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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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Lovely Links: 9/12/14

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“The retail industry’s own statistics suggest a shift in consumer-spending habits is starting to take root. While Americans are spending more each year on clothes than ever before, the quantity has leveled off since the 2005 peak, according to statistics from the American Apparel & Footwear Association.” (Cheers, Pamela)

Thanks to all of you for your support and insight and general fabulousness in response to this week’s posts about personal style shifts. If you’re interested in seeing another blogger on a similar journey – albeit one that is more focused on moving toward minimalism – do head over to Grechen’s Closet. She’s been a huge inspiration to me. And! She was quoted in the WSJ article linked to directly above!

Queen Michelle might be the only person alive who can make a Snoopy-print dress look badass.

Another favorite representational print this week: The one found on Valerie’s kiss-print matched set.

“Women can do masculinity, then, to reap some of the rewards offered to those who embody it, but there’s a catch: women must maintain their ‘femininity,’ too. Women face gender rules that require that they wear makeup in order to be seen as beautiful and competent. Not doing so brings costs.”

Color lovers: Check out this chart showcasing dozens upon dozens of fun and unexpected color pairings.

Related: This post offers some fun and unusual palettes based on various shades of gray and suggests finding more at Colour Lovers.

Don’t you dare make me feel ashamed of my body. (Thanks, Garrett)

Loved this roundup of plus size bloggers over 40. And Grown & Curvy Woman is asking for more suggestions in her comments, so do swing by and chime in.

“Although the concept of the video game may be strange, it’s stranger that our society has accepted and normalized guns and violence through video games, yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable.”

Rocquelle takes borrowing clothes to a whole new level when she styles up her nephew’s plaid shirt. And such a smashing outfit she made with it, too!

My friend and colleague Ellen Lawson has just launched The Flyover, a Midwest-focused fashion and lifestyle website.

Shoes that I will wear indoors until I’m sure I can actually style them: These Rachel Roy studded oxfords. Gorgeous, but challenging. (For me anyway.)

Moms, what are your thoughts about these suggestions for post-partum attire for professionals? They seem mostly sound, but not sure about the shapewear plug …

If your waterfall cardigans aren’t getting much love, check out this quick video which shows a cute and easy way to style a drape-front cardi that also takes some of the volume out of the piece.

Self-care is about taking the time to focus on your own well-being so that you’re emotionally, mentally, and physically energized around your personal and work life.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week I shared some tips for wearing leather clothing, including but going beyond traditional leather jackets.

Kellie is most definitely one of my current style icons, and is an absolute master of pairing tough elements with floaty, feminine ones.

What “winter is coming” means to those of us who don’t live in Westeros.

Since we talked about being smooth and firm this week, I think Stasia’s post talking about being a thin person with cellulite is worth reading.

Over on Facebook, I shared a tip for keeping your blazers and jackets from getting stinky. An unusual tip. (Accompanying image may not be safe for work.)

Here’s a fabulous and important response to the “I don’t want my tax dollars going toward fat people’s healthcare costs” argument.

From an interview titled Misty Copeland On Broadening ‘Beauty’ And Being Black In Ballet: “They hear those words from critics — I’m ‘too bulky,’ I’m ‘too busty’ — and then they meet me in person and they say, ‘You look like a ballerina, I don’t understand.’ And I think it’s just something maybe I will never escape from: those people who are narrow-minded. But my mission, my voice, my story, my message is not for them. I think it’s more important to think of the people I am influencing and helping to see a broader picture of what beauty is.” (Thanks, Maureen)

Six fun ideas for styling a plaid shirt.

Valuable suggestions for transforming unhealthy self-talk into a constructive and supportive inner monologue.

I totally agree with these four shortcuts to a more current-looking style.

Gretchen decided to wear nothing but neutrals for an entire year. Here, she expresses her frustration and how much she misses wearing color.

Tips and product recommendations for bringing second day curls back to life.

Peter’s tips for downsizing your fabric stash could apply to a closet purge as well. That first tip is incredibly important: “Forgive yourself for accumulating the stuff in the first place.”

Bookmarking this EVERYWHERE: Harper’s has created a guide to correct pronunciation of designer brand names. Part 1 and part 2.

Now that is a swoon-worthy vintage reproduction dress right there.

From a moving essay about anorexia and recovery: “Self-acceptance, I think, should not be deemed ‘radical.’ When you think about it, it’s the least that you can do. Today, I am filled to the brim with passions and imperfections—both of which I choose to embrace.”

Sweaters languishing? Check out this roundup of 10 fun sweater refashioning projects.

As someone who very consciously does not comment on the looks or clothing of little girls, I loved this list: 30 Compliments I’m Going To Give My Daughter (That Will Have Nothing To Do With How She Looks)

And from the Department of Random (though not really): Reader Cheri and I had a quick email exchange about badassery this week, and she sent me a link to this post which sums up the running career of one Cliff Young, who was rightfully featured on a site called Badass of the Week. For some reason, I had seen a video about Cliff recently, but absolutely loved reading this piece, which is full of hilarious profanity and irreverence, but also gobs of respect for Cliffy (as Cheri affectionately called him).

Additionally: My friend Levi wrote a wonderful post about The Battle Against Cynicism. “… modern cynicism is much more about avoiding disappointment and sadness than finding happiness. Cynicism, as it stands now, is about creating a separation or distance from ideas, events, and even people in order to not feel so many feelings.”

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