15 colorful sweaters to brighten up this dreary January


No sooner had 2022 arrived than nasty winter weather touched down as well, and this—combined with the endlessness of the pandemic—has me, and many others of my acquaintance, fairly cranky. I’m not saying that a pretty sweater in happy hue will fix that, or even make much of an impact, but it can’t hurt. This Rachel Comey number is so excellently fluffy and yellow.

The rainbow stripes here are just delightful.

And I think this cardi is the prettiest powdery pink.

This just feels like a smile in sweater form to me.

Just a cute red cardi for throwing on whenever your outfit needs a shot of color.

An amazing fair isle sweater that looks handmade.

As does this one from Alex Mill.

This colorblock option strikes an appealing funky-but-sophisticated tone.

I like how oversized this one from Cos is.

A well-priced, nicely graphic crewneck.

I dig the exaggerated polo neck here.

And this lavender cardigan is just divine.

The contrasting stripes are a cool touch here.

This cashmere mock-neck comes in like a zillion good colors and is pretty cheap, for cashmere at least.

And finally, this Vince funnel neck is a nice, substantial choice for freezing days.


Top 5 of the week: long sleeved tees


I’ve had a few requests for this post lately, and I get it—for some reason, it’s much, much easier to find cute short-sleeved tees than long-sleeved ones, but long is what this time of year requires. I like so much about this tee: it’s punchy hue, its unfinished hem, its roomy fit.

I love James Perse tees because they’re nice and thin and hang well. But they’re pricey, so I always look for them on Nordstrom Rack, where I found this one, generously marked down and available in a few other colors.

J. Crew’s tee is on the more substantial side, but doesn’t seem bulky.

Here’s an organic cotton option with a slightly slimmer fit.

And this one offers ample butt coverage, if that’s your thing.

GOACA classics: lace-up boots


You might quibble with my designation of these as classics, but to me, any piece that can take you in several different sartorial directions—from punk rocker to lady to nature girl—proves its timelessness. Sometimes, I like boots in this category to be on the polished side, but this time around, I’m really feeling like the clunkier the better. This pair of Doc Martens is actually vegan, and I really dig the thick platform.

Here’s a boot from the sneaker brand Greats that I’ll bet is super-comfy. And of course I’m fond of the yellow laces.

A metallic boot that’s not too shiny, which is crucial with metallics.

The wedge heel here is good for anyone who craves a bit of height.

A slightly more polished option that still looks substantial.

More Doc Martens—these are fleece-lined, which is so luxe.


The small pops of color here are fun, but subtle enough to not be too much.

A patent leather pair that’d be aces with a dress.

So too would this slightly longer pair from Vince.

Blue suede isn’t for everyone, but if it is your jam, you couldn’t beat these (they come in—but are mostly sold out in—a couple of other hues too, BTW).

These also come in a tan suede iteration that’s quite nice.

A well-priced pair with serious treads.

And finally: this reminds me of old-school Timberlands, but with a nice, chunky heel.




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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