Fashion & Beauty

What We Want to Wear: 07.01.2020

LEFT: Breezy blouses are on our list for this summer’s sizzle. Did you know that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since 1880? Even if we’re not venturing far from home, loosey-goosey cuts in linen and cotton offer plenty of breathing room. The navy-and-white abstract pattern on Cos Stores’ Wide Printed Cotton Shirt ($115) reads cool. If it’s a tad too generous for some, the same print is available on an above-the-knee A-line shirt dressRIGHT: For looking crisp while feeling wilted, nothing beats classic stripes. The ruffled wide arm holes on A.P.C.’s linen-blend Zita T-Shirt (reduced from $125 to $62.50) give the otherwise preppy top a shot of femininity.

ABOVE: I’ve been obsessed by this eyewear ever since I saw my friend Irina looking like a starlet in these pink Claudia Sunglasses last week. She told me the brand name was Glare and that she had bought them in a store in Spain last spring. I scoured the web until I found the label’s website. It turns out they’re made in Italy (certo!). I’ve sent Glare an e-mail to find out if there’s anywhere remotely near me they’d be available—you can’t buy them online. I haven’t heard back. BTW, they also come in blue, beige, yellow and tortoise shell.


LEFT: White is my go-to summer color. Which is why Clare V.’s Bateau Tote Bag (on sale for $159.60, Shopbop) in poppy red and navy woven raffia appeals to me, accent-wise-speaking. Also, I find I’m lugging more stuff around lately—an extra mask, a face shield (see below), hand sanitizer and latex gloves, along with my usual suspects. I can’t cram them all into my crossbody bag. CENTER: I bought True Botanicals’ Vitamin C Booster ($90) for dark spots, wrinkles and overall brightening on the strength of a beauty podcast I heard a month or so ago. Also, my dermatologist, who pooh-poohs most new products, likes ones that contain Vitamin C. Because this one comes in a powder form, it’s supposed to have a longer shelf life.  (True Botanicals recently offered a 15-20% site wide discount, so I sprang for it.) RIGHT: I would make this Oversized Brim Straw Visor (Cos Stores, $45) part of my going-out pandemic outfit. With masks and sunglasses and maybe a shield (see below), I think visors might be easier to navigate—they don’t obstruct your vision as much as a floppy hat. Made from paper (hmm), it’s fitted with an adjustable rear strap and an interior sweat band, which should come in handy in the heat.


LEFT: I love wearing white in summer—I know I mentioned that already. White jackets and/or white sweaters go with everything and protect shoulders come cool evenings or in overly air-conditioned spaces (not so much a threat this summer with offices, theaters, et al. shuttered). I know I could find excuses to wear this Sandra Utility Jean Jacket ($119, final sale, Goop). It’s loose-fitting enough to wear over button-downs and knits. Thumbs-up for a hem that hits at a flattering point below the hips and details like patch pockets and faux-horn buttons. It would instantly dress up a ratty tee before a last-minute Zoom. RIGHT: Shield Our Heroes NYC began making protective plastic face coverings to combat the shortage of PPE at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the virus in New York has stabilized, they’re still providing shields to front-line health care workers—and now they’re available to the public. A pack of five face shields is $19.95. As protests against racism continue around the country, you can also order lettered face shields (see photo) for $10.95 each.

—Janet Kelly


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6 thoughts on “What We Want to Wear: 07.01.2020

  1. Andrea Harnett says:

    Hi Janet –

    I’m just writing to say hi and let you know that I read my little bird regularly and think of you. Alas, fashion has become less relevant when there is no place to go to wear our cherished clothes and accessories – or few places. Stores are open here now, and I fear for the viability of my favorite shops.

    Hope all is well, health-wise.


    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Thanks for reading My Little Bird, Andrea! We’re grateful.

      Fashion loses relevance, I agree, when we have few places to wear our favorite clothes. And I also fear for the viability of my go-to places. I’m not shopping at actual stores but if they have websites I try to support them that way.

      I’ve been mostly wearing the same stuff.
      But every so often I put on something that’s slightly more “dressed up” even though I’m sitting in my backyard with Jim. It’s good for lifting the spirits.

      Hope you and yours are well. Virtual hugs.

  2. Nancy G says:

    We ordered some.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Great. I have been giving some to friends here.

  3. Nancy G says:

    I know you and your white! But my husband just asked where we can get face shields. Now I know. Thanks and stay safe!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      They’re made in Brooklyn by a company my friend’s stepson is associated with. She sent me a bunch. She says she feels more protected when she wears one over her mask. Worth doing in these uncertain times.

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