Posts Categorized: style

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!


Save the World: Do Less Laundry

less laundry environment

When people talk about sustainable fashion, they tend to focus on production and consumption. And that’s understandable: Fast fashion production and manufacturing methods are appalling in most cases, and the associated advertising machinery encourages us to buy more than we need and more than we can afford. There’s a lot there that needs changing.

Less airtime is dedicated to talking about fighting fast fashion by taking great care of what you already own, elongating the life of all of your garments. This practice represents another way to reduce consumption that is easier, in many ways, than committing to buy only clothes made from organic cottons and recycled fibers. It also is helpful if, like me, you want to buy sustainable items moving forward but still have a lot of mall leftovers hanging in your closet. Taking care of your wardrobe items means hanging them up instead of dumping them on the floor, mending them as needed, and carefully treating any unfortunate stains. Of course, it also means keeping them clean.