Lovely Links: 8/19/11

I was lucky enough to guest post over at Corporette this week, sharing my thoughts on the power of dressing for yourself.

The gals at Average Fantastic interviewed Lili Plotkin, who recently completed a study that analyzes the responses that plus-size women have to directed advertising.

I would like to give each and every one of you this ribbon. (Via Yum & Yuk)

“When I was younger, it stung when people told me I ‘didn’t look punk’ or ‘didn’t look metal’ or what have you.  These days when people tell me I don’t look the way they think I ought to, I take it as a compliment.  I don’t look like those things because I’m not any of those things, but I know I’m also all of those things at once, and a lot more, too.”

Wanna see what a fabulous group of diverse and talented women look like wearing shorts? Check out the Show Me Your Shorts project.

Napkin rings as hair adornments. Brilliant.

“New research challenges the logic of clothing retailers hiring store clerks based on attractiveness — and not just because it’s sketchy and possibly even illegal. Insecure customers are actually less likely to buy an item if they see a good-looking employee or fellow shopper wearing it.”

Angeline’s draped scarf, graphic tee, skirt, and studded sandals make for a dynamite ensemble.

Thoughts on the Missoni for Target images that have finally surfaced? Shown together, they overwhelm me, but I’ll definitely investigate once they hit stores.

A quick lesson in the difference between leopard and cheetah prints. So fun for animal nerds such as myself.

Sarah explains how she learned her feminism from 80s and 90s R&B, and name-drops ALL of my own faves from that era. How have I lived without “Rhythm Nation” on my iPod for this long?

There’s something so marvelous about bright yellow and cobalt blue worn together.

Minh-Ha shares a few gorgeous images from Posing Beauty in African-American Culture, a photography exhibit that has been traveling the U.S. for several months. One goal of the exhibit? ” … to expand the definition of beauty within our national imagination.” LOVE.

College Candy gives us eight fun pieces with wooden detailing for under $20 a pop.

A SUNY Buffalo study has examined the hypersexualization of women in the media over the past several decades, and this article sums up the frightening findings. I was asked to comment, and you can see that piece here.

Awww, man. Now I want a vintage lace duster.

I don’t  get Chanel, but I get McQueen. I was lucky enough to see many of these dresses at The Met in June and they are mindblowing up close.

Thrifty professional is NOT an oxymoron, dangit.

Natasha looks so elegant in her eggplant purple top and sparkly statement necklace.

I expounded a bit more on why I’ve shied away from androgynous dressing over at The Frisky this week.

I’d steal this stellar vintage dress right offa Nubby if she were within arm’s reach.

Well, now I’ve just gotta add these 10 awe-inspiring documentaries about women to my Netflix queue.

Secret is the latest cosmetics company to take up a social issue. Their pick? Eradicating girl-on-girl bullying. Much like Autumn, who clued me in to this news, I’m in favor of the message but wary of the source.

The always insightful Rabbit Write gives her two cents on the question: Is fashion feminist?

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  • Courtney

    Wow. The Missoni for Target line up is incredibly overwhelming!. I saw a couple of pieces I am interested in checking out, but the ensembles in those pictures just made me think, “1974 called…they want their stuff back.”

  • Jen

    The fourth quote reminds me of one of my favorite movies, the Breakfast Club:

    “But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”

  • Thanks for the link love. I’m glad you agree that thrifty professional is not an oxymoron.

  • I watched Gloria Thursday morning Sal, it was amazing and I learned a lot. My husband had HBO on when I woke up and normally I turn the channel when I get up (he’s never actually watching the tv! Haha) but this sucked me in from the moment I heard the title. And as for is fashion feminist? Not to put words in her mouth but I think Gloria herself would see no reason for it not to be. Now, of course, I can’t read her mind but in all the footage they showed of her she was always in very beautiful, fashionable outfits for the times.

    In fact as I was watching it I thought of you, and how she dressed and many of the other women dressed vs. a lot of what I hear now from many feminists that fashion is our enemy! It made me feel more empowered as a woman and less fake for loving fashion and women’s rights. Of course there’s a lot more to it than the fashion but I thought it was funny how I had thought about both of these subjects this week!