What words and/or phrases would you ban if you could?


Explosion 1965-6 Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997 Presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P01796

What irksome language would you blow out of the water? (Roy Lichtenstein)

This one’s inspired by a comment thread from a post last week in which I suggested we resurrect the word “smart” to describe clothing and outfits. “Bringing back ‘smart’ is fine (and very Vanity Fair, circa 1929),” writes commenter Christina, “if in return we can get rid of ‘obsessed with’ and ‘packed with’ (as in ‘packed with antioxidants’).” Chimes in loyal reader Mamavalveeta,  “can we get rid of ‘badass’ as well?” Next up, Alexa puts in a vote for ridding the world of “curated” and “bespoke.” All good suggestions, ladies, and might I add the word “rock,” to describe wearing something?  OK, your turn.

Things I bought, things I want


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Such a perfect little skirt arrived from Everlane today: not too A-line, not too straight, for maximum flattering-ness. And it’s 60 bucks!

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I do not need any more sneakers. Maybe I am actually set for life on that front. But these are dangerously close to making it into my shopping cart.

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And in a pretty much identical color palette: this Ulla Johnson poncho (and a very cute, way cheaper version from Ann Taylor).



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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