Cheap and chic of the week


I read about this down jacket last week, and have worn it every day since it arrived in the mail on Friday. It looks (does it not?) like some fancy Japanese designer piece that goes for a fortune, but in fact it cost just over $100, and I picked it up on Amazon.

Winter white-ish


I wish I knew how to use Photoshop so I could retouch the cigarette out of this woman’s hand, but I do think she looks great, and is doing winter white the way I like it, which is not so much head to toe (a look only the very immaculate and vey rich can pull off, in my estimation) but instead mixed with other, mostly neutral hues. I’m focusing on sweaters today, because they’re the easiest way to pull the look off with a minimum of effort. (Also, when I say white, I also mean off-white and cream, which are close enough.)

But I do like these corduroys, I must say (these are good too, and cheaper, but not left in many sizes).

Just a perfect, classic fisherman’s sweater; here’s a cute and much cheaper option.

I like a ribbed sweater, but not when the fit is too snug; this one is exactly perfect.

Such a luxe and gorgeous wrap sweater from Nili Lotan.

I’d wear this oversize number with leather jeans.

This vest is a dead ringer for one by Maria Cornejo I paid a lot more for and that I wear endlessly, layered over a long-sleeved tee.

A nice long cardigan that’s not too bulky.

This is deathly expensive and it’s One Size, which always irks me as a concept, but it would be perfect with dresses.

9 black tops that bring some drama to the party


These are the kind of tops that make an outfit; put one of them on and your work is done. I want this metallic henley top bad; it’s so laid-back-yet-fabulous.

A prim-yet-somehow-sexy velvet blouse.

The tie-neck here is rather sweetly feminine, and the silhouette is so shoulder-flattering.

I’d wear this sequin tank with a big old huggy cashmere cardigan to dress it down a bit, or with a blazer to dress it up.

And I might wear a cami under this daringly low wrap top.

Star on stripes make this one pleasingly graphic.

And another top with metallic accents, which I can’t seem to get enough of lately, and all that shirring is pretty cool too.

A leather tank is very tough girl, but the peplum gives it a little dose of femininity.

A tonal leopard print is nicely sophisticated.




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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