Lovely Links: 1/11/13

Cyn’s painterly printed pants are … well, perfect.

“Freeing myself from the pursuit of being thin meant that I could actually have a good relationship with the body I have now.”

As if the lush, watercolor-print dress weren’t enough, this outfit features a stunning parrot-shaped statement necklace.

Margarita muses on what her body has taught her. What has yours taught you?

If you’ve got some Pellon interfacing and sewing machine skills, you, too, can mend your jeans.

I don’t completely agree with all ideas presented in this post, but definitely dig the underlying messages. “Another issue with dressing to ‘flatter your figure’ is that it forces you to mentally carve up your body into separate components each to be judged, rather than seeing it as the lovely whole that helps you dance, cook, sing, run and just generally serves as your trusty vehicle to living life. Hating one part of yourself can only lead to hating yourself.” (Cheers, Robyn!)

Lively polka dots feel fresh and fun when paired with colorful accents.

Still mulling your plans for the new year? The ever-inspirational Alex Franzen has some suggestions for fashion, food, business, and spiritual adventures for 2013. And I’m tickled to have gotten her seal of approval for my closet consults!

Tattooing and women have a long history, which twists and turns with changing ideals about adornment, modesty, independence, and function.” (Via The Beheld)

These garments look like scribbles. And I want to wear them.

This loving tribute to Josephine Baker starts with a truly fantastic quote: “I’m not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that.”

Lady Smaggle looks smashing in a red one-shoulder dress and strappy flatforms.

“The scope and scale of body shaming clearly indicate that the fashion industry is not solely to blame for this gendered sphere of America’s culture of violence. But the fashion industry isn’t entirely off the hook either. As a purveyor of millions of globally-circulating images and words that reinforce and celebrate a body ideal that 95 percent of U.S. women cannot attain naturally, it has enormous power to impact the culture of slow violence that leads to the physical, psychological, and spiritual deaths of so many women and girls.”

Sometimes, a black and white mix can look fantastically complex and compelling.

How to braid a scarf. Brilliant! SO trying this.

More than a little excited that Banana Republic is teaming up with Milly for a capsule collection. Woo!

“Through tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, college-age folks highlighted the diverse ways they use clothing to (re)define and (re)articulate what it means to be a self-identified queer person of color on their campuses and in other social spaces where their dressed bodies are read as non-normative.”

Olive, black, leopard, and studs. Who could ask for anything more?

Author Shannon Hale answers a question that has also been put to TV and film writer Joss Whedon: Why do you write strong female characters? Love her response.

“The idea of ‘street harassment as compliment‘ is a pervasive one that doesn’t actually hold true in reality.” WORD.

Garance interviews fabulous actress Rashida Jones about career, fashion, and social media. I had no idea she’s Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton’s daughter!

Love, love, LOVING One Plaid Aunt’s “Staunch” Pinterest board featuring strong, inspiring women. (See the associate quote at the top of the board, too.)

Allie assembles a fantastic capsule wardrobe that would work for stay at home moms … and plenty of other folks, too!

Just say yes to sequined vests.

“Self-appreciation is really important. Prettiness is important. Not the type where we compare ourselves to others, not the type where we try to achieve mindless standards of beauty. I’m talking about the type of prettiness that radiates from within. Pretty because we’re enough, pretty because we just are. Prettiness is so, so much more than just looking like the part.”

Final Fashion explores the polarized histories of red dresses and blue dresses, from the Virgin Mary to Jessica Rabbit.

This lawyer is constantly told she doesn’t look like a lawyer. She explains why she’s started pushing back on that response.

And from the Department of Random: Need help planning your New Year’s resolutions? This form has handy drop-downs to help you. For instance, do you want to spend more time with family, friends, books, your cat, David Hasselhoff, people named Gretchen, or your mail carrier? (Via Thick Dumpling Skin)

  • http://wildbeautyworld.com Meli

    Thanks for including me in your links! Love the style links – the laser-cut “scribble” blazer is my favorite!

  • http://readinginskirts.wordpress.com Mia

    Oh, Shannon Hale. She will forever be one of my favorites.

    Gotta say, though–much as I think Josephine Baker is amazing, people aren’t always made with two arms and two legs. (Or a stomach or a head, although I think you’re less likely to encounter such people.) Disability visibility probably wasn’t great in the ’20s, but still!

  • Sarah

    Sally, thank you so much for doing this link round-up every week! Totally the high point of my day. I am 9 links in and have spent the last two hours reading fantastic articles and looking at lovely photos. Thank you!!

  • Carmen

    I had pinned Joss Whedon quote (already a Joss SUPERFAN) but hadn’t ever heard his full speech at the Equality Now conference. WONDERFUL. Thank you for that and for the Shannon Hale link… guess I have some new reading for the Kindle! So pumped! Thank you!!!

  • http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/ Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    One Plaid Aunt’s page is a treasure! Thanks for all the great reading, Sal.

  • Bonnie

    I got a kick out of M.A. Johnson’s “you don’t look like a lawyer” article. I work in a science field and am repeatedly told I don’t look like a scientist. I guess I need Albert Einstein hair and thick glasses, or maybe I should just wear a white lab coat everywhere!

  • Cass

    Speaking of why authors write “strong female characters”, I also enjoyed George RR Martin’s response to a similar question about why he is so effective at writing female characters:

    “…Well, I’ve always considered women people.”

  • http://economyofstyle.net Psyche

    Thanks so much for including me in your lovely links, Sal! I really appreciate the visits by your readers.