A treasury of plaid jackets



As I mentioned last week, these are all over the place this season, and I for one could not be more pleased, because they’re so comfortable and easy and tomboy cool. My inclination is to wear them layered over a zipper hoodie—a shocker coming from me, I know—but they look great on their own too, like here (also: I know the jacket in this picture is pretty perfect, and I feel certain that at least one of you will ask where it comes from, but it’s a street style photo, and I honestly have no idea).

I like the oversize dimensions of this one, and the graphic black and white, and the perfectly-placed pockets. Here’s something similar but cheaper.

This has a fuzzy texture I dig, and I’m also a fan of its autumnal hues.

I like the nice, soft colors intermingled with the black on this one.

This pink plaid number isn’t left in many sizes, but it was so cute I had to include it anyway, and maybe you’ll get lucky.

The shots of orange here make this a bold (but not too bold) choice. I also think the single row of buttons is cool.

Here’s one that reminds me of pricier specimens by Isabel Marant.

The very subtle pattern here is completely appealing, and makes this a really versatile option.

This buffalo check shirt jacket is a great layer, and very well-priced.

True, this shearling-trimmed jacket isn’t cheap, but it is about as polished-looking as a plaid jacket gets.

How cute is this blue and cream jacket from Sezane? I really might have to go for it.

I’m a sucker for houndstooth, and love how it looks kind of off-register on this boucle jacket.

I like the peacoat details here.

I know that not all of you like a collarless jacket, but I think it’s a good, streamlined look, and I really like it here.

I like the small details on this Pendelton jacket, like the ribbed cuffs, and oversize patch pockets.

This peacoat is a fun alternative to the traditional navy one.

And finally: the detachable hood here is a nice touch.


We’ve got a new podcast episode for all of you beauty obsessives


Today we’ve got Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins, co-hosts of the insanely popular Breaking Beauty podcast, and we’re talking about the best drugstore beauty deals and so much more, including easy beauty tips for Zoom calls, the myth of the product waitlist, and the many and varied benefits of snail mucus, to name but a few topics. It’s a lot of fun and really deeply educational, so do listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

My favorite little luxuries right now


As we trudge into, like, the one hundredth month of 2020, I think it’s important not to fall too far down the rabbit hole of sweats-wearing and Netflix binge-watching in whichever tiny ways we can, and keep up appearances, as it were. That’s why, even though on a typical day I may or may not see somebody I want to smell nice for, I use my Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair and Body Oil: it’s my favorite scent, and a good bit less powerful than the perfume itself, which can come on strong.

I really prefer my sweaters to be cashmere, especially now. This one from Naked Cashmere is nice and roomy with a deep V-neck, and the price is pretty good too.

Lipstick sales are down these days, for obvious reasons, but I don’t entirely feel like myself if I’m not wearing it; hence, all my favorite cloth masks are stained on the inside. This is my current favorite hue: Royal from Kosas. It’s super-lightweight, and leaves a nice, berry-ish stain.

I’m always wearing a few charms around my neck on a gold chain, including this show-stopping James Colarusso faceted heart, which is just a little too beautiful. Usually hearts strike me as corny, but this not this one, which has a lovely, sculptural appeal.

My hair is a messy rat’s nest after I’ve shampooed, so I work some of this stuff through my tangles and then comb it out with this Mason Pearson number, and it’s as good as gold: smooth and undamaged.

I love Chantelle panties: they’re super-comfortable and breathable, but at the same time just the right amount of sexy.

I have a notebook in which I jot down ideas I’ve had for the podcast, or for this blog, or lists of recommended books and movies and the like, and when I’m writing in it I use this Rifle Paper Co. pen, which is so pretty, and also nice and substantial and makes me feel like whatever I’m writing down is important, even if it’s just a shopping list.


I have raved about this blow dryer before: it is lightning-fast, and seems to do less damage to my hair than typical blow dryers. It’s pricey, but Dermstore is forever running specials on it, so keep an eye out.

I splurged on this python wallet from Jerome Dreyfuss years ago, and it wasn’t cheap at all, and I had a decent amount of buyer’s remorse. But it has turned out to be a pretty genius purchase: historically, my wallets look trashed after a year or two, but this one still looks just about as good as the day I acquired it.  Here’s something similar and cheaper (though, alas, still not cheap), also from Dreyfuss.









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.

Find Out More


[wdi_feed id=”1″]

Join my newsletter! The latest fashion, beauty and inspiration for all the girls of a certain age.