I may weigh in on style rules around here, but I can’t say I’m terribly fond of them. Understanding them, knowing why they exist and how they work, and applying them occasionally as guidelines works just fine. But crafting every outfit around them? I’ll pass.
Especially since so many style rules are straight-up bullshit. Here are few of my infuriating faves:
- Fat girls can’t wear skinny jeans
- Skinny girls can’t wear chunky jewelry
- Short girls can’t wear long skirts
- Tall girls can’t wear platforms
- Curvy girls can’t wear stripes
- Boyishly-figured girls can’t wear pencil skirts
- Busty girls can’t wear turtlenecks
- Flat girls can’t wear bikinis
What a load.
As if a busty gal would BURST INTO FLAMES should she pull on a turtleneck. As if a short gal will sear the eyes of onlookers should she dare wear a maxi dress. As if there is one, and only one, choice for dressing and it is to create the tallest, skinniest, yet simultaneously most hourglass-y figure possible. At any cost. Including comfort, personal preference, and seasonal appropriateness. Makes me livid.
Originally posted 2011-04-06 06:08:18.
We’ve talked about belting several times, but I completely understand why some of you still struggle with belting. The blogger-belt love affair is a long-standing one, and it can be colossally frustrating to see this fun accessory worn successfully by so many women, and STILL feel mystified as to how you might belt your own ensembles.
Well, recently I read something – in People Style Watch, of all places – that gave me a welcome jolt of new perspective on the world of belting. Something I should’ve realized long ago, but never quite did:
Originally posted 2011-02-03 06:27:48.
A frustrated reader e-mailed me this request:
Between visible panty lines and those funny back fat folds that my bra creates, I feel like my underwear often ruins my look. I’m not willing (or frankly able) to wear spanx all the time. I’m not comfortable in a thong. I often wear high-cut panties to match the waist on my pants and skirts even though on their own they look like granny panties. Cotton undies are good for health reasons, but I’ll do microfiber if the fabric on my pants or skirts is thin. How to balance comfort in one’s undergarments with a desire to keep a sleek line in clothing? I’m not terribly concerned that the undies look sexy on their own. I just want them to create a sleek line under my clothes without pinching me or compressing me too much.
Originally posted 2011-03-11 06:26:40.