Posts Tagged: clothing

Closet Alternatives

No closet? This post offers alternative ways to store and display your clothes!

Discussions of wardrobe organization always center on closets. How big is your closet? What kind of shelves and racks are inside? What gadgets do you use to keep it in ship shape?

But many of us have dinky, cramped, turn-of-the-century closets (see me waving my hand in the air?), and are forced to find other, creative ways to store and organize our goodies. Here are some of the most common non-closet clothing-storage solutions:

Armoires

These monsters are, essentially, freestanding closets and are sometimes referred to as “wardrobes.” What better place to stash your clothes? The one shown above is among the most common layouts, with a cupboard-like section up top that typically features a hang bar and a drawer or two below. I’ve got one with sliding doors on both sides and shelving above the hang bar, so there are definitely variations on the theme. read more

Originally posted 2012-02-08 06:00:32.

How to Make Peace with Maxi Skirts

How to wear maxi skirts

What? What’s that you say? You are already at peace with maxis? Or, wait. You hate this silhouette with every fiber of your being and have no intention of reconciling? Well, as always, you are the author of your own stylistic destiny. But in case you’re curious about my thoughts on diplomatic overtures to floor-sweeping skirts, read on.

I was born in 1977, so I have no preconceptions of maxis. I believe I thrifted one for myself back in middle school while I was neck-deep in my Arthurian legend phase and wore it despite its incongruity among the low-slung jeans and prep-wear of my peers. It felt good on my legs, I liked how it moved, and I didn’t much care if it was stylish or not. I saw plenty of my college cohorts in patchwork maxis and long, tiered, crushed velvet skirts in the mid-90s, too, and thought nothing of it. Wasn’t my speed at the time, but I still understood the appeal. It wasn’t until I began consuming fashion-related magazines, blogs, and other media that I became aware that this piece of clothing is incredibly polarizing. And, even now, the comment I get most when I wear my own maxis is, essentially, “That looks great on you, but I could never pull it off.” read more

Originally posted 2012-03-15 06:12:34.

Will it Fit Me Like That?

I’d estimate that I do 80% of my clothing, shoe, and accessory shopping online. And while shoes and accessories are slightly easier to procure without hassle, buying clothing online carries quite a few risks. No two companies measure their garments in the same way, and most use standardized size charts that aren’t applicable to more than half of the available garments. You’re unable to check potential purchases for material and construction quality. And, of course, nearly all online retailers use models. read more

Originally posted 2011-10-27 06:38:04.