Lovely Links: 8/21/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon and his human. First seen on Instagram

Have you checked out Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7 line yet? There are some incredibly original pieces in there. A few are also available at Nordstrom.

Anyone else going to the Riveter-sponsored book event on Monday with Rachel Hills and Kate Harding? I’ll be there!

On About.com, I highlighted some resources for buying tunics and suggested a few fall accessories that will update your look.

“In many ways, it’s great that women are no longer restricted to nineteenth-century ankle-length skirts, but do we just keep pushing toward a world with no boundary of what’s acceptable to show? Will women always be encouraged to become more and more naked for others’ regular judgment?

How to wear white jeans without being a a stain magnet

The Washington Post illustrates the absurdity of women’s clothing sizes with a couple of simple charts.

Joi shows us a vibrant print mix with pops of summery turquoise.

I am dreading the end of summer and the onset of cold weather … but at least cooler temps will allow me to wear this fun, flattering, unbearably chic Neon Buddha Zip Car Jacket from Lissa the Shop. Quite possibly the coolest piece of clothing I currently own.

What a fun way to style cropped, summery kick flares.

“Men can pay women compliments. People can appreciate things about others and let them know. This kind of interaction does not come from moving vehicles, isn’t shouted, and doesn’t make anyone feel unsafe.”

Phenomenally talented “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany talks about her experiences with sexism in Hollywood and how she pushes back by leaving her lady moustache in tact.

A great breakdown of what fat shaming is and why it’s harmful and misguided

I own the small version of this handmade waxed canvas messenger bag, and can say for certain that this sale price is a GREAT deal.

“Having an older woman in a fashion campaign is the new having an overweight pop star appear in your fashion show, which was a very popular schtick about five years ago. It doesn’t mean the fashion industry actually thinks older women, or bigger women, are attractive, a point underscored by the fact that all the models on the runway are still themselves notably young and thin.” (Via YLF)

Design Crush rounds up some sleek, modern, and decidedly arty backpacks. This post pointed me to Accompany, a site full of artisan-made fair trade styles.

I adore everything about Allison’s outfit, from the hat to the tasseled loafers to the Bambi clutch.

14 outlet stores you can shop online – including Desigual! I had no idea! (The link doesn’t work – access the Desigual outlet through the dropdowns at the top.)

“Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It’s important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a girl’s sense of self and agency.”

I tried out the Born Crown Sabrina this week, and it is a dream to wear – soft, comfortable, and a sturdy walkable heel.

On Mad Mimi, I talked about ways to make your online writing voice quirky and fun.

Amber mixes dot prints artfully in this retro summer ensemble.

I totally love Smart Girls at the Party, but will admit to being a little perplexed by the site’s new series Experimenting with Megan Amram. Absurdist satire about STEM … aimed at tween girls? I’m all for critiquing the rampant sexism in the sciences, but wonder if this is the most effective way to do that.

I so wish I could’ve attended the Rosie Rally.

The print on Kellie’s skirt is simultaneously bright and watercolor-y. Love it with that pale blue slouchy top.

Accepting an unhealthy body means that there is no such thing as an ideal anymore. I don’t bother comparing myself to models and actresses or even that fashionable woman walking down the street. Those people are like aliens, and in a way my decline has removed many of the body image pressures of my youth.”

These gray cropped jeans are a new favorite – comfy, cute, versatile, and made in the U.S.

Carmen Miranda was a fascinating woman.

In my Star Tribune column, I answered questions about print mixing, wedding attire, and bodycon clothing.

If you love black but worry about wearing it in the summer heat, take a page from The Directrice’s book and do black silk. Or try an outfit like this with a column of black and a floaty olive third piece.

And from the Department of Random: I don’t even care if this is staged. A man tortures his sister with endless lip synching on a 7-hour car ride. Including Enya. And Alanis. And Sisqo.

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6 Responses to “Lovely Links: 8/21/15”

  1. Shelbee on the Edge

    The article on arbitrary sizing in women’s clothing really a struck a chord with me. I had an interesting revelation recently shopping in Target. In most Target brand pants/shorts, I wear a size 12 or 14 depending on the cut and fabric. I saw a pair of denim shorts in the juniors’ department that I adored, when I tried them on, not only could I not button the size 14, the size 16 was also too tight. I needed the size 18! As a confident grown woman, the number on the size tag does not bother me in the least. I loved the shorts and they looked cute and were very comfortable, so I bought the 18. My problem lies here: what message is being delivered to younger women and teens who only shop in the juniors’ department? I am of fairly average build as far as American standards go…but a teen shaped like me has to purchase sizes which many would consider plus sizes! And many brands, if I see something I like in juniors’, I often need at least a 1X, sometimes a 2X. I find something very wrong with this standard of sizing. The fashion industry should be building up the confidence of the younger generation and making them feel better in their bodies rather than “size shaming” these young, beautiful girls!

    • Dust. Wind. Bun.

      Yes! I see all these articles about how vanity sizing means bigger people get smaller sizes now, and I want to know where these people shop! I have shirts from high school in M or even S, and they still fit, but if I buy new, I need a 2X. If “vanity sizing” is about making bigger people feel better about the size on the tag, then vanity sizing articles are (often, whether intentionally or not) about body shaming. (Not blaming you of course Sally.)

    • Ginger

      That’s really crazy! The only thing that might be possible is if the sizing is shifted to allow tweens (and very very slender teens) to shop the “JUNIORS” line, as opposed to childrens’ sizes.

      A result of vanity sizing is that it eliminates the very small sizes, necessary for some full-grown women. If size 14 is suddenly relabeled as 12, the original size 0 is gone.

      • Shelbee on the Edge

        Thank you for a different perspective! I certainly don’t want to size shame the women who wear the smaller sizes because I know smaller women deal with the same issues in the reverse. But even 6 years ago before I had children, I was a size 12 but a differently shaped size 12. Then I shopped juniors’ a lot and I wore a Medium or Large and a size 11 or 13 in pants. It is all very confusing! They should maybe just start sizing using true measurements like men’s clothing. Perhaps that would eliminate the confusion and people may even be more in tune to their bodies and the shape of their bodies. It may even help boost body confidence if we weren’t labeled as small, medium, large, or (dear me) extra (or extra extra) large!

  2. Courtney L.

    I like the designs for McCartney’s clothing line, but I’m not happy with the fact that they are being modeled by thin women. I’m frankly stunned that McCarthy is putting up with that.

  3. janejetson

    Simon looks so sweet. His eyes are wide open yet he looks tired.