Taking requests: robes


I can’t recall the name of the commenter who suggested this post—there have been so many comments lately—so thanks for the suggestion, Anonymous Reader, and away we go: this orange print specimen is just so damn happy, and I think it would help my mood in the morning—the toughest time of day for me lately—immeasurably.

Here’s an elegant little number from Hanro with just a touch of lace detail in the back.

The star print here is pretty fun.

This looks like an old-fashioned dressing gown.

The embroidered sleeves here are a nice touch.


And here is a luxe cashmere robe that’s pretty reasonably priced, as cashmere robes go.

The oversized floral print on this one is nice and graphic.

Such a good pink, and I like the lace detail on the sleeves.

This gorgeous robe from Fleur du Mal is currently marked down—still pricey, but less so.

This just looks as cozy as all get-out.

A pretty robe with a kind of Japanese-y floral print.

How great is this leopard print robe? I’m highly tempted by it.

I think this might be the prettiest one of the bunch, and I like the graceful hemline.


And finally, here is what I shlep around the house in: a men’s scotch plaid robe from L.L. Bean, sized up for maximum comfiness.


Suddenly, I love big chunky earrings


After years of wearing only the tiniest and most delicate of studs and hoops, I’ve found myself swinging in the exact opposite direction: not since the 80s have I been interested in this kind of thing: big old statement-y pieces that steal all of the attention. Like these hoops, which are so pretty, look fancy, but are in fact from Madewell.

I think the cameo on these is such a sweet touch.

An acetate pair with a nice burst of color.

These pearl hoops look delicate but they’re actually on the big side, and are so elegant too.

These hoops are kind a retroish in a way that I like.

This chain link pair would be kind of preppy if they were small, but they’re big enough to look kind of punk rock—in a grown-up way.

I’m crazy for this multi-colored pair: they’d brighten up just about any video call.

These would look great worn with your hair up in a twist.

Snake beads are so delightfully 70s.

The shape of these is just super-chic.

And these square hoops are nice in a kind of sculptural way.

These are just so happy and bright.

These hanging hoops remind me of a pair I wore constantly in like 1985.

I really like the pop of pink on this Rachel Comey pair.

And I really like how deep the red is on these resin hoops.

These fat little hoops would look good paired with other, smaller hoops if you have multiple piercings.

These hoops (can you tell I like hoops?) have a certain tactile appeal.

And finally, I bring you this crystal pair, which is just as dramatic as you please.

Let’s support small retailers


I’m really worried about all the independent stores and designers and how they’re going to weather this storm, so I thought I might share a few of my favorites with you (please mention your own favorites in the comments). Even if you’re not in the mood to buy anything right now, consider purchasing a gift card. It all helps. I’m starting out with California boutique Beklina, which makes some of my favorite clogs. I’ve been wanting to buy these for ages, and now may just be the time I pull the trigger.

Beklina also has a lot of cool items for the home. I really dig these marbelized melamine plates.

Next up is 6397 , makers of my current favorite jean: the Mini Skinny. It’s slightly looser than your typical skinny jean, which is why I like it.

They’ve also got a pretty happening sale section, where I found this awesome sweater that I’ve been toying with purchasing for a while.

My favorite Brooklyn boutique is Bird; owner Jen Mankins is an expert at sniffing out new talent, and I’m really liking the print on this dress.

I really like this puckered button-down by Caron Callahan too.

Any longtime reader of GOACA knows of my affection for No 6; right before the whole world changed, I bought these clog sandals and I look forward to it being warm enough to wear them out of the house. If I ever leave the house.

I also think the print on this floral dress is just gorgeous.

La Garconne traffics in what I would describe as edgy classics, although I wouldn’t use either of those words to describe this beautiful robe.

They also sell Hope trousers, which are similar to Nili Lotan’s but a bit cheaper. I like this subtly pinstriped pair.

Alder & Co is a Portland boutique I often visit online for inspiration. I could see this dress going into very high summer rotation.

And I am dying for this pretty quilt.

Assembly NY/LA is one of the only good boutiques in my direct vicinity, so I visit often. I think these Doc Marten sandals are pretty great.

They always have good jewelry, and right now I want these sterling silver hoops.

Anna is a brand designed by my old pal Kathy Kemp. She’s been in the East Village since the 90s, churning out cool pieces for cool girls. I think this red leather wrap skirt is pretty stellar.

As is this pretty Liberty print top.

Jo Gordon is a British knitwear designer who makes some of my favorite hats, scarves, gloves, and sweaters. Right now she’s offering a whopping 50% off of everything, including this adorable hat, which I own and wore all winter.

I got this striped scarf too, and it kind of matches the hat and is so damn cozy.




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.

Find Out More


[wdi_feed id=”1″]

Join my newsletter! The latest fashion, beauty and inspiration for all the girls of a certain age.