Hoodies are just so essential to my way of living


I like to wear a hoodie with any coat in my closet that doesn’t already come with a hood, and especially like when they are contrasted with more classic pieces, like the woman here is doing. I like them on the thin side so the look doesn’t get too bulky, and I always size up because they often have to fit over sweaters.

This is nicely oversized.

I want a camo hoodie next; I like the blue-ish tone here.

Just a good basic black hoodie.

The cheapest cashmere choice I could find.

 is a really thin choice that would look adorable under a V-neck sweater.

This fleece option is a little bulky for layering, but is so cozy.

The stripes here are just the cuteness.

Here is the hoodie I own and wear endlessly—it’s excellently thin, with a shirttail hem that looks cute peeking out from under a jacket. It’s not cheap, but I found it on sale in a few colors other than black.

A whole bunch of party dresses


I know I am a big proponent of the party in a top, but there are times a girl just wants to throw on a dress to go to a fête, and who am I not to facilitate such a thing? There are quite a few sleeveless numbers here; I like to wear them with snug cardigans or a shrunken leather jacket. As for what I’m wanting, I like all the slip-dresses I’ve been seeing, but they’re often quite clingy; this one has a bit of movement, which is nice.

Lace just immediately ups your game.

A nicely slinky velvet wrapdress.

Soft and drapy, in a nicely feminine way.

There’s a lot going on here, but I’m pretty sure it all works.

I’d love to wear this to a party; it’s sexy, but also just a lot of fun.

Another slipdress with a forgiving silhouette.

Nicely sophisticated, and the mustard-y hue is great.

Another one I’d love to own: it’s just so feminine, but also really sleek.

A very flattering, classic, pretty-easy-to-wear shape.

This is subtly metallic, which is fun, and I like the shape.

I do enjoy a purple dress.

A very straightforward, lovely silhouette; I’d have fun here with jewelry.

I don’t know what synthetics were involved in the making of this, but it looks like leather and is cheap.

The ruching on this dress is so flattering, and the print is fantastic.

There are eensy polka-dots on this silky number.

A party in a top, part 7


Nili Lotan blouse

I have described the concept of the party in a top many times, but for those of you who are just joining in: the notion came to me when I realized that at crowded  holiday parties, all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up, so that’s all you have to worry about. And since we’re headed into holiday party season—and also because I’ve received a couple of requests—it seemed like time to trot this post out again. I like the quiet sexiness of this silk tie-neck blouse from Nili Lotan.

Mango blouse

This is just rather elegant, and looks like it costs more than it does.

Veronica Beard blouse

Prints get graphic and sophisticated in black and white.

Mango blouse

I love a lace party top—they’re alluring without being overly revealing.

Universal Standard tee

The knot at the shoulder here is a fun touch.

Nili Lotan tank

I am dying for this zebra-print tank—it’d look so great peeking out from under a blazer.

The Lady & The Sailor tee

A simple tee in velour, which makes it party-worthy.

Current Elliott top

A velvet top with sleeves that are nicely—but not excessively—flouncy.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Lena top

Sometimes, a party in a top should be on the loud side.

Eloquii blouse

A tie-neck leopard-print blouse is just about perfect.

Ella Moss tee

I’ve seen a lot of these choker tees lately, and like this one best because the neckline is nice and deep.

Mackage leather top

For the daring: a leather top.

Ulla Johnson top

Yellow just screams party.



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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