Posts Tagged: clothes

The REAL Wardrobe Must Haves

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I love fashion magazines. I do. Despite their multitudinous flaws and tendency to assume that everyone everywhere is Scrooge-McDuck-rich and longing to be slim, I love that my monthly style rags tell me about new brands, test out beauty products I’d never even think to explore, and offer styling tips and advice. I find the seasonal digests of clothing trends particularly helpful.

BUT. I loathe the tendency among fashion magazines to create utterly outlandish must-have lists. I mean, universal must-have lists are bad enough, making women who loathe button-front shirts feel left out and women who hate heels feel fashionably frustrated. But the seasonal ones? They’re the worst. “This season’s must-haves” articles inevitably include trends that many women cannot afford or reasonably work into their lifestyles. And although I’m sure many people skim over them with nary a twinge, others may feel subtly chastised. If you’re someone who adores trends and enjoys experimenting with new looks, being presented with a mandatory list of items that includes precisely zero things you’ll ever be able to buy or wear can feel … deflating, at the least. read more

A Half-baked Argument for Clothing Rental Services

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Nestled in between the clothes that look horrific on you in the dressing room and never get purchased and the ones that work perfectly years after you’ve bought them is a group of very cagey items. These items may fit, but they don’t work. Unfortunately, you weren’t able to figure that out until after you’d worn and washed them a few times, and discovered how odd they look when mixed with other items from your closet. Because you understand your style, you know what you like, and you can tell when something fits well … but you occasionally fail to accurately gauge how well a new item will play with old items. read more

Reader Request: Short Hair and Personal Style Shifts

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Jess popped this question into the suggestion box:

As someone who is considering going from long to short hair, a post on how your crop has changed your styling would be very interesting!

I chopped my hair in July of 2011 so we’re going on two years for the pixie. Initially, I got a lot of comments about how changing my hair was causing me to change my dressing choices, and I can’t say that I agreed. In fact, looking back I’ve found that I am making very similar styling choices now, as a short-haired gal, to the ones I made with longer locks. Behold: read more