Posts Categorized: style

How to Dress Comfortably

comfortable outfits

I am completely willing to sacrifice comfort for style.

OK, OK, I am completely willing to sacrifice comfort for style on most days. Or maybe “some days” would be more accurate. And, you know, not EVERYWHERE on my body. Just most spots. Or maybe “some spots” would be more accurate …

Well, regardless of the quantifiable particulars, when I wake up and think, “I need to be comfortable today. And not just for the first couple of hours. All day,” I build my outfits utilizing what I’ve learned about my body, my taste, and my preferences. read more

Originally posted 2011-07-14 06:17:38.

Reader Request: Skinny Jeans and Trend Queens

Reader Angeline popped this one into the Suggestion Box:

I need to talk about skinny jeans. They are everywhere. To top it off, I just read a blog that said boot cuts are so totally out. I’m beyond perplexed. Should and do people wear skinnies regardless of their size and shape and it’s okay? Skinnies aren’t particular flattering to me but I feel lost. I guess perhaps I’m looking for a post about following die hard fashion trends and how to make them work for you. Sigh.

So, let’s start with the skinnies: I whipped up an abbreviated guide to jeans back in 2009, and some of what I wrote back then still holds true now. I talked about how the denim standard gradually shifted to a slim silhouette, and that initially many folks declared that skinnies ONLY looked good on slim women. But the market eventually adjusted to encompass more body types, and more sizes and styles of skinny jeans are now available. If you are inclined to explore slim denim, you should be aware that there are options for everyone out there. Skinnies can be purchased with lots of stretch, the gamut of sizes is available, jeggings are a great option, and straight legs can work for women with curves who don’t want a super-tight fit. Before you dismiss these styles out-of-hand, slip on a pair at your local department store. There’s no one in that dressing room but you, and it doesn’t hurt to try. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-19 06:36:11.

Reader Request: How Much Should You Invest in Your Wardrobe?

How much should you spend on your wardrobe?

Readers Lynn and Ruby asked:

Lynn: How much spending on clothes is appropriate? I think it certainly depends on one’s budget and income, but what about conscience? I spend somewhere between $150 and $200 a month, I feel guilty as my son and husband spend close to nothing on their clothes. My income is high, I can easily afford $150 a month, but I still feel that this is almost too much.

Ruby: I agree – I’d love to know your thoughts on an appropriate clothing budget as a percentage of your income, for example. If you make $25K, how much should you reserve for clothes/shoes/accessories? $50K? $100K? How should that change if you’re in a professional job and need to wear suits (as I am), or if you wear scrubs, etc. to work every day? I know I’m spending far too little on my wardrobe, but I have no idea how much I should be spending. read more

Originally posted 2011-07-01 06:05:22.