By the time this printed linen maxi dress arrives, the weather may actually be friendly enough to wear it for a (masked and gloved) walk around the block. And, by God, if we’ve ever needed a cheerful little something for spring, it’s right now. Colombian brand Agua by Agua Bendita employs hundreds of local artisans to create their charming garments, and this print—featuring illustrations of birds, flowers, and herbs—is among our favorites of the season. Yes, it will improve your mood even while you’re wandering around the house, but given its celebratory flutter sleeves and ankle-grazing length, it deserves to be shared, even if at a distance. ($550, modaoperandi.com)
Agua by Agua Bendita
Polo Ralph Lauren
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Polo Ralph Lauren has trotted out its new Earth Polo shirts, made of thread derived from recycled plastic bottles—an average of 12 per shirt, in fact. To spin the sustainable design, the brand partnered with First Mile, an organization that works with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to collect and process the bottles. Together, they pledge to recycle 170 million bottles by the end of 2025. While there are 19 colors available for men, seven for women, and nine for kids, thanks to a clever dyeing process that uses zero water, our favorite is this rich emerald green, which goes swimmingly with jeans, chinos, and slim shorts of all varieties. ($98.50 for the men’s version, ralphlauren.com)
Now that you’re making the most of your visual impact from the neck up, statement-making jewelry is more valuable than ever. These carved-stone beauties with resin accents from Jennifer Behr will inject a dose of spring into your morning Zoom, and they’re sufficiently festive to carry you into summer with all sorts of inspired ensembles: a crisp white button-up, a floral dress, even with a T-shirt and smart jacket. ($298, modaoperandi.com)
Since we’ll be wearing face masks in public for the foreseeable future, it’s time to get serious about them from a style perspective. We were alerted to these M. Patmos beauties from our stylish friend Malcolm Carfrae, who looks so good in his that we developed mask envy. (Strange, but true.) Knit in Brooklyn using Japanese whole-garment technology, it has an internal tunnel fitted with an aluminum nose band, and an invisible slit for a filter. But we especially like the full-coverage profile, which conceals the damage done to our skin thanks to a diet of mostly refined white flour. And! A percentage of all sales benefits the Food Bank for New York City. ($28, mpatmos.com)
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