In the mood for metallic footwear


A little hit of metallic can go a long way towards making even the most boring outfits a little exciting, and that’s largely why I am craving a pair right now. I’m also in the mood to look at warm-weather options today. I own this clog sandal in the yellow, but am considering acquiring this pair too, because I think they’d be pretty versatile.

Veja sneakers are sourced and manufactured sustainably, and their design is so good in a really classic, old-school way.

Many of you desire a post on low-heeled sandals, and I will bring you one sooner than later, but in the meantime, I think these are pretty snappy.

These cage-toe slides would look fantastic with worn-in jeans and a simple white tee.

I like that these flat sandals are elegant-looking, but casual at the same time.

Here’s a slightly more streamlined—and nicely priced—version of above.

When they’re rendered in metallic leather, espadrilles get a little fancier.

This pointy-toe flat is so excellently new wave.

I’d wear this cork-sole platform all summer long: they just look so easy and walkable.


Feeling brown, improbably


I don’t know what I’ve got against brown most of the time, but I almost never show it here, and have zero brown items in my closet. I think mostly this has to do with a lifetime natural aversion to earth tones. But lately, the color is popping up on items I like a lot, like this nifty Anine Bing jacket, which is the just-right amount of tomboyish, but nicely cropped and tailored.

This knot-neck blouse is so feminine and sophisticated that I would make an exception to my no-high-necklines rule to welcome it into my wardrobe.

The geometric pattern on this sweater is a fun, updated take on a classic apres-ski look.

Sunglasses in a nice, light brown: so much more forgiving than black.

This cotton v-neck sweater from Everlane is perfect for the transitional dressing we’ll all be doing soon if it ever gets warm again.

I love a webbed O-ring belt, and own a few, all in bright patterns. But I like the idea of this somewhat more subtle option.

Just a big, huggy, rich-looking faux fur jacket.

I love the way the black and brown ribbing looks on the hem and sleeves of this substantial  sweater.

This suede and shearling jacket is nicely marked down; I think it’s really smart-looking, with a slightly utilitarian vibe.

I don’t usually go in for anything like the puffy shoulders on this blouse, but the rest of the lines here are so streamlined that I think it works. I also appreciate that it’s a really good zebra print, as most zebra prints aren’t that great.


Week of requests guest post by Andrea Linett: rocker chic, gracefully


A commenter named EBC makes the following request: “Clothing and accessories for ROACA (Rockers Of A Certain Age). Or those who fantasize about being one.” There is only one person I’d trust to cover this topic, and that is my  friend and sometime collaborator Andrea Linett, whose look has has always had a slight rock chick edge, though in recent years it has become more streamlined and grown-up. And speaking of Ms. Linett, I think it’s pretty damn exciting that she is now, due to popular demand, offering personal styling and shopping services, because she has such an excellent eye, and can size up what makes an outfit work—or just miss—faster and more accurately than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s also a genius at figuring out the most flattering silhouettes for your body. If you’re interested, write to her at [email protected], and prepare to have your wardrobe transformed. OK, I’ll let Andrea take it from here.

Madewell’s biker jacket is completely classic and can be worn (and worn-in) for years.

A boot like this is simple enough for every day, yet has a slight edge to give you a bit of a rock ‘n roll feel.

A vintage rock tee can work if every thing else you’re wearing is put-together—i.e. throw it under a blazer with some nice dark jeans – and don’t go for the new “fake vintage” versions – leave those for the kids!

One stellar neck piece like this provides just enough of a tough edge to a plain tee or white button-down, and has more of an Hermes vibe, which is always good.

Skinny black pants will always work with everything – just go for a super dark twill pair. This one with a slight flare and crop feels more modern than a super skinny pair.


A smudgy eye always feels sexy and slightly irreverent  Just keep everything else clean! Guerlain’s also comes in a chic little vial.

I think a studded or biker bag can read young and it’s a little overkill. But I have a soft spot for a motorcycle wallet. Here’s one that’s grown-up and sleek.



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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