A better-late-than-never guide to the Nordstrom sale


This sale ends today, but the good news is there is still a lot of nice stuff on offer, starting with this spiff stand-collar jacket.

A Nili Lotan cashmere turtleneck that looks cozy as all get out.

I love a white overcoat, and this one from Vince is just so well-cut.

A cashmere polo sweater with an alluringly deep V-neck.

This crossbody hobo is quite excellently slouchy.

And I love the clean lines of this leather bomber.

A houndstooth blazer that’s prim in the best possible way.

This velveteen blazer is very slick 70s rock star.

These leather pants are a particularly good buy, and I like that they’re not too high-waisted.

A wool jacket with a cool camo pattern that I’d wear just as shown here, with a hoodie.

A plaid cardi that’s the just-right amount of oversized.

A handsome structured tote for shlepping around your life in.

I’m a big fan of the bright webbed strap on this Clare V tote.

This recycled cashmere and wool sweater dips a bit lower in the back, for when you need a little extra butt coverage.

These nicely laid-back pull-up trousers are a nice, pulled-together alternative to the sweatpants and jeans we’ve all been living in.

It’s the perennially popular Rag & Bone Slade blazer, in a really good miniature check pattern.

A cute funnel neck sweater for throwing on whenever.

Such a pretty, feminine pintuck blouse.

This clog mule from Veronica Beard is shearling-lined and looks divinely comfy.


16 everyday bags with a minimum of hardware


In my estimation, too much hardware on a bag makes it look cheap no matter how expensive it is, and conversely, bags with no hardware often look fancier than they are. This messenger bag from Clare V is big enough to fit your life—it’s even big enough for a laptop—and it’s so excellently slouchy.

I dig the contrast between the leather and the webbed strap on this Madewell saddlebag.

This Isabel Marant bag is so perfectly, wonderfully retroish—it looks like a fantastic vintage score.

True, this Coach bag has a turn lock, which counts as hardware, but I like it anyway; it hearkens back to Bonnie Cashin Coach bags from the 60s.

I love the hits of color on this great woven leather bag.

This two-compartment bag is perfect for right now: one compartment for hand sanitizer, your mask, and and other Covid supplies, and the second compartment for the rest of your stuff.

This woven leather bag looks like it could be Bottega Veneta, but it’s from Madewell.

A really streamlined bag for all of you minimalists out there.

Isn’t this puffy number kind of fun?

Here is the bag that’s at the top of my list at the moment: Clare V’s Gosee Clutch in such a good army green.

And I really like the indigo hue here.

The knotted strap on this one is kind of a sweet, feminine touch.

This nylon bag from Herschel comes in a few other colors, and has a certain anti-status-bag appeal.

This saddlebag looks like it’s fancy and French and maybe from A.P.C., but it’s really from J. Crew; here it is in leather.

And speaking of A.P.C., this one from the French brand is pretty great, and perfect for spring.

This camera bag is so nifty, and just big enough for the essentials; here’s something similar but cheaper.

It’s getting on clog season


Clogs seem like classics to me at this point, but they’re also having a bit of a moment this season, and I found a lot of cute ones to share with you, starting with this pleasingly clunky Rachel Comey pair.

Ancient Greek Sandals, a brand I like for summer footwear, has just introduced clogs, and I really, really like this laser-cut pair.

A grey suede pair like these are just about as versatile as black, and somehow much cooler.

I’m a huge fan of the California-based commerce site Beklina, and they make the best ribbed clogs. The dark wine hue on these is just divine, but they come in several other good (and unexpected) colors as well.

I’ve been seeing this puffy vegan pair in fashion editorials lately, and I have to say that they are growing on me. I’ll also bet that they’re deeply comfortable.

Another pair from Ancient Greek Sandals, with their trademark wing on the buckle, which is a cute touch. I also like that they have studs and not staples.

A nice low pair for lounging about.

The buff hue here is just about perfect.

How delightful (and delightfully chic) is this daisy-strewn pair?

These are from Dansko, and they currently appeal because the sole isn’t wood, which makes them more flexible.

A pink snakeskin pair from Rachel Comey that I’m having to sit on my hands to keep from ordering.

These take me right back to high school, and the scary girls who used to sneak smokes in the parking lot.

These are so polished they’re practically office-worthy—when we go to offices again—but also subdued enough to work with jeans.

I dig the knotted detail on this Loeffler Randall pair.

Not only do these have studs, which I always prefer, but they also have a really cute, retroish heel.

And why not a zebra-striped pair, I ask you?

The notches on this J. Crew pair are pretty spiff.

And finally, I bring you No 6 wedge clogs, which are high enough to make you satisfyingly taller, but low enough to be truly walkable.




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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