Wardrobe Multi-taskers

wear a skirt as a dress

When I first moved to Minneapolis, I lived in a neighborhood called Uptown. Near my tiny little studio apartment was a place that was a combination video rental store and tanning salon. Same shop, two very different services. And, initially, I thought this was quite odd but the longer I lived here, the more multi-tasking businesses I discovered. Bowling alley / restaurant / black box theater. Art gallery / accountant office. These places exist and thrive here. Perhaps because Minnesotans value a bargain, and engaging multiple activities in a single place is a good value. read more

Originally posted 2012-06-28 06:12:28.

Reader Request: Shopping for Figure-challenging Garments

how to shop for hard to fit clothes

Jess popped this question into the suggestion box:

I don’t know quite how to phrase this, but I’d love a post on how to shop for those items that make you feel insecure. For example, I’m mostly a wearer of skirts and dresses, but I want to incorporate more trousers into my wardrobe. However, while I’m familiar and comfortable enough with my body in skirts and dresses to make shopping for those items straightforward and pain-free, shopping for trousers fills me with angst because it highlights those parts of my body I haven’t quite got to grips with (my thighs, mostly, which are the reason why I find it hard to get trousers to fit), and also because I find the sizing (with waist measurements and hip measurements and leg measurements and all of that) confusing. As a result, I tend to either get upset or give up very easily. But I want to overcome this, not least because my Dream Jeans are on their way out and I can’t find any more of the same brand and I want to be able to find some replacements! read more

Originally posted 2012-08-14 06:19:51.

How to Ease Into Thrifting

learn to thrift shop

Yep, time to talk about thrifting. AGAIN. But this time, I’m hoping to bend the ears (er, eyes?) of you readers who still aren’t sure about the whole deal. The germs, the disorganization, the lack of size selection/diversity, the sheer amount of time it takes to wade through the racks at a used clothing store … something is holding you back. But you’re open to the idea of easing into thrifting. If you’ve been reluctant thus far but have just a smidgen of curiosity, this one’s for you. read more

Originally posted 2012-08-10 06:17:49.