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Reader Request: How Does Your Hairstyle Interact With Your Outfit?

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Reader Andrea had this request:

I would be interested in a post on how different hairstyles interact with outfits. How much does wearing hair down vs. in a bun affect the formality of an outfit? How much can the hairstyle you wear with an outfit change the overall look? I always seem to wear my hair the same way with the same pieces, and I’m not sure why I only ever visualize those things with those hairstyles. (I’m also contemplating a major hair change right now, so hair is on my mind a lot recently.)

When my hair was longer, I had the same experience: Certain outfits definitely called out for an updo, while others looked better with hair worn down. And even now with supershort locks, I occasionally wear something that looks slightly off with messy waves and much better blown dry.

I asked Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook to let me use some of her photos to illustrate how hairstyle impacts outfits. As you’ll see balance, formality, structure, and genre all play in. Let’s take a peek:

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Here are two outfits in which hairstyle is a factor in enhancing or balancing volume within the outfit. On the left, the volume within Wendy’s outfit is all toward the top, mostly from the waist up. Her hair, worn down, adds yet more volume but also works organically with the loose layers. On the left, the orange sweater is the only voluminous piece. With her hair in a high bun, she avoids adding more volume to her top half.

hairstyle formal casual

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Here are two decidedly formal looks. Some updos and buns can read as casual, but paired with outfits that already give off a dressy vibe, they generally add yet more formality. Definitely the case with the bun Wendy did with her black dress, although the addition of the headband keeps her hairstyle from being formal to the point of stuffiness. The green dress outfit has a much more relaxed vibe. Although the dress itself and structured clutch are quite fancy, the open-toed shoes and loose wavy hairstyle overtake them to create a dressy but not formal look. Switch the hairstyles and the black dress outfit would be more “night on the town” and the green dress outfit would be more “black-tie affair.”

hairstyle structure

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Structure within the outfit is at play in nearly all of these examples. You can see how updos often align with structured looks, and hair worn down aligns with unstructured ones. But here are two more great outfits that show how you can juxtapose structure and looseness using your hairstyle. Wendy’s cropped trench and pencil skirt are decidedly structured, but wearing her hair down adds some soft, flowy lines. Her white trapeeze top is loose and breezy, but her headband and bun balance it out.

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Finally certain hairstyles lend themselves to certain genres. At left, Wendy has on a preppy/classic look that could’ve come direct from the J.Crew catalog, and has chosen a bun/headband combo to match. The middle outfit has both Boho and preppy elements to it, and the loose ponytail complements them both. For the beachy outfit on the right, Wendy wore her hair down and loose to match.

Hope this was helpful! And thanks again to Wendy for use of her gorgeous photos.

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Already Prettypoll: Skincare Favorites

Skincare is SO personal. Every person’s skin reacts to the environment, foods, allergens, stress, hormones, and dozens of other factors, so it can be tricky to “recommend” products to others. You never know what all is affecting someone else’s complexion. (Hell, half the time I don’t know what’s monkeying with my own complexion.)

But if you’re anything like me, keeping your skin happy is both a passion and an ongoing science project. So I’d love it if you could share a few of your skincare faves and explain why you love them. I’ll get the party started:

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Treatment Spot Stick: One of the ONLY products that works on my super painful cystic acne and regular old acne without making my skin dry and irritated.

Clarisonic Mia: I don’t use the cleanser the company provides – I stick to this super gentle one from Aveda – but I use the brush every other evening. Keeps my skintone relatively even, and helps with keeping breakouts at bay. If I skip more than one night, I definitely see more acne activity.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector SPF 42 : Yes, I too wish this stuff was cheaper. But it is the only sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pores (sense a theme, here?) – it’s very thin, almost the consistency of whole milk, and feels totally weightless on my skin. I apply to my face, neck, and back of my neck every day of my life. And the bottle looks small, but generally lasts four or five months for me.

And you? Tell us a few of your skincare favorites!

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This Week I Love …

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… my Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File.

You guys know so much gross stuff about me already, I figure why not throw another one onto the fire? I get SERIOUS calluses during the summer months. Big, hard, yellow suckers that no bath soak will soften and no amount of nightly lotion-application will cure. A couple of years ago, I walked away from a pedicure with one of these foot files, and used it until it absolutely fell apart. It was only mildly effective anyway, so when I heard about the gadget pictured above, I was more than a little intrigued.

As you can probably imagine, you turn it on, run it over your foot calluses, your heels, anywhere that’s got a buildup of hardened skin, and it grinds that stuff down quite nicely. This is a fast-moving rotor head, so be very careful not to apply it to un-callused skin or you’re gonna be in a world of hurt. But I never feel a thing when using it on the hard stuff.

You definitely need to pair your Amopé Pedi Foot File with a routine of f00t care that includes moisturizers; It won’t give you smooth, soft feet all on its own. But man, it sure helps.

Anyone else tried this gadget? Thoughts? Other options to share for summertime callus care?

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