Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition


good one for kicking around on summer weekends.

DKNY dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

This dress is a little tricky, but not intimidatingly so, and the lines are really sophisticated.

Maje dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

I am actually really tempted to go to Maje on Prince Street this afternoon to try this  floral  midi dress on, because they’ve got it in the window and it’s been tempting me for days.

& Other Stories dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

A pleasingly simple shirtdress with a nice, subtle print.

James Perse dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

Sexy, but also really easy-looking.

Rachel Comey dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

I think the ruching business at the shoulder is quite cool.

Frame Denim dress—Dresses with grown-up hemlines

Lacing like this almost always looks cheesy to me for some reason, but here, I really like it.

I can’t resist a star print.

Wardrobe classic: Cropped pants


I like cropped pants all year round (and have held forth more than once on the appeal of wearing them with boots) but this time of year is when they really make the most sense. I always feel like a crop just makes my whole outfit feel more together and tailored somehow, even if the pants in question are on the casual side. I like pairing them with clogs, of course, for a little height, and even sneakers sometimes, if I’m just kicking around.

White army pants are kind of a revelation, and I like the twisted seam.

Just a rather perfect pair of skinny pants, simple as you please. (And here’s your cheaper-and-quite-similar option.)

These just look like fun, and I like the elastic at the ankle.

An elegant pleated navy pair that tapers down nicely.

These are quite similar, but they’re black.

Since I’m in a camo mood lately, I had to include these.

And these pants just tickle me, what with all those adorable dots: they’re a good choice if you’d like to try a pair of pants with a print but the prospect also scares you, because the dots are pretty subtle.

These are quite nicely tailored, and I dig the army green.

What do you stockpile?


Davines All in One Milk—What do you stockpile?

All four of these beauty products have inspired such loyalty in me that I live in mortal fear of them being discontinued, and so I hoard them like it’s already happened. I had a recent scare with Oi All in One Milk from Davines, which gets rid of frizz, detangles, smells fantastic, and just sort of changes my hair, I can’t explain it. I couldn’t find it on Amazon or the Davines website, and became convinced it was discontinued. So I bought five bottles from the Barneys site, and now am set for quite some time. (It is not discontinued, BTW: I was just searching wrong.) But forking over all that cash at Barneys was sort of worth it: if you spend over $200 on beauty products there right now, you get a really cute (and big) cosmetic bag packed with about a dozen and a half quite luxe samples.

Davines Love Conditioner—What do you stockpile?

Davines Love Conditioner also aids mightily in the fight against frizz, and heat-styling damage too. It’s a thick deep conditioner, but I use it every time I shampoo, and my hair just absorbs it.


Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35—What do you stockpile?

I don’t know what I will do if anyone dares take Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 off the market; its Medium tone is the best match for my skin I’ve ever found, and it goes on nice and light and sheer.

Ferderic Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair  Body Oil—What do you stockpile?

The splurgiest beauty product in my arsenal is Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady Hair and Body Oil. I can’t wear perfume—it’s too fume-y, gives me a headache—so I use this instead. The scent lasts just as long as perfume, but is much subtler. And it moisturizes beautifully.



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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