Lovely Links: 10/7/16

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon in a sunbeam.

FABULOUS tips that can help you determine if an item that’s labeled as “organic” or “eco-friendly” truly has been created sustainably.

Ranti combines two fall trends in one great outfit: Off-the-shoulder tops and eternally chic tartan.

“But I was yet to face the cold, hard fact that my lack of acceptance for my own body, was really a lack of acceptance for all the bodies I had falsely embraced for so long. Could I really love someone else’s ample stomach, when I could not love my own?

Shaping Gender Norms: How You Can Help Society Break Out Of The Binary

The neckline on Lu’s dress is unspeakably elegant. Love the jeweled belt, too.

Check out the artful draping and pretty pattern on this sustainable Comfy USA dress.

From Tim Gunn: “I profoundly believe that women of every size can look good. But they must be given choices. Separates — tops, bottoms — rather than single items like dresses or jumpsuits always work best for the purpose of fit. Larger women look great in clothes skimming the body, rather than hugging or cascading. There’s an art to doing this. Designers, make it work.”

I’ve been packing my Tutorials Pinterest board with gems from my own archive, helpful cheat sheets, and helpful articles from other blogs.

Pia shares three thoughts that helped her cope with the fat- and body-shamers in her own family circle.

3 Ways to Look More Unique

I LIVED in my Threads 4 Thought tees this summer, and am eyeing up their fall line now. This long-sleeved top has super cool seam details.

Dorrie’s sheer baseball jacket creates some funky layering opportunities and gorgeous lines.

“[Teacher Patrice] Brown’s body isn’t an anomaly. Though not all black women are shaped like her, many black women have those kinds of curves that make it hard to wear anything without people wrongly assuming that you’re trying to be provocative or looking for attention. It’s not their fault. If anyone should be criticized, it’s the people who can’t look at black women and see who they are beyond their bodies.”

Made-in-the-U.S. brand Karen Kane’s got a fall sale going on! Use code AUTUMN20 for 20% off.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through Angie’s summary of the fall-winter trends she spotted after poring over the runway shows for the season.

Chunky ankle boots and an artful choker … the 90s are back, people.

Anna rounds up a selection of nude bras for women of color from companies that specialize in full-bust fits. (Some have sizes for smaller breasts, too!)

I’ve raved about Glamglow’s Supercleanse in my monthly newsletter, but never gushed about it here. I am consistently amazed by how a product that looks like a grease/mud combo can be so nourishing and clearing, but friends, it IS.

Some say that H&M’s casting of plus size model Ashley Graham for a campaign that wasn’t specific to plus sizes was a huge leap forward. Others point out that H&M doesn’t actually sell plus sizes in their stores … just online.

Apparently indigo dye – think blue jeans – was used 6,000 years ago in Peru.

Kaur has worn her beard, a symptom of her polycystic ovaries, since she was 16. Today the thick, glossy facial hair is as much a part of her striking personal style as her electric-blue turban and perfectly executed winged eyeliner. It’s a combination that makes her look like a Mughal painting come to life – albeit one with purple lipstick and matching nails.” (Cheers, Emmy)

The Barking Dog Shoes team adores this sassy heeled oxford, and recommends it for folks dealing with arthritis and/or bone spurs.

Beth teams a bold orange skirt with camo and olive separates to great effect.

“If someone has something to say to you about your body or station in life, it is not about you. It is about them and what they have going on around that issue. It is about how interpreting you through their own lens impacts them. Their interpretation of you has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with them and where they are.”

I think it’s safe to say that I’m in love with EVERYTHING in Rustic Moon Leather’s fringe-tastic Etsy shop.

Hurrah! Alison shares her favorite resources for plus-sized maternity work clothes.

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  • Laura Bennett

    I see the logic of what Tim Gunn says about separates being easier to fit than single piece items like dress, but in my personal experience, that does not hold at all. I have a significantly longer-than-average inseam, and have extreme difficulty buying pants. I don’t have the patience to try on dozens of pairs looking for the magical ones, so I’ve simply taken to buying dresses (and to a lesser extent, skirts) for professional settings. Because dresses eliminate some significant measurements (e.g., inseam, outseam, rise), and have significant ease in other areas (hips), I personally think they are much easier to fit than separates.

  • Anne Ford

    Much as I appreciate Tim Gunn’s call for more and better clothes for women of size, I do not appreciate some of his fat-shaming remarks in that article, such as “Half the items make the body look larger” (well, God forbid I look LARGER, Tim!). Kind of surprised that Already Pretty (which I generally love for its thoughtfulness!) would link to it without comment, actually.

    • Hi Anne – Tim Gunn’s tone has always been direct, sometimes acerbic, and I felt that overall this was one of his more measured diatribes. I agree that pointing out that many available items make plus-sized women look larger could be construed as fat-shaming … but in my experience as a stylist, there are far fewer plus-sized women whose dressing goals include looking larger than looking smaller or more balanced. I would expect that Gunn’s experience has been similar, and he was reacting in kind.

      It’s true that he’s got a lot of work yet to do on real acceptance and support of the plus size community. But the article is significant because Gunn has long been revered as a style expert and for him to add this strong statement to the conversation about sizeism may have a real impact. (I might add that his being neither a woman nor plus sized yet still being a valued voice is problematic, but I digress.) So far the article has 2.3K comments and gotten covered by NPR, USA Today, and US Magazine, to name a few.

      A couple of reactions I’ve read:
      http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/122791/tim-gunn-plus-size-op-ed – writer acknowledges the flawed rhetoric, but appreciates the push for more choices

      https://medium.com/@arielpoems/tim-gunns-support-for-plus-size-fashion-is-disguised-fatphobia-c4f24e9b8234#.vzulnlgak – writer feels Gunn is simply fatphobic

      I appreciate you pointing this out, as I’m sure other readers had similar questions, so I’ll take this opportunity to reiterate that I link to many, many articles that contain ideas that I agree with, disagree with, and partially agree with every week! I do this because I am constantly mulling and reevaluating what I think and feel about these important topics, and because I want a variety of viewpoints to be considered and discussed in this space. I present them without comment (for the most part) because I trust readers to read and react on their own. Hope that helps!