Monthly Archives: January 2021

Reader Request: Durable Dressing

Style tips for when you need to wear durable clothes

Reader Andrea sent me this plea:

I and a friend own a dog training business, so we could wear anything we like. However the job itself puts limits on it. I can’t wear anything delicate, easily snagged or damaged or anything fussy. Drapey sleeves, dangling scarves or anything that hangs away from the body poses a serious problem with the mouthy pups we work with daily! We also can’t wear anything too dear as destruction via tooth or claw (or drool!) is an issue. Comfy, sensible shoes are a must. I find myself wearing boring old tshirts and jeans with a zip up hoodie most of the time. read more

Originally posted 2010-04-15 05:37:00.

Reader Request: How to Wear Capris

how to wear capris

Lovely reader burntphotograph popped this into the suggestion box a while back:

I’d love to see a post on capris … I’ve been reading a lot that they are not good for body proportions and various other reasons we should trash ours. What are your thoughts?

Weeelllll, my thoughts are many and varied. Capris come in SO many styles, and there really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules about who “can” and “cannot” wear them. Making capris, crops, and clamdiggers work for your body type is going to be a matter of experimentation. If you’re interested in wearing them but not sure how, I’ll level with you: Your best bet is to try on as many pairs in as many styles and as many hem-lengths as possible until you find a pair that flatters you. Or determine your ideal length with a regular pair of pants, some safety pins, and a friend willing to play fake-tailor, and THEN hit the shops. read more

Originally posted 2009-06-16 06:01:00.

Reader Request: Sassy Swimwear

Back in May, I was flipping through InStyle’s swimsuit guide and thinking to myself, “Man, am I glad I haven’t gotten any reader requests for a suit guide. I know absolutely nothing about swimsuits.”

Then I went to check my e-mail, and found this note from Lydia:

I have a request I’d like you to cover in a blog post – summer swimsuits. Finding a swimsuit, shopping for one, how to find suits that are flattering yet covering, good places to find them, and what trends (color, pattern, and style wise) are popular this summer. I know finding a bathing suit is a challenge most women face each spring, and we’d love some tips on how to know what is flattering, because so often bathing suit shopping is very frustrating! read more

Originally posted 2010-07-01 05:52:00.