Posts Tagged: dressing

Reader Request: Rocking Trends That Aren’t Traditionally Flattering

unflattering trends

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Reader Madeline had this request.

I love pieces about dressing not necessarily for your “body type.” For example: the older I get (lol I’m 23) the less interested I am in wearing bras with padding. I just don’t care about creating curves as much, I’d rather just run with the little boob thing. So I’d love to hear about how to rock trends that aren’t “flattering” on you — I just embrace the drapey trend without feeling like I have to create boobs, and it’s awesome.


Reader Request: Dressing for Grief

dressing for grief and mourning

Reader Karen emailed me this question:

My question for you has to do with how to approach clothing and style while one is experiencing grief. The Victorians had dressing for grief figured out: the grieving wore black or grey or lavender to help manifest their grief externally, and to signal to others the need for extra care or sensitivity. But in our own time, for better or worse, we seem to have lost these visible markers of sorrow.

Could you offer some suggestions for how clothing and style might help me move through the world as I am managing my grief? What are some ways that I could mark my loss for myself (perhaps with a piece of jewelry, wearing a particular color, etc.)?


The Right to Bare Arms


I’ll fess right up: I’m not terribly fond of my arms. I lift weights every week based on a regimen created for me by a personal trainer, and there’s loads of muscle in there. Seriously, just ask me to flex. But there’s also loads of jiggle. And although I don’t want to be, I’m self-conscious about it. And I generally dress to keep them covered.

But it’s summer in Minnesota and that means it can get hot. Also nastily humid. Ya know, that sticky, icky, clingy environmental moisture that makes you feel like a giant dog tongue has just licked your whole body, clothing included? And under these circumstances, 3/4 sleeves become implements of torture.