I recently visited Oliver Peoples HQ in Cali and was beyond impressed with the summer selection. Given my love of cat eye sunnies, I fell hard and fast for Alisha. I’ve been buying their glasses since I was in college at USC. Every aviator ever made has found its way into my collection, including the Matrix version. These mixed media, wire-rimmed glasses are my new favorites for summer. I got the cream pair (available this summer at Oliver Peoples) – the neutral hue is ladylike, yet exciting and will coordinate with so much in my wardrobe. With all the traveling I have planned, I can already tell that these will be constant companions in my bag. They have all the right stuff – nose pads to keep the glasses from falling off my small nose and oversized frames to protect my eyes. Big lenses also help block the delicate skin around your eyes from damaging rays (sunscreen is still a must, of course!). Are you a fan of the cat eye trend? Available on Shopbop in black for $450.
They say that everything comes back around in fashion, and my favorite example of the moment is Proenza Schouler’s ‘70s chic shearling coat. Only in 2013, it’s reversible (basically making it half off!). Wear it white side out or switch it over to expose the black leather for a Kate Hudson in Almost Famous look. The feel of the shearling against your skin will be divine on chilly nights. Either way, you’ll be one cool chick. Just remember that an oversized coat like this is for the flamboyant Snob, not for one who wants to hide beneath it. Available on Luisa via Roma for $4,950.
One of my favorite things about the beginning of each new season is the hat shopping! Summer has some fun options, but fall is when the hat department really starts buzzing. From lacy berets to hybrid hats to silk newsboy caps, there’s no shortage of unique accessories. Here are some choices that’ll have you holding your head high:
Nina Ricci Lace on Wool Felt Hat: Leather and lace make their way onto a seriously sexy beret. On Luisa via Roma for $713.
Eugenia Kim Elyse Woven Silk Hat: This may be military-inspired, but it seems more ‘70s porn star to me. Embrace that and it’ll work! On NET-A-PORTER for $187.
DSquared Double Wool and Leather Baseball Cap: This is one of the most distinctive hats out there – it’s like two in one. While the cap is vintage-inspired, it’ll look best incorporated into a modern look. Pre-order on Luisa via Roma for $450.
DSquared Silk Satin Baseball Hat: Did I just say that hat was one of the most distinctive? Looks like it has a partner in crime! This one is part baseball cap, part turban (without any of the complicated wrapping). Pre-order on Luisa via Roma for $525.
Overland Women’s Wool Felt Floppy Poinsetta Hat: This is a Frugal Snob option that hides it frugality well under floral flair. At Overland for $49 (from $79).
Eugenia Kim Kurt Rabbit-Felt Fedora: Here’s another frugal pick to jump on. Snake-effect trim gives the neutral staple just enough kick to keep you wanting it all winter long. On The Outnet for $85.50 (from $285).
It’s been just 10 years since Barneys bought Jack and Lazaro’s Parsons senior thesis collection, and in that short time, they’ve made Proenza Schouler into one of the Snobbiest brands out there. Now in honor of their history with the retailer, Proenza has released an updated version of those pieces called “First Collection.” These 19 limited edition re-issues range from a simple gray hoodie ($795) to satin bustiers ($1,385) to gorgeously structured jackets ($1,750) – many of which have become signature Proenza pieces. The popular tissue tee ($690) makes a reappearance alongside an equally metallic pencil skirt ($850). This is accessible sparkle that can go day or night. If you missed out these and other Fall 2003 pieces, now’s the time to snap up your favorite styles! Available at Barneys New York.
Never fear white jeans again. Thanks to DL1961’s Xfit lycra, this milk-colored denim will keep you looking slim all summer long – none of that sausage legs nonsense. These’ll go with everything from your red and white July 4th tee to a silky black top, adding a crisp, clean finish to each look. I’ve been obsessed with white jeans since collage, so I have all of these DL1961s – no matter which you pick, you can’t go wrong! Available at DL1961.
Angel ($158): This length looks perfectly tailored on everyone, especially petite Snobs like myself who can be overwhelmed by too much fabric!
Lola ($98): It’s summer – how could I have a list without shorts? The cutout style lends just the tiniest bit of edge to an angelic hue.
Emma ($158): I love ankle length jeans for summer. And I love the faux pockets even more! With a chic bag, who needs pocket space?
Joy ($168): Girls who want to show off their curves tend to stick with skinny jeans, but since DL1961’s pants are made with the Xfit stretch denim, even a flared style will keep you looking sleek.
I’m in Asia most of the summer, intense heat doesn’t even begin to describe the sticky hot months of July and August! I wear tank tops and shorts everyday but then freeze my ass off in taxi cabs and restaurants (I only get sick in the summer because of this). My favorite transitional piece of clothing to fight the hot/cold/hot/cold torture? Cardigans! Even those of your grandmother’s variety, if you drape it and merch it up with sick jewels, any style will work. A bright hued cardigan can dress up even the tattiest of denim cut off shorts. I’m in love with L’Wren Scott’s abstract red and white cardi, it’s the perfect thing to drape/layer over your summer whites. Whatever you choose, just make sure the fabric is cotton or some kind of breathable material. You do not want to be in Scottish triple ply cashmere or heavy wool during this time! But a fine wool like Valentino’s floral will work as will any silk blend. Happy summer, stay cool (and warm!).
L’Wren Scott Printed Silk-Satin and Jersey Cardigan
On Net-a-Porter for $1,250
RED Valentino Floral-Print Wool Cardigan
On Net-a-Porter for $475.
Milly Mirage Cardigan
On Shopbop for $254.
Paul & Joe Belfort Printed Washed-Silk and Fine-Knit Cotton Cardigan
On Net-a-Porter for $171.50
Moschino Cheap and Chic Cropped Open-Knit Cotton Cardigan
On Net-a-Porter for $275