A whole bunch of plaid shirts


Plaid shirts used to strike me as too tomboyish and style-less, but now I like them a great deal, and am—since I only have one—looking to expand my repertoire. I like how they look all oversized and slouchy, like here, and though they’re a natural with jeans, they get about a hundred times chicer when you pair them with trousers (I especially like how they look with leather pants).

The color really pops against the grey here.

And I adore black and yellow together wherever I find it.

The contrasting pockets and cuffs here are fun.

I like that this one is kind of faded out.

Blue on blue is always a winner in my book.

This silk option is nicely refined.

This is just pretty adorable.

Here is one I might go for: the blue and red together is so strong.

From Frank & Eileen, a shirt brand I really like: blue and white and nicely graphic.

I am mad for the poppy color combination here.

Here’s a sweet, feminine choice.

Red and black always looks great.

And finally: a classic scotch plaid from LL Bean.

Totes don’t have to be black and boring



I’ve included some black totes here because they’re so functional, but they’ve all got something a little interesting going on. Personally, I prefer totes that pop a little, even if they’re in neutral colors, like this excellent grey one with stripes from Clare V.

I also like the idea of carrying something summery, like this one from Antonello, all winter long.

This is Isabel Marant and it exceeds the GOACA price limit, but I am in love with the print on the strap.

Nothing all that unusual here, just a really good grey.

I love the color block business going on here.

Just a bright, vibrant red.


This is actually a baby bag, which just means it has a million convenient interior pockets, and I’m crazy for the quilting.

This costs more than it should but it is so damn cute in the denim.

The shape here is cool.

Remember always, ladies, that metallics are neutrals, and love this Baggu tote as I do.

The chain handle here is so chic but slightly un-functional, so it’s nice that it comes with a shoulder strap for convenience.

This croc-embossed option is so fancy-looking.

This isn’t the biggest tote of the bunch, but I do love the way it looks.

The slightly weird mustard-y hue on this canvas bag appeals.

Dresses with grown-up hemlines under $100


A very feminine dotted number with some frilly business at the chest that might typically turn me off but that I really like here.

The knotting at the waist is nice and figure flattering.

I’d wear a long-sleeved tee or a turtleneck with this wrap dress when the weather turns cool.

The slit sleeves here are an interesting touch, and it’s such a good blue.

Such a pretty, sweet velvet dress with cool black-on-black dots.

I like that the puffed sleeves here are not too puffy, which would overwhelm this otherwise nicely streamlined dress.

I usually don’t like sweater dresses, but this is so sexy.

I love that the zipper allows you to choose your own neckline, and also that this option looks so damn comfortable.

More black-on-black dots, this time on a lovely, flowy confection.

I like when an otherwise straightforward dress has one or two interesting details, which is how I feel about the contrasting belt and asymmetrical hemline here.

This feels wearable for weekends or work.

And this feels very work-to-evening.



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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