Lovely Links: 10/17/14

Weekly Kitten:

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Sleepy felines in the breakfast nook. When they’re not being used to transport groceries, those are Harriet’s boxes.

This closet detox cheat sheet is just plain brilliant.

Currently lusting after the Seacliff Coat from Curator. Such a cool shape, and made from organic cotton.

A fascinating read on the gender politics of pockets. (Via YLF)

Ever the rebel, Melanie asks, “Do you ever think your outfit or photo is too settled, too nicey nice, too model-wannabe, so you just want to wreck it up? Of course it’s hard to get away from when the goal of an outfit post is to show people what you’re wearing, but still, the desire to bust out is always just under the surface.”

This roundup includes some seriously chic wide-calf AND narrow-calf tall boot options.

Cambridge University classicist Mary Beard is urging women to reclaim the word “old.”

This examination of how the fast fashion cycle relates to licensing and patent laws is utterly fascinating. And looks at both mall stores stealing from high fashion designers, and high fashion designers stealing from visual artists.

Beauticurve styles a stunning asymmetric hem LBD three different ways, all of them gorgeous and glam.

“Realistically speaking, though, I know I’m never going to be able to un-know what it’s like to feel separate from my body. I am slowly learning to come to terms with my it. I have to—my body is my constant companion. It’s not an ‘other.’ It’s me.”

Huh. I’ve got a when-to-wear-nylons post coming up, but came across this one that insists nylons or tights must be worn in professional settings if the temperature is less than 70 degrees. Thoughts?

Related: Allie gives her two cents on nylons, sheers, and opaque tights.

Anna has created a five-minute guided body gratitude meditation that you can download for free.

So Madewell, right? Bought its name and logo from a family-run company founded in 1937, but did so in 2004. And still hints at a multi-decade brand legacy that doesn’t really exist.

Kileen of Cute & Little has posted some fabulously fashionable maternity outfits over the past few months.

I’ll be contributing posts over at Mad Mimi once a month, and wrote about making your newsletter subscribers feel special this month.

This interview with a magazine photo retoucher is in-depth and kinda horrifying. For instance, he’s been asked to remove “distracting” collarbones. OY.

Now that’s some ninja-level layering right there.

“Embracing self-acceptance doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy dressing or applying make-up. Self-acceptance and style do not have to be mutually exclusive.”

My fringe bag kinda DIY might be hard to recreate, but this one shows you how do make a fringed clutch from scratch.

Another reason to learn to sew: Virtually no sleeved dresses in the stores, but you can create a stunning long-sleeved sheath for yourself. Doesn’t Erica look smokin’ hot in hers?

There’s a Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam. ‘Nuff said.

My angled-zip brown ankle booties are long sold out, but Clarks has a new pair this season that are almost identical!

Maria muses on the confining nature of fashion rules, and then offers some that she applies to herself, including, “Be nice to your feet. The more insecure you feel, the “safer” the outfit should be (though choose one badass element, for balance). Wear a slip underneath clingy skirts. Pockets are good, as is getting older. Perfume, though only a little.”

What’s hanging in your fantasy closet?

Only vaguely on-topic, but heartwarming nonetheless: 13-Year-Old Girl in Training to Be the First Person on Mars, NASA Thinks She Could Succeed

What a fabulous way to style an on-trend dark floral dress.

I know I link to Grechen every week, but she is killing it with her Minimal Closet posts: “There’s no doubt we feel better about ourselves and sometimes life in general when we wear “nicer” things, or things we love, but your dog can still die while you’re wearing your favorite cashmere sweater, and you can still get fired wearing your best suit. Nothing can protect you from life.”

Pondering a change? Here are three apps that let you “try on” hair colors without committing.

I’ll probably pass on the cape trend myself, but goodness Annette looks elegant in hers.

High Plains Thrifter highlights nine wardrobe essentials she’ll be thrifting for fall.

Becoming a mom sort of threw me into a style evolution that made for some awkward times, sartorially speaking. For a while, I tried to wear the same kinds of clothes I would wear before pregnancy, but they just never felt right. Not completely because of my new body, but also because I was a new person.”

Lisa experiments with using camo print as a neutral. She came up with some great outfits.

A great reminder that wearing the same things again and again – even if they’re very memorable and worn at highly photographed occasions – is a wise practice. Don’t let fear of being seen multiple times in the same outfit deter you.

If you’d like to fall down a reading rabbithole, Sociological Images rounded up some Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame posts in honor of Love Your Body Day. A Fashion Advice Counterfactual is especially enjoyable.

I bought these slightly over-the-top moto/zipper detail jeans. And I adore them. And there are plenty of other past-season Jag jean bargains to be had.

Women Wearing Spectacular Hats In Art History (complete with hilarious captions)

“When I talked to my friends about our inept fumblings with crafting an image, one refrain kept coming up: ‘Nobody told me.’ We may wear or do things not because we get great reactions, but because we’ve never received feedback at all.”

And from the Department of Random: What does the moon smell like? (Via Yes and Yes)

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  • bubu2

    I love that article on pockets – the last two coats I bought (one winter, one trenchcoat) have the shallowest pockets I’ve ever encountered — you cannot even fit your full hand in there, much less a pair of gloves or a phone. I thought they were just being cheap and cutting corners wherever they could (though these were not inexpensive coats from Nordstrom)… but maybe this article has a better explanation.

  • Courtney Landes

    Regarding nylons at work–it depends on where you work. In a truly conservative office, like a big, high-end law firm or investment firm, I would feel pressured to wear nylons every day, regardless of the weather. (On hot days I might put them on in the bathroom in the building lobby, though!) In that setting, I would also feel the need to always wear trouser socks or knee highs with slacks.

    In a business casual office (which is still a professional setting), I would wear tights when it’s cold, and that’s it. I might bust out nylons if there’s a swanky board meeting, but if the guys aren’t wearing jackets & ties, I’m not wearing stockings unless I feel like it.

  • @R

    More on pockets: I was so disappointed after buying a pair of khakis from Eddie Bauer while on vacation this summer (too far away to return them). I tried them on, but forgot to check the pockets. The back pockets were so shallow as to be completely useless. I’d always thought of Eddie Bauer more as outdoor wear, and highly functional, but, I guess not. I must have functional pockets!

  • Dust. Wind. Bun.

    Wow, everything at Curator looks lovely! Wish I could afford any of it…

    • Anne On

      I heartily recommend Curator. I wore their Basic Dress for years. It’s still just $30 – that would be a good investment. Also they used to be known as She Bible. Maybe you could find something second-hand under that name.

      • Dust. Wind. Bun.

        I think I must just not understand luxury brands. Why would anyone pay $30 for a tank top? I’m sure there’s a reason – I’m sure there are many reasons. I’m just cranky and cheap so none of them convince me to do it. (You’d think I would at least have waited to get old first before I started complaining about how everything seems more expensive and KIDS THESE DAYS GET OFF MY LAWN, but I’m only 32 – guess I’ve started early…)

  • Thanks for the mention! And that Closet Detox flowchart is genius.

  • Cass314

    If anyone liked the Mary Beard article, this one from the New Yorker is a great read as well:

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/troll-slayer


    Regarding the nylons–I’d agree if you work in a very conservative industry like finance or law. Otherwise, that’s probably way too strict.


    Regarting “wearing it twice”–to be honest, that anyone other than the very rich are in a position not to do this sort of amazes me. I was raised to wear things halfway into the ground, mend them, and then take them the rest of the way. (I often got hand-me-downs, so they were sometimes halfway there to start with!)

  • Anne On

    Sally, the Clarks boot link doesn’t work. I’m dying to see them – can you share it again?

  • TheLibrarian28

    Really excellent collection of links this week! I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours yesterday taking a look and subscribing to some new blogs. Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for the shout-out, Sal! Some really interesting links in the round-up this week; I particularly enjoyed the articles about pockets and Madewell.

  • I was interested in those apps to change your hair colour, but the only colour I haven’t dyed my hair is grey so if I ever want to see what a certain colour looks like in my hair I just have to go back through my photos!

  • Melanie

    Sally, you know I always love your Lovely Links so imagine my surprise and delight to find myself among them this week. Thanks for the mention.