You know how fashion editors always have that insanely stylish half-dressed-up, half-dressed-down thing going on? Just that effortless, casual appeal that you can’t quite get to the root of? I’ve figured out the secret.
If you’re at all familiar with the (hilarious) Portlandia skit “Put a Bird on It,” you’ll know of what I speak when I say that the sartorially advanced set follows a similar mantra, only with gray sweatshirts. Sparkly Lurex Isabel Marant minidress? Put a gray sweatshirt on it! Breton striped shirt with cropped faded jeans? Put a gray sweatshirt on it! They make everything look about 10 times cooler and less try-hard. While several labels have had middling success in the past with crafting the perfect, slouchy-soft iteration, no one has truly nailed it until now. Meet the Isabel (hmm, perhaps an homage to the aforementioned Ms. Marant?) from J.Crew, which is CASHMERE. It is pure heaven: the perfect fit, not a hint of itchiness and–after having sold out on the site in February in what seemed like record time–back in a whole bunch of new colors that go beyond classic gray. While the estimated ship date isn’t until May, we suggest you get on this now because they are not going to last.
Isabel cashmere sweatshirt, $228, j.crew.com
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