Friday links


  • Pierre Cardin died last month; check out some of his most iconic looks here. (The Cut)
  • 2020 in photos. (Kottke)
  • This is a fun mix: 50 songs from the past 50 years. (Kottke)
  • I love this brief bio of the fascinating inventor of the bra, Caresse Crosby—who, for starters, had a dog named Clytoris.  (Messy Nessy)
  • How Kelly Loeffler’s WNBA team helped defeat her in Georgia’s runoff election. (Vogue)
  • A fun piece on my favorite Instagram gossip account, Deux Moi. (Elle)
  • 18 new and returning TV shows to look forward to this year. (Town & Country)
  • The subversive power of quilting. (Hyperallergic via Go Fug Yourself)


Week of requests: casual blazers



“Casual blazers please,” writes a reader named Kay. “Something that looks good with sweats at the farmers market on Sunday morning.” I’ve been halfway looking for the same thing lately, so I was happy to oblige this query. One key to having a blazer come off casual, I think, is having it be slightly oversized, like this glen plaid number from Madewell.

A sweater blazer is another shortcut to casual blazer style, and this one comes in several good colors, though I’m partial to this grey.

The hit of orange on this one is really standout.

A quilted blazer jacket is a nifty notion, and would work well layered under a long coat.

Here’s a boucle specimen with excellent patch pockets that looks like it would be warmer than your average blazer.

A tomboyish herringbone blazer for throwing on with just about anything.

I like that this has a lovely kimono-ish drape.

This nubby Anine Bing blazer would look fantastic layered over a graphic tee.

A denim option from Nili Lotan that’s currently marked way down.

And here’s another denim blazer, this one with a much sharper cut.

I’d wear this one with all white, just as shown here.

I might have to go for Alex Mill’s corduroy blazer at some point: I love how it kind of resembles a chore jacket.

And finally, Rag & Bone’s Slade blazer has been a favorite with you all, and it’s easy to see why: it’s the perfect combination of laid-back and polished.


Week of requests: the best long-sleeved tees


“I feel like I spend hours a week searching for the perfect long sleeve T shirt,” writes a commenter named Patricia. “Not graphic, not super trendy, with not-too-thin material, and not too tight, but still cool and chic.” And aren’t we all looking for just that? What follows are my candidates for best long-sleeve tees, starting with this slightly spendy one from ATM, which is just ever-so-slightly cropped.

This is from Outdoor Voices and I’m sure some of you will balk at the fact that it is 100% synthetic, but it is soft as all get-out and really breathes too.

This is from Splendid, a brand whose tees I’ve had really good luck with, and it’s got such a nice deep V.

A pretty classic tee with nice proportions.

I do love a boatneck tee, and this one comes in a number of good colors and is pretty cheap.

This is a dolman-sleeve tee, and I like that it’s on the slouchier side.

And here’s another tee that’s nicely oversized, but not too boxy.

This is a pretty thick tee—almost sweatshirt-thick—and I like the high neckline, which is unusual for me.

This one is from Kule, who make the best striped tees.

I like that this navy tee has a slight shirttail hem.

I’m a big fan of J. Crew’s Vintage cotton tees—they’re super-soft and so comfy.

And finally: this bubble sleeve is just a fun touch.




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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