Posts Categorized: style

Reader Request: Dressing When You’re Down

Dressing tips for when you're feeling sad, sick, or low-energy

Reader Jess sent me this question via e-mail:

How does one reconcile her clothing choices with days when you’re truly down? Sometimes I want to put clothes on as armor, assuming that if I look put together, my less-than-together mental state will be disguised. But there are other times when I am feeling particularly angsty and want nothing more than to sulk around in a hoodie. I should add that I am a graduate student, but most of my classmates do dress up to some degree, so I can’t exactly waltz in wearing my nubby slippers. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-28 05:17:00.

Reader Request: Young Clothes, Old Clothes

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Reader Kristin popped this one into the suggestion box:

If you haven’t done one before, maybe a post about what aspects of clothing are typically considered “young”, which ones are “old” and which ones can be variable? Sometimes I get confused when someone identifies something that I like or a store that I frequent as “old lady” or “twee” when I don’t see it that way at all. Then it makes me wonder if I’m managing to inadvertently age myself or look childlike by my wardrobe choices. read more

Originally posted 2015-03-16 06:02:45.

There is No One Right Way to Look Great

There is no one "right way" to look great. Period.

Tall, thin, hourglass. This is NOT the only beautiful form.

I’m getting increasingly annoyed with style guides and experts that only ever steer women in this direction. If you WANT that, go for it! And honestly, I do want it for myself most of the time. But my body has some hourglass-y leanings naturally and it’s not a huge stretch for me. Tall, thin, hourglass is a huge stretch for the vast majority of women. And it’s not the only option, not the only figure with inherent beauty, sensuality, and appeal. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-20 05:23:00.