Posts Categorized: reader requests

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.


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.


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!