This week, I got a comment from reader Meghan that made me realize it might be time again to clarify a few things, especially regarding these link roundups!
Here’s how the Lovely Links work: I post links to thought-provoking and interesting articles I’ve found (or been sent) over the course of the week. Many of them clash with things I’ve said myself or linked to in the past because I am constantly mulling and reevaluating what I think and feel about these important topics. This may strike some folks as hypocritical, but that’s fine by me. Human beings are naturally contradictory beings, and anyone who claims to be 100% free of hypocrisy is kidding herself. Plenty of what I think and feel – both on and off this blog – could be considered hypocritical by others, and I’m quite comfortable with that.
This blog is about the intersection of body image and style. Some posts will lean more in one direction than the other, obviously, but my overall interest is to show where the two overlap. Some aspects of personal style aren’t 100% harmonious with the quest to cultivate positive body image, and vice versa. I think that’s just fine. It’s not my intention to be eternally consistent or singularly focused. It’s my intention to be exploratory of two topics that have some fascinating and beneficial common ground.
Because the bottom line is that I don’t see the options as either “style” or “empowerment.” I refuse to accept that I am not allowed to praise Hillary Clinton for shunning fashion yet remain interested in fashion myself. In my view, there is no one right way to be a strong woman. I won’t choose sides or make up my mind because that would mean I have stopped thinking critically about the issues that mean the most to me.
Now, on with the linkage!
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Comments and compliments can get dicey in so many ways, but the philosophy of commenting on the things people DO instead of the things that they ARE is an interesting one.
Oh, how I love a slinky red dress with a drapey skirt.
As a fan of the “fake it till ya make it” philosophy, I loved this summary: “It’s about meeting situations that you feel intimidated by head-on, telling yourself that you’re ready for them, and putting I-can-DO-this intentions out there, until you’ve done such a good job convincing yourself that you suddenly can handle the challenge before you.”
Neutral color mixes can look marvelously sophisticated, as Natasha proves with her slate gray and olive green ensemble.
I haven’t seen the film yet, but still loved this post showcasing looks inspired by “The Avengers.”
Marzipan asks how do we begin to address the insidious nature of sizeism and weight stigma in our daily lives?
I’m working up the courage to do hot pink and neon yellow, but Shen has beaten me to it. Beautifully.
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the Body Image Voice app, and it seems like an utterly amazing idea. The one thing I can’t seem to figure out is HOW this conversation will reach beyond the app/website and to advertisers and media folks, as promised. Anyone know?
This roundup of Cate Blanchett’s 12 most stylish roles just reinforces her status as style icon.
The You Look Fab crew has been discussing the merits of Shopping Your Closet. Definitely a great practice.
Mint and orange are great partners in flavor, possibly even better in an outfit!
Men’s body image issues often get overlooked or suppressed, so The Good Men Project is launching a conversation. If you or someone you know has a story to contribute, click here. I just heard about this over the weekend so it’s a quick-turn deadline by now – sorry!
Are you cultivating your own private beauty myth?
Alison shares her picks for swimwear designed to flatter a large bust and/or a soft belly.
I know runway fashion can seem so remote, but posts like this runway to real life series are great reminders that those looks can provide ideas and applicable inspiration.
Found this older braided scarf tie tutorial via Pinterest, and am just dying to try it.
Cambridge researcher and modeling agency owner Ben Barry explains that different populations and demographics react differently to idealized versions of beauty, and that some groups are more likely to relate to and purchase from brands that use a diverse group of models.
And from the Department of Random: It’s a Hey Jude flowchart. Na na na naaaaaaaaa!