Posts Categorized: reader requests

Reader Request: Bending Trends

How to make trends work for your figure and style

rb wanted to know: What to do when current fashion isn’t right for your figure – pencil skirts, skinny jeans.

As I’ve said many times and with great fervor, you do NOT need to wear anything that you do not like or that does not flatter you. Period. And part of me wants to end this post right there because there should be no force in this world capable of coercing you into wearing garments or styles that don’t suit you, don’t work with your natural assets, and don’t make you feel like your own magnificent self.


Originally posted 2010-03-01 06:43:00.

Reader Request: LBD Alternatives

Little black dress alternatives

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Lara popped this one into the suggestion box:

Is there a non-black alternative to the LBD? Black on my upper body depresses me, and I don’t like color blocking either. Then the modesty issue, sleeves and at least below the knee, please. So many beautiful LBD, but not for me. Any suggestions would be most helpful. 

So let’s start with the general: What can you wear if a black sleeveless sheath leaves you feeling cold or looking pallid?


Originally posted 2012-12-07 06:00:19.

Reader Request: Making Uncomfortable Shoes Wearable

How to fix uncomfortable shoes

Reader Sue asked:

… what tips or routine treatments you may employ to “help” some shoes which may be adorable and perfectly compliment any given outfit, but do not feel like warm buttered slippers on the feet all day? I’ve noted your mention of the use of moleskin, but how exactly can this be used? I understand there is a certain amount of breaking in to be expected with a new pair, but when do you resign yourself to the fact that a particular pair may require “this” or “that” throughout their life in order to keep them as good shoe citizens?


Originally posted 2010-05-05 05:44:00.