Practitioners of Marie Kondo's tidying method, can you please help me understand the experience of an object under consideration "sparking joy"? [more inside]
My niece is turning 15 next month, and I'd like to set up some sort of clothing allowance for her - any suggestions on amounts or how to organize? [more inside]
Jones New York is apparently going under, so I'm looking for alternatives. Examples of what I like: this, this, and this. I'm looking for casual and business-casual clothes that are pretty standard with some interesting touches. My other main places to shop are Goodwill and Marshalls, where I look for Splendid, Loft, BR, James Perse, etc.
I'm looking for a decent three season men's warm up jacket with a large inside pocket that can fit a decent sized book (two paperbacks or a larger hardcover). Does anyone make this? I carry a book with me everywhere and I don't always want to carry a bag, but many lighter jackets don't have pockets big enough. Can I find this anywhere?
I just started a better job in a new office and it is becoming apparent to me that I need to up my game, wardrobe-wise. Corduroys/chinos and knit shirts aren't doing it anymore. There are a few things about me that make this slightly complicated. [more inside]
Looking for a stylish, functional women’s raincoat/jacket that isn’t “formal,” but also isn’t too sporty, and that I can wear with a variety of things including jeans and leggings. Can you recommend something? [more inside]
I've seen lots of TV shows where someone will get a guy up to speed with grooming, help him come up with a "style", take him to the right cosmetics people, hair stylist, etc. I want this overall service too. Do these sorts of people exist in real life, what are they called, and can I find one here in the UK? [more inside]
I am in my sister’s wedding this summer, and need a bra recommendation. [more inside]
Clothing experts! I have a trivial problem. The hem of my button-up shirts -- the hem on the non-button side -- always folds over on itself. How do I make it flat again? It's happening to all my flannel button-ups, seriously jeopardising my aspirations to lumbersexuality. Pic below. [more inside]
Where in Austin, Texas can I find a women's down coat or other warm, femme-looking winter coat tomorrow? (Extra challenge: tall and broad-shouldered.) [more inside]
XS is frequently too large on me - where should I try to shop? [more inside]
What are some other stores or clothing lines like White House Black Market? [more inside]
Much of my wardrobe consists of short (knee length or slightly above) dresses. In the past 2-3 years, however, I've been plagued by a weird cut that seems to be super-popular, but which is intensely unflattering for me: a very slightly full skirt, with a waist that is too high for the natural waistline, but too low for empire. Do you know what this cut is called, and what I should be searching for in order to avoid it? Examples below the fold. [more inside]
I'm going on a trip to Israel in October. I've never been to that part of the world before. I am an American woman. What kind of clothes would be appropriate? [more inside]
We were in Rome a couple summers back and I was taken with how well dressed Italian men are even in the summer heat. It seems the secret is in all the shops there selling very lightweight jackets, pants, suits. Perfectly suited to spring and summer weather. I picked up a couple outfits while I was there and now Im back in California and I'm wanting to grab more. Does anyone know of an online retailer that specializes in this sort of thing?
I love historic clothing/fashion. Where are the museums with largest antique clothing collections on display?
I spilled bleach on a beloved rugby shirt, and would like to try to repair or replace it. Help? [more inside]
Haven't gone in a date in 10 years, don't know this guy, and I can't figure out what to wear! [more inside]
I'm bummed that Coldwater Creek has gone bottoms-up. Who's their best online replacement?
Going to my first-ever yoga class this Sunday. Late 30s male. What should I wear? And what should I bring with me? I am going to a beginner's class at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thanks.
Apparently every store I like to shop at now makes all of their button-down shirts and blouses semi-sheer (Loft is the biggest offender). The trouble is that I'm REALLY hot natured and try to wear as few non-removable layers as possible (cotton tanks as a layer are too hot). I'm hoping someone can link to tanks made of really, really thin material or some kind of miracle solution that doesn't require another layer of clothes. Any suggestions of how I can layer without feeling layered?
I would like some basic, dude-styled flannel button up shirts. I'm a short, small-framed queer person who stores weight in my chest. "Men's" flannels are generally too large; "women's" often have girly details like darts and little wee pockets and dainty buttons; "boy's" would be perfect but the sleeves are invariably too short. Do you have a body like mine and a basic flannel you love? Where did you buy it? [more inside]
I would like to figure out what the hell well dressed women of my age wear to look stylish, classy, and even if possible sexy! Please help me find what to wear, from inside out, like I am your own personal midthirties professional, casual, and formal doll. [more inside]
Turns out, neither my partner nor I are wedding planners so we’ve decided to elope on New Year’s Eve. Hurray! So far, we’ve had 6 days to plan since our decision. I’ve acquired THIS lovely dress to wear on the big day. Problem is, I’m not sure how to accessorize it in a way to signify I’m a bride. Looking for some suggestion for styles of jewelry, shoes, and whatnot to help me accomplish a bridal look. [more inside]
I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
My husband is a giant (6'7")and I'd like to get him some Christmas presents that will make his life better. [more inside]
Moving into an apartment with no laundry; landlord has OK'd getting a portable washer / dryer unit. What should we consider? [more inside]
Where in New York can I go to find someone to either make or find me a pair of women's jeans that will fit me? [more inside]
I'm looking for high-quality, blank uniform templates for this identity I am designing. If there are images from several angles, it would be awesome. I'm primarily interested in t-shirts but I am open to everything else as well. [more inside]
I have this … thing. I have a lot of clothing in my closet, way too much jammed in there, but I'm reluctant to wear it. Instead I "save" it for some unknown possible event down the road and stick to a black-on-black type uniform which I can get away with, because I'm in NYC, but something tells me that ... there is something deeper going on here. Details below the fold. [more inside]
Nylon jacket stained by mysterious paint/solvent. Can it be cleaned? [more inside]
Ms. Justice would like to buy a few stylish, professional-looking scarves to dress up and add a splash of color to her business suits and jackets. One difficulty is that many scarves are just too big, giving the impression when worn that one has a small tablecloth draped around one's neck. Can you recommend some upscale, not overly flashy, scarf vendors who sell product suitable for professional office wear that is relatively small and thin?
Please help me select, buy, and actually wear accessories/jewelry that look great and make me happy—from scratch. I need best practices, inspiration photos, or just that One Weird Trick that makes you look great and put-together every day. Go! [more inside]
I'm attending a wedding in Mumbai this upcoming weekend and am having a crisis of apparel. [more inside]
I'm looking for fashion blogs for inspiration as I'm trying to "dress for the job I want" in a creative field. Think tough but a hint of feminine. O Mefites, who's on your edgy creative fashion blogroll? [more inside]
My mother is visiting Berkeley and would like to shop for clothing. She is 80 and her taste runs to Koret and Coldwater Creek but both of those have become online only. Can you recommend a brick and mortar clothing store where she might enjoy shopping for herself? She would be interested in a chain store or an interesting boutique.
My comfort-loving preschooler (boy) only likes to wear sweatpants and leggings. I am of the opinion that sweatpants should never be worn in public, and most leggings are probably not warm enough for winter. Can you help me find comfy, warm pants that also look good? [more inside]
Between a recent fire at my apartment and a mix-up with the cleaning crew, all of my clothes are now gone except a few things I picked up at Target with a giftcard from a friend. Another friend was amazingly generous enough to send me $200 to help rebuild my wardrobe, and I am trying to figure out the most satisfying way to do so. [more inside]
Hi, I'm looking for a magazine or website that sells clothes that are new but have an old fashioned look. [more inside]
I really enjoy the freedom of movement that comes from not carrying a bag and was wondering if you had any suggestions for a) women's clothes/unisex clothes/appealing men's jackets or other clothes with deep pockets b) some other alternative? [more inside]
What is the opposite of a raglan sleeve? [more inside]
How should I accessorize a solid colored dress without looking like a mismatched bag lady? [more inside]
I would like to have a few shirts made, I think? And maybe, eventually a suit? Please explain the basics of a professional tailor. [more inside]
I'm shopping for the best. leggings. ever. Help me find them? [more inside]
Too many years of casual clothing-living has left me with no frame of reference. I'm attending my first opera next month and I'm wondering what the proper attire is. The opera is in Los Angeles and, if it makes any difference, I'm sitting in the nose bleed section.
Tom Petty's not usually my go-to guy for style ideas, but I love this 4-button semi-formal western jacket he's wearing in this picture with the wonderful Regina Spektor. Does anyone have an idea where to look for such a garment, or even idea how to describe it? Thanks very much.
My daughter is almost two, still in diapers. I send her to daycare with a day's supply of diapers and at least one change of clothes. Every single day when I pick her up, she's inevitably wearing her top and diaper, and no bottoms. If I sent her in a dress and tights, she's wearing the dress but no tights. Is this a Problem, or Not a Problem? [more inside]
I need a bike commuting jacket. I love love love this one from Betabrand BUT IT DOESN'T SHIP TIL JANUARY WHAT. Help me find an alternative to survive fall/winter in DC. [more inside]
I'm a fat woman (US sizes like 26-28 at the moment), newishly arrived to Washington DC. Where can I buy some clothes my size, in a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on, and if possible that's near public transportation? My job involves some physical work and can get a bit dusty/dirty; I tend to wear jeans or cords, and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [more inside]