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Lauren's Woodblock-Print Layering Top

It's an outfit spicer-upper.


I've admired Rachel Comey as a designer for years -- her clothes are relaxed yet sophisticated, her lookbooks styled with such insouciant cool. But only in the past year or so have I become a fan of Rachel Comey as a shopper. Her clothes are well-made and, more often than not, fit right off the rack -- which is pretty much the opposite experience I've had at every other store. And it helps that the women who work at her store are so friendly and helpful and, well, cool.

On my way back from a show during New York Fashion Week, I stopped by Comey's store on Crosby Street and tried on five things -- they all fit, and I wanted all of them. Not wanting to blow my entire spring budget in one go, however, I settled on this arch-print shell in blue jacquard, which I'd been eyeing on the website for a few weeks. I like its triangular shape, woodblock-style pattern and texture (the weaving on the jacquard has been left frayed), which makes my usual uniform of black and navy solids come to life. Since purchase, I've been layering it over a black Uniqlo turtleneck with black pants or a navy skirt; as the temperatures warm up, I'll ditch the turtleneck. Oh, how I can't wait to ditch the turtleneck.

Rachel Comey Una top, $380, available at Rachel Comey.

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