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Next Level: Sweater Dresses

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It’s SWEATER WEATHER—at least some days! Here’s how to celebrate while you can still work a bare leg. (Yes, yes—they all work when those annoying tights come out of hibernation, too.) —erica

LEVEL I: Chinti and Parker goes classic…and cashmere. 

LEVEL II: Zip pockets give this YMC sitch some easy-to-pull-off edge.

LEVEL III: I should not love the leather buckle on the neck of this 3.1 Phillip Lim guy half as much as I do.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony: Never afraid to go a little crazy. But so cute with Supergas—maybe even velvet ones?!

There’s lots more where this came from!

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Of a Kind

YMC thinks you shouldn’t hafta pick a plaid. —erica

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Of a Kind

This YMC guy + jeans = your Saturday-in-September look. —erica

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In Character: Clark Griswold

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AHHH, summer vacation. It’s upon us. And if you don’t have any big holiday-weekend plans, maybe you want to cozy up on the couch and make like Rusty, sharing a six-pack with the ultimate road-trippin’ dad? Here, how to rip off his look. —erica

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A Barque polo that says, “My wife picked this out for me.”

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A Band of Outsiders khaki bomber—cool enough to attract the attention of the blonde in the Ferrari, maybe?

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YMC x Clarks loafers as classic as a trip to Wally World.

Another good Saturday activity: a deep dive into the “In Character” archives.

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In Character: Krusty the Clown

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How do you make an angry, substance-abusing clown seem at least 7% more kid-friendly? Bright, crazy clothes. Here’s how Krusty (or, if you’d rather, Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky) half-heartedly sells his persona. —erica

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A YMC shirt just business-like enough to keep Sideshow Bob Mel in line. 

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A blue bowtie, made by Forage, not the Krusty Korporation.

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Cheap Monday pants—as green as the hundred dollar bills he uses to light his cigarettes.

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Weather Vain: Montreal, Quebec - 86 and Partly Cloudy

Like just about everybody else, I have a soft spot for Montreal—and not just because of the copious amounts of pork product, even. Here’s what I’d want to wear if I was in Canada’s second city today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ One of the so-rad pouches Baggu made for Of a Kind—to keep you from feeling weighed down strolling the Plateau.

+ A second pop of neon—because why not?—brought to you by Annie Costrello Brown.

+ A summery plaid Rachel Comey dress that feels very eating-oysters-with-friends-at Liverpool House.

+ The sort of sandals (c/o YMC) that feel so French-speaking in a Madeline way.

+ Bring on the big, fat Karen Walkers. In these, you could lounge around Cafe Olimpico drinking iced coffee and reading all morning long.

For more dressing-by-the-forecast, head this way.

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Of a Kind

How strikingly, ridiculously, distractingly perfect are these YMC canvas boat shoes? Oof. —erica

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In Character: David the Gnome

Try not to get mad at me: You will not find this 399-year-old gnome’s iconic (and ginormous) hat below. You will, however see the other components of his woodland-dweller’s ensemble, which is almost as memorable as his hypnosis and acupuncture skills were impressive. —erica

A bright blue YMC sweater that hangs on his six-inch-tall frame.

Muddy-brown Left Field pants that can take a little dirt (and keep Lisa from doing too many loads of miniature laundry).

A sort of slimmed-down leather fanny pack from Ally Capellino that keeps his hands free for riding Swift.

For more “In Character” madness, click here.

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In Character: Paddington Bear

When this bear arrived at a railway station by lifeboat (?!), he didn’t even have shoes—those wellies came as a Christmas gift years later. But no matter: Dude was slick—polished enough to convince the Browns that he was an upstanding citizen worthy of a place at 32 Windsor Gardens, despite the fact that he was a complete disaster at tea. Here, his “Please take care of this bear” essentials. —erica

A big red Stella McCartney hat—a gift from Uncle Pastuzo.

A bright blue YMC duffle coat substantial enough to keep him warm on his voyage from deepest, darkest Peru.

A boxy brown suitcase from Want Les Essentiels de la Vie with room for countless jars of orange marmalade.

Lots more where this came from: Click here to delve into the “In Character” archives.

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