15 classic black pieces that are $100 and under



This pleated midi-skirt is really sharp—I’d wear it with a fitted crewneck sweater and boots.

These jeans from & Other Stories look nice and skinny, but not skin-tight (and here’s a good-looking pair in extended sizes).

A nicely (but not overly) oversized denim jacket—which for reasons I can’t understand are really tough to find at a decent price.

Just a really easy blouse.

Everlane’s cashmere crewneck sweater is such a good deal, and it’s got a nice, streamlined fit. It comes in a ton of other colors too, if you’re interested.

Here’s a cashmere V-neck too, for even cheaper. I know that cheap cashmere tends to pill, but in my experience, so does expensive cashmere (the Nili Lotan sweater I wear even as I type is testament to this) so I have learned that it pays to go cheap.

I like the gold buttons on this double-breasted blazer—they’re very French chick.

A nice big huggy turtleneck sweater is a fall essential.

This car coat comes with a detachable hood, which is fun.

This sweater is a mohair blend, which is always so good and fluffy.



I like that this blazer is ever so slightly cropped.

This bomber seriously looks like it costs more than it does.

We have all bemoaned the fact that it’s tough to find a denim skirt that isn’t a mini, but here’s a quite excellent one.

Can’t go wrong with a classic Adidas Gazelle.

I like the slouchiness of these pleated trousers.

A post on silver jewelry, because I never do that


I pretty much always wear gold jewelry, but I really like silver too—it is so much cooler in some ways than gold, and less blingy and obvious. And it can look nice in sculptural shapes, like these stunners.

It also looks fantastic when paired with suede or leather, as it is here.

I crave a nameplate necklace, but want to get something more compelling and/or fun than just my name. Suggestions?

This ring has such a great simple-but-slightly-artsy shape.

A signet ring in silver is kind of a cool idea, and I like them best without monograms.

Just a really dramatic pair of earrings.

I also very much like how diamonds look with silver—so low-key and elegant.

The tiger eye here is just stunning.

The chain here is so nice, and I always appreciate a ball pendant.

Big hoops—as I have noted before—are the sexiest.

These initials by Monica Vinader are just really fun—I love that they’re all mismatched.

A ring that would look great in a stack.

What song always cheers you up?


I’ve been making a playlist out of answers from the last question I asked—about which songs give you the chills—and it’s a heavy one. So I’m thinking something more upbeat is in order as a follow-up. Since college, the tune that put a smile on my face no matter how blue I was is “Every Day I Write the Book,” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. When my marriage was in its final death throes, “Hey Ya” by Outkast was a big hit, and that did it too. There have been many more, but those are the ones that endure, for whatever reason. How about you?



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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