Just what is going on at J.Crew?! After my last rant, I became convinced that Mickey Drexler was setting up the pieces to retake the reins. Then news broke a few days ago that the man has suddenly decided to “retire.” Couldn’t he have retired a few months earlier? Before he (purportedly) drove Jim Brett out, with such ferocity that…

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J. Crew‘s winter sale continues to heat up: select sale styles are an extra 70% off (others, including the Easy Pant in Lace featured in this post, are an extra 60% off) with code GOFORIT until 01/21/19. Note that some sales are final with the extra off code. Shipping is free on all orders for J.Crew Rewards members (membership is…

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After months of dither, during which my size sold out, I was forced to pass on the J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Tweed last winter, a decision I sorely regretted. So imagine my delight when I found it in this fall’s lineup. A statement coat, while not as “classic” as an olive green down coat or a black wool tailored coat,…

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A closet favorite, the J. Crew Easy Pant in Lace, has returned in four colorways this fall. It was a marquee piece in my bleisure wardrobe so I wanted to quickly review the item now that it’s on sale (sale details below). What my outfits lack in bright colors, I try to make up in texture and prints, as those add…

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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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