Spring florals part 1: Tops


theory floral shirt

It looks like spring is going to be a big season for florals—I had to divide this post into a two-parter because there were so many good ones to fit in. I’m a fan of all kinds of them, but my favorites are those against a dark background, like this one from Theory.

taylor floral shirt

I like the sweet print and subtle flutter sleeves on this Rebecca Taylor number.

h&m floral shirt

A thing I learned about H&M today: most of their stuff, like this cute peasant top, goes up to size 16.

mango floral shirt

There’s something a little Asian about the print on this blouse. I also like the deep V-neck.

sanctuary floral shirt

This would really pop under a blazer.

shoshanna floral shirt

The green background here is just so good.

kooples floral shirt

Wee yellow roses make this button-down a kind of funky choice.

joie floral shirt

I love this top: super-feminine, with a very subdued print.

madewell floral shirt

And here’s a much louder choice: something about the flowers with stripes really appeals.

rinaldi floral shirt

A fun little graphic print on an ever-versatile button-down.

This has a very flattering silhouette.

topshop floral shirt1

The print on this wrap blouse is just unstoppable.

joie floral shirt1

I like the smocking on the neckline and sleeves of this Joie top.

mango floral shirt2

Another pretty fun and loud blouse.

Such a lovely, delicate cami.

h&m extended floral shirt

This print looks like Liberty, but it’s really H&M.

j crew floral shirt

And here’s one of J. Crew’s excellent Liberty prints.

boden floral shirt

I like that this Boden floral almost looks like dots.

mango floral shirt3

I think this Mango blouse looks like it’s from A.P.C.

h&m floral shirt1

The pastel pink here is a touch girly, but the black background balances it out.

r13 floral shirt

Such a great Liberty print on this shrunken R13 button-down.

h&m red floral shirt

And I just like this because it’s red—and cheap.


Here are a bunch of pretty silk tops.

30 spring dresses that are as attractive as they are comfortable


vince dress

It’s cold and wet out today and spring still feels like it is ages off, but I’m in the mood to look at pretty, light dresses anyway because if I don’t show you the good ones when they turn up, they sell out. First up: I love a dark floral, and this one drapes so beautifully. I’d wear it with a cardigan or shrunken leather jacket.

co dress

A simple dress with universally flattering lines—and pockets, which is always a plus.

marc jacobs dress

I don’t typically go in for such a graphic floral, but this Marc Jacobs dress is just the cuteness.

mango shirtdress

An easy, well-priced shirtdress.

vineyard dress

I’d wear this peasant-y n umber layered over a long-sleeved tee now, and on its own later.


eloquii dress

This just looks endlessly chic, but quite professional too.

ganni dress

I like that everything here is simple except the sleeves and that standout print.

mango satin dress

This dress just looks so put-together and polished.

tory burch dress

I never post anything by Tory Burch, because it never really thrills me, but I zoomed in on the print here and it’s really good. Also, it flows quite nicely.

veronica beard dress

A dress that would serve you well for work and whatever you’ve got planned afterward.

mango linen dress

Just a simple, flowy linen dress.

ted baker dress

I think this dress would take you just about anywhere.

ganni dress1

This just pops so nicely.

whistles dress

I like the contrasting stripe business going on here.

mango dot dress

I’m not always the biggest fan of dots, but the fact that this is against a brown background sort of makes it unexpected and appealing.

roller dress

OK, this is a very summery dress, but it’d look great layered now with a sweater and big boots.

farrow dress

Ruffles are usually too prissy for me, but I think this dress works because they’re pretty subtle. Plus, that yellow!

maje dress

I really want this—it’s nicely feminine and pretty sweet without coming off too girly.

knot dress

This just looks like a good option for throwing on whenever.

sea dress

The ruching here makes this very becoming.

allsaints dress

From Allsaints: a good one for days when you want to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.

apc dress

I like the longer length on this crisp shirtdress from A.P.C.

farrow dress2

Stripes are rather unexpected and fun here.

ganni dress1

I was on the fence about this dress from Ganni, but in the end I decided the candy-colored print was a winner.

eloquii dress1

This is just the tiniest bit Stevie Nicks—in a good way.

taylor dress

I like the shirttail hem here, and the print is so pretty.

universal standard dress

From Universal Standard: such a good blue, and I like the sweater-around-the-waist-effect belt.


just female dress

I am constitutionally incapable of not linking to a good leopard print.

farrow dress3

I like the somewhat Grecian cut here.

vince dress1

This definitely needs a belt to finish it off, but it has such a nice drapey thing going on.

In the mood for lower-heeled booties


First off, I can barely walk in my higher-heeled boots these days, and secondly, all of these just look kind of right to me for wearing at the moment. I especially like the cone heel on these sock booties.

dolce vita booties

And I think these look endlessly versatile.

topshop bootie

This pair is just super-cheap.

free people bootie

I’m getting the tiniest goth vibe off of these.


mars bootie

It’s Rachel Comey’s Mars bootie, which my most stylish friend wears all winter long.

loeffler bootie

Another sock bootie, in glittery gold and black—perfect for a party. Here it is in black if that’s more your thing.

fisher bootie

You could totally wear this with a dress.

beard bootie

A really quite elegant option from Veronica Beard.

campbell bootie

I like the mix of textures here.


aqua bootie

This pair is weatherproof, which is cool.

dee bootie

While this white pair reminds me somewhat of being a majorette, I also think there can be something very chic about a white boot.


Here’s a post I did on backpacks not long ago.



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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