Lovely Links: 3/19/10

Want to see what pear shaped women of every height and weight imaginable look like? Curious about other size 2 women over 5’9″? My Body Gallery is a series of photos that women have submitted – full bodies, no faces – and you can search the site by several criteria. It’s a GREAT reminder that weight alone doesn’t determine shape. Neither does height, pant size, or any single factor. Take a peek and see how many differently shaped women have your exact measurements. (Thanks to @FaithInFashion for the tip!)

Dresses made from vintage silk scarves? Yes please.

Changing the color, width and style of belt in a black monochromatic outfit can totally transform the look. Don’t believe me? Take a peek for yourself! And for some additional belting advice, check this belting cheat sheet.

Loving your body every day is well nigh impossible. And that’s perfectly fine.

Lands’ End launched a premium line just recently. And hot diggity dog, so did L.L. Bean. In my opinion, Lands’ End TOTALLY wins. Thoughts?

Erin suggests you can wear any color you damn well please. Holly is not quite sure.

Whole Foods is offering a discount to employees (and maybe soon to customers?) based on BMI. WHY, people, WHY?

Undergarments, especially shapewear, have become symbols of body oppression that draw feminist fire. But are they the real culprits?

Dear Shoe Fairy: Please bring me a pair of these and I will not buy any more shoes ever again. For at least three months. Love, Sal.

A definitive guide to fitting classic dress pants.

I’m not the only one curious about buying multiples. Winona asked her readership to weigh in on the very same day. And just a few days prior, Lipstick Eater posted a very personal story about buying multiples as an emotional safeguard.

Am I ever glad that there isn’t a bedbug epidemic here in MN. It can really interfere with carefree thrifting.

Why ARE tampon ads so ludicrous?

I couldn’t say why, but I’ve always considered Prada to be THE Ă¼berbrand. So I found this interview with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli downright fascinating.

PREPARE. Next Friday, March 26, has been officially declared Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday. (Erin created this day as a response to the idea that one must wear green on St. Pat’s or risk geting pinched.)

Mrs. Lilien is my latest blog obsession. I do believe I AM Mrs. Uptown. (Via Wishing True.)

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  • Make Do Style

    Well nice links and great topics. I was shocked by article in The Guardian about 'gaining' – I don't have the link but it was bizarre. You'd be appalled. Have a good weekend xx

  • paisleyapron

    Great links!

    For years, Land's End equaled quality and well-made clothes that lasted forever. I think I had a sweater that looked good for 10 years. After they got sold to Sears, the garments I bought turned out to be poorly constructed out of crappy textiles…so it makes me wonder if this line will be decent or not. I'm skeptical.

  • jessica mcclintock bedding

    Thanks for the great links!

  • Allegria

    I was really excited about Land's End Canvas, too. I did a big order from them, with one other 'regular' Land's End pair of pants thrown in because they're wide-legged and I can get them hemmed for free(!). ALL the Canvas stuff ended up going back, other than one belt – which I still need to exchange for size. I really wanted to like the stuff, but it just wasn't 'right'. It fit weirdly, or the color was GODAWFUL on me (the cherry cardigan ended up being this neon nuclear pink with undertones of orange, which just doesn't work for me). I was pretty bummed.

    I haven't ordered anything from the L.L. Bean Signature line yet, but I'm definitely interested in some of their stuff too. I've actually been having some really good luck with LL Bean stuff lately, which kind of blows my mind (but I'm not exactly sure why I'm so surprised by this). Maybe they have fit models who just happen to be closer to my shape? Not sure.

  • Academichic

    Hey lady, thanks for the shout out!

    I'm totally fascinated by The Body Gallery – not quite sure what to think though.

    I do know what to think about Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday – love it! đŸ™‚

    S

  • Winnie

    I am loving the scarves and dresses link!

  • RoseAG

    To me L.L.Bean is always New England resorts. The garish bright prints for a summer that is much awaited but not all that long; a striped sailor top because the sea isn't far away;, always a sweater because it's cool at night there.

    Land's End has a more Mid-Western vibe, subdued. Their patterned skirt isn't quite so bright. The "Fit and Flare" dress looks good. I saw a similar dress at Target last summer but it was not cut for Misses sizes.

    It's hard to say which one I think wins although I might have to wander into Sears and see if they've got that dress.

  • Sidewalk Chalk

    Love this list!

    I agree with you on the Land's End line — they have a bunch of adorable dresses that I would totally wear. Not that, ahem, I looked because I still have 25 more to wear…

    Thanks for posting Mrs. Lilien…going through the archives now. Totally love Mrs. Dreamboat!

    – JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

  • Marianna

    That body gallery website is AMAZING!

  • Patty

    Great links, I think the Body Gallery is a really good idea, thanks for posting!

  • Rad_in_Broolyn

    Thanks for posting the Body Gallery link. Wow.
    I took a quick look at both LL Bean and Land's End. I recently thrifted a really classic boatneck dress from Land's End so they're on my radar. Definitely like the high end Land's End better than LL Bean. Even though both lines use young models, the LL Bean line looks like it is geared for the consciously middle age crowd (not that middle age is a bad thing, but maybe you don't have to advertise it). The cuts are frumpier and the colors a bit garish. The Land's End is more classic but really youthful, like GAP in the 1980s.

  • FashionTheorist

    Thanks for the great links, as always!

    I'm not sure about either the Land's End or L.L. Bean collections. Both strike me as terribly reminiscent of the same sorts of clothes The Gap has been selling for years – just trendy enough without being at all fashion forward.

    The Body Gallery is interesting, and confirms some long-held suspicions for me: women of my height, size, and body type seem to weigh about 20-30 pounds less than I do while looking about the same. Odd, but it's good to have confirmation…

    I like the concept of Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday, but I think I'll tread carefully with that one. I've got a wicked backhand, and assault & battery charges are never in style đŸ™‚

  • Lady Cardigan

    Sigh. The only people in the Body Gallery my size are much shorter than me. I remain weird.

  • Shan

    I loved–at least from a few clicks around the sites–the looks of both the new Land's End and L.L. Bean lines. I was struck by how old-school J. Crew-ish they are. It seems like a very conscious attempt to up their games in terms of style and hip-ness, and even add a sort of "elite" air to their brands. J. Crew, even in the old days, definitely had the feel of prep-school casual clothes for an affluent crowd. I get that same feeling from these lines.

    I haven't tried any items from either line, but I love the shoes, Land's Ends bags and scarves, and both sites skirts, dresses, and pants. Cute!

  • CompassRose

    There aren't any people in the Body Gallery who are my height, weight and shape. Sadface.

    Prada. Oh, Prada. I think at this point I'm just disgusted with both the company and its head, after the recent kerfuffle in which a manager was instructed to fire all the "fat, old and ugly staff" from a store – and Miuccia Prada having all the extras from the Met production of Attila FIRED because – she claims she can only dress models. I'm sorry, are you a designer, or are you a designer?

  • Work With What You’ve Got

    I wish you could have seen my face when I saw that I was a link today. I was on my BB and it's difficult to post, but THANK YOU. I am honored.

  • Heather

    I wish you could have seen my face when I saw that I was a link today. I was on my BB and it's difficult to post, but THANK YOU. I am honored.

  • Carrie

    I like the concept of Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday, but I think I'll tread carefully with that one. I've got a wicked backhand, and assault & battery charges are never in style.thanx.

  • Becky

    I think I'll tread carefully with that one, thanx for the info.

  • Sadie

    I was struck by how old-school J. Crew-ish they are. It seems like a very conscious attempt to up their games in terms of style and hip-ness, and even add a sort of "elite" air to their brands.