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: Stylish Shorts

How to pick flattering shorts

Beautiful Anne sent this request via e-mail:

I just watched a blurb about shorts for every body type on the Today Show, except that they only showed 4 models and they all looked about the same to me, so it wasn’t very helpful. Can every body type really wear shorts? I know you tend to wear more skirts and dresses, but sometimes a skirt isn’t quite appropriate. With summer kind of approaching here in the Midwest, I’d be interested to see your take on this.

This is quite a challenge to me, my friends, as I probably wear shorts twice per year. But I know they’re a summer staple for many, so I’ll weigh in on Anne’s questions as best I can! read more

Originally posted 2010-06-08 05:30:00.

How to Shop for Shoes

how to shop for shoes

I’ve received a few queries in comments and via e-mail about my methods of shoe shopping, and requests for a tutorial on how to become an effective shoe huntress.  I’m more than happy to share my methods, of course! But bear in mind that shoes are my drug of choice, and my techniques for finding and procuring shoes may seem a bit extreme to some of you. Or, possibly, all of you. We shall see …

Research

Keep an inspiration folder: How do I find most of my pairs of shoes? Why, I read magazines and catalogs. Simple as that. When I spot a pair that makes my heart skip a beat, I either tear out the page and add it to my binder, or note the style name and price for future reference. read more

Originally posted 2011-07-05 06:19:14.