I vaguely recall the windswept mid-fall day on which these outfit photos were taken: the dense foliage had only recently exploded with color (an oddity) after an unseasonably warm start to fall. I remember thinking to myself: self, relish this moment, because winter is coming. While December in the Northeast hasn’t been especially brutal–it has merely seesawed between tolerably-cold-but-wet and…

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The loosening of corporate dress codes may have hit a high-water mark, helped in part by the athleisure movement. Even in traditionally conformist industries like banking, the dress code has relaxed, allowing for business—and sometimes smart—casual. The new focus in office wear is comfort, according to this Wall Street Journal report, as the modern workplace adapts to new modes of…

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I am a fan of evocative color names—even when they are abstruse. Most brands do an adequate job of associating color names with the reference color, but sometimes those connections are hard to make. The most egregious offenders are in paint; it’s rarer that fashion brands might miss the mark entirely. My theory is that, in fashion, when brands try…

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The “M.A.C.” (or Morning After Clutch) is, apart from the Affair and the M.A.B., Rebecca Minkoff’s most recognizable design. I used to own the standard version but wore it so infrequently that it went to Goodwill a few years ago. While searching for a purple crossbody last year, I came across the Quilted Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody (on steep discount…

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For those who wear a lot of solid colors and aren’t too too texture-adventurous, a plaid scarf can really spice up an outfit. The one that I am wearing in this post is no longer available, but here are a few plaid options that I am currently loving: Land’s End (on sale in 11 colorways), Pendleton, Ann Taylor, Franco Ferrari,…

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