All manner of striped clothing, part 2


I think this slouchy tee might be the most perfect slouchy tee of all time.

And here’s a henley tee that I think is quite spiff too.

This dress is really more of a beach cover-up—it’s pretty sheer—and I think it’s quite cute. It also looks feather-light.

An adorable button-down with barely-there stripes.

And speaking of sleeves, I’m glad that this dress is just short of sleeveless, which is so much more flattering on the arm.

I wouldn’t wear this shirt buttoned all the way up the way it’s shown here, but I do think it’s pretty cool-looking, and I especially dig the oversized pockets.

And here’s something similar, but with contrasting stripes on the pocket.

A nicely unadorned peasant blouse with a smart band collar that makes it look just a touch more tailored than most peasant blouses.

I like how relaxed this short-sleeved button-down is.

The frayed edges here are a nice touch, if you’re into that type of thing.

An easy tee dress that I could see wearing all summer.

A heavier-weight chambray shirt that I could see wearing as a jacket.

This crisp button-down is ever-so-slightly cropped in the front, but not so much that you’d risk belly exposure.

I like the drop sleeves and oversized cut of this tee.

All manner of striped clothing, part 1


What is there to say about stripes that I haven’t said already? After eight years of writing this blog, not an awful lot. They are the easiest print to wear by far, and the easiest one to mix with other prints for sure (just remember the golden rule of pattern mixing and make sure each item has one color in common). And while I like them all year round, they’re especially great for this time of year. Check out this cute polo shirt from Kule, purveyors of some of the coolest striped items out there.

I like the slouchiness and poppy hue of this shirtdress, and I like the drop shoulders too.

Another shirtdress, this one with a spiff self-belt in the back, from Cos.

This tunic is on the sheer side, so I’d wear it with a cami, or just use it as a beach cover-up.

A pretty striped shirtdress from Vince that would look good belted or not.

The chevron stripes on this Saloni dress (currently marked down) contrast brightly with a spray of florals.

This Nili Lotan Shirt could not be a whole lot more classic, and her shirts only get better with age.

A popover shirtdress that I could see kicking around on the weekend in.

I like the contrasting pocket stripes on this flowy shirt, and also the winning charcoal and yellow color combination.

I really really really want this Nili Lotan dress—it just looks exactly like what I want to be wearing all summer.

A well-priced striped tee with a nice deep scoopneck.

I’m sorry, but these Tretorn slides are the awesomest—like a party for your feet.

I love a linen tee—they just hang better—and the micro-stripes on this one are so chic.

A very sportif polo shirt with bold gold buttons.

It’s Madewell’s Central Shirt—which is one of my favorite summer shirts—in a cool striped pattern.

And finally, this V-neck top reminds me of an old-school rugby shirt, but updated.


Brand I like: Alex Mill


I haven’t been buying from or posting to Everlane lately because of this unfortunate business, which I really hope resolves itself soon, because I appreciate what they do well, and trying to find another brand that mines the same reasonably-priced-classic-style vein has been challenging. But I do think Alex Mill gets a whole lot right, and as a whole their clothes are chicer and more forward than Everlane’s, while still being deeply wearable.  This jacket gives off serious Nili Lotan vibes, but at a fraction of the price.

This utility jumpsuit comes in a lot of good colors that are well worth checking out, but I like this crisp white.

Just a good basic striped tee with a nice neckline.

An easy popover will cool dropped shoulders and military-ish pockets. It, too, comes in lots of colors: I’m also a fan of this blue.

Wearing a blazer doesn’t feel like the most intuitive thing in the world right now, but this one is so pleasingly slouchy that I could totally see throwing it on for the afternoon dog walk.

A sweet top with the just-right amount of flounciness.

And finally: these sunglasses are part of a collab between Alex Mill and Warby Parker, and I really dig the blue lenses.



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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