I woke up this morning to barely above-freezing temperatures and remembered that I still had this post in draft form. While it’s belated… better late than never. First, a word about Reformation (or “Ref,” as they occasionally refer to themselves; no relation to to the religious movement), the LA-based fashion retailer with a founding myth that is textbook for most…

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The drape-front trench appeared on store racks again this season, and I am happy to embrace this trend. Since around 2014, this less-structured alternative to “classic” trench coats has given the wardrobe staple more movement and a softer look. Just as I find stiff trench coats to be a perfect foil for flowy dresses and skirts, a silk-y trench with…

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There is a week in spring, just before the start of allergy season, that is absolutely magical. It usually follows a cold and rainy spell; then overnight, the clouds disperse and the cherry blossoms bloom. And the world looks like it’s been staged for a Wes Anderson film. There is a similarly perfect week (or two) at the precipice of…

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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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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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