Posts Categorized: reader requests

Reader Request: Wide-leg Pants for Short-waisted Figures

How to style wide leg pants on short waisted women

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Reader Ève wanted to know:

I love the trend of wide-leg fluid pants as found in your March-29 Insomniac Sales Pick but I am not sure how to style those pants. My concern is this: I am rather short-waisted so I have not tucked in anything in a long time. What tops would work best ? do I have to tuck them in ?

First, allow me to present the usual caveats! You pick your own figure-flattery priorities, and no one else gets to tell you what you “can” and “can’t” wear … or how you “should” or “shouldn’t” style specific items. None of my figure flattery advice posts should be considered gospel, including this one, and I fully expect you to read them with a grain of salt. Style “rules” are merely guidelines, no matter who is dispensing them. I trust you to use your judgment, take what applies to you, discard the rest, and assume positive intent. Good? Good!

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Reader Request: Rocking Trends That Aren’t Traditionally Flattering

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Reader Madeline had this request.

I love pieces about dressing not necessarily for your “body type.” For example: the older I get (lol I’m 23) the less interested I am in wearing bras with padding. I just don’t care about creating curves as much, I’d rather just run with the little boob thing. So I’d love to hear about how to rock trends that aren’t “flattering” on you — I just embrace the drapey trend without feeling like I have to create boobs, and it’s awesome.

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Reader Request: Adjusting Style to an Academic Workplace

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Mary had this request:

Not sure if this is a good suggestion but I am switching careers from a creative industry to a serious academic/historian setting. My fun, twee printed dresses won’t really fly in this new setting. Easy ideas how to look more professional would be very welcome. Sounds cheesy but tweed items would really fit in! Really wish the the Academichic ladies were still around!

This is one of those questions that I totally want to address, but know that I will ruffle some feathers if I do so. What with the not working in academia myself and the knowing that working in academia has all sorts of tricky-to-navigate unwritten rules and norms that you can’t really understand unless you’ve experienced them personally. So I’ll get the ball rolling with a few suggestions and then ask you readers who are working or have worked in academic settings to weigh in.

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