Shopping the chains, part 3: The Gap


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I feel about Gap much the same way I feel about Banana Republic: a once great brand long past its glory days. But if you do some digging, you can still find some pretty good clothes there, like this subtle striped linen popover.

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Just a good solid pair of chinos.

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This denim top has a Japanese feel to me.

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I know the quilt-y patchwork print on this dress is on the crazy side, and I’m not certain I’d have the nerve to wear it, but I think it’s pretty fantastic, and hope that one of you goes for it.

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Such a good, flowy summer blouse.

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I showed you a t-shirt dress like this one yesterday, but I like this one even better because the neckline is more flattering.

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This top has subtle metallic stripes, which is fun.

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These jeans made the cut because they’re mid-rise instead of high, and because the wash is dark. Also, there’s a minimal amount of whiskering.

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The cut of this blazer is pretty sophisticated.

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This sweet black Swiss dot blouse could totally be from Ulla Johnson.

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A western-style denim shirt should probably be added to my next list of must-have classics.

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A pintucked popover with a barely-there striped print.

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I like how gauzy this top looks.

Shopping the chains, part 2: Banana Republic


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I used to really love Banana Republic—around 2003 or so, I thought the brand could do no wrong. They were always on trend, and turned out cool, often bright pieces with good prints at a decent price. But they lost their way some time ago, and I can’t recall the last time I was in one of their stores. So I was pleased to find a number of pretty good pieces on their site the other day, including this short-sleeved  sweater, which is so preppy/French girl.

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A simple t-shirt dress with a strategically placed twist keeps things flattering.

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This navy V-neck sweater is made from a combination of silk and cashmere, which means it’s probably a nice, lightweight choice for spring.

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I like that the tie on this tank top is off to the side, which is just a bit cooler than if it were front and center.

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This cami has just the shadow of a print, which is kind of lovely.

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This striped shirt would look so chic with a pair of skinny black trousers.

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Just a simple top with slightly flared sleeves to throw on whenever.

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A pink blazer is a fun and unexpected choice, and would look great with graphic tees.

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The wash on this denim jacket is so satisfyingly dark.

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I’d wear this shirt with white jeans and a bright belt like this one.

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This pink-and-white striped shirt has a nice, slouchy cut.

Shopping the chains, part 1: Scotch and Soda


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Scotch & Soda is from Amsterdam, and some of their stuff can be on the wacky side, so I haven’t ever paid much attention to them. But I have discovered lately that they also turn out some very cute pieces, and they don’t shy away from a good print, and you know how I like that. I think the matchy-clashiness of this top  is perfectly adorable (it comes in a dress too, if you’re interested).

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I’d wear this sheer star-print shirt with a black cami underneath.

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I like how vaguely Sgt. Pepper this jacket is.

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The color combination on this striped shirt is so good.

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And I like the look of this lightweight sweater—as perfect for a casual Saturday as a day at the office.

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This short-sleeved leopard print denim jacket is all the excitement any outfit needs.

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The zig-zaggy print on this blouse would look great peeking out from under a blazer.

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A simple black jacket with a denim collar: clever.


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I love a leopard print with pink in it.

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And finally: this leather cosmetic bag is just too great.



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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