We’re firm believers in cost-per-wear, in the curation of smaller, highly functional wardrobes. We believe not only in buying clothes you love, but buying pieces that work for your current lifestyle. The problem, of course? Finding these style pieces. Happily, this is where we can help. We’re constantly testing out fashion products (and sometimes these tests last years) to see if a product is, actually, worth the cost. So if you’ve ever wondered if you should buy that Burberry trench coat, if Louboutin pumps have been magically engineered to be comfortable, why Golden Goose sneakers are so expensive (or if there’s a Golden Goose dupe that’s just as good?), or even if that cheap Amazon bathing suit is actually — surprise! — a good buy…you’re in the right place. Furthermore, if ever there’s an outfit piece you find yourself eyeing up, dreaming about, or constantly wondering if it is as good as you think it could be…let us know. I guarantee others are likely thinking the same thing, and we’d be happy to put it to the test. 

After spending a year wearing & washing & sleeping in both Quince's 100% washable silk pajamas AND a similar pair from Lunya (also 100% washable silk), I now have some strong opinions.
I'm a pretty die-hard silk fan. Not satin, or silky or silky-ish(?) fabrics, but I'm talking real, 100% silk. Real silk thermoregulates, and I've found that real silk keeps me cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Silk is a natural fabric, which means that -- unlike satin or other polyester-based fabrics -- it biodegrades, and is...
The Sweaty Betty Astro ski pants are windproof, waterproof & comfortable. They're also cute. These bibs really are the Holy Grail of Snow Pants.
I was in the process of pulling together a list of my 10 most-worn pieces of all time when I realized that my beloved Sweaty Betty snow pants had to make the cut. By any measure (cost-per-wear, practicality, joy) they're gonna be on that list. The Sweaty Betty Astro Softshell Bibs Are The Holy Grail Of Waterproof Snow...
There is ONE winter shoe I'm obsessed with & wear all season long, over + over + over: No.6 shearling-lined clog boots. Perfect winter shoe FOUND.
I'm a serious shoe collector...and a believer that the shoe makes the outfit. So I keep plenty of shoes in my regular rotation. I rarely wear the same pair over and over, and I have the worst time packing because I want to bring ALL the shoes. I haven't had to answer one of those deserted island questions in...
The temps have finally started to dip, I find myself making warm breakfasts before our chilly walks to school, and we're all excitedly watching snow reports (with crossed fingers) for an epic ski weekend. It's time for cozy sweaters. As I've mentioned before, I'm a pretty die-hard cashmere girl. I have really sensitive skin, so I find most other wool sweaters...
I've been lusting over the Stuart Weitzman 5050 OTK boots & I decided to take the plunge. But I also got a pair of Nine West Over-the-Knee Boots. So...the splurge or the steal? Are Stuart Weitzman's 5050 boots worth the price?
I can't tell you how long I've been lusting after these Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over-the-Knee Boots. It's been years, my friends... years. That price tag, though... I mean, I've bought what I consider to be "expensive" boots before, but they've always been on crazy sale (or on eBay). But the reviews are soooo good. Aaand that's pretty much been...
Enter: the sexy turtleneck sweater. It's warm, it's comfy, it's just a *little* sexy. It's an easy way to show some skin & it comes in a bunch of colors.
When you live somewhere as cold as I do, you need to come up with...creative ways to pull off a "sexy" winter look. (Ha. Sexy and winter.) I used to wear little sequin dresses when we'd go out and just commit to freezing, but...yeah, I'm not doing that anymore (going out, that is -- wearing sequin dresses will never...
EBY, which stands for Empowered By You, is much more than incredibly soft & pretty underwear (though, it’s totally that, too). It’s a mission.
“You have just joined the coolest, most diverse, most empowering girl-gang in existence.” Woah. Those are the words that immediately caught my eye as I was opening up a (gorgeous) new shipment of underwear. EBY, which stands for Empowered By You, is so much more than incredibly soft and pretty underwear (though, it’s totally that, too). It’s a mission. And the...
Over the years I've tweaked my base uniforms into a range of outfits, but if you look closely...I'm a serial outfit repeater. Think: straight-leg Levi's jeans + these must-haves.
Ultimately, I'm a pretty boring gal, fashion-wise. I tend to find my uniform and wear it to death. In the winter, it's a black turtleneck and jeans, in the summer it's a linen Reformation dress, and in the fall (or spring) when the temps are wildly fluctuating, I tend to flop around with a random assortment of pieces until...
Even more intriguing is the fact that Loeffler Randall's Gia Safari Tall Boots look to be a solid dupe of Prada's Knee-High Boots (but at half the cost), as well as...J.Crew? Is that YOU?
I've been searching for a new tall boot. My ultimate pick is one in a rich camel tone, with a low, walkable heel, and a soft leather that won't irritate my skin. I need a pair of tall boots that work especially well with dresses and skirts, but can work with the odd pair of jeans, too. I...
This post has been updated for 2021. I've always had issues with cardigans -- long cardigans especially. I'm too petite and most cardigans are too oversized, or long for my frame. But last winter I decided to go for a cropped cardigan instead and during a Naadam sale, I took the plunge and ordered this Naadam Cashmere Ribbed Cropped Cardigan....
I'll wear this luxe, belted cashmere cardigan for years. So versatile. I've styled 'em with jeans, shorts, trousers, leggings, maxi dresses, mini dresses, midi dresses...So. Here are 8 ways I'm planning to wear this 1.
I don't usually get excited over cardigans. However!! J.Crew juuuust dropped a long, belted cardigan (in 100% cashmere, no less) that is *exactly* the cardigan I've been looking for. Not only is it made from a cashmere that has been certified by the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF ensures the welfare of the cashmere goats, protects natural resources, improves the...
Danner hiking boots, in addition to their durability, stability, longevity, waterproofing & comfort...are cute. The stylish factor is a main reason we love 'em.
I bought my Danner Mountain Light hiking boots in 2016, in preparation for a trip. We were taking our two young boys to Iceland and had planned to do it up: explore towns, see natural wonders (read: waterfalls) and do a ton of hiking. Ideally, I needed a hiking boot that was waterproof...but one that wasn't overly heavy or...
Hiking in near-constant drizzle is infinitely more comfortable when your legs stay dry. So when The North Face debuted a new version of my old Apex Flex jacket – ‘Futurelight’ — + a pair of waterproof hiking pants, I had to try.
A huge thank you to Backcountry and Shopstyle for sponsoring this post! I learned the value of waterproof hiking pants on our trip to Iceland, oh gosh...five years ago now? I didn't arrive in Iceland with waterproof hiking pants — quick-dry leggings are almost as good, right? — but after a few days of consistently wet legs, I became the...
Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.
Two years ago, I did a review of EILEEN FISHER's simplified capsule wardrobe, called The System. I reviewed a boxy silk shell (a v-neck version is in-stock here), a pair of Audrey-Hepburn-esque crepe pants, and these slouchy silk joggers. At the time, my nod went to the crepe pants as 'the favorite'. But that review came out in December...
Not only are Reformation linen dresses chic, sexy & casual, but they're also sustainable & often available in plus sizes, too. Perfect for summer travel.
With European countries easing travel restrictions, there's some ray of hope for those of us with wanderlust tendencies. Especially for those of us who are vaccinated and/or willing to get a negative COVID test prior to boarding...several of my favorite travel destinations (including Greece, Italy, France) have no-quarantine requirements. If you're interested in the details, AFAR has the details...