A bunch of good necklaces for layering


Mejuri black pearl necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

I’ve been doing a lot of necklace layering lately, which is to say I basically wear the same three every day (I sleep in them, which makes things so much simpler) and every once in a while, I’ll switch one of them out for something fresh. At the moment I’m wearing a couple of James Colarusso charms on a chain; a gorgeous Persian turquoise pendant from Ten Thousand Things; and quite delicate little Grace Lee necklace that I believe is lapis. It’s not the most genius layering job anyone’s ever done, but it works, and I’m always striving to improve by changing things up with new textures and lengths. I’ve tried to add a fourth necklace to the menagerie, but so far I’m not quite advanced enough for this, so I’m holding steady at three, which I think is fine. Even two is plenty chic: just check out how lovely this black pearl necklace looks with a simple, unadorned chain as accompaniment.

Catbird Rose thorn necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

This gold rose thorn is elegant and just a little menacing.

Yayoi Forest necklace—A bunch of good necklaces for layering

I like the organic shape here, and the unexpected placement of the eensy diamond.

From Ten Thousand Things: a simply beautiful lapis cluster necklace.

I found this locket amongst the jumbo statement necklaces at J. Crew, and I think it’s rather nice.

And I’m so excited I found this inexpensive knockoff of a gothic letter pendant—the only other ones I’ve found cost a fortune.

Iconery moon necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

I am absolutely dying for this sliver of a crescent moon. It is somehow utterly perfect.

Catbird skull necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

If I didn’t already wear a skull charm every day (that’s what one of the Colarusso charms is), I would be jumping right on this one with the excellent diamond eyes.

Anthropologie initial pendants—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

And finally, call me crazy, but I kind of love these oversize initials. They’re super-cheap, too.

Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition


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The theme this time around—and I didn’t realize I even had a theme until I took a look at all of these dresses together—is ease and comfort and a certain throw-it-on-and-go appeal. And isn’t that we’re all looking for in a dress as the weather turns warmer? Let’s start with the one I covet most intensely: this zebra-print is so good and somehow not-too-overwhelming, and I love the neckline—so graceful.

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You know how I like a dark floral.

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Just a really flattering shape—loose, but with enough definition not to come off too bulky.

twist front dress

This gauzy twist front dress is idling in my shopping cart even as I type. It looks so breezy, and drapes just right.

zara denim

Shirtdresses can be so unforgiving, but this one is so excellently flowy.

combo dress

Pre-styled for your convenience: this sweater-and-skirt combo dress.

Things I bought, things I want


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The cleanest, thinnest (like, thin enough to layer under a blazer) perfect little wool-and-silk-blend cardigan. An investment, but it is going to pay off handsomely on the cost-per-wear front, I feel it. I am in fact am wearing it as I type.

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This super-soft scarf has one of the best prints I’ve seen in a while—and an unlikely but totally winning color palette.

frame striped tee

I can’t find any archival photos to back up the following assertion, but this strikes me as the kind of striped tee Jane Birkin might have worn in the 70s.



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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