Shopping the discount stores, part 2: Saks Off Fifth


alc top

Shopping for clothes on Saks off Fifth can be frustrating, because so many items are sold out in all but one size, and I don’t know about you, but it’s usually not mine. So I’ve included some garments here, but have mostly focused on bags, as they do not come sized. I did like this  A.L.C. top, though, with its nice deep neckline.

equipment leopard blouse

And you can’t beat the leopard print on this silk Equipment button-down.

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This sequined clutch is perfect for evening, and I think it’s just the tiniest bit edgy.


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A suede jacket with a slightly retroish feel.

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I was pleased to find this Longchamp leather backpack, even though it isn’t discounted by as much as would make me happy.

iro sweater

I’m pretty sure I wrote about this Iro sweater the first time it came around: I like its side slits, and that it looks chunky, but doesn’t add a lot of bulk.

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A very elegant saddle bag.

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I like the hardware on this tote, and usually I’m not a big fan of hardware.

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This bag is such a good blue, and the texture is appealing too.

Some new arrivals from Madewell I’m liking


madewell carhartt coveralls

I had my first hot flash in a Madewell store, and my first thought was, If you’re having hot flashes, you’re too old to shop at Madewell. But I continue to find stuff to like there, and the prices are hard to beat. I would love to be able to pull of this Carhartt coverall.

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And the stripes on this tee are just how I like them: nice and wide.

red eyelet top

The eyelet here is a pretty touch, and you know how I’m liking red lately.

madewell skirt

This skirt just looks really feminine and easy.

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These cropped pants intrigue me—as cropped, wide-leg pants continue to do, and I like the army green.

cashmere sweatshirt

A waffle-knit cashmere sweatshirt in that pink I also continue to be intrigued by.

madewell tote

And finally: I adore the contrast between the off-white canvas and the brown leather on this tote: so rich and preppy chic.

Shopping the discount stores, part 1: Nordstrom Rack


iro dress

I’ve been doing a deep dive of the discount stores lately, looking for bargains wherever they may dwell. And I’ve been finding a lot to like, too. For instance: this linen dress from Iro drapes so prettily, and looks like it would be great for a hot summer day.

iro top

Such a pretty, feminine blouse, also from Iro.

muubaa jacket

This is the kind of shrunken leather jacket that I’m always telling you guys to wear with voluminous dresses.

eileen fisher top

I like the mandarin collar and dark grey hue of this Eileen Fisher blouse.

hobo bag

A great, slouchy hobo bag by Elizabeth and James.

atm jacket

White leather jackets can be tricky, but this one works because it’s more of an ecru, and the lines are so clean.

theory silk blouse

Just an easy silk blouse from Theory.

barbour jacket

This Barbour jacket has a hood and a flatteringly cinched waist.

tibi blouse

There’s a sweet yellow floral print on this Tibi blouse.

vince dress

A highly wearable dress from Vince.

eileen fisher jacket

A very layer-able moto jacket.

jason wu blouse

The subtle pleating on this Jason Wu blouse is quite elegant.



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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