Where (and how) do you give?



It’s Giving Tuesday, which I know is a made-up thing, but it’s a good made-up thing, and it got me curious to learn which organizations you rally behind. For me, it’s the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for the legal cases it brings against white supremacist groups. They also keep close tabs on hate speech, and promote tolerance. Then there’s Planned Parenthood, to whom I have been donating on a monthly basis since our previous president was elected. Locally, I give to the Ali Forney Center, which is a drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ+ teenagers, who make up a disproportionate portion of the homeless youth population.  And finally, I donate to the Soi Dog Foundation, which rescues Thai dogs—including my Mister—off the street and sends them around the world to new homes.

At last, it’s party in a top season


I have explained the concept and genesis of the party in a top many times, but for those of you who might be new to GOACA, here goes: I came up with the notion after attending a holiday party that was quite crowded, and it occurred to me that at big fêtes such as that, all anybody really notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. What a freeing concept, right? Just find yourself a great top, pair it with anything from jeans to cigarette trousers to even a skirt, and prepare for the compliments to come rolling in. I always do this post around holiday time, but took a break last year when parties weren’t really happening. But I’m back now, with—for starters—a really good leopard print peasant top.

I’m a big sequin fan, but feel they must be deployed with care. I don’t ever like to see them on something tight-fitting, and I’m pretty picky about the hue too—anything too colorful skews cheap. So I’m liking this sleeveless top, which I’d probably throw on under a blazer.

I don’t usually like a puff sleeve—at all—but this silk top somehow really works for me.

A gathered T-shirt that looks like it could be something fancy and Japanese, but it is in point of fact from Cos and rings in just under $75.

Vince’s band collar silk popover is a classic, and could just as easily be worn with a sleek pencil skirt as beat-up jeans.

Such a feminine, subtly sexy velvet camisole.

I dig the smocked sleeves and nice deep neckline of this tie neck blouse.

This lace top is pretty sheer, so I’d for sure pair it with a cami.

This metallic top is pretty statement-y, so I’d wear it with a comparatively quiet bottom.

I think the color combination here is unexpected and cool.

I’d wear this floral tie-neck top untied and unbuttoned a bit for a tousled and sexy look.

A nifty and well-priced metallic top that looks so easy and wearable.

A pleated top from Vince is a pleasingly dark floral.

This mauve smocked top comes in a couple of other good colors and is sort of sweetly romantic.


Some Cyber Monday deals for you


The savings continue through today—and a ton of the following sales expire tonight—so do not delay! I always like Allsaints for slightly twisted classics, and right now they’re offering 30% off everything, which makes this slick wool and cashmere coat very appealing.

Baggu is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to reusable shopping bags: their wares are cute, cheap, and indestructible. Right now everything’s 20% off, making this standard Baggu (which comes in a zillion other prints) especially affordable.

Laugh if you will, but roller skating is an actual trend at the moment, and since it’s so fun and also good exercise, I might go for these bright and happy skates at Ban.do, where everything is  30% off.

Over at activewear site Bandier, everything is 30% off, and I’m especially enamored of this faux-leather puffer.

The more you spend, the more you save at Cosabella; I think this strappy bralette is pretty subtly sexy.

Adidas is offering 30% off everything, and I’m especially tempted by this jacket, which is a product of their collab with Marimekko.

Over at Nordstrom, the discount is up to 50%, and deals abound. These Spanx faux leather leggings are desperately comfortable, and really do look like the real thing.

Hair tool brand GHD is offering 30% off their quality products. I am especially devoted to this curling iron, which does the job and never burns my hair.

And finally: footwear brand Dear Frances is extending 25% off; you could do much worse than this spiff Chelsea boot.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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