Alex Drexler, son of Mickey Drexler and Somsack Sikhounmuong, former design director of J.Crew are the duo behind the fashion label, Alex Mill. They know a thing or two about American classics. Alex Mill will easily slide right into your closet with its crisp, clean, modern styles for both men and women. Pieces that should be worn on repeat and make a good case for a uniform look that is uncomplicated. You will not only appreciate the core wardrobe basics but the refreshing reasonable pricing that is right in line with the likes of J.Crew, Gap, and Everlane.
Here are four pieces that caught my attention. Love the button details on the cardi, the bows on the trench, and the khaki pants look super promising. Always in need of a white tee. https://www.alexmill.com/
One for the dudes! Men have it so damn easy and it just got easier with Alex Mill. You just can’t go wrong. The Camo jacket is a nice modern upgrade for the spring. Just round off the above look with a pair of Nike kicks or Allbirds. Done!
A velvet blazer is always good and even better when on sale! If you lack a velvet blazer, you may want to take a peek at Faith Connexion. Faith Connexion is a Parisian label led by a collective of creatives who focus on combining art, fashion, and urban culture to create modern feminine styles for women. The line has a certain following but I find this blazer to be more approachable. A velvet blazer is a chic stylish piece. It swings from casual to formal and requires very little to make a statement. I love Faith Connexion’s approach to this classic piece with the tonal plaid pattern finished off with bold gold-toned shank buttons. Not boring and absolutely wearable! Typically a spendy line but Last Chance sale at Barneys for 75% off is worth considering.
Classic styles are worth the investment and the time hunting for them. Winter outerwear, I believe is where you can invest and get your return back year after year. It should be that one favorite coat that you don’t walk your dog in but instead, the one you slip into for special occasions, dinners out, festive gatherings, or a night on the town. It is nice to have one piece that wraps you up like a present and makes going out on those cold nights feel more ladylike than Michelin Man.
Winter outerwear really does stand the test of time particularly when you go off trend. Hot color and style trends of the season are around for a hot second and, in my opinion, not worth the high investment. Classic styles are far from boring. A well-tailored classic doesn’t require bells and whistles. It requires a well delivered silhouette that fits you. Subtle design and attention to detail goes the distance. You will never regret investing in your forever coat in a rich navy, a classic black, a warm gray, or a creamy camel.
Perhaps thinking about shopping less and putting those funds toward purchases you really love and that stand the test of time is a better way to shop. Luckily, classic outerwear pieces are becoming more reasonable. Here are few to inspire you from Net-A-Porter. Check out your favorite place to shop for similar styles. Keep an eye out for special holiday sales or better yet if you can hold off until after the holidays you may score big.
As I was searching for some inspiration for possible new sunglasses, I came across style icons Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair (great movie and will watch again on my upcoming trip). Not only the eyewear but the fisherman sweater, trench, headscarf, and neutral tones have me thinking they exude cool, perfect style. These pics also reaffirm that all these pieces should be in everyone’s wardrobe. They are timeless and classic. What else can I say? I just recently checked off the fisherman sweater and love it. I will be trying on the SM iconic style Persol’s 649- Originals as well as the ISBA from Oliver Peoples. Trenches and scarves, every stylish designer has their take in this department. So find your favorite and it will be worth the investment.