The (literally) coolest dresses I could find, part one


There are a lot more sleeveless options that I usually show you here, because when it is this hot out, I do not care about the state of my upper arms, and maybe neither should you. Let’s start out with this pretty (albeit slightly splurgy) sundress.

This dress has an English Garden Party feel that I can really get behind.

A sweet button-front sundress that also looks really cute in the navy and white mini-stripe.

Here’s a good beach-to-street option.

A very graceful tank dress that you could dress way up with the right accessories.

I like that this classic shirtdress has brown stripes—it’s kind of unpredictable.


A very put-together (but still laid-back) shirtdress.


I’m not usually the biggest Tory Burch fan, but I can’t find a lot not to like about this wrap dress.

A really simple jersey dress for kicking around in.

This has a very pretty twist in the back (I’d pair it with this strapless bra).

The swirly print here makes this a good party dress candidate.

The bareness of the shoulders offsets the primness of the neckline here.

This red and white floral is nicely graphic.

A pretty tiered dress that looks less hippie girl in black.

This flattering striped number is so feminine.

A very well-priced tee dress.

This gauze dress just looks so throw-it-on-and-go easy.

A delicate floral with the just-right amount of ruffliness.

A white lace dress that isn’t too prim.

This plaid is kind of lively and fun.



Better late than never: reusable shopping bags


Here is that rarest of things, a shopping topic I have yet to address, probably because although I have the best of intentions when it comes to bringing my own bag to the grocery store or greenmarket, I often fall short on this count. But in my ongoing endeavor to become a better and more responsible person with good habits, I am resolved to improve in this respect.  I like the idea of a bag I can fold up really small and stick in my handbag and forget about until I need it, so I thought of  this Baggu option. It comes in about a trillion colors and prints, but I’m liking this striped specimen because the color combination is just so good, and kind of Lichtenstein-ian.

This crocheted bag from Clare V could double as a beach tote.

A heavy linen tote that just looks like it would fit a ton.

This Isabel Marant bag has her name on it, which isn’t usually my speed, but I love the metallic slashes so much I’m willing to overlook it.

Here’s your classic dirt-cheap string tote; here’s a slightly pricier one in orange and a lot of other colors.


Just a really spiff waxed canvas option.

A camo bag that looks fantastic monogrammed (check it out here in leopard too) .


A few swimsuits I like


I know this post is making kind of a late appearance, given that we’re already in mid-July, but so many of you requested it that I figured we’re better late than never, correct? This retroish option looks truly flattering.

This is a Miraclesuit, and is supposed to have seriously sucking-in properties.

Animal prints on swimsuits can skew cheesy fast, but this really works, I think because the cut is so good.

Here is a perfectly classic tank suit from Spanx.

Such a pretty twist here.

The buttons are a small but compelling detail here.

This looks slightly provocative, but doesn’t really reveal much of anything.

I like the buckles on the straps of this suit, even though they may make for weird tan lines.

A chevron stripe is always chic and slimming.



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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