Posts Categorized: reader requests

Reader Request: Styling Difficult Colors

tricky colors

Reader Ruth submitted this question in a comment:

What do you wear with ‘difficult coloured’ or in this case ‘difficult plus white’ coloured clothes? I recently bought a skirt from Boden which is bright orange and white. The model is wearing it with a light blue shirt but that looks rather random to me. Her shoes are orange too, but you know that in reality they would be a different orange. So what do you wear with something two-coloured without it looking random – especially if it is a shouty colour that doesn’t go with its near neighbours (unlike say greys or blues which often go well together). I was really dull and settled for a white t-shirt and black sandals on first wearing. But I think it is a general problem with clothes where there is no way to pick up the main colour. It’s always somehow difficult as well to incorporate clothes which aren’t your ‘core palette’. You might feel adventurous, but they just don’t go with anything. 

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Reader Request: Style With Limited Choices

limited style choices

Reader J emailed me with this question:

What does one do stylistically when your choices are severely limited by other issues? After years of foot pain, I saw a podiatrist and am now the owner of orthotics which has drastically improved the pain but not my style choices. About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with allergies to many items which has also limited what I can wear and how I can style myself. I am allergic to animal fibers (wool, cashmere, angora, mohair) and need to avoid down jackets due to a dust mite allergy. To say I am frustrated is an understatement.

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Reader Request: Looking Professional in the Summer Heat

how to dress professionally in hot weather

Reader Heather sent me this question:

I’m a music teacher in rural Southeast Missouri, and when I’m doing an August band camp, it is ridiculously hot (think 95+ degrees with 100% humidity for 7 hours, no AC). A lot of blogs have articles on how to dress professionally during the summer, but they are almost all geared towards people who work in an (overly) air conditioned office. I think there’s a tendency to assume that people who need to dress professionally work indoors, while outdoor workers need to dress in a less polished way. I also look very young, so shorts, flip flops and tank tops just don’t work, and are against dress code anyway.

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