An embarrassment of floral dresses, part 2


Judd dress

I would totally wear this dress to a wedding or other fancy event.

sea dress

The two-different-sleeves thing is tricky, which is probably why this dress from Sea is marked way down, but I like the center ruching—so flattering.


This just looks so damned comfortable, and I’m always a fan of a drop waist..

rag dress

The black straps lend this option just the tiniest bit of edge.

rahi dress

Sweet and flirty, with a lovely asymmetrical hem.

saloni dress

I don’t typically like one-shoulder anything, but this Saloni dress is aces.

joie dress

A stealthily sexy choice—it’s all about the shoulders here.

lauren dress

Super-well-priced and totally office-ready.

marena dress

This could be toughened up (and covered up) with a shrunken leather jacket.

morgan dress

Red on red is nice and graphic, in a subtle way.

pink dress

I find this pink number to be very nearly irresistible.

other dress

There is something rather 70s about this flowy, bright confection.

Thursday links



water park

  • Check out these photos of an abandoned water park in Vietnam. (Vogue)
  • This is some of the wildest origami I have ever seen. (Colossal)
  • I was unaware that a reboot of A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, was even in the works, but here’s the trailer. (NY Times)
  • Stephen Colbert is the shit. (Jezebel)
  • And these vintage Batman trading cards are a kick. (Dangerous Minds)

An embarrassment of floral dresses, part 1


alc dress

My favorite floral dress ever came into my life at a San Francisco vintage store in 1988. It was silk, and midnight blue with tiny red roses, and it fit me perfectly. I wore it literally into the ground, and then just kept wearing it, even as it wore through in some spots and sprouted a tiny rip at the shoulder, because I was in my twenties and shopped in vintage stores, and all my clothes were trashed, to varying degrees. Eventually, the dress started falling apart in meaningful ways that even I couldn’t ignore, and I had to no choice but to retire it. But it has lived on in my mind for all these years—no doubt growing more magnificent through the haze of memory—and I’ve never found a worthy successor. Some of the following come close, though. First up: of course I love the bold, poppy green here.

equipment dress

A slightly longer silk option.

minkoff dress

Such a flattering waistline on this one.

baum dress

I dig how clean and simple this is, and the green and blue print is quite winning.

sophie dress

The flounces on the skirt make this a particularly feminine choice.

rixo dress

I always like florals on a dark background.

caftan dress

This caftan dress looks hugely comfortable.


hinge dress

A quite well-priced choice, in an easy shape.

& other dress

I love a peony.

beard dress

A gorgeous, curve-hugging option from Veronica Beard that is nicely marked down.

lupfer dress

The print here is so fun and retroish.

faithfull dress

I like the deep neckline here (check out this plunge bra that makes it wearable) but if it’s too much for you, or you’re a busty lady, there’s always the option of wearing a slip underneath.

sea dress

I like the juxtaposition here between the hippie girl print and the clean silhouette.

yellow dress

Such a good weekend option.

mango dress

This is so effortless, but it makes a big statement. I’d throw it on with some Chuck Taylors.



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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