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: 20-something and trendy, not for grown-ups
Now: Sophisticated and polished
This strapless black-and-white bouclé dress ($90) combines a simple, feminine cut with menswear-inspired fabric; wear it with a cardigan or its matching jacket (not shown, $168) for an effortless work-to-evening transition. "I've never bought anything at Express except tank tops," says Ann. "But I love the shape of this dress. Who knew Express had clothes like this?" A bold, textured gold-tone necklace (Alexis Kirk) sets off bare shoulders; the above-the-knee hem is youthful but not too skimpy. Rings, Kenneth Jay Lane for QVC and Kara Ross.