Brand I like: ba&sh

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I first discovered ba&sh when I was in Paris about six years ago, and a bird relieved itself on the crisp white shirt I was wearing, and suddenly I found myself several Metro stops away from my suitcase and in need of a fresh top. And I rediscovered it the other day when my friend Rene and I were having a little shopping date in Nolita, and wandered into the ba&sh store on Elizabeth Street. Some of the pieces on offer are on the young side, and others have altogether too many ruffles. And they aren’t cheap. But I do think they do prints better than anyone else does at that price point (check out the excellent floral-and-stripes business on this pretty dress) and the silhouettes in general are nicely sophisticated.

I do not not need another jacket, but am pretty much dying over this tweedy little number. It looks eminently layer-able.

I never like green and red together, but it somehow works on this pretty top, maybe because the reds are nice and deep.

I am dying over the print on this dress, which reminds me of old Ossie Clark.

A striped jacket is always a fun thing to wear, and this one is subtle enough not to be costume-y.

The print on this shirt is on the loud side—I believe in a good way—so I’d wear it under a blazer or V-neck sweater so you see just a hint on it.

A chic and versatile black dress with a higher neckline than I usually go for, but it’s good when we can surprise ourselves.

I dig the dots-on-dots print of this skirt, and the fact that it’s got a little metallic thing going on too.

Suddenly I am all about a short-sleeved sweater, and I’d wear this one exactly as it is styled here: layered over a button-down.

This coat is on the pricey side, but it is so well-cut, and the purple is nicely unexpected.

I’m always attracted to a good yellow top—who knows why—and this tie-neck specimen is pretty damn good.

 

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    Ellie
    22 Oct 2019
    10:38am

    ba&sh is the French Girl store whose windows most often catch my eye, and I am forever saddened when I go in to remember that they, like most of the other French Girl brands, top out at a size 40/42 or L/3. If I didn’t have a job I love, I’d throw it all over to found a French Girl clothing company for average-sized women and above.

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    JB
    22 Oct 2019
    6:49pm

    Wanted to buy that first dress but looked at the sizing and it says the L is equivalent to a US8. Waaaaaaaaaaah.

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    Eloise
    21 Oct 2019
    9:14am

    Curses. I kinda want it all – and may have to make time to *visit* the jacket. (Have a feeling I might not make it back to the office!)

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    Kimbersa,
    21 Oct 2019
    9:28am

    So CUTE! Like a grownish Pixie Market! How is their sizing?

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      Jax
      21 Oct 2019
      3:44pm

      That Pixie Market reference took me back!

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    c.w.
    21 Oct 2019
    9:39am

    I also don’t need another jacket. But that tweedy one…!

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    L
    21 Oct 2019
    9:47am

    I’m sorry, maybe I just have a case of the Mondays, but it kind of makes me angry to see a silky $400 dress that is made out of polyester instead of silk. Call me naive, but no matter how cute the print, I sort of feel like for $400 I should get silk. Otherwise I can go to H&M and get a cute polyester dress for like $40.

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      Kim France
      21 Oct 2019
      10:20am

      I understand and respect that opinion, but it’s worth noting that the quality of synthetics really varies, and that the polyester you’re getting at H&M is much, well, yuckier than what you often get from higher-priced brands. I have a Maria Cornejo top that for the longest time I thought was silk, and then I read the label and it was 100% polyester.

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      Mindy
      21 Oct 2019
      11:42am

      I feel that way, particularly with sweaters. I find that any sweater with more than two fibers tends to pill pretty easily, so I get annoyed when brands still charge $$$ for them.

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    Rene
    21 Oct 2019
    10:09am

    Love all of these, especially the black and white dress, and I want to go back now.

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    MaryAlice
    21 Oct 2019
    10:51am

    Nice stuff, if a little pricey for what you get, although hard to judge without seeing the items in person and checking the construction and fabric quality. I do love the
    description of the black dress with it’s ‘somber elegance’

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    Joannawnyc
    21 Oct 2019
    11:11am

    LOVE all the prints! And that tweed jacket too. Though I fear I will have to get the Target version.

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      Tamara
      21 Oct 2019
      11:17am

      Brutal. And I further brutalized myself by exploring their website. Danger Will Robinson danger!! I am behaving today since I leave Wednesday for Florence!! But there’s no predicting what happens as the holidays approach…gorgeous pick. Will be revisiting. I may have mentioned this before, but there are “influencers” and “bad influences.” Kim I must inform you that you are in that second category!!! 😈 👿 😈 #noregrets

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        Kim France
        21 Oct 2019
        12:37pm

        That’s very funny, Tamara.

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        Jennie
        21 Oct 2019
        5:15pm

        She really does nail it every time.

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      Eloise
      21 Oct 2019
      11:24am

      I wish there was a Target version!! The window for wearing a fall jacket is too short for me to justify the price tag right now.

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    Carol Hsih
    21 Oct 2019
    11:34am

    That tweedy jacket! And the black dress with pockets. Also the shibori-esque dress. But the prices…le sigh…

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    Ann
    21 Oct 2019
    11:35am

    I love the dresses with high boots look. It is difficult for me to find a good high boot because I have long calves and they are kind of thick. I always find they come 3/4 of the way up. Can you recommend a good staple boot? I love what is featured here also but I prefer either a flat or very low heal. Lovely prints!! Thank you!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      21 Oct 2019
      3:34pm

      I really love the boots they show, too. I’m sure we must be due for a Kim France – “Tall Boots I Dig” – right? ❤️😉

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        Kim France
        21 Oct 2019
        3:49pm

        Yes, we are probably due for that, Val—and I promise to stop using the word “dig” really soon, promise.

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    EW
    21 Oct 2019
    12:39pm

    How apropo – they are opening a ba&sh store near me! I’ll have a look

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    Jax
    21 Oct 2019
    3:49pm

    I fall in the minority of liking short or 3/4 sleeve sweaters or knitwear. I find they are usually quite appropriate for my business casual/creative tech marketing office and they walk the fine line of being warm enough for the office AC, but not too warm either. They’re comfortable to wear but not sloppy.

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      MaryAlice
      21 Oct 2019
      4:13pm

      I’m with you – I love 3/4 sleeves and am constantly pushing the sleeves up if they’re wrist length.

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    Noela
    21 Oct 2019
    5:47pm

    Love all the patterns and the individual pieces- would prefer to see them on normal sized women? Very tired of seeing the return of emaciated models. Puh.

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    karen
    22 Oct 2019
    6:36am

    it’s funny how things go…another blog that i read just featured this brand as well….

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