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Then: Bland "Golden Girls" outfits

Now: A fresher, more eclectic mix

Although clothes with comfort and flow have always been this company's trademark, a new focus on sensuous fabrics is elevating its basic shapes. These silk-cotton cargo pants ($89) aren't just for hanging out; they dress up easily with a heel (Ralph Lauren Collection) and sequined wrap, and their softness plays well against a hip aviator jacket ($119). Handbag designer Sang A Im-Propp, 36, carries a subtly shaded bag from her own collection, Sang A: "For me, style is all about mixing high and low, new and old," she says. Tank, Soma Intimates. Cuff, Kara Ross.
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