Just a bunch of pretty, feminine tops


Lately, I’m looking for tops I can wear on dates: pieces that are a little—but not too—sexy, and that I will feel eminently comfortable in, because dating is tough enough without the added bother of overly fussy clothes.  This is just the kind of dark floral I really go for, and the shape is so easy.

The lip print here is just so good, and the smocking at the shoulders makes this shirt come off much softer than most button-downs.

A pretty sexy, slightly metallic, drapey top.

Maybe this doesn’t quite belong here since it’s a sweater, but it reads very top-like somehow.

Tie necklines are usually way too prissy for me, but the one here hangs low, which gives it a more laid-back feel.

Just a really good red with a flattering neckline, and I like the ruffled sleeves.

The lace here with the Indian print is kind of weird, but totally works, and I’m not sure why.

When you’re in the mood to bare a bit—or just have something sexy peeking out from under a blazer—this cami.

I am dying for this top—it looks as everyday-wearable as it does kind of special.

This is on the sexy side, but in a nice, quiet way.

A whopping 20 cardigans


I really should have figured out a way to narrow this category down a little, because there are so many good cardigans out there, but instead I bring you this monster post. I love cardigans and wear them constantly in the fall and winter, and appreciate how endlessly versatile they are. Also, they allow you to have fun layering, which is always a plus.  I own more than a few already, but am toying with the idea of adding this one to the stockpile, because the ribbed sleeves are so good and it’s nicely slouchy.

This looks like Chanel, but it is crazy cheap.

The red details here are so good—I adore red with leopard print.

Just a nice chunky burgundy sweater.

Mostly, as you can tell from the selection here, I like a V-neck cardi, but I included a couple of round-necks just to be sporting. This one is cashmere, and nicely priced.

The buttons at the sleeve are a nice touch.

Here’s one I could totally see living in.

A nice soft pink, and a cool length.

The contrasting stripes here are cool.

Long cardigans are a huge trend this season, so I felt obligated to include one.

How cute is the little heart here?

I always love a good stripe, and this just looks insanely cozy.

An excellent fair isle that I somehow overlooked in my fair isle post a little while back.

This is Missoni so it’s splurgy, but the crocheted details are so great.

This too is on the spendy side, bit it’s so feminine and elegant.

I do like a good leopard print in untraditional colors.

So furry and fun.

This is actually a coat, and I think it is really chic.

I don’t usually like a shawl-collar, but I really like it here.

Sort of rock chick, in a subdued way.

Velvet and velour are having quite a moment


I approached this post with some degree of caution, as velvet and velour can skew really cheesy really easily. But they can also be quite elegant, and few things feel as good to wear. My main rule with these materials is to play it relatively straight: velvet in particular makes enough of a statement on its own, so you don’t want to get too tricky with it. This dress is  so feminine, but at the same time nicely streamlined.

A black blazer looks nice and rich.

If I still worked in an office, I’d be all over this dress.

This tee is the lightest, lightest lavender, and hangs so nicely.

A dress for throwing on when comfort is the priority. It’d look amazing with leather leggings.

Here’s pencil skirt with nice clean lines.

This tank worn with your most beaten-up jeans would be aces.

A blouse that’s ladylike without being prissy, which is nice.

Velvet on shoes can be disastrous, but if the color is good enough, as it is here, they can really add a lot to an outfit.

This blazer is just such a good green.

I like the dressed-up feel of these Tretorns.

The kind of tee that goes into high rotation as soon as it reaches your closet.

Grey velvet jeans are nicely sophisticated.

I adore this vest, and so wish I had the nerve to try and pull off a vest.

Just a very simple top that could easily be dressed up or down.

The choker collar here is really sexy.

And why not a velour hoodie?



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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