wardrobe staples: the marinière sweater (under $300)

Happy Monday! I’m back with the second edition of my Wardrobe Staples series and am excited about this one because I’m an absolute sucker for a classic, mariner sweater.

When I think about classic wardrobe staples, the mariner sweater is one of the first three items that come to mind along with a little black dress and a trench coat. It’s preppy and classically American yet very, very French and even obviously, nautical too. You’ll see it on everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Kate Middleton to Jeanne Damas and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The marinière shirt originated in the French Navy with very specific measurements and specifications, but eventually made its way into Parisian street style during World War I when Coco Chanel traveled to the seaside and was inspired by the sailors’ shirts. It soared in popularity in the 40s when it was worn by icons like Jean Cocteau, Picasso, and Brigitte Bardot and then in the 60s when Jean Seberg wore an Yves Saint Laurent one in (one of my favorite new wave films) the Godard film Breathless.

The striped mariner sweater is such a simple piece that doesn’t take much styling to look good, but that can also be styled in some really unique ways. Throw it on with your favorite blue or white jeans with a leather ankle boot or white sneaker. Alternatively, wear it like Kate Middleton with a pair of sailor pants or like Audrey with classic, black cigarette trousers. For a more unique look, I love how Gwyneth Paltrow styled one here. Tie one around your shoulders over a white t-shirt or add a silk neck scarf for color and personality.


My personal favorite brand for mariner sweaters is Petit Bateau, but you can also get incredible pieces from Saint James and A.P.C. When in doubt, go French (as always).

Below, I’ve compiled nine mariner sweaters below ranging in price from $35 to $295 from brands like J.Crew and Madewell to A.P.C. and Tory Burch. If you’re able to splurge on the higher end brands, I recommend it because they’re classic brands for a reason and should last many, many years in your closet. But, if it’s not in your budget at the moment, you can still be confident about the quality of the lower priced brands I’ve included.

pretty things no. 47

Happy weekend! The fall vibe I wanted to capture for this week’s edition of pretty things is sort of where American Western style meets Parisian street style. So, lots of subtle cowboy influences paired with French classics.

This subtle polka dot print dress from Mango is a great, easy piece for fall that can be worn by itself when it’s still a little warm out or with a cute jacket when the temperatures cool down. Pair it with Stan Smiths or a pair of Veja sneakers for a sportier look or with ankle boots for something more classically autumnal.

An oversized cardigan is something that screams Parisian to me, especially when worn by itself or over a silk camisole. This one in particular has these great tortoiseshell buttons that make it really interesting. Wear it over a dress or buttoned up with jeans and boots.

Need a new fall scent? Diptyque’s Oud Palao is the perfect choice. It’s a warm, exotic scent, combining East and West with notes like Bulgarian rose, Laotian oud, Indian cypriol, Sri Lankan sandalwood, Somalian olibanum, Madagascan vanilla, Spanish cistus, Indonesian patchouli paired with rose, vanilla, and incense.

A great pair of straight leg jeans will carry you through the fall as great base for your looks. Pair them with everything from classic cotton or cashmere t-shirts to wool sweaters, silk camisoles and jackets, or bohemian blouses.

This bag from & Other Stories is a simple piece that will add some fall texture and color to all of your basics. I love the idea of using it to dress up a white tee and jeans or to anchor a printed dress.

If there’s one shoe that, to me, screams autumn it’s the iconic Isabel Marant Dicker boot. I love its Western influences and the perfect height of its heel. This shoe works with pretty much everything and adds a great Parisian twist.

pretty things no. 46

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Happy Saturday :) This weekend’s edition of pretty things is just a little mix of things I’m loving for pre-fall.

When I saw this new Gal Meets Glam dress earlier this week, I knew it was my new favorite. It’s such a classic, flattering silhouette that I can picture on Kate Middleton. For fall, I’d pair it with a nude block heel or something in a different, poppier shade of blue.

How gorgeous is this Sabinna skirt? It’s such a unique linen piece that I think works just as well for fall as it does for spring and summer. Once it gets cooler, swap out your white tee or button down shirt for a cashmere sweater.

No fall wardrobe is complete with a suede statement bag. This piece from Mango is a great choice because it’s affordable, so you won’t feel bad only wearing it in one or two seasons.

Okay, you must click through to see these jeans on the model because they look so cool. I love that you can style them in a classic, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy way with a simple tank top and oversized cardigan or blazer just as easily as you could style them with a bohemian blouse.

I love a good pair of geometric earrings to pair with simple jeans and t-shirt looks or going out looks. Think black skinny jeans, silk camisole, and these earrings from Mango.

Don’t you love this statement top from Tory Burch? It’d be super cute paired with a simple combination of jeans and slide loafers or linen shorts and wrap sandals.

12 feminine pieces to add to your fall wardrobe

Are y’all as ready for autumn as I am? I can’t stop dreaming of the day it will cool down enough to pull out some of my fall pieces, get a Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks, and start lighting up the fall candles. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up ideas for fall dressing and this year, my biggest inspiration is Queenie Goldstein from the Fantastic Beasts series. Her style is undoubtedly feminine, with lots of warm colors and rich textures like wool, velvet, and suede. I’ve pulled together 12 pieces that remind me of Queenie to give you some inspiration for a feminine fall wardrobe to try out in the coming months.

pretty things no. 45

This weekend’s 45th edition of pretty things is all about transitional style. August and September are odd months to dress for as our heads begin to dream of fall, but it’s still quite hot outside. Here are six pieces that, in my eyes, are the perfect transitional items to take your wardrobe through August and September. But, they can also be utilized throughout the year with some creativity.

When I think end of summer, beginning of fall, my mind goes to dark florals. With them, you’re retaining some of the summer vibe that a floral provides but giving it an autumnal edge in the color palette. This dress from Reformation is the perfect blend of summer and autumn, as it has that dark pattern paired together with a breezy, peasant silhouette.

Really, you can pull off a silk camisole just about any day of the year that it’s not freezing cold, which makes it the perfect layering piece. In the summer-to-fall transition, pair with textures and fabrics that get heavier as the weather cools. A rugged fabric like denim, wool, or rough linen looks so good with a delicate silk.

This pair of skinny, olive khaki cargo pants from J.Crew can be dressed for so many different occasions and weather scenarios. Pair with a white bohemian blouse and wrap sandals when you’re feeling summer, then throw on a knubby knit sweater and ankle boots for fall.

This jute bucket bag is the definition of a transitional bag. The bucket shape reads fall to me but it keeps the summer vibes going with the texture. This would look gorgeous with a white dress on warm days and a t-shirt, jeans, and cardigan when it starts to cool down.

I adore these Mango block heeled shoes for their neutral color scheme paired with unique details. That’s what a statement shoe is all about, in my mind. Pair them with white, wide leg crops, a cream summer sweater, and gold jewelry.

When I think transition, my mind’s eye goes to safari vibes. Those pieces are inherently made for warm weather, but have a substance to them that can read fall. This Staud belt totally aligns with that aesthetic and would look chic with everything from a pair of high waisted, wide-leg trousers to a simple black dress.