In the mood for pieces with a Chanel-ish vibe


A Chanel-like jacket or sweater with jeans is a pretty classic spring look—as the peerless Emmauelle Alt shows here—and it’s one I’ve had on my mind lately as the weather gets increasingly bearable.

This adorable cardigan from Alex Mill is so fun with those punchy bright colors, but it’s pretty elegant too.

A J.Crew coat that looks like it costs way more than it does.

This chic knitted cardigan has just a hint of metallic thread, which is cool.

I have raved before about Iro’s Shavani jacket, which is a great blazer substitute for those who think they look awful in blazers.

I like the nubby texture of this metallic boucle jacket, and the fact that it has what looks like a windowpane plaid pattern.

A very ladylike tweed cardigan with cool chain details, which are very Chanel.

When I was at Lucky, one of the fashion editors had a gorgeous and understated Chanel jacket that was a dead ringer for this one.


The striped details here are so sportif.

This red striped jacket is so versatile and also nicely marked down.

You can find many Chanel-like items in the Ines de la Fressange collection at Uniqlo, including this fantastic striped sweater, which is a real steal.

Another nicely textured sweater, in a really good blue, from J. Crew.

I’d toughen up this sweet pink sweater by wearing it over a plain white tee, and with my most beaten-in jeans.

I am crazy for the rows of gold buttons on this cropped knit jacket—so Euro-chic.

A white tweed jacket that I’d wear—predictably—over a hoodie.




My very picky guide to tie-dye for spring


There are fewer aesthetic crimes worse than bad tie-dye, and there is so damn much of it out there too.  But there is also such a thing as good tie dye, and you can find it if you stick to a couple of rules, and locate pieces with no more than two colors on the same garment, and with mostly symmetrical patterns. This Claire V sweatshirt is such a good mood in an article of clothing.

This quilted jacket from Emerson Fry could be a pretty clutch transitional piece this spring.


I’d think this sleeveless tee from Raquel Allegra would be aces peeking out from under under a blazer.

Three stripes at the hem on this easy dress endow it with just the slightest hippie girl vibe.

I’d wear this cocoon dress with leggings and a shrunken leather jacket.

A cute tote with a winning sentiment.

Good American is a clothing brand that’s owned by a Kardashian so I want to dislike it, but the truth is, they consistently deliver wearable pieces at good prices and in a wide range of sizes. Like these leggings, in the most awesome mustard yellow.


I like how symmetrical the pattern is here.

This modal sweatshirt would be perfect for a workout-then-brunch situation, when that type of situation again exists.

This easy cotton dress is both a steal and seriously cute.

I dig the marigold yellow of this hoodie; there are also matching sweatpants.

I’d wear this sports bra for non-sporting activities, and let just a bit of it peek out from under my top.

There are more than two colors on this long-sleeved tee, which goes against my tie dye rules, but the colors are so faded out that they don’t overwhelm.

I’d wear this chic body-con dress with an oversized cardigan to camouflage all my chunkier bits.

Suddenly everywhere: lavender


I have never been a particularly big fan of pastels—they always feel like colors that only small children should wear to me.  But lately I’m seeing lavender show up on really chic pieces, like this super-spiff jacket from & Other Stories, and it’s causing me to have a bit of a rethink.

Nili Lotan has just introduced a whole capsule collection of items in this hue, and predictably, I want all of it—but would settle for a pair of these excellent Paris pants.

I dig the contrasting stripes on this button-down from Ayr, and the oversize cut too.

I like how the lavender on this Madewell sweatshirt has undertones of grey—I feel like that’d make it easier to wear.

A nice slouchy striped long-sleeve tee for layering under V-neck sweaters, hoodies, whatever.

A slightly cropped cardigan that would be perfect layered over a flowy dress.

Not sure I can resist this super-glam faux fur jacket

If you are a white person, you are doomed to flesh-colored bras the color of Band-Aids, which is indeed a first-world problem but also isn’t too sexy.  I was once tipped off by a fashion editor to the fact that a lavender bra like this one can sub in for (caucasian) flesh-colored quite nicely. It also comes with these pretty matching briefs.

I’ve been wanting a short-sleeved sweatshirt for some time now—it’d be great for layering—and this one is very nearly perfect.

And why not a Fjallraven backpack in lavender, I ask you?

A cute cropped tee from ATM that’s currently nicely marked down.

A collarless denim jacket that’d be great for the warmer weather that will get here eventually.

Also good for warmer weather: this sweet terry cloth bucket hat.

A nice cotton button down like this would really pop when paired with black jeans.

And finally: if you’re tempted by lavender but also slightly scared of it, this merino scarf would be a good starter piece.





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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