for the great recommendations. I love these kinds of posts:).

  57. Jenny says...

    I love all of these! We’re moving to London in a month so I’m cleaning out and re-evaluating my wardrobe and am looking to add a few new pieces. The anorak and huaraches are on my list! Can I ask how they run, size-wise? Thanks for great recommendations, as always!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how exciting, jenny! it’s going to be so easy to travel around europe, what a dream :)

      the anorak runs true to size (it’s supposed to be a little oversized, so if you get your regular size, it will fit in a nice, easy, oversized way). and for the huaraches, i’d recommend taking the little quiz about your correct sizing on the nisolo site — most people seem to size down half a size with these shoes because they stretch out a little when you wear them. i usually wear a 10, but i wear a 9.5 in these huaraches. hope that helps!

    • G says...

      Just throwing my two cents in from personal experience- I am usually 7 (rarely 7.5) but the 6.5 huaraches were way too small for me- I got blisters from just a short walk in my pair. Luckily Nisolo has a very fair exchange policy- I should be getting my new (size 7.5) pair in a few weeks :)

    • bisbee says...

      I didn’t have the same experience sizing down…I also had to exchange for my regular size!

    • Jenny says...

      Thank you; all the tips are super helpful! I currently live in the Bay Area and am planning a pre-move trip to the Everlane brick-and-mortar shop in SF, which I’m very excited about. Anorak here I come :)

  58. Lori H says...

    Franco Sarto Gia sandals. Most comfortable shoes ever on my feet – walk miles in them and feel great!

    • YES! I have these and they’re amazing. That’s my go-to summer sandal brand. So comfy.

  59. Colleen says...

    A flowered dress from target and wedge sandals that give me inches and allow me to fake it until I make it at work.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so pretty, l!!! i also really like this (kind of similar) everlane dress. it’s called the cocoon dress and is big and comfy, but still kind of sexy in its own way: http://bit.ly/2r0Xv2W

  60. brianna says...

    I don’t drink, but I’d like to be doing that “drinking Negronis on the Amalfi coast” thing right now.

    I don’t really have any go-to pieces in my wardrobe, but I’m definitely with you on buying well-made and having fewer pieces.