Fashion mashups don’t get much better than the cape scarf (though the sweater blazer comes close): a good one will keep you warm while adding visual interest to your outfits. I have been living in this checkerboard cape scarf while traveling this summer: It was an extra blanket on the plane, a makeshift stuffed animal (when rolled into a bundle),…

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It’s been a rough few months: my immune system can’t seem to catch a break between the hay fever and then a lingering cold. The inconvenient truth of adulthood is that no matter how miserable I feel, life (i.e., one’s various obligations) must go on, and there’s no getting around having to get appropriately dressed for stuff. So for work…

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The Club Monaco Yolande pants (reviewed here) that I like a lot and wear with frequency are now on sale at Nordstrom, Club Monaco, and Shopbop. It’s the best kind of statement piece: pronounced enough to make an impact, but not so loud that it demands attention. For spring, I’ve been wearing these pants with lace-trimmed or covered-button adorned camisoles…

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Before the weather took a turn for the dreary, I had been dressing in light layers and monochromatic hues, relying on fringe knits or washed linen for texture and tortoiseshell buttons as an accent. This outfit can be elevated to uniform status with an accessory change: periodically swap in medium-brown or light-olive accessories and shoes to add definition to the…

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Banana Republic posted positive comparable store sales (a modest 1% increase) in the final quarter of 2017, ending 11 consecutive quarters of decline. Barely positive comps are not usually cause for celebration, but in traditional retail, you have to celebrate every victory,  however small, otherwise every day feels like doomsday. Season by season (since mid-2016), I’ve found that Banana Republic’s…

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