Last week’s winter storm wiped the fall colors that were exuberantly on display from the landscape, and left in its wake a bleak palette. While temperatures have actually rebounded from the month’s lows, the disappearance of fall foliage is a bitter reminder that winter is near. And when it’s cold, I dress to compensate for the unrelenting bleakness that I…

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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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Amid tepid performances in every retail segment, Urban Outfitters managed to grow its 4Q sales by 5.7%, helped most by an 8% increase in comparable sales at Free People. I can’t say I am particularly surprised by UO’s performance in recent quarters, as I have contributed substantially to its growth in recent months. Les Wexner, chairman/CEO of L Brands (admittedly…

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These “Woven Peg Trousers with Obi Tie” from ASOS were a last-minute addition to a haphazardly assembled wardrobe for a multi-day work trip; it was crammed somewhat ungracefully into the front pocket of my trusty Osprey Porter 30-Liter Backpack, after I realized I failed to pack any trousers for the week. I had hope that it would prove as wrinkle-resistant…

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J. Crew Majesty Peacoat || Zara Embroidered Lace Top in Mustard (size S) || J. Crew Sailor Skirt In Double-Serge Wool in Heather Honey (size 00; past season) || Prada Medium Saffiano Double-Zip Tote || Marc Fisher Mfescape Riding Boot My local J. Crew closed quietly this month–as part of the distressed retailer‘s plan for a smaller brick-and-mortar footprint–it’s a…

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