I puzzled at length over J. Crew’s deep discounts and Mickey Drexler’s “retirement” several weeks ago. Then, in late March, J. Crew shared financial results for the quarter ending February 2, 2019, and suddenly, the question I posed at the end of my rant had an obvious answer: J. Crew was running fire sales because its inventory had ballooned to…

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Chanel’s two-tone leather slingbacks are among the luxury purveyor’s most celebrated and recognized footwear (second perhaps only to the two-tone ballerinas). Unfortunately for me, the shoe fits my feet wrong in too many important ways (and the lack of a proper quarter doesn’t allow for the use of cushions and other solutions). Thankfully, many “substitutes” can be found on the…

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Burgundy-and-navy is one of my favorite fall color combinations, but an outfit comprising just these two colors can seem visually heavy. The solution? Add a light neutral. My go-to neutral is light brown, a natural complement to dark colors and one-note color schemes. When I am dressed in all-white or all-black, a textured light brown topper can brighten the outfit…

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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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Big changes are afoot at H&M–from a new size chart (which essentially requires you to order one size smaller than before: someone who used to wear a size 6 would now wear a size 4) to a new website and mobile app to high levels of store closures–it’s too early to tell if these adjustments came (too little and) too late…

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