Classic Fashion Brands with New Style
Think you know Gap? Or Ann Taylor, or Talbots? These classic brands are reinventing themselves, and the results are surprisingly chic. Five stylish women sample the goods.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the October 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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.