Feeling Chore jackets



I know this isn’t the most seasonally appropriate post I’ve ever done for those of us trudging through frozen rain at the moment, as we have been here in New York. But I am reminded in the comments not infrequently that I have readers who live in warmer climates. And I think maybe, if I’m being really honest, the reason I so rarely do wintertime posts that may feel relevant to you is because I am just really jealous. I dream of the sun all winter long, and you people are living my dream. But I will also say that there is something to be said for encountering spring after a particularly brutal winter, so I shall look forward to enjoying these little chore jackets—that are maybe a trend, but more likely just a newish classic, like clogs—when the sun returns. This first one is from Everlane (Yes, Everlane again, but it’s good, and super-cheap) and I would wear the hell out of it layered with a cashmere hoodie.

I could almost see this drapey & Other Stories option in an office-y environment, styled as a kind of dressed-down blazer.

Now here is something we might have a fighting chance of wearing around here: a sherpa-lined L.L. Bean specimen. (Here is the not-sherpa-lined version.)

This Madewell option is such a cool and grown-up take on the denim jacket (even though it’s styled pretty young here, it must be said).

And here’s another Madewell number that has a slightly military-ish feel.

Feeling alpaca


It’s lightweight, it’s warm, and it’s often pleasingly fuzzy in texture: what is there about alpaca that is not to love? I am a fan of this boyish crewneck’s oatmeal hue and overall slouchy vibe.

A fun ski sweater from Xirena that’s marked nicely down at the moment.

Doesn’t this alpaca blend just look like the biggest and coziest hug of a sweater?

The colors on this beanie are subtly interesting.

An overcoat that says Boss Lady even when you’re just wearing it to run around the corner for coffee.

The colors here are delightfully spring-like, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from wearing it right now.

Everlane’s ribbed Alpaca crew comes in a number of good colors, but this heather black seems especially versatile, and it rings in at just under $100.

Two things I don’t usually adore—the color brown and Eileen Fisher—come together on this jacket in an appealing way.

This brilliantly shaggy Isabel Marant coat is priced so far out of the GOACA stratosphere that it’s a little crazy for me to include it here. Plus, it’s sold out in most sizes. But I think it is pretty glorious.

Just a simple ribbed cardigan from Theory that would be perfect with dresses, and is, happily, priced about half-off.


In the mood for new denim


Back when I was married and would occasionally come home with some new and exciting clothing purchase, my ex-husband would exclaim, in an invariably exasperated tone, “But did you really need that?” And each time I would explain to him that it’s not a question of need. The heart wants what it wants, and right now mine wants some new jeans, post-haste. I’m thinking mostly (but not exclusively) about pairs that have something interesting going on, like these carpenter jeans, which remind me acutely of seventh grade.

I’d wear this Madewell pair with an otherwise very streamlined outfit.

I just think the wash on these is pretty perfect.

I’m intrigued by the notion of an exposed button fly, which feels kind of fun and retroish. Here is an also quite cute and cheaper pair.

I will never look good in coveralls, but I will never stop wishing I did, and these are pretty great.

Does anyone else find the notion of flared jeans intriguing?

OK, these leopard print jeans are rather nuts and also from R13 so they’re pricey, but I kind of think they’re fantastic too.

I don’t usually like white exposed stitching, but on this chino-cut pair, it’s rather spiff.

This pair is such a nice dark wash, and is so blessedly free of whiskering and other distressing that you could get away with wearing it to the office. Here is a cheaper pair that’s also quite good.

I think these trouser jeans would be quite flattering on those of us with hips.

A tuxedo stripe dresses these up a bit.

And finally: I dig the very subtle camo print here.



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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