It’s been a rough few months: my immune system can’t seem to catch a break between the hay fever and then a lingering cold. The inconvenient truth of adulthood is that no matter how miserable I feel, life (i.e., one’s various obligations) must go on, and there’s no getting around having to get appropriately dressed for stuff. So for work…

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Ann Taylor brought back one of my favorite desk-to-dinner pieces–the button cuff wrap dress–this season in three colorways. This slinky number is comfortable to wear and easy to dress up (and down). For work I often layer a tonal camisole underneath to raise the neckline, and accessorize with a simple necklace. And on the weekends you might consider wearing this dress…

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Most “desk-to-dinner” pieces in my closet are siblings of wardrobe basics–that is to say they are, by and large, identical to a wardrobe basic (and almost uniformly black in color) but feature one or two (or three, but rarely more) playful details. I’m partnering with Ann Taylor today to share a desk-to-dinner piece that I am excited to pack for…

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A good desk-to-dinner piece is necessarily unostentatious. The accessories you choose will determine what occasion the outfit is suited for. This drapey jumpsuit (also sold here) is versatile because it comprises both casual and dressy elements: the moderate v-neckline allows for a range of neckwear; the fitted top and defined waist accentuate the billowy bottom; and the wide crop pantlegs lean…

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Banana Republic posted positive comparable store sales (a modest 1% increase) in the final quarter of 2017, ending 11 consecutive quarters of decline. Barely positive comps are not usually cause for celebration, but in traditional retail, you have to celebrate every victory,  however small, otherwise every day feels like doomsday. Season by season (since mid-2016), I’ve found that Banana Republic’s…

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