Fashion, clothing, and style are often portrayed as frivolous interests. Wasteful of time, energy, and money. Vain and self-absorbed. Unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Which is downright hilarious when you consider how important clothing has been to human culture over time. Clothing has served as a medium for self-expression, a way to quietly rebel, and a means of delineating power structures. Now, I’m no historian and I’m sure some of you ARE historians, so I encourage you to peek at the contributions in the comments. But from a non-historian’s brain come the following examples: Throughout many cultures, royalty and nobility will show rank and wealth by wearing certain colors, materials, and garments. Judges and clergy wear robes to indicate authority and set the tone in courtrooms and places of worship. Athletes associate with their chosen sports through accessory, shoe, and clothing choices.
Originally posted 2012-09-25 06:19:21.
Reader Jen e-mailed me this request:
I write to you because the dress code at my [beauty] school is all black. I like black but don’t wear it very often because color makes me happier. I would love if you could do a reader request post about a few basic, reasonably priced black items that can be used to comprise a couple of different outfits. School only goes through February so cool weather clothing is ideal. Leggings are not permitted, except under dresses, and neither is denim. If you had some recommendations for a couple of outfits I would be very grateful.
Originally posted 2013-11-13 06:15:44.
Reader Alyson e-mailed me this question:
I have seven black dresses in my closet. Seven. I remember purchasing two of them and I think I have inherited the rest. Two are what would be consider shirt dresses with long sleeves, one dress with cap sleeves, and four are sleeveless. Only one has embellishment of any kind in the form of lace around the collar. I have no idea how to wear these dresses, more importantly what to wear with them. Part of the problem is that I live in tropical, sunny Florida. They’re great work wear but I’m just at a loss.
Originally posted 2013-11-07 06:11:11.