Mini Skirt in Double-Serge Wool

J. Crew Factory is currently celebrating its fifth birthday, and has discounted everything by 50% (clearance styles are an extra 50% off) with no-minimum free shipping; use code BIGFIVE at checkout. I noticed that the factory store has recycled the “Sailor Skirt” that I picked up last year and is offering it in two versatile colors: navy and heather sand.…

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Twofold Marigold

This Racked article about the proliferation of British fast fashion retailers is jam-packed with information, but the thought that lingered in my mind was the argument that U.S. retailers are struggling because they are “conservative and safe” (does being conservative and safe render you necessarily boring or indistinct?) And I wondered if that idea merits more consideration. The article conveniently…

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Bow Sweater

Years of enthusiastic opposite season shopping have netted me drawers full of plain sweaters in nearly every color; thus, only knits with a moderate amount of frill excite me these days, and I am particularly drawn to details like the bow on this J.Crew sweater (now on sale in all three colors; use code HAPPYSPRING for an extra 30% off).…

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Aubergine

A question central to wardrobe management is: what factors determine whether or not an article of clothing belongs in your closet? For me, frequency of wear is important: I have little difficulty parting with pieces that haven’t been worn in more than a year. The only class of items for which I make an exception is special occasions dresses; they…

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Pink + Taupe

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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