Lovely Links: 7/31/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Snugglers.

Instagram decided to ban, block, delete the hashtag #curvy … and then realized that was an absurd thing to do.

“You shouldn’t feel pressured to colour your greying hair if you don’t want to. Just like you shouldn’t feel pressured to stop dyeing your hair if you prefer sporting a colour other than your own. Personal style is exactly that: Personal. And thanks to modern fashion, grey and colour are now both equally viable options.”

AP contributor Cassie is offering 20% off everything in her Etsy store for two weeks! Use code 300WOO to get the discount.

Color analysis has evolved beyond the seasonal designations of the 80s … but why? And how?

Related (and possibly contrary): Does Outfit Colour Advice from the 80s Hold Up?

On About.com, I offered simple tips to shop stylishly and locally and what to buy in the late summer sales.

My new style crush: Stephanie from FAIIINT.

I’ve found that grays are tough to mix and match due to varied undertones, but metallics – pewters and silvers – are great subs. With that in mind, I finally bought these subtly metallic VanEli booties after stalking them for nearly a year.

What is heteronormativity? It’s a whole lotta things, including things many people think of as normal and innocuous.

Anti-flatulence jeans. Discuss.

In my Star Tribune column, I talked about wristwatch styles, dress layering, and tips for women who are hard on their clothes.

The incomparable Lindy West explores a lot in her piece on being an unabashedly fat, unspeakably happy bride: “There’s an awkward three-way tension between wedding culture and feminism and fat acceptance – because of what ‘acceptance’ demands of women in our culture, a lot of fat activism takes the form of fat women trying to ‘prove’ that they can wear the trappings of male fantasy and traditional gender roles just as well as thin women. Fat women can be pretty. Fat women can get married. Fat women can ‘get’ conventionally attractive husbands. But how is that constructive?”

The new Gudrun Sjödén fall line is up on the website now, and it is GORGEOUS.

I think it’s possible that Freddie is the happiest style blogger on the planet. What a smile!

This stunning ankle-length asymmetric top/dress is killing me.

I finally watched The True Cost last week, and it was sobering and life-changing … but unsatisfying in some way. This article about the myth of ethical consumption gets at some of my underlying worries. And Grechen wrote about curbing the urge to get rid of things you already own from fast fashion companies in the name of sustainability.

25 ways to dress like a tech employee

Every human has scars, whether there are emotional and physical – they are part of our story and we should be proud of them.”

Kelly demonstrates how to use a hole punch like this one to add new holes to a leather belt.

Hollister now joins the ranks of brands that fabricated backstories to make their products more appealing.

I have a couple of BeckSondergaard scarves, and ADORE them. Bluefly has a few at 60% off or more.

An argument for posting “bad” selfies as an act of self-love and acceptance

“’Sneaker collecting, done by many men, is [described] in the tradition of other male collecting, like baseball cards and fine wines. It’s about having every single one in every single model. Female buying is “emotional”; male buying is posited as rational.'”

Kellie rounds up some Taylor Swift-inspired looks for plus-sized women.

Anyone else obsessing over waxed canvas? Most excited about the waxed canvas bags from 48North, a local company!

Rowan artfully layers asymmetric pieces in this summery outfit.

Kareem Abdul-Jabar on body-shaming black women athletes: “Some of the body shaming of athletic black women is definitely a racist rejection of black women’s bodies that don’t conform to the traditional body shapes of white athletes and dancers. No one questions the beauty of black actresses such as Kerry Washington (Scandal) or Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) because they fit the lithe image perpetuated by women’s fashion magazines. The body shaming of Williams and Copeland is partly because they don’t fit the Western ideal of femininity. But another cause is our disrespectful ideal of the feminine body in general.”

And from the Department of Random: The Subtle Genius of Minionese

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Pajama Sets With Shorts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Amy requested a few picks for pajama sets with shorts (instead of long pants), so here we go:

hue pajamas

Hue Sleepwear Boxer Pajama Set – was $54, now $32.99 – $36.99

This set looks so perfect for summer nights – a v-necked cotton blend tee with 100% cotton shorts. Those are tiny flamingos on the boxers, but you can also get this set with a yellow tee and flip-flop print shorts. Available in sizes S – XL. Size availability varies by color. This set is either solid or print all over, but is cotton and includes a v-neck top in sizes M – 5X.

woven pajamas

Nordstrom Woven Short Pajamas – was $54, now $36.18

I prefer knits myself, but know that wovens are more traditional for PJs. Interestingly, these are rayon, not cotton so they’ll still breathe well but drape instead of wrinkling. Available in this navy dot print as well as a black and white floral in sizes XS – XL. Pink and white stripes available in XL. If you prefer woven cotton, this CK set is adorable. This set has a short-sleeved top, but is also woven and available in sizes M – 5X.

knit shorts pajamas

Charter Club Henley Top and Boxer Shorts Set – was $38, now $18.24
with code REDHOT

Bizarrely, this set comes in two prints – flip-flops as shown above and flamingos. Perhaps all the PJ designers are in conspiracy. In any case, this set is all knit and although they call the top a henley, it’s only got two buttons toward the neckline. 100% cotton and gets high marks from most reviewers. Available in two prints in sizes XS – XXL.

plus size pajama set

Carole Hochman Cotton Knit Bermuda Pajamas – was $66, now $44.22

In case you like shorts but prefer them slightly longer, this set includes a short-sleeved knit top and Bermuda-length shorts. It’s 100% cotton and available in this rose print as well as birdcages, vines, or bikes in sizes 1X – 3X. Size availability varies by print. Also in sizes S – XL.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for pajama sets with shorts:

  1. Nordstrom – Shorts sets that include tops with spaghetti straps through long sleeves. Petite and plus sizes available in some styles.
  2. Kohl’s – Lots of options, including this adorable swing tank set. Petite and plus sizes available in some styles.
  3. JCPenney – 24 short sets, from cute to sexy.

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Reader Request: How Does Your Hairstyle Interact With Your Outfit?

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Reader Andrea had this request:

I would be interested in a post on how different hairstyles interact with outfits. How much does wearing hair down vs. in a bun affect the formality of an outfit? How much can the hairstyle you wear with an outfit change the overall look? I always seem to wear my hair the same way with the same pieces, and I’m not sure why I only ever visualize those things with those hairstyles. (I’m also contemplating a major hair change right now, so hair is on my mind a lot recently.)

When my hair was longer, I had the same experience: Certain outfits definitely called out for an updo, while others looked better with hair worn down. And even now with supershort locks, I occasionally wear something that looks slightly off with messy waves and much better blown dry.

I asked Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook to let me use some of her photos to illustrate how hairstyle impacts outfits. As you’ll see balance, formality, structure, and genre all play in. Let’s take a peek:

hairstyle volume outfit

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Here are two outfits in which hairstyle is a factor in enhancing or balancing volume within the outfit. On the left, the volume within Wendy’s outfit is all toward the top, mostly from the waist up. Her hair, worn down, adds yet more volume but also works organically with the loose layers. On the left, the orange sweater is the only voluminous piece. With her hair in a high bun, she avoids adding more volume to her top half.

hairstyle formal casual

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Here are two decidedly formal looks. Some updos and buns can read as casual, but paired with outfits that already give off a dressy vibe, they generally add yet more formality. Definitely the case with the bun Wendy did with her black dress, although the addition of the headband keeps her hairstyle from being formal to the point of stuffiness. The green dress outfit has a much more relaxed vibe. Although the dress itself and structured clutch are quite fancy, the open-toed shoes and loose wavy hairstyle overtake them to create a dressy but not formal look. Switch the hairstyles and the black dress outfit would be more “night on the town” and the green dress outfit would be more “black-tie affair.”

hairstyle structure

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Structure within the outfit is at play in nearly all of these examples. You can see how updos often align with structured looks, and hair worn down aligns with unstructured ones. But here are two more great outfits that show how you can juxtapose structure and looseness using your hairstyle. Wendy’s cropped trench and pencil skirt are decidedly structured, but wearing her hair down adds some soft, flowy lines. Her white trapeeze top is loose and breezy, but her headband and bun balance it out.

hairstyle genre

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Finally certain hairstyles lend themselves to certain genres. At left, Wendy has on a preppy/classic look that could’ve come direct from the J.Crew catalog, and has chosen a bun/headband combo to match. The middle outfit has both Boho and preppy elements to it, and the loose ponytail complements them both. For the beachy outfit on the right, Wendy wore her hair down and loose to match.

Hope this was helpful! And thanks again to Wendy for use of her gorgeous photos.

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