A party in a top, part 1


I have explained the concept of the party in a top many times, but for those of you just joining in: I realized a while back that at really big and crowded holiday-type parties, all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. So all you really need to concern yourself with is procuring a really unstoppable top, and pairing it with anything from jeans to skinny pants to a flowy skirt, depending on how fancy the fête in question is. I like a party in a top that makes a statement but is still easy to wear, and this beaded and sequined tee certainly does that. It also comes in a very pretty pale pink.

I’d wear this sequined tank under a tuxedo jacket and with jeans.

The embellishment at the collar of this keyhole blouse elevates the whole look here.

A satin band-collar blouse that would be aces tucked into skinny black pants.

I think floral prints get so much more sophisticated against a black background, like this one does.

The knot front here is a cool little detail.

A sateen tee that’s nicely dressed down, for a more casual party.

This pleated iridescent top would make a big old statement at a dressed-up New Year’s Eve gathering.

The metallic heart print here is sweet without being overly twee.

An elegant Nili Lotan blouse that you could wear with just about anything, and that is currently marked down.

The lace sleeves here are sexy in a very subdued way.

Another marked down Nili Lotan top in an excellent zebra print.

This metallic mesh top would elevate whatever you paired it with.

A fun sequined tee—are you picking up that I’m feeling sequins at the moment?

This metallic button-down is the type of piece you could throw on and have an instant outfit.

Another pretty floral with a nice slouchy cut.




27 excellent cardigans


I love a good cardi this time of year, because they’re so easy to layer with, and can be dressed up or down, depending on the sweater in question and your mood. I’d wear this boxy wool number with a scoopneck white tee.


Everlane’s cropped alpaca sweater is a great buy, and I’m very tempted to go for it.

Here’s a grey sweater from Madewell that’s so classic you could wear it with just about anything.

This recycled cashmere sweater comes in a few good colors, but I’m partial to this deep navy.

I’m not usually just crazy for a shawl collar, but I really like it here.

Here’s a wool and cashmere number that’s just a really good buy.

The pops of color on this cashmere sweater from Kule are so fun, yet there’s something really sophisticated about it too.

This ribbed skinny cardigan would be aces with a flowy skirt.

I like the big front patch pockets on this alpaca sweater.

A very luxe cashmere option from Jenny Kayne that gets all the little details exactly right.

A poppy orange cardigan like this is just the type of item we all need in our closets when winter doldrums really set in.

The color combination on this striped cashmere sweater is just so excellently happy. I really might have to buy it.

A brushed wool sweater that feels very grunge-era to me.

For those of you who like a longer cardigan, here’s a good open-front cashmere option.

This ribbed cashmere cardi is satisfyingly chunky, but not the least bit bulky.


Isn’t this Play Comme des Garcons sweater just so sweet?

I think this simple ring-neck cardi would be good to layer over dresses, and comes in a number of good colors.

An appealingly rustic Fair Isle option.

I like the side-buttons, cool blue-ish grey, and graceful draping on this Universal Standard sweater.

I’d fasten this big yellow sweater with an oversized safety pin like this.

This well-priced sweater looks really cozy.

I like the multicolored yarn deployed to make this chunky option. I also like that it looks hand-knit.

I also really want this wool and alpaca number: the army green is so good, and versatile.

The detailing at the collar and wrists of this A.P.C. sweater is a really nice touch.

A big, long Isabel Marant Etoile sweater that’s nicely marked down.

And finally: how desperately cozy does this look?


The 30 best sales to check out this Cyber Monday


Most of these sales end at midnight, so do not delay! Let’s start out at Equipment, where everything is 30% off. You can’t lose with one of their Signature Silk Shirts.

If you’ve got a teenager on your holiday shopping list, you might want to head over to Ban.do, where tons of bright and cheery items are 30% off. I’m quite partial to this leopard print pullover.

Everything on the Current Elliott site is 30% off; I’m quite tempted by their confidant pant, which has a nice trouser-ish cut.

Brazilian brand FARM rio is offering 30% off their fall collection and 60% off summer pieces. This rainbow puffer couldn’t be a whole lot cuter.

Everything at lingerie e-tailer Figleaves is 30% off. I think this lace plunge bra is awfully pretty.

Over at Madewell, everything is 30% off, and I’m quite tempted by these shearling-lined clogs.

French brand Maje is offering 30% off fall-winter styles. How chic is this cropped leather jacket with a shearling collar? When I talk about wearing a shrunken leather jacket with dresses, this is the kind of jacket I’m talking about.

Jewelry brand Monica Vinader is offering 30% off everything, including this stunning diamond pendant.

Outdoor voices  is offering 25% off sitewide. I think these sweatpants look more polished than most—almost like streetwear.

Reformation is the land of pretty, femme-y dresses, and they’re offering 30% off everything. But I’m intrigued by the Patagonia items they’ve got on the site, including this Micro Puff jacket.

Solid & Striped is my favorite swimwear brand, and they’re offering 25% off everything. I might go for this streamlined tank suit.

At everyone’s favorite shapewear brand Spanx, everything is 20% off. I think this bodysuit is pretty sexy, especially for shapewear.

Splendid is an excellent resource for tees, and today, everything is 40% off. This long-sleeved number is a perfect layer for this time of year.

At Toms, everything is 30% off, and these fleece-lined slip-ons look deeply comfortable.

I get all my sheets from Brooklinen, where everything is 20% off. But I also like this throw, which comes in a few good colors.

Beauty site Dermstore is offering up to 30% off on select items, including this super-powerful (read: really fast) Harry Josh blowdryer.

Everything at Glossier is  20% off, so it’s a good time to stock up on some of their classics, like the super-popular Boy Brow.

Home site Schoolhouse is offering 15% off—I really like the print on this cool coverlet.

Allsaints is doing 30% off sitewide, making this an excellent moment to nab one of their leather jackets.

Superga is offering 35% off; I like this black canvas sneaker with a nice platform sole.

Sustainable clothing brand Amour Vert is offering 20% off. I think this spacedye sweater looks like it could be Missoni.

Shopbop is doing one of those the more you spend the more you save deals, which means big discounts on a lot of items that don’t usually go on sale. This leopard print sweatshirt is just the kind of item that’s perfect for wintertime lounging.

Frame has a ton of good denim (and is offering 25% off of everything) but I’m most excited by the idea of acquiring this excellent pale pink blazer, which I showed you not long ago.

Everything at Ray-Ban is 30% off, so why not get yourself a pair of aviators?

I like the easy separates at Sundry, where everything is 25% off, and think this star print sweatshirt is especially cute.

Everything at Sol de Janeiro is 25% off, so I stocked up on their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, which smells like a dream and absorbs almost instantly.

Everything is 25% off at footwear brand Dear Frances; I think this lace-up boot is about as sophisticated as I’ve ever seen a lace-up boot be.

Gap is offering a whopping 50% off site-wide; I think this plaid jacket looks like it could be Isabel Marant.

Knitwear brand Naadaam is offering 30% off selected styles, including this nicely substantial cashmere crewneck.

And finally, at Tata Harper, the more you spend the more you save. I’m a new convert to this gentle-but-powerful Resurfacing Mask, which imparts an unstoppable glow.



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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