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What We Want to Wear: 08.27.2021

August 26, 2021

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LEFT: The color is “erba” (grass in Italian), and this nice, trim Cashmere Shrunken Button Cardigan is $375 from Vince. It’s also available in black, heather white, pale walnut and sea stone (a pale gray).

TOP RIGHT: From Garrett Leight, Paloma glasses are tinted champagne/gold, with a stainless steel frame. They’re $390 from

BOTTOM RIGHT: I don’t know how many more sandal-wearing days are left this year, but it may still be possible to amortize the cost of these luscious Marni Criss-Cross Calfskin Fussbett Sandals, $690 at In addition to green (shown), they come in powder pink, lilac, charcoal—10 colors in all.


By Nancy McKeon

IT MAY JUST BE that I bought way too many white shirts over the past decade. And I continue to regard them with a worship that borders on fanaticism. But.

But I find myself flipping through catalogues and browsing fashion sites and being drawn, strongly drawn, to deep, luscious color.

It began with a tank top I bought this summer that was somehow both deep and radiant teal. I bought it to wear under a crisp white shirt, of course, there being nothing as flattering against a middle-aged woman’s complexion as crisp white. But somehow that teal tank changed the whole dynamic. The white was still crisp, but the teal added a glow to my skin, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite some time.

So now I’m on the prowl for more flattering colors. I’m not locked into one color palette—you do you—just going where my eye leads me. So far it has led me here, above and below.


LEFT: Rustic Brick is the name of the color of this wool-blend Kimono Jacket, but its clean tailoring is anything but rustic. The hip-length jacket has two patch pockets and a side-tie. It’s $229 at Garnet Hill.

CENTER: The amber, burgundy and burnt-orange blooms on the weathered blue ground of this Mojave Rose Anorak are what got my color cravings juiced this season. The waterproof polyester jacket won’t ship till November. which means its roominess will allow for layers as weather sets in. It has a detachable hood and pockets and a two-way zipper and is $229 at Peruvian Connection.

RIGHT: Navy tracings on curry—I call that color. Also from Peruvian Connection, the viscose Yellowstone Dress has slightly blouson sleeves and is 37 inches in length, which may call for navy leggings. It’s $329.


LEFT: Lisa Corti grew up in Africa and now lives in Italy. Like her other textiles (scarves, quilts and table coverings), this Lisa Corti Wool Shawl was hand-block-printed in India. It’s over 6 feet long and $272 through John Derian.

RIGHT: I carried something like this Slouchy Suede Shoulder Bag when I was in college. It still looks like a great idea. This one comes in dark red (shown), also in a chartreuse that looks more like goldenrod to me. It’s $148 at Anthropologie.


Lamarque’s slightly oversize and full-sleeve Karry lamb leather jacket is classic when you want it to be (right), friskier when you are (left). It’s on sale for $330 at lamarquecollection. Shown here in vetiver (olive green), it’s also available in black.


LEFT: For daily pursuits, from Treasure & Bond, this rayon-blend Plaid Boyfriend Shirt in gray-rust Cosmopolis plaid drapes like a dream and is $59 at Nordstrom.

RIGHT: If there’s anyone’s cashmere I trust to be the best, it’s Loro Piana’s. You pay for that kind of imprimatur, of course: This San Babila cashmere turtleneck, with a form-fitting ribbed body and over-long plain-knit sleeves in gradient coloring, is $1,785 at


I still envy my sister the fringed suede jacket she had in high school. Now may be the moment to finally buy one for myself. The Big Sky Jacket, $448 at Sundance, comes in the fawn color shown and a pale moonstruck (ivory-gray). The catalogue warns it runs a bit small.


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5 thoughts on “What We Want to Wear: 08.27.2021

  1. Joan Ballard says:

    Love all the fall introductions here! Got me thinking…..

  2. Nancy G says:

    My parents got all three of us little fringed suede jackets when we were kids, probably on a trip out west somewhere. I loved that jacket, but have no idea what happened to it. Glad to see they’re back, and for big people. And that burnt orange/rustic brick is grabbing my eye this season.

    1. Nancy McKeon says:

      Agreed. I’m sorely tempted, especially so I can get back at my sister after all these years. (Can’t recall why she had such a jacket and I didn’t. i was probably too “chubby” for one. Or maybe, just maybe, I didn’t want to admit that she had had a terrific idea!)

  3. stephanie Cavanaugh says:

    LOVE that grass green. Surprised?

    1. Nancy McKeon says:

      me too, absolutely. no, no surprise (for either of us).

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