Posts Categorized: reader requests

Reader Request: Dressing When You’re Down

Dressing tips for when you're feeling sad, sick, or low-energy

Reader Jess sent me this question via e-mail:

How does one reconcile her clothing choices with days when you’re truly down? Sometimes I want to put clothes on as armor, assuming that if I look put together, my less-than-together mental state will be disguised. But there are other times when I am feeling particularly angsty and want nothing more than to sulk around in a hoodie. I should add that I am a graduate student, but most of my classmates do dress up to some degree, so I can’t exactly waltz in wearing my nubby slippers. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-28 05:17:00.

Reader Request: Letting Go of Closet Misfits

How to get rid of clothes that just don't work anymore
An anonymous commenter dropped this doozy into the suggestion box:

How do you know when it’s time to let an item of clothing go? Either something you’ve worn and loved, or something that you’ve held onto waiting for that magical right piece that will convert your closet orphan into a fabulous outfit?

I’ve mentioned quite a few times that I don’t personally subscribe to the “if you haven’t worn it for a year, get rid of it” rule. And there are several reasons for that. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-14 05:36:00.

Reader Request: High-Waisted Skirts

how to wear high waisted skirts
Reader Olga asked this question in a comment a few weeks back:

Perhaps you could find the time to write how-to post about high-waisted skirts? I have a pencil skirt similar to yours in black, but I always end up wearing my blouses above it instead of tucking it in. Otherwise, my upper body seems ridiculously short. Am I doing something wrong? I have an average figure (65 kg, 1,76m), few curves and H-shaped, so probably there is some secret that you know how to get the look right?

OK, I’ll tell you the secret to rocking a high-waisted skirt: Confidence. No, really. This is a style that is challengingĀ to pull off for just about every body type. Depending on your build, it can make your biggest bits look even bigger and create vaguely funhouse-reminiscent proportions. And besides being a challenging piece, a high-waisted skirt looks best with sassy, retro-influenced styles that are often pretty bold. This style is not for the faint of heart, but if you’ve got the chutzpah you CAN rock it. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-10 05:50:00.