Suddenly, I’m thinking I like mules


everlane mule
These Everlane mules
, which were just introduced this week, inspired this post.* I like the look of them—they’re like a more streamlined clog—and the yellow is so fun and unexpected (it comes in a few other colors too). I feel like when I wasn’t paying attention, mules became a classic, and I don’t mind that idea. They’re also having a very big season, and you can find all sorts, from casual to night-out dressy.

rachel comey mules

Rachel Comey’s Mars mule has been on my list for some time—they’re just so cool—and it is too good in the metallic.

tibi mule

And here’s an even more shiny metallic, by Tibi. The cylindrical heel is a gas.

alder mule

I just love the color here—nice and subdued.

This is from Vince, and I like the big heel for days when a little height is necessary.

joseph mule

The electric blue here is so excellently statement-y, and would look amazing contrasted with black

cole mule

For those of you who prefer a flat.

I like the shape of the heel on these—so elegant.

edelman mule

I’d wear this well-priced Sam Edelman pair with dresses.

pour la vic mule

A nice low heel makes these very wearable, but at the same time they’re nicely polished.

frye mule

This one is from Frye, and the shape reminds me a little of a cowboy boot.

dolce vita mule

I like the contrasting heel here.

pointy toe mule

I do dig a seriously pointy toe.

acne mule

I’d wear these on days I plan to be walking all over the place. Also, I’m a big fan of the red, obviously.

harper mule

The height on this one from Madewell feels just about right for everyday.

Dolce Vita mule

This denim pair is just adorable.



*They also inspired my friend Andrea to do a post on the exact same topic today. Check out I Want to be Her post-haste!

Here is a post I did on nice everyday handbags.

23 basic black pieces for under $100


knot detail top

The knot detail here looks like it would be quite flattering.

velour pullover

A velour V-neck that’s a nice stand-in for a sweater on days you’re in the mood to go a bit more casual.

trouve blazer

An easy, slouchy blazer for throwing on whenever.

H & M cami

A delicate cami for wearing under sheer blouses or even on its own if you’re feeling daring.

loft top

I like the fluid sleeves on this top, and the becoming neckline.

bp shirt

Black and white gingham is just kind of fun.

volcom pants

These chinos are so nice and crisp.

& other stories blouse

Just a good silky blouse.

H&M top

You’ve kind of got to click through to totally see it, but this blouse has a cool geometric thing going on that I like.

loft cami

The buttons on this cami dress it up a little.

topshop top

The waist here is just so pretty and feminine.

h&m jeans

A good classic pair of super-black skinny jeans.

& other stories button down

This shirt has a cute little floral print.

h&m striped tee

A good long-sleeved black-and-white striped tee is one of my wardrobe standbys.

topshop jacket

This moto jacket is obviously—considering the price—faux leather, but it looks pretty convincing.

h&m suit pants

A solid pair of work pants.

halogen cardigan

A thin cardi like this is so good for layering. I wear mine constantly.

high neck top

This high-neck blouse is quite elegant, I think.

linen tee

I love how linen tees drape, and they’re typically a tiny bit sheer and I like that too. And this has a very nice deep V.

& other stories jeans

These jeans are nicely un-distressed.

loft blazer

Just a sharp little blazer.

h&m leopard top

The leopard print here is pretty irresistible.

free people jeans

I like how faded out these jeans are.


Here is a post on cute tops under $100.

I’ve had a thing for quilted jackets lately


anthro quilted jacket

I like these for layering under a coat now and wearing on their own later. They add a nice hit of texture to an outfit, and I am very tempted by this rose-colored option.

etoile jacket

This looks like a super-chic version of a letterman’s jacket.

quilted kimono jacket

I like that the stitching on this quilted kimono jacket mimics camo.


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A classic, from Barbour.


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The vertical striped quilting on this option from Eileen Fisher is nicely streamlined.

toteme quilted jacket

A khaki version is ultra-versatile.

sandro quilted jacket

And this velvet option would be so cozy.


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A stylishly utilitarian choice.

mango quilted jacket

And finally: this jacket looks more like a traditional puffer than the others, but it is such a good version of the much-more-pricey ones by Herno that I had to include it.



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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