Photo by: Todd France
Growing up professionally in the world of book publishing, print magazine editors always seemed infinitely more glamorous than the rest of us, and none quite so much as Kim France, the founder of Lucky.
Kim was born in Houston in 1964, came to New York in 1988, and founded Lucky in 2000, which she ran for ten years. After she left the magazine in 2010 at the age of 47, she took a much-needed break, and in 2012 started her fabulous (and fabulously successful) blog, Girls of a Certain Age, which covers fashion and beauty with some books and home design occasionally in the mix.
Her mission: to provide a venue for women in their 40s and above who are looking for great style on the internet and aren’t really finding it, because, as Kim says, “We may like looking at trends, but we’re at a point where really what interests us more is focusing on what’s going to work for us.” Amen.
The vibe of the blog is edgy, but kind; chic, but not over-the-top; expensive, but not profligate, with some great deals in the mix.
Five Items Every Middle-Aged Woman Should Own
A Pair of Jeans that Nicely Fit the Body You Have Right Now
Most of us have in our jeans drawer a pair that looks fabulous on us when we’re eating right and working out on the regular. And sometimes, when we’re maybe not going to yoga and drinking kale juice, we cram our asses into those jeans and feel uncomfortable and constricted and crappy about ourselves. My suggestion to you—if, like me, you’ve currently got a little winter pudge going on—is to go out and procure a pair that looks great on the body you’re walking around with right this second. My current favorites are these, from Levi’s.
A Serious Black Dress
Not to be confused with a little black dress, which makes me think of Cosmos and Sex and the City and hoydenish things. I mean a dress that is eminently comfortable, maybe architecturally interesting, and a little bold, and that definitely says I Am Not To Be F-ed With. This caftan dress from Universal Standard hits those marks for me, and you could dress it up or down easily. It also proves that interesting doesn’t have to equal tricky.
A soft lip color
It took me a while to process the information that a too-bold lip can be aging, and that redder-than-reds are best left to the kids. Because I didn’t want to; I like my lip colors loud (and maybe you do too, in which case, let your freak flag fly). But slowly I realized those loud colors were washing me out and doing my face no favors. A few years ago, I splurged and ordered this Sisely Paris color in Berry from Net-A-Porter, but rejected it because it was too subtle. I hung on to it, though, and now it feels just exactly right.
A Good (which does not have to mean pricey) Cashmere Sweater
It has been my experience that unless you’re going for the seriously good stuff, there is little difference between expensive and cheap cashmere. They both lose their shape and pill at the same rate. So I like to buy mine from Everlane, where a cashmere crewneck goes for a mere $100. I like this one in dark navy because it’s almost as versatile as black but is softer on your face.
A Pair of Clogs in a Cute Color
This might be a controversial choice, because I know clogs have their detractors, but I live in them for everyday, switching over to clog boots in the wintertime. I like that they’re comfortable as the day is long (which is weird, as you are essentially walking on wood, and you can overdo it: after my sister-in-law wore a new pair of No. 6 clogs nonstop for a month she developed plantar fasciitis). I also appreciate that they give you a nice amount of height, minus the pain of heels. This pale pink pair is aces in my book.
A Few Tips From Kim: