J. Crew’s Tie-Neck Dress in Italian Wool was one of my favorite purchases last fall, and while I was happy to see the design brought back earlier this year in a “365 crepe” in three colorways, I was disappointed by the polyester blend, which cheapens an otherwise classic design. I kept this dress because I missed the return window, and it’s…

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Banana Republic is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this fall with a campaign that is more nostalgic than forward-looking. Now, I am a champion of opening archive vaults to keep the bottom from falling out, but Banana Republic has always been a brand that takes few creative risks, and this collection of “signature’ pieces feels very familiar (Gap Inc. is seemingly all…

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Big changes are afoot at H&M–from a new size chart (which essentially requires you to order one size smaller than before: someone who used to wear a size 6 would now wear a size 4) to a new website and mobile app to high levels of store closures–it’s too early to tell if these adjustments came (too little and) too late…

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The “Friends of Ann” event–take 40% off everything at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40–ends tonight, so I thought I’d share a look featuring some new work pieces that are on rotation. I’m currently trying (pretty) hard to warm to glen plaid–have always found the print dizzying–and this jacket is my way of getting my feet wet. And I have a…

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I have a new vice: it’s the sporadic (though not infrequent), aimless browsing of The RealReal. At this time, it does not present a major time drain–just a minute here, and a minute there–done mostly when I am waiting in line at the grocery store or on hold to be connected. I want to say I anticipated, but did not…

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