Macy’s deserves a shout-out because they’ve upped their game. I’ve ordered online from them recently, and their service has been stellar. Fast, efficient, accurate, and reliable. They’ve updated their site so that it’s easier to use, and there are lots of fun new brands if you take the time to browse. The brand selection is quite different to Nordstrom, which increases the variety for all. There are lots of size-inclusive options, affordable prices, and you will almost always get a discount. It’s nice to share that this often overwhelming and understaffed retailer is weathering the storm of the pandemic and giving us better service and merchandise. Long may it last.

On to this week’s top picks.

1. Old Navy Shorts

Our forum members and some of my clients are having an excellent run with simple, casual and affordable Summer shorts from Old Navy. Here are the winners, and many with great reviews. There are structured and elastic waists, technical fabrics and natural fibres, lots of sizes, and lots of colours. So far, no post-laundry complaints either.

2. Radley London Handbags

Radley London makes extremely nice handbags and wallets. The quality is gorgeous, and if you’re into terriers like I am, their emblem is a Scottie. There are lots of colours and silhouettes to choose from. Most are structured and on the dressier side, although casual totes and playful doggy designs are there too. Hardware can be silver or gold, and the linings are made of recycled polyester. If you purchase the bag at Macy’s you will probably get a discount. I have a light blue Radley satchel that I got in London, and a red Radley wallet that I got at Macy’s. They are old and in pristine condition.

3. Good Casual Tops

Some of these tops have worked well on my clients, and others have good reviews. Most are fluid and very fluid, but some fitted and with waist definition. Many are made of natural fibres, some of blends, and some polyester too. It’s definitely a season for patterns, with fewer solid tops it seems. Fab for Team Pattern.

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Gingham Wrap Blouse
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Clip Smocked Blouse
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Ribbed Racerback Tank
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Ribbed Racerback Tank
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Ribbed Racerback Tank
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Flutter Tee
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Jasmine Sweatshirt
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Laurie Linen Top
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Elizabeth Top
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Ribbed Henley Tee
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Gap Urbanite Tank
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4. Alfani Petite V-Neck Sleeveless Blouse

These blouses come in petites and regular sizes and are amazingly versatile, and a good colour vehicle. Layer them under cardigans and jackets, or wear them on their own. The neckline and armholes aren’t too deep. They have worked well on a range of straighter and curvier clients with smaller and larger bust sizes. Affordable, easy to wear and pack, fluidly tailored, forgiving on the midsection, and wear like iron. You might need to size down.

5. Ecco Corksphere Thong Sandal

These thong sandals look more polished than regular rubber flip-flops. They are very comfortable, and provide some support. A fab client of mine who lives by the beach in Florida started out with a white pair that she matched with a white tote to create a complement. The white complement instantly became a frequent addition to outfits because it made her feel more pulled together. Because fancy-flip flops are a wardrobe essential for her style, she’s added a pair in black and metallic. She has the casual bags to match too. Easy!

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