Friend breakups: Discuss


Friend breakups can be as painful and mysterious as romantic breakups, I think—Lord knows enough has been written about them. I’ve had a couple over the decades, and they’re brought their own unique pain, torture, and—in one case—relief. I’m curious how many of you have had a friendship hit the skids, and eager to know how you dealt with it. Did you mourn endlessly, move on quickly, or—as was the case recently with me—come back together after a certain amount of time?

It’s getting to be jeans season again



I’ve been out in Sag Harbor for the past couple of weeks, taking it easy, doing yoga every day, going to my favorite tomato stand, and enjoying the waning days of summer. As I type this it’s pretty hot out, but in the evenings and mornings there’s a slight chill in the air, and it’s making me think of how long pants weather is not so terribly far away. Right now I’m thinking about jeans with very clean washes—with minimal whiskering or fading—so that’s mostly what I’m showing here. This Madewell pair looks especially good: just a tiny bit of whiskering at the top, and a nice, deep blue wash.

An excellent cropped boy straight cut from the spendy-but-perfect brand R13.


I absolutely love the wash on this pair.

These are nice and clean too, and well-priced.

A nice, dark slouchy pair.

These look perfectly broken-in from the get-go.

A nicely faded, high-waisted pair from Levi’s.

Everyone needs at  least one blacker than black pair.

Another very well-priced pair with a very good wash.

And finally, I couldn’t resist including these, which make me think of 2003, except they’ve got a slightly higher waist than what I was wearing in 2003.

Work dresses under $150


Several of you got on my case about how last week’s post on work dresses was on the pricey side. I thank those of you who sought to defend my choices, and reminded the peeved parties that I am not their personal shopper, cause I’m not. I include on this blog items I love, and as it turns out, my taste has always skewed pricey. The reason I’m giving myself a re-do here is that usually when I show expensive  items, I balance them out with more affordable ones, and in that particular post I didn’t do the greatest job of that. So here are some reasonable options, starting with this pretty floral number.

I’m not crazy about the ribbon belt here, so I’d sub it out for something dark, because I think the dress is really cute.

Super-simple but very sophisticated.

This dark floral looks so perfect for days when your only priority is to feel comfortable.

The draping here is quite convenient for campuflaging stomach junk.

I like the slouchiness of this blouson option.

I like when something girly, like a floral print is executed on a nice clean shape, like here.

Another simple but sophisticated shape. I’d throw on a stack of bracelets to add a little interest.

the balloon sleeves here are really chic.

A classic wrap dress in a nice, deep plum hue.

And finally, for the precious remaining summer Fridays we have left: a fun beachy print.



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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