Lovely Links: 3/28/14

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My book is on sale over at Amazon for $14.01!

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If buying boots is an exercise in frustration because of your narrow/wide calves, short toes, small feet, or other challenging-to-fit features, check out Poppy Barley, a company that does made-to-measure boots and shoes, complete with a fit kit that you use to measure your legs and feet. Read a review of the process here. Spendy, but potentially worth it for a truly custom fit.

And in other fun vendor news, Silly Old Sea Dog creates handmade, vintage-inspired clothing for women, and just launched a plus-sized line that includes dresses, skirts, and petticoats though UK size 28. (Via Blog to Be Alive)

One of my favorite reads of the week: A Feminist Defense of Cinderella.

This bold, graphic outfit is incredibly striking and chic. Great use of black!

A little on the rambly side, but still a great reminder that no one should ever be made to feel shame about how she/he looks. And that when you say nasty things about how others look, your words have impact.

Amy Odell (of The Cut and now Cosmo) talks about what the print industry can learn from online writers about sharing resources. (Cheers, Katie!)

I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford a pair of Atalanta Wellers, but I’ll dream of them.

Did you know that the WPA once tried to create a standardized system for women’s clothing sizing? You probably DID know that the system they devised never went into broad use.

In her lecture “Silhouettes and Signals,” fashion illustrator Danielle Meder says, “Considering this biological instinct to favour ‘natural’ beauty, it’s fascinating how human beings have used fashion throughout the centuries to subvert our own proportions. We will use any technological means at our disposal, whether it’s padding, scaffolding, compression, surgery, propping, binding or prosthetics. We are hungry for novelty and constantly trying to transcend beyond our physical selves, which is why the fashionable ideal often diverges so dramatically from the more conventional ‘natural’ beauty ideal.”

I adore the look of tough, military-influenced pieces paired with floaty, blush-colored ones. Also love olive green and lace together.

Super simple way to instantly expand your wardrobe: Remember that you can wear many of your dresses as skirts.

This post offers 21 questions to help you consider what you’d like to know about your body image to help you build a more positive one.

Anyone else checked out the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection? Thoughts?

Fabulous tips for cleaning light and white leather bags and shoes.

“From that point forward, my eyebrows were a perpetual source of insecurity. I’ve clocked many hours hunched near my bathroom mirror, tweezers in hand, and had all manner and stages of brow shapes, including a full-blown unibrow and the much-maligned ‘tadpole brows.'”

Also from Rookie, this moving story about a woman who chose to have liposuction at age 18 thinking it would improve her body image, but found that it didn’t. This story is moving and upsetting, so read with care.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we chatted about spring transitional dressing tips.

Model Erika Linder illustrates the performative aspects of gender by doing both masculinity and femininity in a commercial for JC Jeans Company.

Vaguely related: How to apologize for misgendering someone.

Zingy yellow and bold stripes make for an enviably spring-y ensemble. Love the pops of pastels, too.

Designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide recently, and she was one of the first designers I ever quoted on this blog – about body image, not fashion. Wendy’s post talks about Scott’s career, ideas about success, and the mixed response to her death.

This app turns your Instagram snaps into nail art. WOW.

Not Dressed as Lamb rounds up eight redheaded fashion bloggers to watch. Would’ve liked to see some size diversity here … Nicolette rocked the auburn a while back and Ana experiments with reds. Who else would you recommend?

I’m still dumbfounded by this. Elyse needed help adjusting her depression and anxiety medication, and her doctor did two preposterous things: Completely disregarded the sexual side effects of one medication and obsessed over the potential weight gain associated with another. A resounding WTF from me.

I now know more about why fabric pills and how to prevent pilling than I ever thought I would.

“While [internalized body dissatisfaction] does apply to men as well, in many ways it’s wrapped up in the conviction that women’s appearance is the most important thing about them, the idea that women’s bodies don’t belong to themselves, and the underlying message that women should always be taking up less space. These toxic ideas have serious effects on women’s mental health, and can affect their behavior to such an extent that they have physical repercussions as well.”

Two of my all-time favorite bloggers LPC of Privilege and Une Femme of Une Femme d’un Certain Age decided to style each other. I completely love the results – LPC here and Une Femme here. Always fun to get input on your choices from a friend with a different figure or aesthetic from your own.

And from the Department of Random: This vending machine makes pizza in less than three minutes. So I will be installing one in my kitchen.

Additionally: There’s a science to pop music, and don’t you doubt it. This Slate article explains, using music theory, why “Teenage Dream” hit #1.

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9 Responses to “Lovely Links: 3/28/14”

  1. Lisa

    Thank you Sal. The style swap that Sue and I did was such a lesson for me, on the relationship of style to body, and to soul for that matter. Thanks for including us.

  2. Sandra Negron

    Thank you for using my wardrobe slump post on your blog today! xoxo

  3. Ginger

    I thought the FB change was that not many people would get posts from FB pages they’d “liked” unless the page sponsored the posts?

  4. marsha_calhoun

    Meder’s article was fascinating, especially the line “We’re not used to seeing non-symmetrical silhouettes and our instinctual reaction to them is to read them as disease. It’s still a very provocative collection to look at because you can feel inside yourself the friction between your animalistic revulsion and your intellectual ability to recognize a novel form of beauty.” This resonates with me and explains so much of many of my irrational dislikes of certain fashions. Thank you for linking this!

  5. Not Dressed As Lamb

    Sal you said that you would have liked to have seen some size diversity in my redhead bloggers post – if I choose my favourites by style and they happen to all be a similar size, I’m not going to take some out and replace them with other size girls simply to not appear sizist. I chose eight redheads who are my favourites in terms of their style – their size was not why I chose them. The post was not “eight bloggers of varying sizes who happen to be redheads”. Besides, if no other size redheads have crossed my radar, then how CAN there be variation…? It may be that subconsciously I follow those girls because they are redheads and a similar size to me, so I relate to their style – I don’t follow them because they are a particular size, it’s their style I like.

    It would be just as sizist to purposely not feature them simply because it’s apparently not PC to feature a majority of smaller size girls. If the plus size girls that *I* follow happened to be redheads, then maybe they would have been included. But none of them are redheads… and I don’t think anyone should have to defend who they follow and whether they’re suggesting the “right” people for others to follow.

    I’m doing this feature monthly, and there will be all sorts of different themes. I will continue to pick those bloggers whose style I like the most – regardless of size!


  6. Sally McGraw

    Catherine, I understand that it was important to you to focus on favorites that you actually read and that is valid, of course. It would be dishonest to highlight blogs that you don’t enjoy or read.

    From my perspective however, one of the best things about style blogs is that they offer readers the chance to see a diverse population of women showcasing their personal styles and I’ve made it a goal to keep that diversity front and center in as many of my own posts as possible. As someone who is producing content that is read by many people, I feel a responsibility to do so, especially since other sources of fashion-related content do not. I make it my business to seek out blogs that are created by women of various sizes, styles, abilities, age groups, and more. And I don’t do that merely because I feel it’s important and I certainly don’t do it to be PC. I do it because I truly LOVE seeing that diversity and creativity showcased and celebrated in these fabulous blogs.

    It’s natural to gravitate toward bloggers who look like or are shaped like you because you want to find points of connection. But I encourage everyone I speak with to consider expanding their circles of inspiration because I feel this is one of the easiest, most subtle, and potentially most powerful ways to shift the beauty paradigm. When you recognize and acknowledge beauty and style in women who look differently than you do, you are changing how you conceptualize beauty and style by expanding your personal definitions of those two concepts.

    It’s important to you that women over 40 gain visibility in the realm of style, it’s important to me to see women of all sizes and shapes gain visibility in the realm of style. If you’d seen someone round up eight UK bloggers with great style and they’d all been under 25 years old, wouldn’t you have wished to see some age diversity in that roundup? I appreciate your candor, but would also encourage you to consider your position as someone who has the power to influence how others view stylishness. If you expand the sources that are on your radar, more diversity will show through naturally in this monthly feature!