Posts Categorized: tutorial

Reader Request: How to Wear Capris

how to wear capris

Lovely reader burntphotograph popped this into the suggestion box a while back:

I’d love to see a post on capris … I’ve been reading a lot that they are not good for body proportions and various other reasons we should trash ours. What are your thoughts?

Weeelllll, my thoughts are many and varied. Capris come in SO many styles, and there really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules about who “can” and “cannot” wear them. Making capris, crops, and clamdiggers work for your body type is going to be a matter of experimentation. If you’re interested in wearing them but not sure how, I’ll level with you: Your best bet is to try on as many pairs in as many styles and as many hem-lengths as possible until you find a pair that flatters you. Or determine your ideal length with a regular pair of pants, some safety pins, and a friend willing to play fake-tailor, and THEN hit the shops. read more

Originally posted 2009-06-16 06:01:00.

Adding Color to a Neutral Wardrobe

How to add color to a neutral wardrobe
Like many women, I love my neutral-heavy wardrobe for its endless versatility. There really is nothing so reliably chic as a closet full of whites, blacks, grays, and browns – everything goes together, and it all looks modern and clean and classy.

Living in a world of neutrals can get a little too serene and uniform at times. So here are some tips for adding non-threatening non-neutrals to daily wear, even if your base colors are all neutral themselves:

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Red shoes: Why red, you ask? Because red is a bright, vibrant color that plays nicely with ALL neutrals. Also red is a color that is challenging to many women, either because it does nasty things to their complexions or because it is too bold for their tastes. But red shoes will never make anyone look jaundiced, and always add some zip to a subdued outfit without feeling overpowering. I strongly believe that every woman should own one pair of red shoes. read more

Originally posted 2010-06-17 05:32:00.

Shopping Questions You Should Never Be Afraid to Ask


I prefer to shop alone. I am a very focused, directed shopper and don’t like to be distracted by idle chit-chat or unrelated browsing. So I generally go alone and keep to myself. The people I am most likely to speak with while shopping? Sales associates.

Now, sales associates sometimes get a bad rep. It’s frustrating to ask a question about merchandise or availability and be met with blank stares and disinterest. But sales associates cannot be expected to know everything about the merch. Boutique owners and managers at smaller shops, yes. Associates at large department stores, no. And even if you encounter a sales associate who can’t help you, hopefully she or he can point you toward other resources. read more

Originally posted 2010-06-02 05:16:00.