In my experience, even people who say they don’t know or care much about fashion have very definite opinions about levels of fiber formality and how they can contribute to fiber clashes. In other words, there are folks who feel that a cotton tee shirt looks utterly preposterous with a silk skirt, that fluid jersey knit and robust wool do not belong in the same outfit, and that cashmere looks awfully odd with twill. When pressed, many people cite their moms. Previous generations had VIEWS on which fibers were dressy and which we casual, and many of us have those views printed on the backs of our brains. Because when we were little and tried wearing favorite graphic tees with Sunday School skirts, we heard a few things about outfit assembly, fibers, and appropriateness.
Originally posted 2014-06-23 06:15:53.
Lovely reader Holly e-mailed me this question:
I am obsessed with sheer blouses. Your post about “Dressing Our Imaginary Selves” made me realize that sheer blouses are my thing. I am drawn to them, but I don’t know how to wear them. I would love advice on how to wear them professionally and somewhat modestly (I’m fine with a tank underneath, but no bra or navel-showage please!). Do you tuck them? Leave them flowy? Wear with pants? Skirts? Under a sweater or blazer? What do I do with them? I especially love white and cream-colored sheer blouses, and find them harder to style than colored sheers.
Originally posted 2014-05-05 06:34:28.
Reader Dina sent me this question via email:
I bought myself a seersucker blazer [with gray and white stripes]. I’ve been trying to incorporate more blazers and office appropriate summer cover ups for the over air-conditioned spaces and this seemed perfect for the summer. I went out to see a play over the weekend and put the blazer on with a black skirt and coral tee. My husband looked at it with a big “No, you may not wear seersucker with black,” and that comment (which was very loving!) plus the fact it was a bit too boxy for that particular skirt made me change my outfit. But I was left with a burning problem: How do I wear the blazer?! Most of my bottoms are darker in color and I tend to not wear jeans to the office. I had dreams of adding this to a black sheath dress and now I’m left unsure!
Originally posted 2014-05-14 06:28:56.