Top 5 of the week: socks!


My second-biggest domestic project—after clearing out the extra room—has been to upgrade my pathetically understocked sock drawer, and I have to say that life looks not-insignificantly brighter when your socks match and have no holes. Mostly I’ve been focusing on warm and high-functioning pairs, but I’m also a sucker for something cute and fun, like this fancified athletic pair.

Shout out to my mom’s dear friend Anne (a regular GOACA reader), who tipped me off to these socks when I saw her over the holidays. They’re by a company called Darn Tough, based in Vermont, and apparently they guarantee their product for life. I like that they’re wool (and wool blends) but are also thin (at least some pairs are) because too-thick socks make it impossible to get my boots on, which starts the day off poorly.

I guess it’s becoming clear by now that pretty much the only print I can handle on a sock is stripes, and this color combination is especially appealing.

Of course I always make an exception to any rule for animal prints, and while these don’t look terribly warm, they are adorable.


Likewise this colorblock pair.

On a mission for a new weekender


I have a sickening feeling that I accidentally placed my perfect, super-lightweight leather Clare V weekender in one of the giveaway bags during my recent room purge, as I cannot find it anywhere. There exists the hope that it will appear to me once I stop looking for it, as is so often the case with misplaced items, but that hope does not run high. So I’m looking for a replacement, and ideally one that doesn’t cost as much as the one I’ve lost.

This goes for a little more than I want to spend, but it is big enough to fit everything you’d need for a seriously long weekend, and I love the camo print.

This Euro-stylish Fjallraven duffel is currently marked down from its already reasonable price over at Shopbop.

This is, I think, meant for men, but I really dig the perfectly classic shape and the combination of khaki and black.

This Everlane number comes in a few appealing colors, and goes for just under $100.

Here is one that’s on the smaller side—maybe better for an overnight than a full-on weekend—but it’s damn cute, and those exterior pockets always come in handy.

I just think this one is super-smart looking.

This one from Cuyana has a bit of a doctor bag shape that somehow also comes off a little feminine.

More things I did not buy lately


I’ve got a really random mix today; lots of footwear and knitwear, because that’s been on my mind, for whatever reason. These Rachel Comey clogs are so outstanding I’m really having a tough time wrapping my head around not going for them. Such an excellent lipstick red, and a great, slightly retro-ish shape.

Everlane just introduced this cashmere wrap sweater this morning, and even though it’s not a true wrap sweater, I’m jonesing for it. It’d be perfect with skirts and dresses.

I also like the idea of a soft, roomy grandapa cardigan in snowy off-white.


More Rachel Comey: her popular Mars mule in mustard yellow feels like a nice way to add a little pop to any outfit.

Just a nice, roomy cashmere boyfriend sweater with great proportions.

I’m getting ahead of myself season-wise with these cute sandals (and I desperately need a pedicure before I could wear them) but they’re pretty great, with just a hint of a platform.

This preppy-chic rain boot is a little more in synch with what’s going on outdoors at the moment.

The secret to a good rainbow stripe print, I believe, is to have a little black in the mix, as this excellent cardigan does.  Also, it’s from Veronica Beard, where I’m pleased to report they’re offering certain items (including this)  in extended sizes.



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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