OK NOW JUST WAIT A MINUTE AND HEAR ME OUT.
If you just plain hate magazines that list loads of do’s and don’ts, poke fun at celebrity style on occasion, and parrot the tall, slim, hourglass paradigm for all women, forget it. This is, in fact, a fairly traditional style rag and if looking at that stuff infuriates you – or, worse, erodes your self-esteem and body image – by all means, just skip it.
But for those of you who can see that stuff for what it is, dismiss it, and find nuggets of goodness regardless, here are some reasons why this magazine might be worth checking out:
- Most celebrity style photos are of celebs who have been styled for the red carpet. They’re in gowns. They are EXTREMELY FANCY. And, if you’re anything like me, you get to do fancy gown stuff approximately … never. People StyleWatch has a smattering of gowns, but much of it examines famous people in casual, everyday wear. Personally, I find that far more interesting and applicable.
- Lots of readers and fashion bloggers of various sizes and styles are featured on the regular.
- They don’t always hit the mark, but the editors make a real effort to cover the gamut of body sizes and shapes in their tutorials.
- As Real Simple and InStyle gradually begin to recommend more and more $1,000 sundresses and $800 platform pumps, I find myself absolutely glossing over them. People Style Watch is extremely budget-friendly. Sure, they throw in splurge items, but I’d estimate 75% of what they highlight is $80 or less.
Again, it’s a fashion mag so it’s going to have insulting crap in it. (Sadly.) But of the available periodicals, I’ve found this one to be remarkably earthy, inspiring, and accessible.