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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Most commercial air-conditioning systems are dated, as they are often designed for a different time, and for worst-case scenarios. After years of slowly raising the thermostat, my office is now cooled to a clement 74 degrees, and a light blazer will normally keep me sufficiently warm (and productive). The Open-Front Sweater-Blazer, which I’ve featured several times before, is perfect for transitional weather…

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Sheath dresses are (what I consider) a foundational part of any office wardrobe. Sure, they may not be everyday attire for those with casual dress codes, but this wardrobe basic is just the right dose of business. A solid-colored sheath dress is a white canvas, on which you may splash color–or not. Throw on some dangerously tall peep-toe stiletto heels,…

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Sale Alert: For anyone looking to add the Black Halo Jackie O dress (reviewed here) in a spring color to their closet, Saks Off Fifth has it on super sale in “Daytripper” coral/pink. Only sizes 0 and 2 remain in stock. I packed my “bleisure” wardrobe for a recent work trip, and this is one of the outfits that was…

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