Today’s my birthday


Usually when this day rolls around, I bitch about getting older on GOACA  and ask you guys to cheer me up. But this year I’m feeling fine—and really grateful—about getting one year older. Sure, this is the year AARP tracked me down, and the state of my neck is beginning to trouble me, but I’m feeling optimistic in general: about everything I’ve learned over the course of this strange past year, and how much more I know I can rely on myself than I did before the pandemic hit. What has the past year taught you, ladies? Please gift me with your responses in the comments.

21 surpassingly cool sweatshirts


The jaguar print on this faded black number is so good, and I like the sweet lip detail too.

The narrow hem here is a nice, polished touch.

This feels like an updated version of the Agnes B snap cardigan so many of us had in the 80s and 90s.

The tie dye print on this cropped hoodie is nice and graphic.

What could be more fun than a bright yellow winky face?

This floral print is so winning in black and yellow.

The striped details here are subtle but statement-y.

And here’s another tie dye option—I love the cool/spooky eyes.

A nicely streamlined deep V-neck; I also like the balloon sleeve.

This lilac-hued short-sleeved sweatshirt is so up my alley (and the color is right on trend). Here’s one in black, and here’s something cheaper.

A pleasantly unexpected  houndstooth sweatshirt

This reminds me of a piece of Fruit Stripe gum, but in a good way.

Subtle stripes that are neutral enough to go with pretty much anything.

Here’s a really good henley sweatshirt; it also comes in black, but is sold out in some sizes.

This eensy grey leopard print is fun and versatile.

This oversized hoodie would be a perfect layering piece.

A babydoll tunic that comes in several good colors.

The pleating at the shoulder of this one is a nicely feminine detail.

You can’t go too far wrong with a zebra print.

I’d wear this one with the top few snaps undone.

Here’s a floral print that really kind of resembles camo, which is cool.

Pants for when you’re tired of wearing sweats


I know I’ve been a proponent of wearing sweatpants as streetwear, but I must admit I’m tired of shlepping around in them, and have been craving hard pants—but hard pants that look like they’re on the softer side, like these Helmut Lang trousers, which have an appealingly military-ish vibe.

These tapered trousers from Vince have the just-right amount of stretch, and are the just-right amount of cropped too.


These high-waisted wide-leg pants come in a few good colors, but I’m keen on this slightly dark yellow.

These nice, slouchy army pants also come in this very good rust, and I’m really torn as to which one I like better. Here’s a pair that’s similar but cheaper.

These have an elastic waistband and look like they’d be as comfortable and easy to move around in as sweats, but they appear to be pretty polished too. Great pants for travel when we all start traveling again.

I just really like the green hue and roomy fit of this pair.

These slouchy Isabel Marant joggers would be just perfect for the warmer weather that will head our way eventually.

A chino with a not-too-high, not-too-low waistline.

The pleated knees on this navy pair are a cool touch.

This super-stretchy pair of pants is like if a trouser and a legging had a baby.

This skinny stretch wool trouser is not the least bit cropped, which I know will make some of you happy.

These look comfortable enough to sleep in, but are completely street-worthy as well.

A very spiff pair of cigarette pants in a nice rich olive.

These faux leather trousers have a nice high waist—for those of you who prefer such a thing.

A pair of wool cropped pants that are delightfully menswearish.

And I kind of love this heathered grey plaid pair for the same reason.

And finally: I love how the plaid print here is just barely visible.





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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