My the-weather-is-all-over-the-place basics

beau shirt

I’m not complaining about the fluctuations in temperature lately here in New York, because I finally put away my puffer for the season last week, and I’m thrilled that spring truly appears to be here to stay. However, it does make getting dressed a challenge.  My solution for those days when it’s 58 degrees in the morning and 80 by afternoon is to dress in light layers. And as regular readers know, I am mad for Xirena button-downs—the fit is nice and roomy, and they’re feather-light.

everlane

I’m also a big fan of Everlane’s button-downs, and am very intrigued by their new collection, which is also supposed to be quite light.

Screen Shot 2018-05-03 at 1.58.49 PM

The Nili Lotan Easthampton pant is similarly light, and cut like a boyish chino, but tailored for a woman’s body. I like them because they’re low-slung and have just enough stretch to keep things comfortable.

green pant

Here is a similar pair of pants by a brand called Sundry that I’ve discovered and liked, and that cost a lot less than the Lotans.

cambre jacket

I invested in this Nili Lotan army jacket a few seasons ago, and it’s killing it on the cost-per-wear. If you’re not interested in shelling out serious cash, though, try this very good one.

woven clogs

I live in clog sandals when warmer weather hits, and have my eye on these, from No. 6. They’re like streamlined Huaraches.

Screen Shot 2018-05-03 at 2.29.49 PM

When it gets really hot out, I go for one of my Zero+Maria Cornejo silk jersey dresses, because they’re super-light, flattering in a cocoony way, and deathly comfortable. This one isn’t cheap, but you will wear and wear and wear it.

on gossamer

I swear by On Gossamer’s mesh underwear, especially in warmer months, because it’s like wearing nothing. And it never, ever, ever results in VPL.

Share this post:
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.

Read More

You May Also Like

Comments

14 Thoughts on My the-weather-is-all-over-the-place basics
    Dana D
    7 May 2018
    9:12am

    Everything here is awesome…

    thanks for the Sundry tip! Yay for made in the USA!

    On Gossamer is excellent and so are the Hanky Panky in that style. Invisible all the time.

    Happy Monday, Kim!

    0

    0
    Amy C
    7 May 2018
    9:17am

    I want everything from today’s post!
    Thanks for informing me of brands I do not know like Sundry.

    0

    0
    Ceejay
    7 May 2018
    9:35am

    I love those Xirena button downs and I am not a button down person. I just wish they were less expensive but using the GOACA cost per wear calculation (and compared to a $300 Etoile Isabel Marant top) it is a bargain!

    0

    0
      DeDe
      7 May 2018
      9:48am

      Well, and personally? I think they’re better quality and have more style longevity than Isabel Marant. And so versatile, too.

      0

      0
    c.w.
    7 May 2018
    11:35am

    So this has nothing to do with anything above–– I’d wear it ALL.

    Yesterday I was in the Apple store buying a new computer (which is in itself a mega story, but with a happy ending) and it was late––6:30-ish––the store closes at 7 on a Sunday. I was sitting at this table by myself waiting for something to download on my old computer and feeling gloomy and depressed because of the computer troubles I’ve been having. All the little Apple-Helper-Geeks in their green apple logo t-shirts and pasty-I’ve-been-inside-on-my-computer-for-the-last-six-years faces were milling about trying to look busy even though the store was fixing to close. Out of the blue (or sound system) Dancing Queen by ABBA came on. Five or six of the Apple-Greeks simultaneously BURST into song and began dancing (in very geek-ish ways)in the middle of the store. All store activity stopped, everyone started smiling and as soon as the Apple-Helper-Geeks realized people were looking at them stopped what they were doing and looked slightly sheepish. It was such a joyful few minutes my heart just lifted right out of my chest. I wanted to share the experience because it seems there are so few of these little moments of joy to share these days. (and yes, I have a new computer and everything is now working as it should––HUGE relief!!)

    0

    0
      Dana D
      7 May 2018
      10:22pm

      Happy story…

      Apple helpers and Abba…what’s not to love?

      0

      0
    EW
    7 May 2018
    2:27pm

    Two thumbs up on On Gossamer Also adding that they last a looong time.

    0

    0
    Jen M
    7 May 2018
    2:33pm

    I went on Ebay immediately after reading this post this am (EARLY) and scored the Nili Lotan navy pants in my size, EUC, for $115, which is about 1/3 of retail and now I will wear them without a care all summer (sometimes when I spend a fortune on pants I’m like ‘oh I shouldn’t ruin these…” which is dumb). Nili Lotan pants ARE great for me, so I’m psyched.

    Regarding Etoile Isabel Marant, I find her cotton voile shirts to be a bargain cost-per-wear. I just love them and wear the ones I have constantly. That said, the Isabel Marant in Miami’s Design district has SERIOUS sales in June. I was there last summer and it was 60% the store, excepting one tiny rack of new stuff for fall. Yes you read that right. It was a dream. But real.

    0

    0
      Jen M
      9 May 2018
      4:53pm

      UPDATE: My pants arrived and they are SO GOOD. Thanks, Kim, for pointing these out! They are light and very flattering. I just set an alert on Ebay because I’d like these pants in a couple of other colors to wear all summer long. I just can’t do shorts in public at age 45. I know I am probably in the minority in feeling this way, but I feel so silly in them. These pants are an elegant but still casual option.

      0

      0
    Jeanne
    7 May 2018
    7:49pm

    Just made my first On Gossamer purchase!

    0

    0
      Candy
      7 May 2018
      11:01pm

      Just checked the link — it’s sold out!

      0

      0
        Jeanne
        8 May 2018
        8:39am

        I actually went directly to the On Gossamer web site.

        0

        0
    Mamavalveeta03
    8 May 2018
    12:56am

    Bought myself a Xirena button up shirt in a very cheerful watermelon shade, because who couldn’t stand to have a little more cheerful in our lives right now?

    All of these items are summer classics…and I love them!

    Watched John Mulaney’s new Netflix special, “Kid Gorgeous” tonight and I’m pretty sure that I will forever be seeing Trump as a “horse in the hospital”…go watch, that part is great.

    0

    0
      Jen M
      9 May 2018
      4:56pm

      Is it wrong that all I want to watch to cheer myself up these days are the Thor movies? Chris Hemsworth! No plot needed.

      0

      0

Leave A Comment

Subscribe To My Newsletter

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

You have Successfully Subscribed!