Monthly Archives: June 2020

The New Normal

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This is an image from the Debenhams High Summer Lookbook. And so are these:

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I love these images because they attempt to show diversity in different and boundary-pushing ways. Many retailers will throw in one standard size woman of color and call their ads a celebration of all womanhood. But the women in the ads shown above are tall and short and fat and thin and brown and black and differently abled. And, of course, it would be nice to see an older woman, someone with tattoos, anyone not dressed in extremely femme-reading garments, and many, many other overlooked groups. But it’s progress. read more

Originally posted 2014-01-29 06:25:40.

Closet Organization Pros and Cons

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No two closets are organized in the same way. Even closets that have identical fancy organizing systems installed are going to be used by different people with different needs and different ideas of what should go where and why. And as someone who has tried many different ways of keeping my own wardrobe in order, I’ve realized that just about every tip for making your closet more functional has pros and cons. Don’t believe me? FINE! I’ll prove it.

Keeping everything visible

PROS
– Forces you to see the depth of your wardrobe
– Allows for spontaneous inspiration (colors, patterns you otherwise wouldn’t have thought to combine)
– Can help prevent accidental acquisition of doubles, triples, etc.
– In the case of decorative options (using your hats as wall decoration, etc.), can warm up your rooms and add personality read more

Originally posted 2014-01-21 06:41:33.

Reader Request: Retail Specialties

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Several of you have e-mailed me with similar requests, but Galena popped this one into the suggestion box:

… posts similar to “insomniac sale picks” where you post different stores/websites you can find wardrobe staples or pieces you find yourself reaching for often (for example, a yellow cardigan, or good places to get colored belts, etc) – links to the specific pieces would be ideal, but even saying “this store is generally good for this sort of thing” would be a great narrowing-down for your readers. Speaking as someone with limited income, I would also LOVE to see posts on where you can get mid-quality but affordable pieces, or links included for cheaper options when you do posts similar to what I describe above (for instance, many of the “ISP” links are out of my price range, even on sale). read more

Originally posted 2014-02-06 06:26:11.