A better-late-than-never post on weekenders


I just realized summer is more than halfway over and I haven’t brought you a post on weekenders yet, which doesn’t seem quite right. So please forgive me for my lateness, and let’s start with a bag that’s quite like the one I’ve been shlepping out to Sag Harbor with on the regular: the colors here are just so good, and it’s lined in a nice silky fabric.

This is on the splurgy side, but is so elegant, and super-durable.

Here is one that looks much fancier than it is.

I’ve checked out this one from Clare V on more than one occasion, and my friend Michelle bought it and loves it; it’s super-lightweight and comes in several good colors.

Just a really classic version from Tumi.

This is actually a gym bag, but it’s big enough to use as a weekender, and nobody’s going to arrest you for doing so.

I am not the biggest fan of Longchamp bags, but I do think this looks pretty fantastic in army green.

From Herschel: just a good solid basic tote.

A cute little collab between LeSportsac and Rifle Paper Co.

A camo option, but of course. The inside is lined in the best bright orange.

I always love a mix of canvas and leather.

All manner of platforms, for your every summertime need


I rely on platforms to keep me feeling tall with minimal suffering, and am un-thrilled that they’re not having much of a moment this season. Scrounging up enough decent ones up for a post took some doing, but I did manage to find several I want to own, starting with these, which seem excellent for when you’re dressing things up a bit. I’d venture to say that the pale pink is light enough to function as a neutral, but it also comes in black.

I’m not sure why I am so tempted by these; they’re just this side of frumpy, but there is something a little French schoolgirl about them, so perhaps that’s the appeal. And the fact that they’re made by Dansko means they’ll be insanely comfortable.

Another Dansko pair: I love the mix of the metallic leather with the neutral.

As classic an espadrille platform/wedge as you could ask for.

I own these, by Robert Clergerie, and they come in handy for times when I want to dress nicely but also know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking.

I am no fan of Diane von Fursterberg—during my time in the fashion trenches, I heard too many stories about her being a really deeply unkind person—so I never show her stuff here. But will make an exception for this wrap-around pair: the studs are just so cool.

Not the most walkable pair in this roundup, but the mix of cork and suede is really rich, and they’re nicely dramatic.

I’m showing these on the model because you can’t tell quite how cute they are on their own.

Just a good solid crossover platform at a great price.

Here is the pair you just throw on before leaving the house without having to think about it. They come in a cool mushroom-y hue too.

I’d wear these with rolled-up jeans or chinos to show off the cute strap.

And now for something completely polarizing


I’ve been sitting on this post for a couple of weeks without running it because I possess so much ambivalence on the topic of shorts. And I’m only including it now because I Instagrammed a picture of myself bravely wearing them over the weekend, which prompted several of you to request a post on them. But they’re such a contentious topic. Many of you flat-out hate them, and for good reason: the wrong pair can do terrible things to your legs. And so many of you have crazy neuroses about exposing your knees under any circumstances. But I like them when it gets really hot, and believe that they can look good on even the most imperfect pair of legs—if you find the right pair. I got some very similar to these from James Perse last summer and wore the hell out of them. They’re definitely on the casual side, but if for kicking around, they’re great.

These have the feel of chinos, which appeals. I’d wear them with a button-down and good belt.

I have these, and adore them.

I think the gym short silhouette is actually a very flattering shape, if you want to go shorter.

And here’s a gym short in plus-size range.

This pair comes almost to the knees and is therefore probably best for those with longer legs.

I like the army green and high waist of this plus size choice.

shorter pair than I usually go for, but they’re nice and roomy around the leg, which keeps them flattering.

A nicely tailored option from Theory.

I wish this came in more sizes, because it’s the best longer-length denim short I found.



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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