FASHION | A WRITER'S UNIFORM

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All things Nili Lotan. Her midnight blue satin blazer has taken me to more than 20 cities on book tour. I’m obsessed, too, with her fringed brown suede jacket from the current season — very 1970’s in the most perfect way. She’s Israeli, and there’s a feminine toughness to her style that is perfect for a writer on book tour, for a book about a very vulnerable-making subject. As I said, I’ve been to 20 cities and counting since Inheritance came out in mid-January, and realized early on that I needed a uniform that felt both put-together and comfortable. It isn’t easy to be a woman writer on book tour. Men seem to be able to roll out of bed and perfect that disheveled creative genius look. Women — at least this one — need to put a bit more thought into it. Two pairs of Veronica Beard leggings, in navy and black and my navy Veronica Beard blazer took me from airplanes straight to events looking fresh. Those things are indestructible! And then … No. 6 clogs and clog boots! I have shearling-lined boots in three colors, and they get me through the New England winters. I also love Veronica Beard leggings for travel. And the Tucker market dress, which I now have in an animal print and black. I’m more and more about the uniform.


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As for jewelry, I have certain go-to pieces. I always wear my Cartier tank watch and Cartier’s trinity pave diamond wedding band. I also love charms and necklaces that contain the “evil eye” — I even wear a thin red thread put on my wrist by a yoga teacher friend that has at its center a tiny one. I also have one piece of jewelry of my mother’s that I wear when I have the chance — a Buccellati bracelet. It’s quite formal but it works when I wear it with jeans. 

I’m a blue jeans girl, and my go-to brand is Citizens of Humanity. I have low-rise, mid-rise, high-rise, bootcut, skinny and some with well placed rips that add edge to an otherwise more tailored outfit. I discovered Jenni Kayne while on tour, at her shop in Brentwood (225 26th Street #30b, Santa Monica; +1 24 268 4765), and bought a black cashmere fisherman sweater that is just the right weight and heft. I loved it so much that I ordered one in oatmeal, and those are in rotation as well. And of course my No. 6 clog boots — they add a lot of bulk in a suitcase so I tend to wear them on the plane, since they slip on and off easily, and their shearling lining is so cozy.