Posts Tagged: fashion

The Double-edged Sword of Non-conformism

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I was never a popular girl. Ever. The popular girls in my world scorned and teased me actively in middle school, studiously ignored me in high school. And my actual friends talked a good game about the importance of non-conformism as an important and valuable characteristic. They relied on it as a means of feeling detached and superior, but in reality we all wished to be just a little more like the in-crowd. And we made many concessions to their preferences and edicts, often wore what they said we should, frequently looked and acted how they wanted us to. read more

Originally posted 2012-06-29 06:40:17.

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: Dressing Up While Others Dress Down

dressing up at college

Lovely reader Bonnie – who is a university student – sent this question via e-mail:

While I don’t dress in a particularly fancy way (I normally wear a collared shirt with dark wash jeans and riding boots, or a tailored shirtdress with a cardigan and a pair of sandals), the things I wear look out of place amongst the hoodies and ugg boots worn by my peers. Most of the time I even look smarter than my lecturers! In the faculties I am in (I am doing a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science) people seem to consistently dress down. read more

Originally posted 2012-01-04 06:18:10.