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: Ultratraditional career-woman clothes
Now: Glamour mixed with authority
"Corporate dress codes have changed," says Lisa Axelson, Ann Taylor's senior vice president of design development. "We no longer wear head-to-toe suits every day." More to the point are versatile separates: This blouse ($70) reflects a move to more feminine styles ("The deep color looks luxurious," Zani says); well-cut trousers ($110) have a modern shape. Belt, W. Kleinberg. Bracelet, Express.