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November 2 2019
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Wear

John Lobb Loafer


First introduced in 1950 by John Lobb, the Parisian masters of footwear, the Lopez is proof that sometimes the French simply do American classics better than the Americans. To call this shoe a loafer is to insult it. Sure, it’s casual in its heritage, but like so many great French things—steak frites, tarte tatin, Beaujolais—it’s a testament to the power of restraint triumphing over excess. The great artists know how to transform a few basic elements into something that endures. And this shoe, available in three different finishes, not only endures—it goes anywhere and with anything. ($1,450; johnlobb.com)

Wear

The Leather Skirt


On a recent trip to Galeries Lafayette, we discovered Vanessa Seward’s capsule collection for La Redoute. Seward’s minimalist designs tend to have maximum impact, and her previous collections for Azzaro and, later, A.P.C. remain revered by those in the know. Now she’s managed to design a sleek, buttery leather skirt that looks like something Jane Birkin would have worn during her Gainsbourg days—for less than $200. We’ve already been sporting the caramel version around town, but it’s also available in black. No harm in getting both. ($195, laredoute.com)

Dance

Mansur Gavriel Ballet Flats


Ballerina flats that truly resemble something a dancer would wear are few and far between. Mansur Gavriel will not settle for anything less than a correct interpretation. The brand’s Dream Ballerina slippers are made of supple lambskin, with a silhouette that clings to the foot but fully covers the toes. Best of all, they’re entirely street-worthy, with a flexible leather sole and ever-so-slight heel, and offered in 12 colors ranging from Biscotto to Midnight Blue. Dancing with joy might be warranted. ($295, mansurgavriel.com)

Pull Over

Jacquemus Turtleneck


If you’re going to wear a turtleneck on the street, by God, it needs to be woven and textured. (Anything less is merely a layering piece.) Which is why Jacquemus’s cable-knit alpaca-blend sweater is such a welcome addition to any fall ensemble. With a slim fit and long, scrunchable sleeves, it’s game to accompany jeans, work-friendly trousers, and skirts of all persuasions. A touch of merino wool ensures that comfort is paramount. ($345, net-a-porter.com)

Layer

The Pendleton Rain Jacket


You’ve secured a fashionable trench, a weekend-worthy waxed jacket, and an indoor/outdoor blazer. But are you fully prepared for the kind of torrential downpour that hits you horizontally? Having previously masterminded some pretty great blankets (and blanket coats), the good people at Pendleton have turned their attentions to the rain slicker. The Newport jacket’s seam-sealed waterproof shell both zips and snaps shut, to ensure that moisture is banished to the outdoors, while the shirttail hem and cheerful printed lining add a dash of fashion. Style and substance! ($180, pendleton-usa.com)

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