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Reader Sarah emailed me this question:
I wondered if you could do a post or a question in your column or something on styling flares. I love that flares are back in style (great for balancing hips), but I am having trouble with the silhouette. Fitted on top or not? Long or cropped tops?, etc. Also, what shoes?
Oh flares, my old friends. I wore you throughout college, and well after … even when the rest of the world had switched to skinnies. And now I can’t quite believe you’re back. Already. Although, in my mind, 1990 is only 10 years ago …
Originally posted 2015-11-23 06:44:11.
We’ve already covered how to evaluate a potential purchase for quality and longevity, but what about comfort? I mean, aside from the obvious – does it itch, pinch, pull, or otherwise irritate you from the moment you pull it on – are there ways to determine if a garment will be comfortable under multiple circumstances, and on a longer timeline than its initial dry run in the dressing room?
Funny you should ask.
Wear it as you would in real life.
I’m a big proponent of the Shopping Catsuit: A neutral tank and pair of leggings that needn’t be removed in the dressing room to gauge overall fit. However, you probably don’t wear a Shopping Catsuit on a daily basis, and when investigating overall comfort, you need to give a garment a dressing room test run that is as close to “real use” conditions as possible. Don’t slip on a skirt over your leggings unless you’ll always wear it with leggings. How will you know if the waistband digs, if the seams flap or itch? Try it on as you’d wear it in real life, and make sure it’s comfortable under those conditions.
Originally posted 2011-09-14 06:08:38.
I truly believe that some women are born stylish. Eventually scientists will isolate the gene that bestows the innate ability to accessorize effortlessly, pinpoint the base pair that allows certain women to spot real cashmere at 50 paces. Although some of these women grow up in style-centric homes that add nurture to nature, others saunter through their uninterested households, copies of Vogue in hand, making the berber-carpeted hallways their very own catwalks. Some women set trends in middle school. Some women bypass the sweats-and-UGGs phase in college, embracing prep or vintage with dazzling panache. Some women make every day in the Cube Farm look like a Grace Coddington editorial. Some women are just born stylish.
Originally posted 2013-10-28 06:52:18.