Top 5 of the week: Universal Standard


My favorite plus-size brand has just released some new looks for fall, and they are just so spot-on. Some, like this striped cashmere sweater are pretty straightforward, while others skew a bit more fashiony.

The slouchy asymmetry of this cardigan makes it both interesting and flattering.

I’d wear this cape sweater on fall weekends with jeans. Just a good kicking around outfit.

This leather top is precisely the kind of really cool, forward piece it is very nearly impossible to find in plus sizes.

The tie here is kind of fun, and a good stomach-junk concealer too.

Just a handful of cute white sweaters


Aside from coffee-spill factor (which is substantial if you’re me), there is no reason not to be wearing white sweaters as the weather goes chillier. They’re so fresh and pulled-together, and look as good with jeans as they do with dressy little trousers. I have a couple of them, but neither is exactly perfect, and I feel as though the quality of my life would improve if I found that ideal one. It might look a bit like this Nili Lotan version I dug up at Barneys Warehouse.

A nice deep, wide V-neck is so far up my alley, and the price is decent.

This big huggy turtleneck would look so good with corduroys.


This is splurgy (and not technically all white) but I want it so.

Pretty straightforward looking, but it’s made by Demylee, who always use great wool.

The wide sleeves here are flattering, and I like that it’s a little sheer, so you could have a pretty cami peeking through.

Another good buy, and I really dig the neckline.

The straps here are just totally random, but I like them. And also knew that one of you would come up with something clever to say about them in the comments.

J. Crew has some decent stuff at the moment


I have stopped even checking the New Arrivals tab on J. Crew’s site because the yield of nice, must-have pieces has continued to diminish as they struggle with changes in upper management and clarifying their vision. But just for kicks I clicked through today, and found a number of pretty cute items. Like for instance, I am dying for this pink velvet blazer: it’s a flattering hue on many, and the extreme pinkness takes the formality of the blazer down a notch.

Zoom in and check out the adorable lip print here.

This popover is so pretty with all the lace at the bib. I’d wear it with khakis, just like here.

This just looks like a good everyday piece.

I always love a star print, and the fact that this one is metallic just increases the fun factor.

I really like this model, and am sometimes not sure if it’s her or the item in question I’m responding positively to. But this is objectively cute, right?

So appealing: like a Barbour jacket, but with the length of a trench.

The Crew has lowered the prices of all of their cashmere, which couldn’t be lovelier.

This leopard print faux fur coat is already beginning to sell out in some sizes, so if you’re at all interested, jump to it.

I’d also bet that this quilted version of their Downtown Field Jacket will go fast. It comes in black, too.



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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