Who says florals are just for summer?


I like florals all year round, and in the winter they’re especially sweet and even optimistic, reminding us as they do of balmier days. This Vince dress has such a pretty, almost impressionistic print.

A stretch silk button-down that’d be great under a V-neck sweater.

The print here is so appealingly watercolor-y.

I’d wear this dress with black tights and big clunky boots.

A pretty, filmy top that’d be great layered over a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck.

Such a deeply cheery skirt.

I am crazy for this sweater: the floral pattern is both subdued and statement-y.

A Madewell wrap top that’d be aces with an oversized cardigan.

This band-collar button-down would be so good under a black blazer.

I’d wear this pretty ruched dress with tights and high black booties.


I like how flowy this dress is, and it’s well-priced too.

A sexy kimono top that’s very 70s groupie.

I like the ruffle neck on this subtly sophisticated dress.

And I like the improbable combination of light blue and rust on this dress.


16 rather excellent Fair Isle sweaters


I like Fair Isle sweaters a lot: they’re preppy, obviously, but really graphic too, and they even qualify as an ethnic print in my book. You can also have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with them, and this one—with its pared-down color palette, would be a good candidate for that.

Here’s a pretty classic one from L.L. Bean that’d be aces with broken-in jeans.

I like how the white really pops against the grey here.

And speaking of poppiness, the orange details really kind of make this one.

Earth tones and brights combine here in an improbable but delightful way.

This one is pleasingly oversized and pretty chic.

A cashmere blend that looks supremely cozy.

I really dig the bright pink on this one.

And I like how this Madewell sweater looks reversed out.

The subdued colors here make this a pretty sophisticated choice, and it’s very well-priced too.

This one is just pretty straightforwardly preppy, if that’s your thing.

A pleasingly minimal choice.

A reversed out turtleneck option that I’d wear with grey skinny trousers.

This deconstructed sweater is an unexpected—but really cool—choice.

Mixing grey and brown here shouldn’t really work, but it totally does somehow.

And finally: I really like how the Fair Isle pattern is just barely visible here.

I do love a hoodie


Hoodies are a key component of my winter wardrobe, and I must not be the only person for whom this is true, because there are so many really excellent ones to choose from, including this colorblock number, which is so unexpected and chic.

A really classic basic black hoodie with a contrast-y white drawstring that’d be great for layering.

I just think this cheetah print is really cute.

And I’m a fan of the striped cuffs and raw hem on this one.

This oversized boxy hoodie looks pleasingly old-school.

The olive hue here is really nice, and almost comes off like a neutral.

The tie-dye on this Nili Lotan specimen is about as sophisticated as tie-dye gets, and I’m not sure I’m not going to acquire it.

A ribbed wool blend sweater that’s pleasingly oversized.

I think the abstract dots on this one are so poppy and fun.

The thick drawstring here adds a touch of refinement.

Another really cool tie-dye.

The abstract print on this velour hoodie really appeals to me, and it’s very well-priced too.

I also like the metallic splatter print situation going on here—it’s kind of 80s, but in an updated way.

How cozy does this leopard print fleece hoodie look?

I hate when my neck gets cold, so the the zip-up collar here really appeals.

I like the relaxed feel of this one, as well as the deep V-neck.

Here’s a pretty cheap cashmere hoodie, which is one of the few things I think everyone should own.


The half-zip here is a cool little touch.

Such a graphic (and pleasingly loud) tiger print.

Here’s a Baja-style cashmere hoodie that’s currently marked way down.

This one has cool layered sleeves, and reminds me of this much more pricey one from Maria Cornejo.

Rainbow stripes are rather cheery and sweet.

This yellow waffle-knit hoodie from Eileen Fisher could be dressed up or down; here it is in extended sizes.

A cashmere leopard print hoodie that also sort of looks like a floral.






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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