Thursday links



water park

  • Check out these photos of an abandoned water park in Vietnam. (Vogue)
  • This is some of the wildest origami I have ever seen. (Colossal)
  • I was unaware that a reboot of A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, was even in the works, but here’s the trailer. (NY Times)
  • Stephen Colbert is the shit. (Jezebel)
  • And these vintage Batman trading cards are a kick. (Dangerous Minds)

An embarrassment of floral dresses, part 1


alc dress

My favorite floral dress ever came into my life at a San Francisco vintage store in 1988. It was silk, and midnight blue with tiny red roses, and it fit me perfectly. I wore it literally into the ground, and then just kept wearing it, even as it wore through in some spots and sprouted a tiny rip at the shoulder, because I was in my twenties and shopped in vintage stores, and all my clothes were trashed, to varying degrees. Eventually, the dress started falling apart in meaningful ways that even I couldn’t ignore, and I had to no choice but to retire it. But it has lived on in my mind for all these years—no doubt growing more magnificent through the haze of memory—and I’ve never found a worthy successor. Some of the following come close, though. First up: of course I love the bold, poppy green here.

equipment dress

A slightly longer silk option.

minkoff dress

Such a flattering waistline on this one.

baum dress

I dig how clean and simple this is, and the green and blue print is quite winning.

sophie dress

The flounces on the skirt make this a particularly feminine choice.

rixo dress

I always like florals on a dark background.

caftan dress

This caftan dress looks hugely comfortable.


hinge dress

A quite well-priced choice, in an easy shape.

& other dress

I love a peony.

beard dress

A gorgeous, curve-hugging option from Veronica Beard that is nicely marked down.

lupfer dress

The print here is so fun and retroish.

faithfull dress

I like the deep neckline here (check out this plunge bra that makes it wearable) but if it’s too much for you, or you’re a busty lady, there’s always the option of wearing a slip underneath.

sea dress

I like the juxtaposition here between the hippie girl print and the clean silhouette.

yellow dress

Such a good weekend option.

mango dress

This is so effortless, but it makes a big statement. I’d throw it on with some Chuck Taylors.

13 cute summer tops under $100


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I dig the pops of yellow on this embroidered Mexican-style top.

black top

This looks much fancier than it really is, and could be dressed way up.

henley top

And this henley top is deeply casual, and would look great with cutoff shorts.

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A crisp white popover that’s super-light and soft.

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This feminine floral top with ruched sleeves is an excellent candidate for print mixing.

stripe tee

I like how deep the V-neck is on this striped top.

poet blouse

A beautiful, billowy poet blouse with subtle striping.

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Such a sweet Liberty print on this popover.

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Another really good, quite graphic embroidered top.

black tunic

Just an easy, office-ready tunic for throwing on when you can’t decide what to wear.

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This striped peasant top is pretty adorable with the pom-poms.

ruffle collar

A nice poppy green and ruffle collar make this one standout.

surplice popover

This floral top is girly without veering into prissiness.

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Everyone needs a good hippie girl top once the warmer months hit.

drape front top

And finally: this drape-front blouse also looks pretty good in black too, but this seems like a nice summery hue.



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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