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Lovely Links: 10/3/14

Weekly Kitten:


Husband Mike‘s shirts have ALL the good smells.

Terms for larger sizes keep piling up. ‘When I started, they called them ‘mama sizes,’’ Boos said—an expression still used by some Chinese manufacturers. Then came ‘women’s’ sizes, followed by ‘full-figured,’ which was popularized by lingerie sellers. The more assertive ‘plus’ arrived in the past decade. Lately, it has been losing traction to ‘curvy,’ though some people think that favors an hourglass physique. An alternative movement has long pushed to reclaim the word ‘fat.’ ‘It’s a big controversy,’ [Full Figured Fashion Week creator Alexandra] Boos told me. ‘We haven’t landed on the word that pleases everybody, and, frankly, I don’t know if we ever will.'”

Here’s a simple tutorial for a twisted side bun. Looks quick and easy as well as elegant.

I don’t generally like rompers, but holy cats, Sandra looks amazing in hers.

Would never have thought of it myself, but love this palette of toffee, tomato, white, and burgundy.

Linda Fargo, senior vice president at Bergdorf Goodman, is a style icon for many. Probably because she’s absolutely radiant.

Huge thanks to my girl High Plains Thrifter for giving me a shout-out in her recent post about closet clean-outs!

Another great style juxtaposition: A floaty heart-print blouse and distressed boyfriend jeans.

40+ Style gives us a little teaser for the Advanced Style movie.

This post explores four common shopping fallacies – including social proof and sunk costs – and gives some tips on how to avoid them.

“Physical symptoms are typically the most urgent symptoms, and a healthy mind requires a healthy body — a body no longer abused by bingeing, purging, or starvation. Yet the time lapse between restoring weight and coming to peace with that restoration can be incredibly, achingly long.” (Discusses disordered eating)

Love the watercolor-y abstract print on Vale’s darling skater dress.

This week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment tackled oversized scarves. Thanks to Ross for being a great model!

In her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Waston has launched the #HEFORSHE campaign, which asks all men to join the conversation about modern feminism, and help create real and lasting change.

Also see this counterpoint to the outpouring of support for Watson’s speech and #HEFORSHE.

Allie thoughtfully assembles a capsule wardrobe for a fluctuating figure.

“So if you’re feeling like crap about your body, then you’re feeling like crap about your body. That’s OK. It’s something to acknowledge, accept and feel — instead of beating yourself up for beating yourself up.”

Rochelle is a knockout in her body-con plaid top and skirt.

Another reminder to wear sunscreen. Every day. No exceptions. (I use this one daily.)

Whenever someone throws out the “items you’d save from a house fire” question, my Frye Vera Slouch boots end up in my top five. And it’s cool enough now that I’m living in them once more.

Here’s a series of steps for hand-washing sweaters that are labeled “dry clean only.” (My caveat? If it’s super delicate or embellished or you’d cry a river of tears if you ruined it? Consider dry cleaning. It is safest to follow care instructions.)

Gracey’s open-weave sweater and polka dot skirt look like each others’ negatives. Pretty darned cool.

“I don’t like the message of a school telling someone that the clothes they put on their own bodies made them a problem for the whole school they attend, so much so that they need to go home, or cover up. So much so that they need to feel shame. Shame disrupts learning more than skirts. I promise.”

A look at licensing, copying, supply chain, and quality issues in discount and outlet stores. Once upon a time you might’ve been getting off-season Gap clothes at the Gap outlet. No more.

Houndstooth, stripes, and Chuck Taylors. Yes to all.

Few people get excited about basics, but making sure your wardrobe basics are versatile but interesting is a great practice.

Cyn pairs her leather-panel sheath dress with shiny gold pumps. Gorgeous.

College-age readers: Thoughts on this list of tips for seeding a professional wardrobe while still at university?

A dear friend once told me that most of what happens on the high fashion runways is theater, spectacle, performance more than a showcase of recent work. Sounds like that is being taken to extremes in some cases: Why the last thing you may notice at a fashion show these days is the clothes. (via The Fashion Law)

Sounds like Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl touches on identity, self-esteem, the importance of positive reinforcement, and many other universal themes.

Must recreate Sarah’s outfit of mixed plaids, ankle boots, and a sporty pullover.

Seasoned globetrotter that she is, I trust Une Femme to dish out helpful, practical advice on packing smart and traveling in style.

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Lovely Links: 9/26/14

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Now I know why there’s so much cathair on my washcloths.

So this article has a few interesting points about aging and visibility, although it’s not exactly warm or body positive. Notice, though, that the title is “Being 40 has totally changed how I feel about how I look” yet the URL reflects “Being 40 means it’s finally OK to be ugly.” Talk about clickbait … (Thanks to Tehilah for the link)

A more refreshing take from the ever-lovely Emma Thompson: “Isn’t 50 the new 35? Can I just say, very loudly, bollocks. People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?

So impressed by Annette’s artful layers. Love how those ruffles just peek out from the blazer.

Barking Dog Shoes has compiled a comfortable AND stylish tall boot guide. And they know their boots.

Related: Garnerstyle rounds up her current favorite wide calf boots.

Kinda brilliant: BandShellz are bracelets that create a cute and colorful way to tote a hair tie around.

I’m beginning to work on a project about style and body image for teen girls, so this post about how social media impact the self-esteem of young women really hit home.

Love how Bianca styled her knit moto and track pants.

“After agonizing over the matter and consulting and commiserating with other butch women, I’ve come to realize that butchness doesn’t need to be understood as ‘masculinity’ at all. Its form and substance don’t have to be defined by its opposition to femininity.”

Always a touching and revealing topic: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Like me, Psyche is a big fan of the slouchy pant. She’s styled hers so beautifully with a long pendant and denim jacket.

“You ARE that person, but you are not that BODY. You are YOU and you are beautiful, no matter what your body looks like. Honor your soul and the body that houses it by dressing it in clothes that fit now.”

Not sure I’ll ever attempt it myself, but I love the elegant, intriguing look created by a pendant necklace worn in the dip of an open-backed dress or top.

Evans put on the first plus size show during London Fashion Week, and the looks were stunning.

The Closet Feminist praises seven feminist fashion icons, then adds another seven for good measure.

Currently lusting after this metallic handbag bag from Boden. Before purchasing, must win Powerball. Or consign a bunch more stuff.

An intriguing poem about mirrors from Yoko Ono.

In this month’s Star Tribune column, I talked visible bra straps, clothing care instructions and more.

Dark florals are big for fall, and Zahra crafted an edgy, artistic outfit around her floral skirt.

“Recently, model Andreja Pejic publicly transitioned at the height of her career as an in-demand, androgynous male model, crossing unprecedented territory.”

Having finally admitted that my moto jeans are ridiculously uncomfortable, I’m pondering these moto leggings. With a black tunic and boots? Eh? Eh?

I may not be wearing them much myself these days, but I’ll always be a sucker for a retro-styled full skirt.

Over on Facebook, reader Darlene shared a recent discovery about making men’s button-front shirts work for women.

Always secretly believed this. Thrilled to have it confirmed: “[Wonder Woman] was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Allie shares her thoughts on which styles of shoes work best with ankle-length pants.

An enjoyable and informative read on the myth of dry cleaning.

Anyone else excited about the Olivia Pope-inspired Scandal/Express collection?

Emma shares her final designs from this semester, explaining “I wanted to make something that was clearly not traditionally masculine, but was powerful all the same.”

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Lovely Links: 9/19/14

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 Let us not forget wonderful Simon, who helped me over-dye some clothes this week. He helped by being cute.

Wearable technology. Seems to be the next big thing, no? (Cheers, Garrett!)

“It’s not only highly annoying that in this day and age, St Ives think we could care less about whether anyone is judging us on our level of blush, but also that the assumption every time a lipstick touches our lips it must be to impress a man. It makes me think they did that survey in the 70’s and only just found it again now.”

What a marvelous mash-up of hot pink, animal print, and classic accessories.

Another creative and unusual animal print pairing: All white with a pop of leopard.

Bitchtopia offers four mantras that ring false and could be removed from circulation. I definitely agree that “real women have curves” is well-intended, but does more harm than good.

On a recent Ragstock visit, HM suggested a slightly boxy Alternative Apparel tee. I snapped it up for $6 and am now obsessed with the brand’s laid-back, thoughtfully designed basics.

Audrey looks radiant in her classic, slightly preppy outfit. Love that owl purse, too!

“…a generation ago, women needed to be good to meet society’s expectations, but good is no longer good enough. Now, girls need to be perfect.”

Back in July, I noted my disappointment in Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass.” Unsurprisingly, I am not alone in my belief that this song isn’t exactly a body-positive anthem.

Zounds. Imogen shows us how to create 72 outfits from 12 garments. And then pack it all into a carry-on suitcase.

Three fun ways to wear white clothes and accessories into fall.

“So what happens when women draw their own bodies in a medium that has represented them so poorly? Here, 23 successful graphic artists share their illustrations and discuss how women are reshaping a form that has marginalized them nearly since its inception.” (Not safe for work/drawn nudity)

Masterful layering with suiting and denim. LOVE.

Totally dig this tutorial on reviving your dusty, neglected leather boots with a few simple steps.

On the Goodwill Easter Seals blog I shared three ways to dress up your thrifted cashmere.

“New Zealand photographer Jenny O’Connor photographed 60 women who were 60 in the year their photo was taken. She wanted to explore how women at 60 see themselves now, how society sees them, what’s important to them and how they feel about what lies ahead.” Also see a slideshow of the images here. (Via Not Dead Yet Style)

Always amusing: Lie Witness News heads out to New York Fashion Week. I, too, love the designs of Chandler Bing.

Tanasha has convinced me that gingham can be badass. And Rowan’s multi-buckle belt speaks for its own badassery.

An institution has emerged to put clothes on our back. The scoffer who inspires Streep character’s rant would like to think that she is outside of the fashion industry, that it has nothing to do with her. Likewise, many of us would like to think that we’re outside of the institutions that we don’t like. But we’re not. That’s the rub. No matter how enlightened or inspired we are to fight social convention, we can’t get outside the institutions that organize our societies. We’re in them whether we know it or not.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for working the Western trend.

My whip-smart, super talented, incredibly driven colleague Sarah shares the lessons she learned from watching photos of herself in her underwear go viral. They are hard lessons.

Talk about role reversal: Forever 21 has filed suit against an array of companies, alleging that they are copying its designs, as well as its name.

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