Oh, how I love this skirt. It’s romantic yet funky, playful yet sophisticated, and ever so fun to wear. It’s also, in essence, a grown-up version of a tutu. And whenever I wore it to the office, whenever I wear it now, it draws lots of comments. Lots of curiosity. It’s an attention-grabber, and causes people to come out of the woodwork to share their thoughts.
And no one has ever said anything nasty about it. Not directly to me, anyway. And I’m able to field whatever questions and opinions get thrown at me, no problem. But I’ve had years of practice and given it loads of thought. And several readers have mentioned that they love the idea of dressing smartly and stylishly, but worry about how peers will react. Specifically how often peers may comment upon or question any noticeable changes in personal style. So I thought I’d offer up a few suggestions for dealing with clothing and style commentary from your peer group.
Originally posted 2012-04-30 06:16:37.
A few requests have come in for folding, storage, and clothing care best practices. And honestly? I had to scrape the bottom of the brain-barrel for a few because – like most of you – I’ve got limited space and employ many makeshift solutions. In an ideal world, our sweaters wouldn’t get rumpled because we’d all have stadium-sized walk-in closets populated by sweater-fluffing robots who kept everything looking pristine and smelling of lavender. In the real world, we may fold them neatly but then cram them into overflowing dresser drawers, which undoes all the folding-related goodness almost instantly.
Originally posted 2012-04-27 06:26:37.
We’ve all got shopping biases: Stores we consider to be too young, too old, too expensive, too cheap, too … something. Reputations and personal experience are among the most influential factors, but we can also be susceptible to catalog and website styling: If a brand presents its items on models who look drastically different from ourselves, or if the clothing is styled in ways that clash with our aesthetics, we tune out. We assume that since we’re not the target audience, and the brand won’t work for us.
Originally posted 2012-04-19 06:16:59.