Cool pieces with a little something metallic going on


I think I mentioned last week at some point that I was liking the idea of metallic touches—they’re an easy way to add a little excitement to an outfit—and so I thought I’d throw together a little post on them for you today. I love a knife pleat skirt, and this one is just so excellent.

This blouse is a good candidate for dress-it-up-dress-it-down treatment: I could see wearing it with jeans on the weekend, or skinny black pants for an evening out.

I want this sweater so much: it’s really wonderfully slouchy, and I like the horizontal ribbing.

When it comes to footwear, I prefer a dull metallic to a bright and shiny one, and this pewter boot gets it exactly right.

A really well-cut blazer that makes just enough of a statement, but doesn’t overwhelm.

Just a really pretty peasant top.

A well-priced peplum jacket that looks so cute and put-together with jeans.

I’d wear this tee like I would any tee, but it would be so much more exciting than most.

A really gorgeous floral pattern that would be so pretty peeking out from under a blazer.

I’d wear a black cami under this sheer shirt.

And speaking of camis, this is pretty perfect.




Feeling plaid, part 2


This pleasingly fuzzy cardigan feels retroish and modern at once.

There’s metallic threading on this top, and I’m really digging touches of metallic lately.

The plaid on this coat is nicely subtle and therefore very versatile.

I just like how the orange and black looks together on this button-down—very chic, not at all Halloween-y, as orange and black sometimes does.

This blazer couldn’t be a whole lot snappier.

Another coat with a nicely subtle print, and a really beautiful cut.

Just a cute little jacket for throwing on whenever you need a little spring in your step.

I do like a knife pleat skirt, and this one hangs so beautifully.

I’d wear this cami under a big huggy cardigan.

I’m intrigued by the notion of slouchy, wide-legged pants, and these are so appealingly fresh-looking.

I like that this sweater looks hand-knit and one-of-a-kind.

A graphic black and white jacket that’d be great on its own or layered under a puffer.

I adore black and yellow together, and I like the side-belt on this skirt too.

A pleasingly loud—but not too loud—sweater with excellently over-long sleeves.

A simple single pleat keeps these pants flattering.

A windowpane plaid shirtdress for throwing on when you don’t know what to wear.

The proportions of this oversized shirt jacket are pretty great.

And I just really like how the colors pop here.


Feeling plaid, part 1


Plaid is having quite a moment this fall, and I’ve decided I’m way on board with this: there’s no more versatile print (except for stripes) and you can get up to all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with it. This shirt probably should have been in my Houndstooth post, but alas, I did not discover it in time.

I love the nubby texture of this scarf.

And the yellow accents on this blazer are really good.

This skirt is so much of what I want in a skirt: a straight silhouette with a little bit of give, and an easy, wearable print.

The sleeves on this silk shirt are so excellently slouchy.

A fun take on the moto jacket: I’d wear it with a black-and-white striped tee underneath.

The kind of blazer you can throw on with the most boring ensemble and totally feel like you’ve created a look.

The print on this coat is so small that you could pair it with any other pattern, really.

A pretty, feminine take on the plaid top.

A very well-priced blazer.

The pairing here of the bomber shape and the tie-neck is so inspired.


Just a good, menswear-inspired coat.

I do love a windowpane plaid, I think because the first big fashion purchase I ever made for myself was an Anna Sui windowpane plaid miniskirt suit in about 1989.

I like the frayed hem on this shirt, and the cool color combination.

I showed you the pinstripe version on this Nili Lotan blazer last week, but the plaid is too good not to share as well.

A perfect coat for kicking around on the weekend.

And this trench couldn’t be a whole lot more classic.

A pair of perfectly snappy trousers that I’d wear with pointy-toed ankle boots and a big red turtleneck.

The cut of this dress is flowy and sweet, but also appealingly clean-lined.



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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