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If buying boots is an exercise in frustration because of your narrow/wide calves, short toes, small feet, or other challenging-to-fit features, check out Poppy Barley, a company that does made-to-measure boots and shoes, complete with a fit kit that you use to measure your legs and feet. Read a review of the process here. Spendy, but potentially worth it for a truly custom fit.
And in other fun vendor news, Silly Old Sea Dog creates handmade, vintage-inspired clothing for women, and just launched a plus-sized line that includes dresses, skirts, and petticoats though UK size 28. (Via Blog to Be Alive)
One of my favorite reads of the week: A Feminist Defense of Cinderella.
This bold, graphic outfit is incredibly striking and chic. Great use of black!
A little on the rambly side, but still a great reminder that no one should ever be made to feel shame about how she/he looks. And that when you say nasty things about how others look, your words have impact.
Amy Odell (of The Cut and now Cosmo) talks about what the print industry can learn from online writers about sharing resources. (Cheers, Katie!)
I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford a pair of Atalanta Wellers, but I’ll dream of them.
Did you know that the WPA once tried to create a standardized system for women’s clothing sizing? You probably DID know that the system they devised never went into broad use.
In her lecture “Silhouettes and Signals,” fashion illustrator Danielle Meder says, “Considering this biological instinct to favour ‘natural’ beauty, it’s fascinating how human beings have used fashion throughout the centuries to subvert our own proportions. We will use any technological means at our disposal, whether it’s padding, scaffolding, compression, surgery, propping, binding or prosthetics. We are hungry for novelty and constantly trying to transcend beyond our physical selves, which is why the fashionable ideal often diverges so dramatically from the more conventional ‘natural’ beauty ideal.”
I adore the look of tough, military-influenced pieces paired with floaty, blush-colored ones. Also love olive green and lace together.
Super simple way to instantly expand your wardrobe: Remember that you can wear many of your dresses as skirts.
Anyone else checked out the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection? Thoughts?
Fabulous tips for cleaning light and white leather bags and shoes.
“From that point forward, my eyebrows were a perpetual source of insecurity. I’ve clocked many hours hunched near my bathroom mirror, tweezers in hand, and had all manner and stages of brow shapes, including a full-blown unibrow and the much-maligned ‘tadpole brows.'”
Also from Rookie, this moving story about a woman who chose to have liposuction at age 18 thinking it would improve her body image, but found that it didn’t. This story is moving and upsetting, so read with care.
On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we chatted about spring transitional dressing tips.
Model Erika Linder illustrates the performative aspects of gender by doing both masculinity and femininity in a commercial for JC Jeans Company.
Vaguely related: How to apologize for misgendering someone.
Zingy yellow and bold stripes make for an enviably spring-y ensemble. Love the pops of pastels, too.
Designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide recently, and she was one of the first designers I ever quoted on this blog – about body image, not fashion. Wendy’s post talks about Scott’s career, ideas about success, and the mixed response to her death.
This app turns your Instagram snaps into nail art. WOW.
Not Dressed as Lamb rounds up eight redheaded fashion bloggers to watch. Would’ve liked to see some size diversity here … Nicolette rocked the auburn a while back and Ana experiments with reds. Who else would you recommend?
I’m still dumbfounded by this. Elyse needed help adjusting her depression and anxiety medication, and her doctor did two preposterous things: Completely disregarded the sexual side effects of one medication and obsessed over the potential weight gain associated with another. A resounding WTF from me.
I now know more about why fabric pills and how to prevent pilling than I ever thought I would.
“While [internalized body dissatisfaction] does apply to men as well, in many ways it’s wrapped up in the conviction that women’s appearance is the most important thing about them, the idea that women’s bodies don’t belong to themselves, and the underlying message that women should always be taking up less space. These toxic ideas have serious effects on women’s mental health, and can affect their behavior to such an extent that they have physical repercussions as well.”
Two of my all-time favorite bloggers LPC of Privilege and Une Femme of Une Femme d’un Certain Age decided to style each other. I completely love the results – LPC here and Une Femme here. Always fun to get input on your choices from a friend with a different figure or aesthetic from your own.
And from the Department of Random: This vending machine makes pizza in less than three minutes. So I will be installing one in my kitchen.
Additionally: There’s a science to pop music, and don’t you doubt it. This Slate article explains, using music theory, why “Teenage Dream” hit #1.