Just the simplest skirts I could find


I have such a tough time finding good skirts, and I don’t understand why. I like them classic, without too much going on, and that’s where I run into trouble: they’ve all got something tricky happening at the waist, or they poof out too much unflatteringly, or the hem is severely bi-level or some such business. Is anybody with me here? I’d give a lot for more in the way of this simple tomato-red A-line number from Tibi.

On the plus front, I found this denim pleated skirt, which seems quite sweet.

I love a silky slip skirt—dress it down with a simple white tee.

A touch of laciness here, but not too much.

Just a brilliant genius green, and a very pretty cut.

This pull-on skirt from Everlane just seems so appealingly easy.

This has a little asymmetry at the hem, so technically it’s a touch tricky, but I’m including it because it looks so wearable.

One of you sent me a tip that Oak—purveyors of all things black and downtown-y and 90s-ish—offers plus sizes, and that’s where I found this perfectly versatile number.

A couple of mascara discoveries


I learned about Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl Mascara in this fun article about the best Japanese drugstore finds you can buy on Amazon, and had to bite. It turns out that most American mascaras are not a true black, but rather a sort of grey-black, and that Kiss Me Heroine is the blackest of the black. It took forever to arrive, but when I tried it yesterday, I was amazed: yes, it truly is a very black black, but it also extends and curls like nobody’s business.

Here’s the mascara I’ve been using—and adoring—for the past couple of months, ever since one of the ladies behind the counter at Bigelow told me it was her favorite in the store: Rilastil Cosmetic Camouflage. It comes with a very thin wand, which helps deliver blessedly clump-free lashes, and if you hang in there and apply a few layers, it looks really pretty and a touch dramatic.

Right in time for summer, 15 striped tees


It wouldn’t feel right not to bring you a post on striped tees now that the weather’s turned warm: something about this, the easiest of prints and the onset of summer just go together. I own too many and therefore won’t likely be buying any of these, but if I was, this multicolored wonder would most assuredly be on my list.

I like that Everlane’s is linen, which slouches so nicely.

The stripes here are actually really waves, which is fun.

Black and red is a tough combination to find, and a really, really good one.

Here is a kind of dressed-up option.

Super-classic and excellently tomboyish.

The longer sleeves here add an element of elegance.

I just think this is adorable.

The flouncy sleeves add a dose of femme.

A really winning color combo.

I dig the contrasting stripes here.

The colors here are really 70s, in a good way.

Of course I had to include a blue and black option.

The ruffles are excellent for camouflaging stomach junk.

Pink stripes are so sweet.



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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