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An Evening at Ann Taylor

8 Aug

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of serving as the emcee for a corporate fashion show at Ann Taylor’s flagship store on Newbury Street. My company has a great professional women’s group and this event was one in a long series of programs that focuses on professional and personal development. You can guess the theme – dressing for work. We had a lot of fun putting looks together and I was reminded of some great lessons:

Classics

You have to have a classic, neutral suit in your closet. A basic black can’t be beat or one in another neutral color

A soft colored tweed suit jacket work great with pants, jeans, skirts or over a dress!

A simple sheath dress compliments most figures – aim for a simple color so you can change up the look with accessories and sweaters/blazers – this is also a great day/night transition piece!

In the same category as sheath is the shirt-style dress – they tend to work on most body types and the asymmetrical hem and bright color make it trendy.

Be sure your closet has a few blouses (button-down and shell) and cardigans so you can mix and match easily!

Trends worth trying!

Don’t be afraid of color – vibrant is in and IS office appropriate!

Go with the feminine – pleats are so pretty

Prints are fun – be sure to have a few in your closet

Need something casual, say for “Jeans Friday” but don’t really want to wear jeans? Try a denim trouser

Accessorize!

Larger, vibrant pieces look great over solids or with a classic white button down

Don’t forget a scarf or sash to add color. They look especially great with a cardigan

Want to make a neutral outfit a little more exciting? Add a fun shoe to the mix

If you haven’t stopped by Ann Taylor lately to take advantage of their summer sale, at least pop by in the next few weeks to check out their fall line. Great pieces at great prices!

Wink,

Style Girl

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Trina Turk for Banana Republic

14 May

Through the years, I have been a pretty loyal fan of Banana Republic. It’s a great stop for basics – Oxford shirts, simple dresses, silk blouses and fun baubles to accent any outfit. It’s also affordable so it’s easy to go in and spend money on something trendy because you aren’t dropping a fortune to do so. All that being said, over the past two years I increasingly leave the store empty-handed . This isn’t because I’m on a shopping budget (although that reminds me that I really should be) but because the selection, design and quality of their offering is just disappointing. Their Monogram line is too expensive for what it is, there isn’t enough variety in their inventory (especially in the stores – there is so much more online) and their efforts to link up with shows like Mad Men are overdone. I love the style on Mad Men but who really wears a Betty Draper dress to work or on a Saturday afternoon? I might grab one for a theme party or Cape wedding but I’m certainly not wearing one to the office. It seems that their collections dominate the stores making it hard to find good basics through the noise. The cherry on top is the quality. A lot of the fabric used (especially with their blouses and chino pieces) feel very “Gap” to me and while Banana is part of the same group of stores as the Gap and Old Navy, I think the Banana customer expects a higher quality.

Despite all of this, I continue to have faith that Banana will deliver as they have so many times before. I was thrilled to see the ad in this month’s issue of Lucky announcing the partnership with Trina Turk. On June 7th Trink Turk’s line for Banana Republic will launch. Trina Turk’s signature look is bright, relaxed and feminine (like this gorgeous dress) so I expect great prints and a good dose of color. My expectations are high. Let’s hope that my post on June 8th tells a good story. I will be waiting at the doors on the 7th!

Wink,

Style Girl

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