Finally find that perfect pair of leather boots, only to stomp them into the ground? No way. Thankfully, our shoe design team has some super-simple tips (using things you probably already have) that will keep your boots in great shape this winter, whether that means a slushy 6° or a breezy 60°.
For those of you looking at the new shapes of denim—wider legs, frayed edges and cropped hems—and wondering which boots to wear with ’em, we’ve got you. Or rather, our stylist Pippa does. Here, she breaks down the wardrobe recipes you need now. Get a leg up. A step in the right direction. Let’s get kicking. (You get the idea.)
We’ve all done the shoe shuffle in front of the mirror—slipping on ankle boots, then flat Chelsea boots, then heeled Chelseas, searching for the perfect way to finish off an outfit. Picking the right pair is the difference between a “…” and a confident “!” for your outfit.
And once you’re out the door, that may be the last you think about what’s on your feet, but our shoe designer Nilunda goes through a head-spinning process to perfect every single detail. When she set out to make this fall’s boots, we asked if we could look over her shoulder every step (lol) of the way. Here, she explains her process, how she keeps things as old-school as possible and why a leather sole actually matters.
Snapping a “perfectly laid-back, styled but not too” shoe shot does take a little bit of work, but it’s never been more worth it. Post yours for a chance to win a $2,000 Madewell shopping spree plus everything you need for a perfect day of strolling: two pairs of Madewell boots (your choice), Grado headphones, one year of Spotify Premium, a Mizu water bottle and snacks from Baked.* Now, to make sure you nail those photos, we gathered up five tried-and-true tips. Let’s get snapping.
That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.
We recently reunited with cult-favorite label Sézane on a new capsule collection of quintessentially Parisian pieces (with New York twists). To bring it to life with a photo shoot in Central Park, we looked for a woman who truly embodies the best of both worlds. And we found deux: Meet Rebecca Dayan (left) and Louise Follain. They’re two French-born models-slash-creatives who know a thing or 10 about what it means to live in and love both cities. We got out of the way and let the two of them get to talking while we eavesdropped. (And no, not just for the accents.)
Style icons, housewarming gifts, childhood pursuits and guilty pleasures—Lou and Rebecca break down the differences between Paris and New York.
Thanks to the internet, a new book recommendation list is just a few clicks away, but what about the things that aren’t new or notable at the moment? For some less-expected suggestions, we checked back in with the creative women we’ve gotten to know over the past few years (all of whom we’ve written about on this very blog). Here, seven recommendations as unique as they are. There’s a long novel, some short stories, a few new-ish titles and some that are quite old.
Breakups suck. But on the bright side, that’s how we often end up with that one really great piece of clothing, the one we “borrowed” enough to eventually own. One such trophy—the lovingly worn-in button-down shirt with a relaxed fit—plays a big part in our wardrobes, so we created a whole group of ’em called, fittingly, the Ex-Boyfriends. They come in a variety of shapes and, like all good past relationships, they’re all a little bit different. Here, our designer Ash introduces you to three of them, and explains why these relationships might just last.
Get this: You can be happier, calmer and a zillion times more productive starting tomorrow, before you even leave the house. And with a few simple tweaks, you can turn yourself into a morning person (or a morning-ish person). Here, Team Madewell shares their tips—hot lemon water, solo dance parties and really great pajamas included.Continue reading →