Spring is tinged with cruelty this year, and it’s O.K. to seek solace in retail therapy. Each season, your Air Mail style correspondents hunt down a perfect L.W.D. (Little White Dress)—frankly, because we can’t imagine ringing in daffodil season without one—and this number from Prada is among the best we’ve seen in ages. It’s reminiscent of youth, the great outdoors, and unbridled happiness without looking the least bit childish, which is a serious accomplishment for a smocked dress. And the long sleeves and modest length ensure that it can be worn in all sorts of environments, from buttoned-up affairs to walks in the woods. ($1,784; matchesfashion.com)
The Spring Dress
After five weeks of surgeon-style handwashing, our paws now appear to be a decade older than our faces. A most unfortunate development, but help is here, thanks to this mask from K-beauty pioneer Dr. Jart. Made of serum-lined foil, it uses thermotherapy technology to warm the skin so that the lotion’s phytokeratin complex can be easily absorbed. Wear for 20 minutes while watching, say, another episode of Unorthodox, and look down in awe and relief. ($12, us.drjart.com)
In the market for a pair of pants that are easy enough for working from home but good-looking enough for the office? Right this way. Officine Générale’s new Saskia patch-pocket cotton trousers are tailored to perfection, complete with a high waist, straight legs, and flattering long pockets. They’re sufficiently unfussy to be worn around the house—no dry cleaning required—while maintaining that put-together look that we so desperately crave. And they’ll also pound the pavement—from home to office, to Central Park, to dinner with friends, and back again—when the time comes. ($275, matchesfashion.com)
We miss our colorist just as much as you do, and the situation with our roots grows more dire by the day. Still, we’re loathe to attempt a high-risk, low-reward at-home solution. In an attempt to optimize highlights from a February appointment at Serge Normant, one of our contributors stumbled upon Christophe Robin’s Shade Variation Mask. Think of it as a spa treatment for your dye job, nourishing your tresses, amping up color, and neutralizing the gray, yellow, and brassy tones that can often accompany a blond bottle job. The mask provided such a boost that it makes a strong contender to add to your regular hair-care repertoire, even after salons reopen. We’ll try to be patient … ($53, sephora.com)
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