Posts Categorized: style

For Whom Are You Dressing?

for whom are you dressing

You flip through catalogs and magazines. You browse around clothing and accessory shops, both in person and online, and make choices about which pieces to incorporate into your own wardrobe. You peruse the style blogs and note tempting trends and bold pairings. And then you open your closet door to choose the day’s outfit.

Who is your audience? For whom are you dressing?

Obviously, the answer will change depending on the woman, the day, the activity. Also potentially at play: Age, mood, season, and other individualized factors too numerous to count. There is no single answer to this question, and there is no WRONG answer, either. When I asked this question of myself, I realized that, like so many theoretical stylistic queries, it leads me to goals rather than maxims.


Reader Request: Coping with Post-haircut Questions and Comments

pixie cut from back

Reader Sonia reached out with this request:

I have read your piece “If You Want To, You Should Totally Chop Off All Your Hair” (brilliant!) several times, and after two years of psyching myself up, I made an appointment to totally chop off all my hair. I am 100% committed. And excited! And terrified. My hair is currently one length, mostly straight, and ends several inches below the tops of my shoulders. I’m 45, and it’s been this way (or longer) for 26 years. And I’m SO TIRED OF IT. Hence, the chopping.


How to Hone and Develop Your Personal Style

how to develop personal style

I’ve pored over dozens of style books, many of which outline what they consider to be the fundamental style categories – bombshell, American classic, Bohemian, rock & roll – and suggest essential pieces to procure if you’d like to try these looks out for yourself. Although I often disagree with their requisite item suggestions (Are bright yellow zippered sandals essential to nailing the “mod” look? I think not.), I’m fascinated by how tidily they appear to distill each style into a handful of staples. Making these iconic styles work suddenly seems so simple, laid out there in neatly organized rows of clothing, shoes, and accessories.