Rain boot season is upon us


moto bootie

Apologies for the radio silence yesterday—I went away for the weekend, which is when I typically catch up on posts, and had such a good time that I completely blew off work. Meanwhile, as I type this it is absolutely glorious outside—a perfect spring day. The leaves on the trees are sprouting, there are flowers blooming in the community garden across the street, and all is lovely. But yesterday, it rained buckets, and I feel that more of the same is to come. So I bring you the coolest rain boots I could find, starting with this moto-style pair from Rag & Bone that I like because it’s kind of tough but at the same time nicely understated.

rain bootie

Just a simple Chelsea boot, very nicely priced.

blondo bootie

These look really walkable, and would be perfect with black jeans.

campbell bootie

A Chelsea with a nice clunky sole, which I always think makes your legs look skinnier.


aqua bootie

You could pretty much wear this pair with a dress.

olivia boot

A very sophisticated knee high pair.

canada bootie

This is waterproof suede, which is a pretty cool trick.

pendelton boot

And finally, how could I not include this excellent one, from Pendelton?

18 perfectly age-appropriate denim jackets


citizens denim

I get a lot of mail asking me when, exactly, is the right time to retire one’s denim jacket—there seems to be a popular perception that after a certain age, they’re no longer right. I’ve decided—as I do with most things—that there is no time limit on this particular article of clothing as long as you feel good wearing it (I also think they look better un-distressed, but that’s just me). So let your freak flag fly, ladies, and do enjoy the menagerie I’ve posted here, starting with this one, which has a cool slit up the side.

topshop denim

I like this one from Topshop because it’s black and slightly oversized, which makes it good for layering.

current denim

I like the snap buttons here.

barbour denim

This one is from Barbour, and I like the Barbour-ish cut, and the fact that there’s a subtle striped thing happening.

rebel denim

I like a collarless jacket, and this is so refined.

beard denim

Such a cute embroidered option from Veronica Beard.

great denim

And more embroidery, from The Great.

fisher denim

This is Eileen Fisher, but I think it’s really chic.

everlane denim

Everlane’s denim jacket was introduced not long ago, and it’s very nicely priced.

& other denim

This is cropped the exactly right amount—which is to say, not too much.

ag denim

Pastels are very big this season, and this pink one is a good way to engage that trend.

lam denim

I like the raw hems on the sleeves and collar here.

madewell denim

This one from Madewell has been cut apart then stitched back together, for a look that I think is very cool.


ag denim1

This moto-style jacket could almost stand in for a blazer.

frame denim

I like the tie neck here—very French.

ag denim2

Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I would love a red denim jacket.

lang denim

I am a big fan of the exaggerated cuffs and zipper on this Helmut Lang choice.

Top 5 of the week: army green pants


street style green

The army green pant is another item I’ve never included in a list of classics,but probably should—they are easy to wear, fun, and versatile as the day is long, and look as good with a tee as they do with something a little more dressed up. I like them on the slouchy side and typically size up for this reason.

theory army

I like the cropped length and clean lines of this pair from Theory.

clu army

A drop-crotch pant is definitely not for everyone, but I like them for kicking around on weekends.

beard army

The waistline on this pair from Veronica Beard is high but not too high, which is key.

I love the colorful ribbon down the seam of this Nili Lotan pair, and that they’re cut like chinos. Here is a (somewhat) similar and cheaper pair.

hm army

And here is an extended sizes pick, nicely priced.



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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