Not-So-Basic Basics & Fancy Pants


In which Emily combs her go-to e-commerce destinations and selects five things she must. have. right. now. (And that you might be interested in, too.)

1. T By Alexander Wang's Crew Neck Sweatshirt:  A sweatshirt is the new t-shirt, people. And if you're not going vintage, this is the one to get: just the right amount of slouch (you don't want to get into Sports Authority/Champion territory), by the man who knows how to whip up not-so-basic basics.

2. Isabel Marant's Godart Embroidered Cropped Skinny Jeans:  In the colder months, I live in black Rag & Bone Skinny Jeans (I'm up to 4 pairs—no joke), but as soon as the sun comes out, it's all about Ksubi cutoffs. That being said, there aren't a helluva lot of ways you can "dress up" frayed denim shorts. Sometimes you want to slip into some Fancy Pants, and these are those. Yes, they're an investment, but they're also an outfit.

3. Ancient Greek Sandals' Chrysso Black Thong Sandals:  You might remember these babies from my Vacation Essentials post. They've got all the pizazz of Giuseppe Zanotti at a fraction of the price.

4. Rodin's Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil:  I've shot three Top Shelves this week and Olio Lusso was in two of them. If there were a Beauty Hall of Fame, this would be inducted in 2013. It's the facial oil that launched a thousand facial oils, created by the incredibly chic stylist Linda Rodin. A warm-weather medicine cabinet staple.

5. Ray-Ban's Polarized Aviator Sunglasses:  Aviators = instant cool factor. The Célines and Givenchys are fabulous, but these are classic. And cheaper.

—Emily Weiss

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  • Kate Dowhan

    why is the oil for warm weather? I would have thought for cold weather...use face oils in winter and summer? please help..

    • IntoTheGloss

      Hi Kate!

      I tend to pare down my routine in the spring/summer, particularly because of travel (hallelujah for impromptu weekend excursions), and Olio Lusso is a great one-stop moisturizer. The trick for not looking like an oil slick in the summer (or any time of the year, for that matter) is using a few drops on moist, freshly washed skin. The drier your face, the more product you'll use, and the more it will sit on the surface.


  • Susanne Krenz

    um, yes, my day would still be blown if i lost 200-dollar shades (assuming i could afford them in the first place).

  • Kristen Dolzynski

    BEST. SWEATSHIRT. EVER! love your whole list. great addition to the site! xo!

  • Jane S.

    Ines de la Fressange was wearing those Isabel Marant jeans at FIT this week with a navy Equipment shirt. The ultimate in French cool.

  • Nomadic D.

    Love the sweatshirt. But then, I'm a huge A Wang fan, his t-shirts always make me feel like a secret rockstar. I also spent a good chunk of money on a sweatshirt a few years back:

    and it is still bringing me endless amounts of joy. I think splurging on basics is totally worth it!

  • Angela_E

    You should really look at Fresh's new(ish) Seaberry face oil. It has completely turned my (very sensitive) skin around. I was interested in getting a good face oil because night cremes are just too much for my combination skin, but find the olio lusso prohibitively expensive (esp on my grad student stipend). So, I tried out the Fresh oil. My skin is simply radiant now (been using it for about 3 1/2 weeks), and my mild rosacea has completely calmed down.

    • Sara

      Olio Lusso is not only overpriced for what you get, it is so not worth the purchase. I have this oil, and believe me--it is nothing special. It smells good, but that is it. I have not seen any change on my skin. I also have the body oil. Although less expensive, still nothing special. Not even enough moisturizing in winter months. Sure, it smells wonderful, but my husband dislikes the smell.

  • Michelle

    Love this jumper, so nice!

  • Bonnie Clyde

    Love it!!


  • Restless Blonde

    Good pics :) I wouldn't mind having these Ray Bans, jeans by Isabel Marant and Rodin Oil for face. Thanks to ITG I also have this product as one "I-need-to-buy-if-I-have-any-spare-money" :)

  • hclsaltaicd

    Love the sweater, I almost bought. But then I wasn't sure (too sporty?) and other things became more important... like AG clio sandals. I have the Ray-Bans and they are truly the best. No need to spend more on a "bigger" brand. Can't possibly afford the Rodin oil, but it's on my wish list.

  • fairytalesandcoffee

    I like this feature. Edited picks are always welcome. Can't wait for more of this feature.

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Just splurged on AGS' 'iris' sandals in black. Just arrived today, and they are gorgeous - and classic, so I'll get a few years' wear out of them! Rodin is lovely, but anyone wanting the equivalent for their Rodin by Recine hair oil, with jasmine EO, try Fushi's 'really good hair oil' - I am in the UK, so I don't know if they sell it overseas, but it smells gorgeously of jasmine, is 100ml for £15 (!) and does seriously amazing stuff to my dry hair if I wash it and leave it on overnight as a treatment. It's all naturals oils too, so bonus.

  • Veronica

    I have that sweatshirt, and I can attest to the fact that it is worth the splurge. It instantly became a staple. Drapes perfectly, the proportions are ideal. Dress it up for work, down for yoga, its works for all of it. To add to its virtues, it's also machine washable.

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    I can't afford them (well, I don't consider sticking them on a credit card and worrying about it later to be a sensible option), but I like edits like these because it spurs me on to find lovely affordable alternatives from places like Zara etc, or in the case of the Rodin, seeing companies like Fushi offer affordable counterparts every bit the equal in quality. I just consider stuff like this or looking at as jumping off points for how astute and creative a shopper I can be!

    • ikillplants

      I agree, @beeswaxnoneofyour:disqus. For instance, the Rodin has been on my wish list for at least two years now. Emily's editorial reminded me of my Rodin fixation, and I purchased Josie Maran's pure argan oil as a lightweight summer moisturizer alternative that's FAR easier on the wallet. It's not skimping on quality, but friendlier in price.

  • vignette

    185$ cutoff shorts you can get exact the same for 25$ at a vintage store... seriously?

  • Blair

    yes, I'm right with you with the ridiculous purchases of bloggers. I follow many blogs of which most of the girls are 20-25 years old (college students or at their first job) and they wear Alexander Wang sweatshirts and Celine Trapeze bags as if it's normal to spend 300 dollars on pieces of cotton. 500$ on Isabel Marant jeans? "No problem". What I'm interested in is how do they do it? I'm 23, started working at a law firm (which pays way higher than the fashion industry) and can hardly pay my rent in Brooklyn. It's a mystery to me

  • Elizabeth Milligan

    I love my Rodin oil - I treat it like a magical elixir. Sometimes I'll put one or two (that's all you need!) in my regular moisturizer so I get a nice glow and I can smell oil the oils. I also will mix it with a few drops of jojoba oil and rub all of that all over my face at night. It's one of the few products I know that won't irritate (and in fact soothes!) my rosacea.

    I love the gray sweatshirt - I have an old almost-identical version from Zara that I wear all. the. time. And its price point allowed me to buy the Rodin oil:)


Ancient Greek Sandals
Ancient Greek Sandals Chrysso Beaded Thong Sandal in Black
Isabel Marant
Isabel Marant Godart Embroidered Cropped Skinny Jeans
T by Alexander Wang
T by Alexander Wang Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Ray-Ban Polarized Aviator Sunglasses