Lovely Links: 10/3/14

Weekly Kitten:


Husband Mike‘s shirts have ALL the good smells.

Terms for larger sizes keep piling up. ‘When I started, they called them ‘mama sizes,’’ Boos said—an expression still used by some Chinese manufacturers. Then came ‘women’s’ sizes, followed by ‘full-figured,’ which was popularized by lingerie sellers. The more assertive ‘plus’ arrived in the past decade. Lately, it has been losing traction to ‘curvy,’ though some people think that favors an hourglass physique. An alternative movement has long pushed to reclaim the word ‘fat.’ ‘It’s a big controversy,’ [Full Figured Fashion Week creator Alexandra] Boos told me. ‘We haven’t landed on the word that pleases everybody, and, frankly, I don’t know if we ever will.'”

Here’s a simple tutorial for a twisted side bun. Looks quick and easy as well as elegant.

I don’t generally like rompers, but holy cats, Sandra looks amazing in hers.

Would never have thought of it myself, but love this palette of toffee, tomato, white, and burgundy.

Linda Fargo, senior vice president at Bergdorf Goodman, is a style icon for many. Probably because she’s absolutely radiant.

Huge thanks to my girl High Plains Thrifter for giving me a shout-out in her recent post about closet clean-outs!

Another great style juxtaposition: A floaty heart-print blouse and distressed boyfriend jeans.

40+ Style gives us a little teaser for the Advanced Style movie.

This post explores four common shopping fallacies – including social proof and sunk costs – and gives some tips on how to avoid them.

“Physical symptoms are typically the most urgent symptoms, and a healthy mind requires a healthy body — a body no longer abused by bingeing, purging, or starvation. Yet the time lapse between restoring weight and coming to peace with that restoration can be incredibly, achingly long.” (Discusses disordered eating)

Love the watercolor-y abstract print on Vale’s darling skater dress.

This week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment tackled oversized scarves. Thanks to Ross for being a great model!

In her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Waston has launched the #HEFORSHE campaign, which asks all men to join the conversation about modern feminism, and help create real and lasting change.

Also see this counterpoint to the outpouring of support for Watson’s speech and #HEFORSHE.

Allie thoughtfully assembles a capsule wardrobe for a fluctuating figure.

“So if you’re feeling like crap about your body, then you’re feeling like crap about your body. That’s OK. It’s something to acknowledge, accept and feel — instead of beating yourself up for beating yourself up.”

Rochelle is a knockout in her body-con plaid top and skirt.

Another reminder to wear sunscreen. Every day. No exceptions. (I use this one daily.)

Whenever someone throws out the “items you’d save from a house fire” question, my Frye Vera Slouch boots end up in my top five. And it’s cool enough now that I’m living in them once more.

Here’s a series of steps for hand-washing sweaters that are labeled “dry clean only.” (My caveat? If it’s super delicate or embellished or you’d cry a river of tears if you ruined it? Consider dry cleaning. It is safest to follow care instructions.)

Gracey’s open-weave sweater and polka dot skirt look like each others’ negatives. Pretty darned cool.

“I don’t like the message of a school telling someone that the clothes they put on their own bodies made them a problem for the whole school they attend, so much so that they need to go home, or cover up. So much so that they need to feel shame. Shame disrupts learning more than skirts. I promise.”

A look at licensing, copying, supply chain, and quality issues in discount and outlet stores. Once upon a time you might’ve been getting off-season Gap clothes at the Gap outlet. No more.

Houndstooth, stripes, and Chuck Taylors. Yes to all.

Few people get excited about basics, but making sure your wardrobe basics are versatile but interesting is a great practice.

Cyn pairs her leather-panel sheath dress with shiny gold pumps. Gorgeous.

College-age readers: Thoughts on this list of tips for seeding a professional wardrobe while still at university?

A dear friend once told me that most of what happens on the high fashion runways is theater, spectacle, performance more than a showcase of recent work. Sounds like that is being taken to extremes in some cases: Why the last thing you may notice at a fashion show these days is the clothes. (via The Fashion Law)

Sounds like Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl touches on identity, self-esteem, the importance of positive reinforcement, and many other universal themes.

Must recreate Sarah’s outfit of mixed plaids, ankle boots, and a sporty pullover.

Seasoned globetrotter that she is, I trust Une Femme to dish out helpful, practical advice on packing smart and traveling in style.

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5 Responses to “Lovely Links: 10/3/14”

  1. Susannah

    Love the links as always.

    But college-age response to the piece about starting a professional wardrobe in college? The article assumes that the college-age female is going into a professional career where blazers and heels are the norm. True for some, but untrue for many.

    More troubling though is any notion of the need to “impress” in class. Part of the gender-equalizing force of education is the non-necessity of fitting gender roles to succeed. But those gender roles are reinforced by gendered professional wear. Our professors and peers should be focused on our academic and creative output, not our appearance. Why would dressing up for class show that you’re a more committed student? In the sciences at least, it’s commonplace for male students and professors to dedicate very little effort in their wardrobe, maybe as part of a cultivation of the “distracted genius” aura. For female students to be expected to demonstrate “commitment” through make-up and dressing up professionally is time-consuming and distracting for the female students, both in a literal sense (make-up application) and in consuming precious mental-effort.

    As in all areas of life, you should dress how you feel happy presenting yourself. For some, that might include projecting professionalism. For others, it might be more important to project artsy-bohemian, because socially that’s how they want to be viewed. Regardless, it’s harmful to female students to suggest that their manner of dress should in any way influence the evaluation of their capability in or dedication to their field of study in college.

  2. Sandra Negron

    Thanks so much for the mention in your post! I really appreciate it 🙂

  3. crtfly

    Sunscreen? A boss of mine died at 42 from melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. He left behind a wonderful wife and 2 small kids. Such a tragedy, which could have been avoided.

    Thanks for the PSA Sal!


  4. Stasia

    Hey Sally! Thanks for the Thrift Me Pretty shout-out! And yep, I agree. Though I have never ever ruined a dry-clean-only sweater by virtue of hand washing, there is RISK involved. So if you’ll cry a river if it’s ruined, play it safe and dry clean. Thanks again! xo

  5. oohlookasquirrel

    I’m in agreement with Susannah about the college wardrobe article. For me, college was the one time when I was an adult who could wear absolutely whatever I wanted. It was a fun time for fashion experimentation. My friends and professors would have been very confused if I’d worn makeup and heels to class one day. If you’re planning on going straight on to a professional life right after college, I’d advise having a couple professional outfits in your closet, but otherwise, it’s a waste of very limited dorm room space and even more limited funds. Figure out exactly which clothes you need, depending on the sort of life that’s ahead of you, and THEN haunt the thrift stores finding those bits of clothing that are right for you. Any “professional” things I might have purchased in college surely would have ended up gathering dust. Not worth it.