Top 5 of the week: chambray shirts


I’m out in Sag Harbor until Labor Day—how are you spending the waning days of summer?—and it’s been getting a touch chilly in the mornings and evenings. So I’ve been thinking about the best layering pieces for fall and I feel like a good chambray shirt lands right in that category. You can wear it on its own, or with a jacket, or even as a jacket with a thin top or tee underneath. I like the feminine touch of the ruffly neckline of this little number, but also the cowgirl-tough pearl snap buttons.

The patch pockets here are a cool touch, and the light blue is a rather perfect light blue.

The dark wash here is nice and clean.

A tie-neck top that’s positively office-appropriate.

Just a simple, pocket-free menswear-cut option from Everlane.




Brand I like: Lacausa


This ethically-produced, L.A.-based line has been around since 2013, but I somehow didn’t discover it until the other day.  I’m really digging its tomboyish-ly utilitarian—but still somehow feminine—aesthetic. This gauze shirt, for example, looks so easy to wear, but also slightly sexy.

The top half of this crisp dress is kind of preppy, and the tiered bottom half is a bit boho, but together it all works somehow.

These wide-leg trousers have a chill chino-ish vibe.

I really, really like the idea of this red jumpsuit, even though my friend Tally (probably correctly) pointed out that a red jumpsuit is an awful lot of statement. So I’m thinking I might go for the blue or black instead.

A perfect lightweight jacket for the transitional weather we’ll be having pretty soon.

I’m not crazy for wrap dresses—I’m always afraid I’m one false move away from exposing myself. But I think this one would be aces with a black silk slip underneath.

This breezy blouse has a kind of streamlined romantic feel, if that’s a thing.

I own so many button-downs that it seems nuts to even consider adding to the menagerie in my closet, but this looks so slouchily perfect that I might have no choice but to.


It’s peak season for classic stripes


I like the slightly wider-than-usual width of the stripes on this button down.

A good Breton-stripe tee will take you far, especially in a very neutral navy and white colorway.

This tuxedo shirt from Alex Mill reminds me of ones from Nili Lotan that cost twice as much.

The front twist on this tee dress is a flattering touch.

I like the barely-there stripes on this short-sleeved button-down shirt.

A happy yellow striped popover that’d look great with slouchy pants, just as worn here.

I love the bright color combination on this button-down.

This top is a really lovely mashup of a peasant top and a tuxedo shirt.

A ribbed and body-skimming polo dress.

Such a cute sleeveless tee dress for kicking around on the weekend.

Is it too soon to show you a sweater? Because this one is just aces.

And here’s a linen blend jacket that’ll be good for the cooler evenings we’ll be having soon enough.

Pants with prints aren’t so much my jam, but I must say I’m intrigued by this striped pair.

This tee has a good neckline and a nice, slightly boxy cut.

Such an easy, cute popover.

I like the pop of color on the sleeves of this spiff polo shirt; here’s something similar but cheaper.

I love the swingy shape of this shirtdress, and the red, white, and blue color combination is so fresh.

Just a cute striped henley for throwing on with jeans.

Vertical stripes don’t always appeal to me, but these do.

A great mix of colors on a happy little tee.

And finally, here’s a cheap and snappy reusable tote.




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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