A party in a top, part 1


I have explained the concept of the party in a top many times, but for those of you just joining in: I realized a while back that at really big and crowded holiday-type parties, all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. So all you really need to concern yourself with is procuring a really unstoppable top, and pairing it with anything from jeans to skinny pants to a flowy skirt, depending on how fancy the fête in question is. I like a party in a top that makes a statement but is still easy to wear, and this beaded and sequined tee certainly does that. It also comes in a very pretty pale pink.

I’d wear this sequined tank under a tuxedo jacket and with jeans.

The embellishment at the collar of this keyhole blouse elevates the whole look here.

A satin band-collar blouse that would be aces tucked into skinny black pants.

I think floral prints get so much more sophisticated against a black background, like this one does.

The knot front here is a cool little detail.

A sateen tee that’s nicely dressed down, for a more casual party.

This pleated iridescent top would make a big old statement at a dressed-up New Year’s Eve gathering.

The metallic heart print here is sweet without being overly twee.

An elegant Nili Lotan blouse that you could wear with just about anything, and that is currently marked down.

The lace sleeves here are sexy in a very subdued way.

Another marked down Nili Lotan top in an excellent zebra print.

This metallic mesh top would elevate whatever you paired it with.

A fun sequined tee—are you picking up that I’m feeling sequins at the moment?

This metallic button-down is the type of piece you could throw on and have an instant outfit.

Another pretty floral with a nice slouchy cut.




Make mine faux, part 2


OK, it’s day two of the GOACA survey of faux fur coats and jackets, and we’re starting out with this wide-collared number that reminds me of one Nili Lotan made last year that I was obsessed with.

This brown specimen just looks like it’d be the warmest thing ever.

I like the red on brown here—it’s nicely unexpected and poppy.

Here’s one from Madewell that looks very throw-it-on-and-go.

I like the band collar here, and the Euro-chic vibe.

I dig the army green details here. You could even layer this one under a (roomy) coat.

This one looks really slick and 70s-disco-queen to me, in a good way.

And this reminds me of something you’d unearth in a vintage store.

This Isabel Marant Etoile coat is reversible, and marked down too.

Another really cozy option that would look great layered over a hoodie.


I’d wear this cocoon coat to the office, if I still went to an office.

Is this zebra print jacket too much? I couldn’t decide. But I do think it’s fun.

Another hoodie, in a very good blue.

A very chic, streamlined option from Donna Karan.

And why not a camel faux fur, I ask you?

This long bomber has a casual luxe vibe that I’m liking.


Make mine faux, part 1


There are so many fantastic faux fur coats and jackets out there—more than there even were this time last year, when I thought there were a ton—that I had no choice but to make this a two-parter. I love faux fur: it’s insanely warm, and fun to wear too, and the faker-looking the better in my book. I think this grey coat is just impossibly glam.

And I like the hoodie action on this one.

I really like the front patch pockets on this one from Alex Mill.

The black buttons really pop here, and I dig the streamlined silhouette.

This striped number from Kule is just really a kick.

This is a faux fur down-filled puffer, which is kind of genius. It also comes in a number of good colors, though I’m partial to the black.

A double-breasted coat with a satisfyingly nubby texture.

This just looks desperately cozy.

This trucker jacket has a nicely retroish feel, what with the faux leather details and that excellent 1960s olive hue.

This coat is a dead ringer for this much pricier one from R13. It also comes in extended sizes.

I love the shagginess of this Helmut Lang number, which is nicely marked down.


This faux Mongolian lamb jacket is so lady rock star. I also love how shaggy it is.

OK, this jacket is kind of too much, but in a good way, I think.

This one-button coat is water-repellent, which is pretty great, and it’s got nicely sophisticated lines.

I love the dusty rose color of this almost menswearish choice.

A cute little peacoat that I could see throwing on in the morning to walk the dogs.

And here’s a more dressed-up (and splurgy) peacoat with chic three-quarter sleeves.

Here’s a well-priced jacket in a very elegant grey.

And speaking of elegant, this quilted specimen looks very Uptown Lady to me.




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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