Q: Cute sparkly tweed jacket in a light color.
A: This one stumped me a bit – I didn’t like the options I found that were both metallic and pastel, but maybe one of these that fills one of the requirements will be appealing: this neutral metallic is a forever piece, and this pastel Veronica Beard has been on my lust list for a few weeks now. For something a little less spendy, check out Massimo Dutti (this summer-weight tweedy jacket is chic chic!) or Urban Revivo (this tweedy metallic cardigan is pretty fab). Will keep my eyes peeled…
Q: Moving announcements! Trying to find something not cheesy.
A: Congrats, friend! (But since I know this Magpie personally — I will miss you so much!) Etsy is the answer. Check out these elegant ones, these minimalist ones, or reach out to a letterpress shop and ask them to do something simple and custom for you (some inspo here). Upgrade pick: Red Clay Paper will custom-draw your new home on the cards!
Q: Fitted or cropped tanks to wear with high-waisted skirt.
A: A great prompt because I am also in need of these basics. I typically wear this seamless Free People one with high-waisted skirts. A few others to consider: this Susana Monaco or this longer length one (love the polished look of their pieces), this Tibi, this perfectwhitetee, and this J. Crew.
Q: Breezy shirt dresses inspired by Julia Amory but under $300 for my summer mom life.
A: This Tuckernuck is exactly what you want! Use code YOUROCK for 20% off, bringing the dress odwn to $125. Also like this one from the same line! The brand NavyBleu has some cute, breezy blockprint style dresses that are similar — love this $128 navy and white print one, this blue tile one, and this shorter-length one, which is reminiscent of Amory’s husband shirts. A little pricier, but I own and adore this shirtdress in a different pattern and it feels just as soft and inviting as the J.A.’s I own. I rotate between them with near indifference — they feel the same to me in ethos, comfort, breeziness, style, etc.
Q: A dress to wear to my daughter’s outdoor second birthday party, something pink!
A: Speaking of Marea — this would be perfect. It’s celebratory, happy, but cotton and breathable and therefore feels functional for the chocolate icing that will end up smeared on you at some point. I also love the options from Juliet Dunn, as loyal Magpie readers know! So breezy, chic, comfortable, summery, happy! Both of those options feel playful, not-stuffy, happy, but chic.
Q: Rooftop 40th birthday party in LA. Not mine!
A: I feel like I want you to wear a chic minimalist linen mini, like this, this, or this. Simple gold jewelry (think hoops and a few delicate necklaces) and a strappy sandal. She’s a 10. If you’re not a mini-lover, I like the idea of a simple and elegant dress like this.
Q: Men’s chinos.
A: Most of Mr. Magpie’s are from Todd Snyder. I love the modern sensibility, but most of the pieces can be styled traditionally or more urban. They tend to do great color options, too. These Fahertys also have a good, classic, clean fit.
Q: Finally going to be meeting a family member’s 10-month-old baby. Gift ideas for baby under $50?
A: So special! I love gifting these Kyte sleepsacks, which feel super luxe but ring in right at $50. I would have loved having a spare one as a gift! Another idea: a couple of great bedtime story books bundled with a jellycat. Some of our friends gave our daughter a piggy bank when she was born, and deposited an inaugural $10 inside. It was so thoughtful. The ones from Reed & Barton are really sweet.
Q: Tweed pant or skirt suit.
A: Veronica Beard! She doesn’t have too many options out right now, so you might want to wait until fall’s release, but something like these pants with this blazer is…unbelievable. Theory also has some chic options, like this set.
Q: Platform wedges to wear with a white floral jumpsuit at my bach.
A: Congrats! I hope you have the best time. These are SO fun and somehow 50% off. I think you’re looking for height, but I’ve also been swooning over these Ulla Js. So funky and would look amazing with shirtdresses. More affordable end: anything by Castaner!