On Source Discrimination and Broadened Searches

We’ve all got shopping biases: Stores we consider to be too young, too old, too expensive, too cheap, too … something. Reputations and personal experience are among the most influential factors, but we can also be susceptible to catalog and website styling: If a brand presents its items on models who look drastically different from ourselves, or if the clothing is styled in ways that clash with our aesthetics, we tune out. We assume that since we’re not the target audience, and the brand won’t work for us. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-19 06:16:59.

Reader Request: Managing Pets as a Stylish Woman

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Sarah dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I’ve seen snippets of your cat (cats?) in your photos, and I’d like to see a post discussing fashion tips in regards to having pets, like how to handle pet hair on your dressy (or even everyday) items, what problems pets pose to one’s wardrobe (my cats love to paw at my legs to get my attention, and if I’m wearing flimsy tights, there goes the pair!), that sort of thing. Many a person dressed to leave the house gets their clothes slobbered on, covered in cat hair at the last minute, or finds pet dander on something your cat managed to sleep on. Any suggestions to help combat these common problems would be appreciated, especially in terms of having to dash out of the house for work or some other time-sensitive event. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-16 06:30:25.

Reader Request: How to Balance a Long Torso

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Reader Toni e-mailed me this question:

I’ve known about my long-waisted, short legged body style forever – ever since I realized at age 12 that one-piece swimming suits don’t fit me. However, I’ve just dealt with the short shirts and long pants that don’t really fit or flatter. I’ve been looking through my closet and sure enough most of my wardrobe is not made for me or not made to flatter my body style. Can you give me any advice?

There are some garments and shopping tips that may benefit women with long torsos and short legs, but there are also some styling ideas that can make your current duds more workable. So I’ll share a bit of both. read more

Originally posted 2012-03-12 06:40:34.