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A look at the Sézane et Madewell collaboration

la superbe sweatshirt sezane

sezane et madewell collab

It’s no secret that I’ve long been a fan of Sézane, the Paris-based fashion and accessories brand that releases new collections monthly, which are only sold online (I’ve waxed poetic about it here and here). Just this month, Sézane has partnered with Madewell to release a capsule collection, making Sézane goodies available in U.S. stores for the first time ever!

There are a couple items that were previously only available through the Sézane site, which have been updated slightly for the Madewell collection (for example, this adorable bow blouse was previously done in a long sleeve version). The famed La Superbe sweater also makes an appearance at Madewell, this time rendered in a très Américain athletic grey (FYI though, this goes in and out ‘sold out’ status online, so if you’re lusting after this sweatshirt, you might wanna check your local stores). Other faves from the collection? I really love this pretty silk blouse (the neckline is simple, but subtly sexy) and this black lace dress — Sézane always carries the most beautiful lace pieces, so I’m hoping the material used in this piece is no exception!

sezane and madewell collaboration

madewell and sezane collection

The partnership is a great chance to check out the brand, if you haven’t wanted to order anything from Sézane online before. I’ve actually had a couple people in the past ask me about Sézane’s sizing and shipping. And with good reason too: while I’ve ordered several leather goods from Sézane, I’ve only ordered one blouse, and it’s just the tiniest bit too snug…but I found out the hard way that returning it to France can actually cost more than the actual blouse!

madewell et sezane collaboration

I’ve followed Sézane since the days when it was called ‘Les Composantes’ (if anyone remembers it under that name!), and it’s neat to see this small business growing! You can check out the full Sézane et Madewell collection here, and of course, see what’s new on the Sézane website over here (the next autumn collection launches this Sunday, and many of their classic pieces — like the Nola and Hope bags — are always available in Les Essentials). Sézane founder Morgane Sézalory also did a great little interview with Madewell head designer Somsack Sikhounmuong over here. Enjoy!

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9 Sweater Tunics to Wear With Leggings

 

So those fabulous over-the-knee boots I bought earlier this fall? It’s only begat one problem — they’re kind of all I want to wear now, and with that, I only want to wear them with leggings and a big cozy sweater. I’ll be honest — up until recently, leggings have not been a huge part of my fall wardrobe. I was a stick-with-skinny-jeans kind of gal, thank you very much. But like all other trends that seem to become classics — skinny jeans, maxi dresses, et al — I’ve been a late adopter and once on the bandwagon, don’t really understand what took me so long. So yes, I’ve been stocking up on leggings, too. Leggings need a specific kind of top, and with cooler temps, that means warm, chunky sweaters.

I had a couple of these types of knits in my wardrobe, but especially love how they look with the taller boots, so I’ve been on the lookout for a couple more sweater tunics to wear with leggings. I know I won’t shut up about Banana Republic’s new collection and styling this fall, but seriously, it’s been really good — I added this sweater and this one to my collection (the latter looks a little short on the model, but I found that if I sized up, I got a more drapey, tunic-y look that covered all the necessary bits. And hello, zipper details!). This sweater tunic from Gap comes in a couple different colors and is currently on sale; and if you are looking for a slightly different silhouette, I’m in LOVE with this gorgeous pumpkin-hued poncho (how fun, right?).

Ok, so I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people to adopt the leggings/sweater tunic look, but if you’re still hesitating, trust me when I say — if maxi dresses are summer’s secret pajamas, leggings and sweater tunics are fall/winter’s. Bundle up!

 

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9 Over-The-Knee Boots for Every Budget

These boots were made for walking...and getting complimented in.

Even though they’ve been the hot thing for a few seasons now, for whatever reason, I’ve been really hesitant to buy a pair of over-the-knee boots. I think I worried that because I’m on the petite side, they would look silly on me — which in hindsight, is totally nonsensical since I own and love several pairs of regular ‘tall’ boots!

Recently, after saving some gift cards and store credits from Shopbop, I was able to splurge on a pair of the famed Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots. Believe me, I didn’t take spending that kind of dough on a pair of boots lightly, but after reading tons of reviews and talking to a few friends who owned them, I was convinced that they’d be a great investment. And so far, so good — I’ve worn them a bunch of times since temps started cooling off here in New York, and not only are they super comfortable, but I absolutely LOVE the way they look. All my concerns about looking shorter in them were for naught; if anything, I feel like over-the-knee boots elongate the leg and have a slimming effect. The only funny part about them is watching me try to take them off — I still haven’t mastered the art of removing such a tall boot with anything that resembles grace!

But falling in love with over-the-knee boots has created a problem: now, I want them in every color and heel height! I recently came across these gorgeous Michael Kors over-the-knee boots and have been hemming and hawing over whether to get the black, dark brown, or camel color (or whether to just curb the addiction now, a “quit while I’m ahead approach”). Regardless — and especially compared to the 5050s and other brands — I thought the price was pretty good on these. All my over-the-knee boot obsessing has led to a bit of scouring the Internet on my part, so I figured I’d share a round up of 9 different over-the-knee boots for every budget! Which pair are your favorite? Have you invested in a pair of over-the-knee boots yet?

 

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