Posts Tagged: fashion

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.

Why Trends Are Your Friends

Why fashion trends are worth your attention

Whenever I start nattering on about the latest trends, there are always a few folks who say, “Eh, I don’t really follow trends.” And I can respect that. Some women prefer to avoid trends because they want to cultivate a unique personal style. Some women prefer to dress in a timeless, classic fashion. Some women would prefer to circumvent the whole “mutton dressed as lamb” thing. All logical, reasonable explanations for eschewing trends.

BUT! (You knew there was gonna be a “but,” didn’t you? Because YOU read the post title.) I believe that even trend-eschewers, trend-avoiders, and avid trend-haters should consider remaining aware of and participating in trends. At least on a limited-investment, low-impact level. And here’s why: read more

Originally posted 2011-06-09 06:16:28.