Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: The Tall Boot Dilemma

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Every time knee-high boots come up – ESPECIALLY when they’re mentioned as a potential wardrobe staple – the hackles rise. So, so, so many of you have trouble finding tall boots that fit your calves correctly. And even if you love the look, you eventually give up the quest out of sheer frustration.

And honestly? I don’t have a solution. Because some of you have narrow calves and some of you have wide calves. Some of you aren’t proportioned for mass-produced tall boots and some of you are concerned about disguising your slender ankles. And even though there are a few minor workarounds for some of these issues, the bald fact is that some women may never find a pairs gorgeous, perfectly-fitting tall boots that flatter their frames. At least, not without getting them custom-made. read more

Originally posted 2010-01-14 06:25:00.

Why You Should Befriend Your Tailor

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Fact: Clothes off the rack may not fit you.

Like ever.

Retailers aim right for the middle, and they don’t give a flying rat’s ankle about outliers. If you are larger but not plus sized or shorter but not petite, you probably loathe shopping as much as I loathe trips to the dentist. If you are a pronounced pear or and extreme apple you may think that clothes do not exist that will fit you properly … not everywhere on your bod all at once. If your hips are waaaaaaay bigger than your waist, or your legs are waaaaaaaay shorter than your torso, or your shoulders are waaaaaaaay broader than your ribcage, you might not be able to buy pants at the Gap or dresses from Anthropologie. read more

Originally posted 2009-11-11 06:59:00.

What Are You Waiting For?

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A girlfriend of mine has been unhappy with her body for … well, for as long as I’ve known her. She is one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever known, and her generous, open, loving personality just serves to amplify the startling physical beauty that shines out from her silky hair, and ladylike hands, and creamy skin, and perfect-pout lips, and dive-into-me eyes.

But she battles her body, and loses.

Constantly.

She adjusts her food intake, and then adjusts it some more. She tries meal schedules and diets and avoidance of certain foods. She counts calories. She exercises twice as much as me and twice as hard. She varies her workout routine, and monitors her heart rate to optimize her efforts. read more

Originally posted 2008-10-23 06:15:00.