Spring preview: 16 cute jackets


I was in D.C. over the weekend, and the dogwoods were in bloom and the cherry blossoms were almost in bloom, and it got me so excited for the spring weather that is headed our way. This time of year I’m ready to burn my puffer, and replace it with something light and cute, like this spiff tweed jacket that also comes in black, as well as a couple of good colors.

I’ll probably do a denim jacket post soonish, but in the meantime here’s this very chic work jacket from Alex Mill.

This double breasted leather jacket is just impossibly cool.

I really like houndstooth, and you never see enough of it, particularly in a nice happy color like this.

Saks in having its friends and family event right now, and while there are exclusions galore, you can still locate some good deals, like this tough/feminine Veronica Beard jacket.

An oversized checked jacket for throwing on whenever.

Such an appealingly minimal short trench.

A cropped Barbour jacket that’s just as cute as it could possibly be.

This liner jacket also comes in a very good khaki, but how fun is it in hot pink?

White jackets can be problematic if you’re a spiller like me, but this one is machine washable, which helps.

A leather blazer that’ll only get better with age.

I really dig the collarless-ness of this denim liner jacket from Allsaints, and the faded-out grey is really good too.

I would destroy this lovely Vince jacket on my first wear (see above) but maybe one of you can swing it.

A waterproof rain jacket from Barbour that has a distinctly tomboyish appeal.

Mango is really upping their size inclusivity game—this moto jacket is available in sizes XXS to 4XL—and I should have included them in my post Monday, but I’m doing it now and that’s something, right?

Such a sporty little utility jacket, from Cos.


Ten brands that do extended sizes well


The chicly stripe-obsessed brand La Ligne was founded by a couple of former Vogue editors, so I was slightly surprised to see that a lot of what they offer extends to size 3X, with pants topping off at size 16. This Breton-stripe sweater is super-cute, for instance, and comes in several other good color combinations.

Good American offers a ton of good, wearable denim, and other choice options, like this perfect chambray shirt, at easy-to-swallow prices.

If I lost my luggage on a trip and had to recreate the contents of my suitcase for not a lot of money, I’d go straight to Universal Standard. The New York-based brand was founded for extended sizes only, but their classic-with-a-twist pieces quickly grew so popular they branched out to all sizes. I’ve got my eye on these chic wide-leg khakis at the moment.

And speaking of classics with a twist, I bring you Vince, which is offering select items in sizes up to 3XL. This silk blend button down is a pretty perfect Vince piece: elegant, easy, and flattering.

Reformation offers a nice selection of pieces in sizes up to 24; I love the happy green print on this floral skirt.

Ava & Viv is a Target brand beloved by a lot of you for easy, well-priced classic pieces, like this very spiff blazer.

11 Honore traffics in designer and contemporary pieces by a variety of brands, like this gorgeous dress by DVF.

Marina Rinaldi is very splurgy, but if I had an important meeting or party to get dressed for, I’d check her out. This slip dress is just so pretty, and not the type of item you typically see being made in extended sizes.

Madewell offers a very-nearly-spectacular array of jeans in sizes up to 28. I like the crop on these.

Most everything on Veronica Beard’s site is available in sizes up to 16, with a more limited selection that goes to size 24.  This blazer has such a good cut, and I dig the snappy buttons.

Friday links


  • Photographer Kin Coedele’s photos from the Tibetan plateau are mighty arresting. (Colossal)
  • This piece—about the cultlike atmosphere in artist Tom Sachs’s studio—is creepy and fascinating. (Curbed)
  • I’m excited to watch the new season of Party Downhere’s the trailer. (YouTube)
  • The best red carpet looks from the Oscars (NY Times; gifted link)
  • And the Fug Girls take a look at post-Oscar party dressing here. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • Have you seen Marc Maron’s new comedy special yet? It’s pretty great, and quite touching in parts. (HBO)
  • 38 must-read books coming out this spring. (Town & Country)
  • We’ve got author Carlene Bauer on Everything is Fine this week—her book, Girls They Write Songs About, was one of my favorites last year—and it’s a fun conversation, so please do tune in. ALSO! Do not delay if you want to attend our live taping in NYC on April 9, as tickets are going fast. (Apple Podcasts)
  • I Misplaced My Phone and Now I’m A Mindfulness Expert: Amusing. (McSweeney’s)
  • How many friends do you really need? This was interesting. (NY Times; gifted link)



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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