Lovely Links: 1/23/15

Weekly Kitty:

The Wall Street Journal investigates the glut of sleeveless dresses in the dead of winter, and finds out why designers shy away from sleeved versions.

Joi’s colorful, fun look was thrifted for $15. Including everything.

The Budget Babe shares some chic and affordable storage solutions for your wardrobe and home.

“Like everyone else, lesbians grow up with impossible airbrushed/Photoshopped standards of beauty created by the media, and these images work themselves deep into our minds long before we know we shouldn’t buy into them.”

Two simple steps to prevent wardrobe orphans? Yes, please!

Shainna explains why she believes plus-sized women should shop the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line, even if the pieces are only available online. And it sounds like they’re moving toward more inclusive sizing in stores wit the Ava & Viv line.

Five reasons why gendered products are a problem.

A great reminder that it’s more valuable to comment on the things people do as opposed to the things people are. Along with this great advice: “… when you find yourself thinking something negative about your body, just say to yourself, ‘I’m thinking a negative thought about my body.’ After your 14th time of doing that in one day, it begins to get boring, and you realize that you’re just harping on a theme.”

I love the look of moto detailing, especially on comfy pieces like these Sun & Shadow moto leggings. And I finally found the replacements for my dying glitter leggings: These subtly sparkly leggings, also by Hue.

Melanie’s thrifted-and-drawn-upon items always amaze me, and these white platform boots embellished with her amazing drawings are no exception.

What could be more fun than finding a new garment that reminds you of a beloved one from childhood?

Over on About.com, I offered some tips for avoiding buyer’s remorse.

Leopard print, burgundy, and lime green look smashing together, as Megan proves.

Such a fantastic, in-depth post on the tension between wanting to accept your body as it is and feeling a desire to change it. Melanie also highlights some ad campaigns that offer antagonistic, cooperative, and agonistic approaches to body image, including the amazing Sport England campaign This Girl Can.

I adore the phrase Old Lady Revolution. Count me in.

Blazer cape. Pretty cool hybrid, if you ask me.

“We get it. Long, dark, thick lashes look fab. But we gotta talk about the reasons so many women feel so compelled to spend their money and time on those potions and procedures. And why zero men do. And why ads like this target us at every turn. And how much money these companies are making off of our desire to look like these unreal images. (Hint: it’s in the billions.)”

How often should you REALLY wash your bra? Not as often as you might think.

Chivalry: A subtle form of “benevolent sexism.”

Although this post focuses on wearing black if you have low or medium contrast, Imogen has also tackled wearing black if you have light coloring and adding color to black.

On the Mad Mimi blog, I wrote about the importance of tone in newsletter communications.

Proof that neutrals needn’t be boring: This fabulous outfit of black and white prints and varied textures.

Here’s what happens when a male Buzzfeed writer wears makeup for a week.

Stylebook, an app that lets you easily catalog and view everything in your closet, sounds pretty brilliant. Not Cher’s closet in “Clueless” brilliant, but close.

“We’re told that selfies are narcissistic, frivolous cries for help. But it doesn’t feel frivolous to bear witness to my body on a particular day of a transitory existence. It feels good!”

I got these Dolce Vita ankle boots on deep discount but um … these Trouvé ones look almost identical and are going for far, far less.

Apparently, there’s a fast fashion/teen retailer cage match going on.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about the obi belt resurgence and tricks for styling them.

Since they mystify me, I’m delighted that the Politesse tackled dress code definitions.

Cassandra is taking part in the Unconditional Body Beautiful project, along with 20 other bloggers. Her first post about her body image history is honest and inspiring.

Clothing is only the book jacket to your life novel. Choosing clothing that fits and flatters not just your figure but your lifestyle and personality help better represent your novel and may attract more interested readers, but they don’t affect the plot or the outcome.”

And from the Department of Random: 10 Words You Might Not Know Are Portmanteaux

Also: Parents Talk to Their Kids About the Birds and the Bees for the First Time. Vangina, vagina, how do you say it? (Via Making Mighteor. Prolly don’t want to watch this one at work, either.)

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  • Thank you so much for including my red coat post! Have a great weekend!
    Em x

  • Ginger

    For some reason I thought I’d read that the entire Lilly collection was online only, but I guess it was just Plus-sizes. It could turn out to be a plus over regular sizes because you wouldn’t have to travel around to multiple stores looking for what you want. If it doesn’t fit you can just send it back. Getting all offended doesn’t seem worth the effort.

  • Courtney Landes

    I can see what Shainna means about supporting plus size clothing lines where we find them, even if they aren’t offered in store, but until the advent of the Ava & Viv line, the way Target has treated plus sized customers is shameful and incredibly shabby.

    The current plus section at my local store is 3-4 racks of some of the ugliest, most shapeless crap I have seen in a long time. Those sad racks are shoved cheek by jowl with the maternity section, and it’s hard to tell them apart. When they have a clearance that involves setting up several large racks, they pull space from plus & maternity instead of other (larger) departments. I haven’t bought clothes at Target in years because they made it abundantly clear that they don’t want my clothing business. Walmart, for all of its other problems, has a better plus clothing section. When you are doing worse than WALMART, you have derailed. Having the Lilly Pulitzer collection plus sized available online only (and making the announcement of that detail an afterthought) felt like a slap in the face.

    That said, I just scrolled through the lookbook for the Ava & Viv line, and I’m really excited about it. There’s a lot of variety even among the basic pieces, and I can see several things that I will buy. And even the stuff that doesn’t appeal to me isn’t *ugly.* It’s just not my style, but it may be someone else’s. I’m already looking forward to the seasonal updates for the rest of 2015 to this line, and if the expansion to the in-store plus section happens the way it is promised, I will make a habit of at least looking it over every time I’m in the store (the way I currently do with their bags & scarves.)

    We’ve been jumping up and down saying, “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take my money for some decent, cute clothes that fit me that I can try on in the store!!!!” for years. YEARS. THIS is what plus size shoppers want, and it is NOT too much to ask.

  • Rebekah Jaunty

    Your round-ups are always fun, but I particularly enjoyed the Beauty Redefined article about mascara. I hate it that eyelashes have become such a widespread symbol for female— put false eyelashes on an orange, and any toddler can tell you it’s a girl orange now. Sheeeeesh.

  • greendoc

    Sally-the WSJ article on sleeveless dresses interests me, because I have to have my arms covered by the sleeves of a dress or top in winter to feel warm, but the link you posted requires a subscription. Could you post the article in another way so we could all read it? thanks

  • Melanie

    Your Weekly Kitty is the best.
    The guy who wore makeup for a week, I think this might be a good exercise for every man working in the fashion/beauty industry. The Stylebook app, I love that, but I’d need a cell phone that can take photos and do apps. I count on your eclectic link-up party every week, Sally, food for the brain and eye. And I’m happy that you liked my doodled boots. Thanks for including me here!

  • Allison

    Does everybody else have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal? I wasn’t able to read the article on sleeveless dresses.

  • That’s Not My Age

    Welcome to the Old Lady Revolution & thanks for the mention, Sally.