Saturday, August 30, 2008

The $28 Fall Dress

The Go-to Frock for Fall?

No, it's not Ella Moss or Rachel Pally. Or even Splendid or Velvet. It's...

Hanes! That's right, same place you can buy the six pack of granny panties, also known as briefs. Or, as Hanes calls them "panties that don't misbehave." But enough about my underwear...

I admit, I buy the lounge pants, hoodies and long sleeve v-necks here. (They have cute boyshorts, too.) I'm impressed by the quality--the cotton is soft, but the material is not flimsy. The garments hold their shape nicely, wash after wash. And the price is right. Sure, it's not as trendy as another (American) apparel maker, but for me, Hanes has an enduring appeal.

They make great basics.

But the new cowl neck dress is anything but basic when it comes to style. Available in Heather Grey or Black, the dress has an empire waist and a pleated front and back. It's comfy cotton, with just a touch of spandex for shape. It's ideal for layering. You can wear it as a top with leggings and skinny jeans, or wear it as a dress with all the great colored hose this season. Best of all, it's only $28.

The Heather Grey dress is a perfect canvas for all the hot fall colors---purple, orange, fuschia and yellow. Of course, basic black always works. This would be great with my favorite Rachel Comey booties:

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Or, like I said, it's the perfect dress for going crazy with color:

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That reminds me, I gotta check out what Fruit of the Loom is doing for fall...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shofolk shoes

Just some of the many great things to come out of Portugal:


Photo: Ono Ono Fried Dessert Dough

Deep fried dough sprinkled with sugar. (The word "donut" doesn't do it justice. )

Cristiano Ronaldo

Photo: Flynet/ UK Telegraph

Deep fried footballer


Shofolk shoes!

Okay, technically speaking Folk is a U.K. brand, but it's the Portuguese touch (just like in desserts and football) that makes it extraordinary. Shofolk (the footwear division of Folk) shoes are handcrafted by Portuguese artisans from natural raw leathers. They have a wonderfully quirky yet elegant aesthetic.

One look at the Shofolk "Antoine" and you've found your ideal boots for fall:

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What's not to love about the patent leather cap toe and heel, the stacked wood sole, the strap detail with silver closure? The boot is exquisite, insouciant and mine!

Get yours at Buy Definition ($398.) Use code toutie for 25% off!