Two of the most common questions I get on my outfit posts are as follows:
- There are no belt loops on that skirt. How do you keep your belt in place?
- How do you keep your scarf from shifting around?
Answer to both: I don’t. I don’t keep my belt in place and I don’t keep my scarf from shifting around. Because barring use of staples and glue,* I really can’t. I feel like these questions represent some of the myths that have been unintentionally perpetuated by style blogs: That some women hold the secret to a perfectly styled and utterly immobile scarf. That some body types can keep a belt in place without loops. It’s just not true, friends. In these photos I am standing relatively still after having adjusted my outfit to look as I wish it to. And even then I sometimes have to fuss with my belt or scarf after a photo or two! Clothing and accessories move around. Unless you work as a Live Mannequin, yours will shift, too. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Originally posted 2013-07-29 06:21:20.
Reader Susannah sent me this request via e-mail:
I thought it might be interesting to do a post on layering, with a focus on making every layer look coherent and intentional … I put together an intentionally layered look, but if it gets hot during the day, the bottom layer may look strange by itself, might be too sheer or tight of a tank top, or balance awkwardly with the pants or skirt. For hot days when you know you’ll be going in and out of air-conditioned buildings, for example. It’s challenging to make layered outfits that work both with and without that outer layer that you need indoors.
Originally posted 2013-07-08 06:56:19.
Bubu e-mailed me this question:
I realize ever more that almost all models have narrow shoulders and long necks — but many of us mortals don’t. It doesn’t bother me, per se, but makes it harder to visualize how things will work on me — often things that look flowy or edgy on a model-type or in a catalog just look boxy and stuffy on me, e.g., most blazers, turtlenecks, necklaces, scarves, etc. I have worked hard to improve my posture and pull my shoulders down so they don’t rise up to my ears, which helps significantly, but any more tips/advice to flattering looks and things to avoid?
Originally posted 2013-06-03 06:36:04.