Style

The Sleepwear Category

If you’ve ever debated whether or not you should spend money on sleepwear, I have your answer. Bumming around in an old tee shirt with holes is not acceptable. Why should you look presentable when getting into bed? Reason #1: you may have to evacuate the premises if the fire alarm or carbon monoxide detector goes off. I find that dressing nicely makes trying situations bearable.

Looking my best during the nighttime hours also encourages me to turn the page on the day in preparation for the next. The day hasn’t officially ended until I’ve changed into sleepwear. (Likewise, it is impossible to seize the day when you look like you haven’t gotten out of bed.) Proper nightclothes encourages me to keep up with my evening beauty routine, light a scented candle in the bathroom before showering, and count my blessings before bed. Well worth the money, I’d say. If you do light a candle, beeswax or soy base is best. Paraffin wax has no place in the zen zone.

Works Sighted

J.Crew short sleeve set (navy) // The White Company nightgown // The White Company nightdress // Haven Well Within sleep dress

J.Crew nightshirt // Victoria’s Secret cotton slip // Victoria’s Secret modal slip

J.Crew short sleeve set (hydrangea) // Eberjey ruffle set // Eberjey chemise

Everyday Stud Earrings

I had my ears pierced about a year and a half ago (thanks Infinite), which means that if I don’t keep my earrings in, the holes may close up. Up until recently, I’ve been wearing my starter earrings, the ones I bought from the piercing shop. But lately, I’ve been searching for other studs that would be appropriate for everyday wear. (As I write this, I’m wearing my J.Crew pearl studs.) Here’s what I’ve found thus far.

Works Sighted

ILA princess studs // Catbird diamond studs

Adina Reyter single stack baguette posts // Catbird x The Met bow studs

Jennie Kwon mini baguette studs // GLDN staple studs // Jennie Kwon baguette studs

Catbird petite diamond studs // Crislu cubic zirconia studs, 4mm

Lightbox 1/2 carat diamond stud // ILA baguette studs

Layering with a Linen Shirt

The temperature in PHL reached 63°F this past Tuesday, which presented the perfect opportunity to dine outdoors. I wore my navy, one-shoulder dress (pictured here) for the occasion. Adding a layer over a long dress can be tricky. But, since the season hasn’t yet progressed to shoulder-bearing weather, going outside without an extra layer of some sort was out of the question. A jacket wouldn’t have sufficed, but a white linen shirt, tied at the waist, worked wonders. I often wear linen shirts over my tank dresses but not so often over dresses with a bit more character. The temperature dropped to 59°F by the time our pizza arrived. I should have also brought my pashmina or a throw, but I won’t forget one the next time.

Works Sighted

J.Crew slim perfect shirt in Baird McNutt Irish linen (previous season) // J.Crew dress (old)

Escape to the Chateau

You’ll recall that a bottle of Chateau du Petit Thouars Crémant de Loire prompted me to travel virtually to the Loire Valley this past November. Visiting the makers of my favorite Crémant has been on my to-do list since the holiday season, but Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau is starting to inspire a full-scale Loire Valley itinerary. I’ve recently added Château de la Motte-Husson to the list of stops.

The nineteenth-century house is a two-hour drive from the Château du Petit Thouars, but stops in Tours, Angers, Le Mans, and Laval are bound to extend the trip north by a few days. The venue is available for hire during the wedding season, but its owners offer other opportunities to see the chateau first-hand. I envision myself taking part in the gardening days and food-filled festivities. The grounds are also outfitted with pods for glamping.

It has been a joy to see Dick and Angel Strawbridge transform this 45-room house. I’m currently on episode 3 of season 3, and there are 7 seasons in total. If you’re in the UK, you’ll be able to watch via Channel 4, but as a resident of the US, I’ve been tuning in via Peacock TV. Dick and Angel are such a creative team! I can’t predict what improvements I’ll bear witness to next, but I’m sure I’ll find myself in awe several more times as the series progresses.

Works Sighted

The Floral Society apron and glove setJ.Crew linen shirtCOS pantsSuperga 2750 Cotu Classic

Sunbody Hats straw hatJessie Zhao silk scarfKayu tote

Alex Mill dressSuperga 2750 Cotu Classic

Aurate earringsMiss Dior eau de toiletteL.K.Bennett clutch

Staud dressSarah Flint heels

Art elements from thechateau.tv

Athleisure Dresses

Over the past year, the clothing industry has been offering us more casual options—at least in the U.S. I visited J.Crew about a month ago and observed that loungewear accounted for 100% of the new merchandise. I don’t lounge that much, I thought. The hours between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM aren’t for sweatpants.

I prefer to save athletic wear for workouts and loungewear for evenings at home on the sofa. Most of the pieces in my closet are structured—pleated skirts, button-ups, and sheath dresses. I generally favor clothing that retains its shape on the hanger, but my work-from-home routine warrants clothes that are a bit more casual. I acquired a few pairs of shorts last summer, but I’m starting to consider my warm-weather, work-from-home options early this year.

What’s comfortable, cool, polished, suitable for answering the door, going for a walk, and jumping on a Zoom call? The athletic dress seems to fit the bill. I don’t mind looking like I’m going to the country club. Instead of court or golf shoes, I’ll be wearing my Superga sneakers.

Works Sighted

Sandro dress // Tory Burch golf dress // Greg Norman dress // Daily Sports dress

Savalino dress // Tory Burch polo dress // Polo Ralph Lauren dress // Tory Burch tennis dress

Love in the Afternoon: The Wardrobe of Ariane Chavasse

Ariane Chavasse (Audrey Hepburn) rescues business magnate Frank Flannigan (Gary Cooper) from his own demise in Love in the Afternoon (1957). The daughter of private detective Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) leafs through her father’s infidelity cases with romantic, rose-colored glasses. She initially encounters the American Frank as the subject of a surveillance photograph taken by her father. A devoted cellist, the young French woman can be seen carrying her instrument in and out of the Ritz Paris. Here’s her wardrobe reimagined (cello included).

Works Sighted

Cuyana robe; J.Crew pants; Margaux ballet flats; Hora cello; Staud dress; Christian Louboutin pumps; J.Crew shirt; J.Crew blazer; J.Crew Martie pant; Margaux ballet flats

J.Crew dress; Christian Louboutin pumps; Mark Cross bag; Ralph Lauren Collection dress; Badgley Mischka heels; J.Crew dress; Christian Louboutin pumps; Cornelia James gloves

Further Reading

How to Steal a Million: Nicole Bonnet’s Wardrobe