I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Rag & Bone “The Skinny' black jeans are the best damn pants out there, as far as I'm concerned. But sometimes life (or Balenciaga) throws you a curveball. Sometimes, a designer takes something as utilitarian/weird as the cargo pant (sometimes called “ combat trousers,” which is how I will henceforth refer to them) and shows you that with some crafty tailoring (and the right shoes), an early-aughts, bro-tastic Old Navy staple can ground an entire look. Case in point: Nicolas Ghesquière's FW 2007 collection, which might as well have been titled “ Back To School Badass,” And while yes, it's still summer, and yes, it's still pretty hot out, it doesn't hurt to get your game face on for fall.
J Brand Croft Easy Cargo Pants : Slightly drop-crotched? Check. Emmanuelle Alt-worthy low-rise? Check. Perfectly proportioned cuff? Check. These combat trousers are a top-notch descendent of their Parisian ancestor.
Wendy Nichol Braided Leather Knapsack : Well, you might not need a backpack at all—hey, you have pockets. Big ones! BUT, as far as backpacks go (and backpacks are cool, you know), it's Wendy Nichol's handmade-in-SoHo leather number or bust.
Miansai Silver Fish Hook Ring : When you go the hammered silver/distressed jewelry route, truth be told, you need to really pile it on. Keith Richards/Johnny Depp/ Abbey Lee-style. This ring is a great start. Hit up a flea market and find supplementary vintage bands and baubles.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid : There was a point in time where I couldn't leave the house without dabbing some Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid, a watery, nearly imperceptible opalescent highlighter, on the tops of my cheekbones. That time has passed, mainly because I lost the bottle, and I am now a convert of Chanel's ever-so-slightly bronzed version. Perfect to accentuate (or impart) a sun-kissed glow.
Oliver Peoples Benedict Mirrored Sunglasses : So that no one knows where you're looking, naturally.