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I love Vera Wang

I used to think “elegant wedding gowns” when I heard the name of designer Vera Wang. And with good reason, because that’s what her design group is known for.

But after seeing the designer and her staff featured in the Wall Street Journal’s  weekly “Work Wear” column, I now think “great professional clothing.” They don’t just design it; they wear it.

The photos accompanying the article show Wang and her staff in beautiful tones of olive and beige worn with black basics — many of the fabrics interestingly textured knits, wools, heavy cottons, and mesh. In short, they were wearing classic mix-and-match elements that would make a great wardrobe for urban professionals of all ages.

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I can’t pronounce it, but I like it

Uniqlo.

According to the Wall Street Journal, in five years we’ll all be wearing it.

This ambitious Japanese clothing enterprise features high-tech cooling fabrics, heating fabrics, and styles by top international designers. The clothes will remind you of Eileen Fisher or the Gap; the stores will remind you of Apple.

While a new name in the U.S., Uniqlo is one of the defining labels in Japan, and has stores in the fashion centers of Asia and Europe (including 10 in the U.K.) Even if you can’t get to one of the New York City stores, you can buy (highly affordable) Uniqlo fashion on eBay.

Yoga: Effective — if the cause of the pain in your back is physical

A study conducted at Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative for the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found yoga to be effective in relieving low back pain. But the study is attributing the effectiveness to the stretching component of yoga, rather than to any stress-relieving components.

You can read more in this Wall Street Journal report.

I’ll confess that, based on my own yoga experience, the study results have me puzzled. I’d have thought that the reason yoga relieved low back pain was because it strengthened muscles in the back, legs, and abdomen, thus providing more support for the body during activities such as bending over, or lifting heavy objects, and reducing the likelihood of injury (throwing your back out or straining muscles).

>Paris fashion finds steampunk

>The article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal is titled “Paris Finds Its Comfort Zone,” but just take a look at the pictures and you’ll see that what it’s found is…steampunk.

Duster coats that wouldn’t look out of place on Sherlock Holmes; Alice in Wonderland “Mat Hatter” top hats in brown and burgundy; and lace blouses right out of a Goth girl’s closet?

You tell me.