On NPR's On Point show today, the topic was plus-size fashion. The main guest was Tim Gunn, and another guest was a Time reporter. The Time reporter talked about several startups, including a few where you could send in your measurements and they would send you clothes to try on that were calculated to fit based on you measurements rather than on standard sizing. [more inside]
I just moved back to the Willamette Valley after a couple-year stint in year-round warm climates. While living in Oregon I never quite got the hang of constant clothing layering and dampness. I am determined this time around to look fashionable while staying warm and dry. It seems like everyone is perpetually wearing outdoor gear (REI/Patagonia/North Face rain layers, practical waterproof clogs, sporty-wear) and I'm just not into doing that - I want to look put-together and stylish. How can I go about doing this? More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I'm interested in buying a necklace with hanging alphabet beads like rapper Lil Uzi Vert often wears. Here's a photo of his LUV necklace. Here's a video where he's wearing a DORA and THUGGER necklace. [more inside]
I grew up watching Seinfeld, but didn't really have a personal conception of style while the show was airing. I watch reruns, and I think that the costuming is sort of... "dorky 90s department store". However, I'm curious, when Seinfeld was contemporary, how fashionable would those clothes have been? What was being conveyed with the clothing choices of the main characters?
I am interested in learning how to differentiate high quality jewelry from common pieces--especially on the resale market. When I go to an antique store or thrift shop and look at jewelry, it all looks the same to me. Sure, I can differentiate by color and number of stones, but that is about it. How could I develop the ability to tell the difference in quality of jewelry, apart from the price tag that a store manager or dealer has put on it? Are there resources that you have used, such as blogs or books, to help you learn to appreciate the truly great from the mediocre? Any general advice for someone that wants to be a jewelry connoisseur? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I signed up for Shoedazzle VIP membership quite a few months ago in order to get a free pair of shoes, and through a combination of forgetfulness and laziness I left my membership active for much longer than I would have liked, so now I've accumulated quite a bit of shoe credit. Yes, I'm dumb. [more inside]
Women and shoppers-in-women's clothes of Metafilter, I have been gladdened by the appearance this summer of women's denim shorts with actual inseams! But I've only seen them in the wild, and haven't found any in stores. If you've bought some can you tell me where? Criteria inside. [more inside]
I remember looking through books in my parents' basement as a kid, and I think they had a few 60's or 70's era Life yearbooks. There was a fashion shoot that has very much made an impression on me, but I can't find it, or any details about it. [more inside]
I am sick of the high street stores, they are boring me to tears. I'm not affluent enough to buy designer. So where should I shop online? Examples below the fold of the type of thing I'm looking for but alas, most of them are only based in the US. [more inside]
Please help me find awesome geeky t-shirts in the massive haystack that is Etsy. [more inside]
Is it better for a fitted baseball cap to be a *little* too big or a *little* too small? [more inside]
I want to buy a matching bomber jacket or varsity jacket & cheerleader skirt from a dance/athletic supplier, rather than a fashion retailer. These are pretty standard items, so it shouldn't be too difficult, but I was wondering if any of you had particular experience with any specific vendor! I only want to buy one of each, so no bulk minimums is good. [more inside]
I have a date tonight in NYC. I want to look dapper as hell. Please help a non-New-Yorker figure out how to make this happen a) today and b) ideally on the cheap. [more inside]
A few years ago while studying abroad in Beijing I had a qipao (cheongsam) tailor-made. I have since learned about the phenomenon of cultural appropriation, and as I am white I have not felt comfortable wearing it. I'm attending a wedding soon and would really like to get some use out of this dress. Would it be cultural appropriation/inappropriate for me to wear it?
Some years ago I spotted an almost certainly designer dress (blue, maxi, sleeveless, buttons) on the sidewalks of Manhattan. If possible, I'd like to ID it so that I can stalk on eBay/resale sites. [more inside]
I will be attending a wedding as a guest next weekend. My options for a suit are: dark grey, light grey, and a lighter navy. I'm interested in buying a new shirt and tie combo for the occasion, but I'm looking for some options. I'd like something that's bright and fun, but doesn't clash (which I often have a hard time discerning). [more inside]
My husband and I are visiting Montreal and we've never seen so many white people with dreadlocks in one place. What's up with this? [more inside]
I'm getting married this summer :D and can't decide what to wear D: I really bristle at the idea of wearing traditional men's formal wear, especially a tux—it just feels wrong and inauthentic for who I am. I need help finding something that feels right and while we've had no trouble saying 'screw tradition we'll do it our way' for pretty much everything else wedding wise I'm struggling in figuring out what that is for me in this case. [more inside]
I spotted the boot of my dreams, but didn't ask the wearer where she got them. Can you help me on my footwear quest? [more inside]
I'd like to get my husband a nice belt for our 3rd ("leather") anniversary. [more inside]
Hi everyone, I am trying to figure out where to shop. I am an average sized woman, 5, 4" and I work part time in a school and have three young kids. I need things that coordinate and can more or less go between work and home...although I am in the stage where things get stained often!! I just tried stitch fix. I was so disappointed! The quality didn't seem to be great, the items looked like not great quality, one dress was way too long, three shirts looked like maternity on me, and one was polyester, which is awful in HOT, HOT weather where I live. I have no time to shop, but I don't want to go buy boxy looking clothing. I would like clothing that fits, and I can't figure out where to get this. I am spending way too much money shopping online and guessing just to have to pay all of the shipping fees to order and return! I have seen people recommend Boden, but others say sizes are inconsistent. I'm not a huge fan of JCrew. Thanks so much!!
I wear cardigans every day, and I want to leave them open in front (whether they have buttons or not). But when I walk, my cardigans blow open, slide off my shoulders and then down my arms. I am constantly pulling them up or even holding them as I walk. What could I do to solve this problem and keep my cardigans in place? [more inside]
Back when I worked at a college bookstore, I was lucky enough to pick up the first collection of Fruits postcards, depicting amazingly eclectic and inspiring street fashion in Japan. Shoichi Aoki's photos have been above my living-room couch for the past 10 years. The question: Are there any other street-fashion or similar world-culture postcard sets like this you'd recommend? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize this skirt Sharon Horgan wears in season 2, episode 5 of Catastrophe? I want it. A lot.
I've been slowly improving my wardrobe but somehow I'm feeling a kind of impostor syndrome--as though I'm just playing dress-up and look ridiculous. [more inside]
For at least the immediate future I'll need pass through security in a federal courthouse without the benefit of employee ID, which means going through a metal detector. I need a durable, metal-free belt (leather or otherwise) that fits standard 35mm belt loops and looks reasonably presentable in a casual-end-of-business-casual environment. Thanks!
Nearing the end of my first trimester, gained some weight on top of the belly I already had and I can't suck it in anymore. What the hell to wear? [more inside]
I need some help navigating the process of updating my wardrobe and learning men's fashion. [more inside]
OK, knowing the answer will probably not make me a better, happier, wiser person, but I've got to know: in some random Tumblr surfing I saw this picture, apparently a still from a movie... [more inside]
I found this men's fashion blog called Well Spent and I love it. I love the emphasis on responsible sourcing (environmentally and labor-wise), a lot of made in the US and Canada items, and "buy it for life" quality– meaning items so well made I could hand them down to my kids. Is there a woman's fashion blog like this?
So I finally have had to concede that What Would A Nerd Wear, my long-time style bible, is long gone and never coming back. Is anyone else on the great wide internet doing something similar for the modren era? If you, too, are a nerd who is trying to learn how to dress yourself, what are your go-tos? [more inside]
Considering he loves vintage and also may sew himself, I'm wondering if this shirt/smock that Robbie Turner is wearing in his talking heads on RuPaul's Drag Race is something that can be purchased? I can't find it with my meager Google skills. <
Which men's dress shoes/styles would you recommend for my work style? [more inside]
So I think I finally grew out of my knapsack. Rushing to/from meetings, the knapsack gives off a distinctly student vibe, which, coupled with my boyish charm, isn't the look I'm going for in my new prestigious university job. Also, I'm in my mid 30s. [more inside]
I want to replace my winter coat and have some very picky requirements. Here they are, with the most important ones first: [more inside]
I'd like to get better at this not-rolling-out-of-bed-and-grabbing-the-first-clean-outfit thing, especially when it comes to remembering to put on makeup and doing my hair. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Is there a term that defines the angle of a brim with respect to the front of the hat or cap? One extreme would be the brim on the cloth caps competing bicyclists wore: straight up, essentially lying flush against the front of the hat. In the middle would be the brim of a French policeman's kepi or the cap worn by the stuntman in "A Man and a Woman": straight out, at a 90° angle from the front. At the other extreme would be straight down, like the brim of the 19th-century Marine pill-box cap. [more inside]
Help a chronic over-packer get to San Fransisco with her one carry-on bag intact. [more inside]
I'm new to beauty/fragrance buying - lend me your expertise! [more inside]
I have a creative friend who wants to make his own clothes, so I recently purchased him this book on shirtmaking. But what about the bottom half? I'll get him the same author's trouser book, but does anyone know of resources for making jeans, or any other man-focused sewing info? So much seems to be focused on women, with men's items being just a sidebar. He's very fashionable, so even pattern maker suggestions, etc. are welcome.
I am a lady who has recently gotten into dressing more feminine. But I am also a lady who has just moved to the Midwest, and it is winter here now. How should I be dressing? [more inside]
In November I moved from Houston to Amsterdam. I was okay in the beginning, but now I feel like winter is *really* setting in and I need some new clothes. [more inside]
I've decided to go for the "blazer, nice tee shirt, and jeans" look for work. Female. Where shall I shop online for blazers? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I'm getting sewing labels printed so I can proudly brand my work. Anything from dresses and shirts to curtains and baby bibs. What should I call it? And which company should I use? [more inside]
I am about to launch a James Perse-like, California casual men's fashion line in Southern California and am looking for ways to... 1) Sell the line 2) Market the line 3) Find local brands that sell men's clothing, accessories, etc to share space at trade shows and events [more inside]
Form fitting sweater dress + leggings. Is there a way to do this that doesn't result in visible lumpiness around the midriff/hips where the leggings end? [more inside]
I really like the clothing made by Lulu Lemon Lab. I'm looking for other companies that make clothing that is similar. Do you know any clothing companies that do clothes that could are a) comfortable like yoga clothes, b) business formal and c) urban in styling? [more inside]
Does this boot exist? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
Is there a name for the style of apron that Gabrielle Hamilton can be seen wearing in Season 4 of Mind of a Chef? Where can I find/buy one, or a pattern to sew one? [more inside]