Lovely Links: 9/26/14

Weekly Kitten:


Now I know why there’s so much cathair on my washcloths.

So this article has a few interesting points about aging and visibility, although it’s not exactly warm or body positive. Notice, though, that the title is “Being 40 has totally changed how I feel about how I look” yet the URL reflects “Being 40 means it’s finally OK to be ugly.” Talk about clickbait … (Thanks to Tehilah for the link)

A more refreshing take from the ever-lovely Emma Thompson: “Isn’t 50 the new 35? Can I just say, very loudly, bollocks. People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?

So impressed by Annette’s artful layers. Love how those ruffles just peek out from the blazer.

Barking Dog Shoes has compiled a comfortable AND stylish tall boot guide. And they know their boots.

Related: Garnerstyle rounds up her current favorite wide calf boots.

Kinda brilliant: BandShellz are bracelets that create a cute and colorful way to tote a hair tie around.

I’m beginning to work on a project about style and body image for teen girls, so this post about how social media impact the self-esteem of young women really hit home.

Love how Bianca styled her knit moto and track pants.

“After agonizing over the matter and consulting and commiserating with other butch women, I’ve come to realize that butchness doesn’t need to be understood as ‘masculinity’ at all. Its form and substance don’t have to be defined by its opposition to femininity.”

Always a touching and revealing topic: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Like me, Psyche is a big fan of the slouchy pant. She’s styled hers so beautifully with a long pendant and denim jacket.

“You ARE that person, but you are not that BODY. You are YOU and you are beautiful, no matter what your body looks like. Honor your soul and the body that houses it by dressing it in clothes that fit now.”

Not sure I’ll ever attempt it myself, but I love the elegant, intriguing look created by a pendant necklace worn in the dip of an open-backed dress or top.

Evans put on the first plus size show during London Fashion Week, and the looks were stunning.

The Closet Feminist praises seven feminist fashion icons, then adds another seven for good measure.

Currently lusting after this metallic handbag bag from Boden. Before purchasing, must win Powerball. Or consign a bunch more stuff.

An intriguing poem about mirrors from Yoko Ono.

In this month’s Star Tribune column, I talked visible bra straps, clothing care instructions and more.

Dark florals are big for fall, and Zahra crafted an edgy, artistic outfit around her floral skirt.

“Recently, model Andreja Pejic publicly transitioned at the height of her career as an in-demand, androgynous male model, crossing unprecedented territory.”

Having finally admitted that my moto jeans are ridiculously uncomfortable, I’m pondering these moto leggings. With a black tunic and boots? Eh? Eh?

I may not be wearing them much myself these days, but I’ll always be a sucker for a retro-styled full skirt.

Over on Facebook, reader Darlene shared a recent discovery about making men’s button-front shirts work for women.

Always secretly believed this. Thrilled to have it confirmed: “[Wonder Woman] was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Allie shares her thoughts on which styles of shoes work best with ankle-length pants.

An enjoyable and informative read on the myth of dry cleaning.

Anyone else excited about the Olivia Pope-inspired Scandal/Express collection?

Emma shares her final designs from this semester, explaining “I wanted to make something that was clearly not traditionally masculine, but was powerful all the same.”

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7 Responses to “Lovely Links: 9/26/14”

  1. zahra_sandberg

    Thanks so much for including me in this list! I’ve enjoyed reading the rest of your links as well – very much loved the video on what you would tell your younger self- and I am seriously impressed with Emma’s designs, and her ideas about masculine vs. feminine!



  2. Liz

    Just read the “Being 40 has changed the way I feel” article, and my heart goes out to this conflicted young woman.
    I’m a few months shy of turning 65. I’d have to say in my own case, getting older has liberated me from the prison of feeling inadequate about my appearance. I was never conventionally pretty or built like the physical “ideal,” which used to bother me a lot when I was young.
    Now I wish I hadn’t wasted any time worrying about that, and had spent more time just trying to accept myself and figure out what it was I really liked and wanted. And to appreciate my own experience and strengths.
    Which, as I got older, translated into dressing and taking care of myself better just to please me.
    I don’t worry about being invisible, since age and experience have taught me how to be visible–of my right to be visible–when I want or need to be. That is very empowering.
    I would suggest to the writer that things can get better with age.

  3. Jawnita

    Sally, you are amazing and your blog is one of the bright spots in my day, but I take umbrage with this bit in your advice column: “If you don’t want to layer, invest in a quality strapless.” Layers just aren’t going to happen for my fairly active workplace in the summer, and strapless is just as laughable at my size. (Strapless longline/bustier *maybe* for super special occasions.) However! Another option exists, which is to sew bra strap keeps into sleeveless tops. I did a quick google and this blog post has a nice tutorial of what I mean:

    • Sally McGraw

      Cool! Thanks for the tip. That will certainly work for some tops, though it might be a tough sell for sweater knits, delicate fabrics, or straps that are thinner than your bra straps … speaking of which, it’s also worth noting that not all sleeveless tops will show your bra straps anyway. Plenty have wide straps themselves that will offer ample coverage. So I wasn’t saying if you’re going sleeveless and not layering you MUST get a strapless bra. But that tutorial is great – I have some dresses with strap keeps and I absolutely love them. Such a helpful design feature, and great to know it can be added!

    • Liz

      Bra strap holders used to be readily available in fabric stores in Japan, where I lived for many years.
      They were just a small and delicate strip of satin ribbon with a snap, very easy to sew into a shoulder seam.
      I put them in all my wide-neckline sweaters.
      Recently I’ve been thinking of getting some to sew into boat-neck tees that show too much strap for my taste, since I personally think visible bra straps look sloppy. It’s hard to overcome the sartorial “don’t s” of one’s youth, especially if one’s youth was the 1950s and ’60s!