A treasury of black summer dresses


Apologies for the absence of posts this week: I had an outpatient procedure Tuesday morning from which I thought I’d bounce right back, but it took a lot more out of me than I anticipated. Meanwhile, I thought I’d do a post on dresses in the hue I still wear more than any other, no matter the season. I just make certain to choose pieces that aren’t too form-fitting, in fabrics that breathe. I have wanted this pretty dress for some time now: it’s nicely feminine, but steers clear of being prissy.

A nifty shirt dress with a utilitarian vibe.

I dig the empire waist here.

A tiered dress with a lovely deep neckline.

This A-line dress from Cos is both polished-looking and easy.

A cool seersucker number with an extra-flowy cut.

I own and love this ruched dress from Veronica Beard, which is now offered in sizes up to 24.


The best under $100 deals from the Net a Porter sale


I don’t link to Net a Porter very much these days because the site has gotten just outrageously expensive, and is stocked with the kind of clothes one buys when they want to signal social status with what they wear—in short, lots of ugly logo-wear. But they do have pretty good sales, where you can find items like this  oversized tie dye top.

My new(ish) favorite lingerie band is Else, and they’ve got several good pieces by them marked down, like this comfy wireless bra.

I’m gearing up to get back into the exercise game, and am thinking some splashy leggings like these might serve as motivation to start. I also like this camo pair.

A cute plaid pajama set.

Just a crisp poplin shirt in a flattering tomato red.

This wool and cotton hoodie from Alex Mill just looks cozy and easy.

A quilted ripstop jacket from Rains that would be perfect for the cooler nights we’re still having, and when winter rolls around it’ll make a great liner jacket.

I’ve  already shown you this Alex Mill tee (yes, there’s a lot of Alex Mill on sale here) and have resisted buying it before, but now that it’s marked down, I might just have to go for it.

A short-sleeved button-down with utility details; click through to see the other good colors it comes in.

A nicely streamlined rain jacket.

I dig the bateau neckline on this cotton blend sweater.

A good, not-too-skinny pair of jeans from Frame.


Some cute peasant tops for your delectation


These are so perfect for summer: lightweight (usually), breezy and casual. I like wearing them with jeans or chinos, but if you’ve got other ideas for them, then you do you. This first one comes from Doen, a boho-chic-ish label that people love, and it comes in a whole lot of colorways and prints, though I’m partial to this creamy white.

A sweet embroidered top that reminds me of ones Nili Lotan has offered for a lot more cash.

This gauze top comes in black too, but this seafoam green is calling out to me.

A lot of fun details on this one.

I dig the shirring and band collar here.

A rare short-sleeved option in a fun, bright floral.

Tonal white stripes and feminine details make this blouse standout.

And finally: a subdued but versatile option.




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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