Posts Tagged: formal

Reader Request: Making Blazers Fun

How to make sure your blazer outfits look fun instead of frumpy!

Reader Erin e-mailed me this request:

Every style blogger makes blazers look great, but I find them hard to style.  They seem so versatile on the rack, but then seem frumpy (I’m 24), too dressy/formal, or occasionally too equestrian when I try to create an outfit with them.  I’ve asked some stylish friends and several of them have run into the same issues.  Do you have any tips or suggestions for styling blazers well?

It took me a while to feel like I could make blazers work within the context of my style, so I can relate to Erin’s frustrations. Blazers get a lot of play in fashion mags and advice columns, but they CAN feel a bit challenging. Especially if you’re still exploring your own personal style while trying to embrace the flattering and eschew the formal. read more

Originally posted 2012-01-30 06:23:06.

How to Step Outside Your Sartorial Comfort Zone

fashion comfort zone

I’ve written several times and at great length about my fears of androgynous dressing, but I believe I’ve made great strides in the past few years. In fact, my entire style has shifted toward more tomboyish, androgynous looks in some ways, though there are still links to my old style which relied on heels and full skirts. Making the switch from one style to the other pushed me pretty far outside my sartorial comfort zone for a long time.

Some people are perfectly happy to locate their zone, create a wardrobe that works within that zone, and dress impeccably within its parameters. Not a thing wrong with that … until you get bored, or feel stagnant, or just want to explore. It’s all down to your preferences and choices. So if you’re currently feeling a bit stylistically restless but unsure how to reach beyond your established looks into more challenging ones, here are a few ways to test the waters: read more

Originally posted 2012-01-26 06:15:56.

Reader Request: Over-dressing and Under-dressing

Eternal*Voyageur said:

I´d love to know your thoughts about over-dressing: like wearing something nice to a supermarket and something really extravagant to a casual occasion. I don’t mean expensive pieces, but just something elaborate and pretty. Do you think overdressing is pathetic and a sign of a boring life, or do you think it´s the rest of the people under-dressing that´s the problem?

First of all, I don’t believe that ANY kind of dressing is pathetic. Every woman has her reasons for choosing her clothing, and assuming that I could accurately gauge those reasons by looking at her is pure foolishness. That goes for over-dressing, under-dressing, dressing differently from peers, dressing impractically, dressing in ways that I cannot personally fathom … you name it. I am continually fascinated by the choices of others, but do my best to reserve judgment. read more

Originally posted 2011-03-24 06:23:44.