Thursday links


  • I’m curious what you guys think of these Playboy Playmates recreating their covers 30 years later. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Texas just signed off on some pretty horribly sweeping anti-abortion legislation that includes requiring fetal remains to be buried. This is just such an unspeakable bummer. (The Cut)
  • Today’s excellent time-waster: all 213 Beatles songs, ranked from worst to best. (Vulture)
  • I’m kind of liking this trailer for Victoria & Abdul, which is based on the true story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and one of her servants. (Kottke)
  • I enjoyed this piece about learning about feminist pioneers via their obituaries. (Elle)

I do love a nice black floral


I wore one—a dress—to my mother’s birthday party, and my brother Todd said I looked very “Morticia in springtime.” But that is sort of the appeal; black florals are pretty and feminine, but also have a bit of an edge. This appealingly clean-lined kimono is on sale right now at Net a Porter.

I like the flattering neckline here, and the print is perfectly lovely.

I’ll get comments on how pricey this dress is—it’s right on the outer limits of the GOACA price ceiling—but it is just divine.

This plus-size option nips in at a pretty universally flattering spot.

Just a really easy sundress.

This wrap dress strikes me as both sweet and work-appropriate.

This top is a very faded black, but I’m including it because it’s so damn cute.

A very moody rose print.

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.



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.

Find Out More


Something is wrong.
Instagram token error.

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