Reader Request: Outside Opinions

What do you do if you have an item of clothing that everyone else seems to dislike, but you love?

Reader Louise e-mailed this question to me a couple of months ago:

What do you do if you have an item of clothing that everyone else seems to dislike, but you love? Do you wear it? Keep it in the closet, but wear it rarely? Get rid of it?

Here are the specifics of my case, but in a way they aren’t really important as it is a style philosophy that I’m interested in: I just bought a denim skirt to replace one that wasn’t fitting comfortably anymore. I wear the old skirt at least once a week as it is a staple of my wardrobe. The new skirt is fairly long (mid-calf), full, buttons all the way up the front, washed/faded denim with the classic faded gold stitching/pewtery hardware. I thought it was classic, but when I showed my husband, he said it was matronly. He rarely has any clothing opinions, so that alone gave me pause. read more

Originally posted 2010-12-21 06:09:37.

Casual Shoe Basics


Well! The responses to this post about shoe basics made it pretty clear that you lovely folks would like some casual shoe-specific input. Many of you have no need or use for heels, and others pointed out that great-looking casual shoes are FAR more difficult to find than great-looking dressy shoes. So here’s a short list of what I consider to be casual shoe basics, and some brand and style recommendations.

frye vera slouch

Frye Vera Slouch

Ahh, boots. Durable, comfortable, and stylish. Those of you living in hot, humid climes may want to pass on this option, but for anyone dealing with seasons, a great pair of casual boots will serve you well for most of the year. Boots can add polish to just about any casual ensemble in a way that flats or Mary Janes cannot, in my opinion. Opt for a classic, knee-high pair with a walkable (or non-existent) heel in a versatile neutral. read more

Originally posted 2010-12-20 06:25:30.

Imperfect Forms and Formless Masses Re-examined

oversized frumpy flattery
It’s taken me a long time to learn about my body. Both in terms of appreciating its lovely form as-is, and in terms of helping it look amazing as often as possible by wearing clothes that work WITH it instead of AGAINST it. And before I learned these things, I hid inside my clothes. Husband Mike and I even called a certain segment of my wardrobe my “hide-inside” clothes. They were oversized, bulky, thick, formless, and dark. They masked every lump and bump and I felt secure knowing that no one could see my supposed “flaws” through all that billowing cloth. read more

Originally posted 2010-12-15 06:06:19.