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Reader: I’m looking for a great brown, boxy leather jacket! Any ideas?
Remi: Brown leather jackets seem to be all the rage right now, and I’m here for it. I came across this 100% leather Oversized Worn-Effect Leather Jacket ($600) on Mango recently and am obsessed with the worn-in, distressed look. It’s the perfectly lived-in topper you can throw on over any outfit and just look effortlessly cool. If you’re looking for a more classic boxy fit, Universal Standard’s Leeron Leather Moto Jacket ($698) is an amazing find. I have it in black and reach for it all the time. It looks and feels high quality, has a boxy, but not too boxy fit, and comes in a wide range of sizes (00-40) to ensure you get the perfect fit. The chili chocolate shade is a gorgeous rich brown with red undertones. For a budget-friendly option, check out Quince’s 100% Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($150). This one does have a slimmer fit, but a 100% top grain leather jacket for $150 is such a steal we couldn’t resist adding it in.
Reader: Where can I get a GD decent sweater?!
Remi: In my opinion, the best part about fall is getting to pull out all of those big, cozy sweaters that have been collecting dust all summer long. Luckily there are so many places to find decent sweaters. Scratch that – really great sweaters. If you’re of the fewer, better mindset I can’t recommend La Ligne or Jenni Kayne enough. These are my top two favorite brands for sweaters. Both brands are quite pricey, with sweaters ranging from $200-$500 depending on the style and materials, but the quality and fit are always so good. La Ligne stocks more fun colors and patterns, while Jenni Kayne takes more minimalist approach, but if you’re looking to buy a sweater or two that you’ll wear every week without getting sick of it (or it pilling, getting riddled with holes, etc.) these brands are worth a shot. Alex Mill is another great sweater destination, with high-quality pieces that generally skew a bit more affordable than the brands I mentioned before. I’m eyeing their Cecile Turtleneck ($325) and Emma Cardigan ($175) for fall.
Reader: Where should I look for cashmere that won’t bankrupt me?
Remi: Cashmere feels oh-so luxurious, but the premium fabric often can cost an arm and a leg. Not all cashmere is created equally; prices vary greatly due to few factors like how fine the fibers are and where the piece is manufactured. The good news is no matter your budget, you can find some cashmere goodies you love. There are plenty of brands out there selling quality cashmere pieces at affordable pricepoints. Let’s start with one of the most affordable brands we’ve seen, Quince. The Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater is just $50 and made of 100% Grade-A cashmere. Next up is Naadam, a brand that sources materials directly from Mongolian herding communities to give you better cashmere at a fairer price. The brand is known for its $75 Cashmere Sweater, but also has a host of other products including cashmere cardigans, joggers, beanies, and scarves. State Cashmere is another DTC darling founded by Hao Rone, whose family has been raising cashmere goats in Mongolia for centuries. The pieces are all fair-trade, cruelty-free, made of 100% Grade-A cashmere, and generally sit in the $120-$220 range. The last, possibly-bank-breaking pick is Guest In Residence. While definitely the priciest option on this list, the brand’s cashmere wares are so fun, trendy, and unique we thought it deserved a spot.
Reader: Can you help me find a product that prevents excessive pet hair all over my house?
Remi: If your goal is to prevent pet hair around your house, you may want to start with a pet that doesn’t shed. But, for those of us with beloved pets that shed excessively a good vacuum is key. TQE social media manager and dog mom Victoria Hoff swears by the Dyson V11 ($570) for keeping her home as fur-free as possible. The cordless vacuum is designed specifically with pet hair in mind, including features like an anti-tangle brush bar that’s able to get into small crevices and pick up large clumps of hair without getting backed up. “As someone with two giant dogs, one of whom leaves tumbleweeds of fur in his wake, I don't know where I'd be without my Dyson V11,” Victoria shares. “It's an investment that pays for itself every time I walk into a fur-free home.”
Reader: Where can we find cool and appropriate office wear these days?
Remi: There are so many great places to find cool and appropriate workwear nowadays, no matter what your office dress code is. If you’re looking to invest in high-quality, chic, office-appropriate essentials that’ll last a lifetime in your wardrobe, Vince and Theory are two personal favorites. Everlane is another great spot for timeless styles with fresh twists that work well for office dressing. While you may not immediately think of them as “cool”, J.Crew and Banana Republic have both rebranded over the years and are stocked with stylish pieces that work for everything from smart casual to business formal dress codes.
Reader: What is the best hairbrush I can buy?
Remi: This might be my favorite question because I have seriously strong opinions on the topic. If you’re willing to splurge, I think the Mason Pearson Mixture Brush ($240) is the best money can buy. At this point, you might be thinking I’m absolutely insane for recommending an almost $300 hairbrush, and I very well may be but I stand by this pick wholeheartedly. Nylon tufts and boar bristles work together to detangle hair seamlessly and distribute oils from your scalp to your ends, so your hair actually looks shinier and smoother after a brush. If you have hair that frizzes easily, this brush is a blessing; It’s the only hairbrush I’ll use on my dry hair. The quality is top-notch. I’ve had this product for over 15 years and it still works perfectly, with only mild damages. For a budget-friendly option, I also do love my Wet Brush Original Detangler ($12) for brushing my hair right out of the shower. It detangles well and is still quite gentle on strands.
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