Cheap(ish) and chic of the week


The woman who I enlisted to help me purge my extra room a few months back made me promise not to buy any more shoes, so I am reluctantly passing on these clog sandals from Madewell, which are dead ringers for this much pricier No. 6 pair. I have a feeling they’re going to sell out fast—Madewell’s clog-ish items usually do—so if you’re at all interested, do not delay.

I do love a cute floral top


My rule for florals is the same as the one I abide by for leopard prints and most all other patterns too: keep the silhouette simple and straightforward, like on this pretty adorable top from Sezane.

The touch of black lace at the collar gives this top a little edge.

I love bright red and yellow together—such a cheery ketchup-and-mustard mix.

I’d throw this tank on under a blazer, throw on some jeans, and call it good.

A sweet Liberty of London print on a popover with the just-right amount of ruffle.

The smocked waist here makes for a flattering shape.

The print on his asymmetrical top has a painterly, one-of-a-kind quality.

This is a good choice for those who usually think florals are too girly, because it’s so sophisticated and graphic.

I just love the green here, and the sexily slouchy neckline.


The barely-there grey print on this Rebecca Taylor blouse is perfect for those who like florals but aren’t so cool with wearing colors.

This is just a really interesting print—I especially dig the color combination.

I’m very tempted by this happy red cotton button-down, which reminds me of prints you find in Provence on bags and tablecloths and such.

The sheer sleeves here are a chic little touch.

The pleating on this Vince button-down is nicely unexpected.

A nicely priced twist-front top with the eensiest of floral prints.


I’d layer this sheer blouse with a black silk cami.

And this Xirena top skews just the right amount of Hippie Girl.

I think this top is the perfect combination of graceful and versatile.

A black and white floral is a good candidate for print-mixing.

And finally: the drawstring waist here keeps things neat.


11 denim skirts with grown-up hemlines


Most years, doing a denim skirt post is a colossal pain, because most of them are minis, and the ones that aren’t can skew frumpy. But there is—at least compared to past seasons—a veritable bumper crop of cute ones right now, and I’m especially enamored of  this retroish APC number.

The white buttons on this black denim skirt pop nicely.

The slit here makes this one a little daring, but the length keeps it safe.

I really dig this well-priced burnt orange option.

And the asymmetrical hemline here is a cool and nicely subtle touch.

The extra-high waist on this one from Veronica Beard intimidates me a little, but I think it could be really flattering and sexy on.

This patch pocket skirt is just like something my mom might have worn in the 70s.

I don’t usually like maxi-length anything, but this is really graceful.

From Madewell: a white zip-up choice with a (near) universally flattering A-line shape.

I’d wear this pencil skirt with my most worn-in white button-down and a belt like this, for a low-key preppy look.

And I really like this faded-out option too.




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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