A bunch of pea coats, mostly on sale


Do you have items in your closet you never wear but that you refuse to get rid of? I have several, including a Helmut Lang pea coat—from when Helmut Lang designed Helmut Lang, bought for 60% off at his always-intimidating Soho boutique’s end-of-season sale. I wore it nearly to death—Its lining long ago shredded—and I keep thinking I’ll get it refurbished, because the silhouette is so good. Or maybe I’ll just start over, like maybe this one, from Lacoste, which has handy side slit pockets and a really nice shape.

I think this is just really sharp and menswear-ish looking.

A longer option, from Uniqlo’s ongoing collab with Jil Sander.

This quilted jacket looks like it could be Barbour to me, but it rings in a decent amount cheaper.

The silhouette here is so chic, and I dig the grey.

This is from Stella McCartney and still pricey even on sale, but I love the pocket details and the crop.

The leather buttons here are a nice, authentic touch.

This camel number from L.L. Bean would be aces with a black turtleneck sweater and trousers.

And finally, I like the oversized fit here.


15 colorful sweaters to brighten up this dreary January


No sooner had 2022 arrived than nasty winter weather touched down as well, and this—combined with the endlessness of the pandemic—has me, and many others of my acquaintance, fairly cranky. I’m not saying that a pretty sweater in happy hue will fix that, or even make much of an impact, but it can’t hurt. This Rachel Comey number is so excellently fluffy and yellow.

The rainbow stripes here are just delightful.

And I think this cardi is the prettiest powdery pink.

This just feels like a smile in sweater form to me.

Just a cute red cardi for throwing on whenever your outfit needs a shot of color.

An amazing fair isle sweater that looks handmade.

As does this one from Alex Mill.

This colorblock option strikes an appealing funky-but-sophisticated tone.

I like how oversized this one from Cos is.

A well-priced, nicely graphic crewneck.

I dig the exaggerated polo neck here.

And this lavender cardigan is just divine.

The contrasting stripes are a cool touch here.

This cashmere mock-neck comes in like a zillion good colors and is pretty cheap, for cashmere at least.

And finally, this Vince funnel neck is a nice, substantial choice for freezing days.


Top 5 of the week: long sleeved tees


I’ve had a few requests for this post lately, and I get it—for some reason, it’s much, much easier to find cute short-sleeved tees than long-sleeved ones, but long is what this time of year requires. I like so much about this tee: it’s punchy hue, its unfinished hem, its roomy fit.

I love James Perse tees because they’re nice and thin and hang well. But they’re pricey, so I always look for them on Nordstrom Rack, where I found this one, generously marked down and available in a few other colors.

J. Crew’s tee is on the more substantial side, but doesn’t seem bulky.

Here’s an organic cotton option with a slightly slimmer fit.

And this one offers ample butt coverage, if that’s your thing.



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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