Posts Tagged: dated

Reader Request: How to Avoid Looking Dated

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In a comment on this post about clothing details that read as young or old, reader Jane asked for some tips on how to avoid looking dated. Datedness is a social construct, of course, reinforced by a fashion industry that sells us new clothing based on our desire to look “current.” This means it is, in essence, bunk. But the same could be said of any dressing mores: They allow us to be expressive and visually communicative, but they’re all rooted in capitalism. It shouldn’t matter one whit if you’re wearing a blazer that was made 20 years ago, so long as it fits and is in good condition … but because of the value we place on youth and staying up-to-date on everything, it does matter. In some cases, it matters several whits. READ MORE

Originally posted 2015-06-04 06:59:19.

Reader Request: Styling Era-specific Items

Tips for making past-era clothing and accessory styles look modern and updated.

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Reader Krysta posted this question in a comment:

I’d love to see a feature where you give suggestions on how a “dated” item – a sweater duster, a superfringey bag/jacket, etc. – could be styled/worn so that it reads less “dated” and more “updated.” Or something. We all have items we love that look like their year of provenance, and minimizing that look would be useful and interesting…

So. For starters, there’s a fine line between pieces that are recognizably retro, like this vintage printed dress: READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-03-26 06:20:57.

Reader Request: Picking a Leather Jacket

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Reader Krysta e-mailed me this request:

I’d LOVE a post on how to choose a leather jacket–they’re so cool, and so varied, and yet so expensive, that I have a hard time committing. What if this AWESOME one I love now looks irritating and dated in two years?

I adore leather everything, but it took me a while to collect my thoughts for this particular question. As is the case with many investment pieces, it’s tough to generalize. Some women will require one set of characteristics, while others may have entirely different needs! But if you’re in the market for a leather jacket yourself, here are some ideas to mull: READ MORE