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Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

What kind of necklace length/shape to wear with different necklines?

I've been branching out into more dresses and trying to figure out what length/shape of necklaces look best with different necklines. I have plenty of necklaces I like, just not sure what to wear with what. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jul 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Nail color inspiration for wedding guest outfit?

What outside-the-box-color nail polish would best accent a black cocktail dress (with silver accent beading) and silver shoes? [more inside]
posted by shelle on Jul 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Help a young male create his capsule wardrobe!

What are the basic essentials for a young man's wardrobe? What's the best approach to building a versatile, comfortable, and stream-lined wardrobe from scratch? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jul 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Clothes to pack for late summer trip to Montreal/Ontario lakehouse?

What stylish but versatile mix and match clothing articles and accessories should I pack for three July nights in Montreal and four nights in a cabin off Lake Beverly in Ontario? How do I keep them looking "fresh" despite heat, humidity, and my own unforgiving sweat? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find these golden high-tops!

So this website sells these awesome Game of Thrones House Martell high-top sneakers. Unfortunately they don't have them in my size (US Men's 13). I cried for a bit, and now I'm asking: Where can I find high-tops in a similar golden-orange color? I really love it!
posted by nickhb on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

I need to find the best barber in the Boulder, CO area

I've just moved to Boulder from NYC and I'm looking for an experienced, no-frills men's barber that can handle a classic tapered haircut. I have had great Russian barbers in NYC but this is CO, and I can't find much. Looking for a barber that can handle an all scissors cut and one that is relegated to guard clippers. I'm willing to travel to a nearby area but would prefer not having to make the trip to Denver.
posted by foreversport on Jul 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Hat's off to you!

I love wearing hats. I have many: fedora, bowler, newsboy, boater, summer straw, cowboy, porkpie . . . . How can I make best use of my suave accessories? [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Jun 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Fran Lebowitz in skirts

Looking for websites and books for guidance and encouragement, not just techniques, in professional dress. I am entering a field where the top echelon of business casual seems to be the default setting. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Jun 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Cute short feminine hairstyles for curly haired trans lady?

Hello everyone! I am early in my transition as a trans woman and am working on growing my hair out. In the meantime I am interested in figuring out some way to do my hair that looks cute and feminine and doesn't require a ton of maintenance. [more inside]
posted by tinyfolk on Jun 20, 2014 - 49 answers

Where to find casual men's clothes for the office?

My company just moved from business casual to casual. Most of my clothes are business casual and I'd like to upgrade my wardrobe (on a reasonable budget) to dress sharp in a casual (jeans ok, shorts not) environment. I'm 30 in middle management so looking for something contemporary, but not cutting edge that would look sharp in a big, conservative Midwest company. Can you point me to online resources to help find outfits that look good and are reasonably priced? Thanks in advance!
posted by gocubbies on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm a pregnant snowflake. Help me dress myself.

The past 3 years of my life have brought both steady weight gain and financial instability, leaving me with a very sparse, heavily-worn and ill-fitting wardrobe. The financial strain has finally lifted, so yay! time to get some new clothes. The problem? I'm 10 weeks pregnant, teetering into plus sizes, and trying to strategize my purchases for maximum future wear. [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Jun 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Mens Pants Filter - Either the butt or the waist fits, but not both

Whenever I shop for pants or shorts, almost everything I try on either has a tight waist and comfortable butt, or tight butt and too-loose waist. This applies across various brands. I like to say that I'm little in the middle but I got much back, but my proportions aren't that strange. Skinny jeans don't fit me, but I'm not going for pleated dockers, either. I wear approximately a 30" waist and 28" inseam. Guys, can you recommend any brands that solve this problem?
posted by 4midori on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Online shop for new designers womens clothing ?

what is a good online shop for simple original womenswear (wearable to work). new designers or original fashion appart from the brands stocked at most dept stores.(nordstrom/saks, etc..) [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Jun 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Scrubs for a tall skinny guy?

Where can I buy scrubs that fit me? I'm a tall, skinny guy (6' 1", 31" waist) and would like to buy several sets of scrubs in neutral colors. Suggestions of online sources, chain stores or local places (currently in the DC area) are all welcome.
posted by killdevil on Jun 4, 2014 - 3 answers

The horror of "casual", the heat of "summer"

I am a tall (5'11), fat (22/24), lady, soon-to-be attorney working in a downtown law office that just declared the next few months to be "Casual Summer". Help me look professional and casual and feel comfortable at the same time. Difficulty: pants. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 4, 2014 - 32 answers

Nail polish that is free of chemicals but won't chip

Do you know a nail polish that is fee of chemicals like formaldehyde, etc.? I think they call it the 4 free or 5 free.........I tried the polish called "Butter" but it chipped right away. I'm willing to even just have 2 or 3 free if I can have a polish that does not chip the next day. I'm just trying to find something with "less" chemicals than the normal polish. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

What if Carhartt and 2(x)ist had a baby?

I need new clothes, and I would like, for once, clothes that look good. Significant bonus points if they signal modesty and I can do some physical work in them. [more inside]
posted by The Gaffer on Jun 2, 2014 - 7 answers

What various socks are best for work, walking, lounging, and more?

Askmefites always recommend socks. The best gift for dad, the best thing to spend money on, the best things to put on your feet, etc. Sometimes they recommend brands, sometimes they recommend uses of the socks. Usually, they just say "buy good socks". This is basically a question asking for more details. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

T-shirts that don't feel like t-shirts

I am looking for higher-end women's t-shirts that drape beautifully and fit great. Where do I find them? A surprising number of details and preferences and constraints inside! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 2, 2014 - 21 answers

Where can I find this shirt from a Downton Abbey episode?

I'm looking to find a shirt (blouse? top? I'm not really sure of the proper terminology) that the character, Lady Mary, wore in Downton Abbey (season 4, episode 7). Screenshot links inside. [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Professional dress for an early evening "Gala"

I've been invited to attend an anniversary dinner/fundraiser for a regional nonprofit advocacy group. I'll be attending as a guest of a work-related higher-up, and the event will doubtless involve a bunch of professional networking small talk. They're calling it a gala... but the event starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. What on earth do I wear? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Wearing you makes me feel oh so good

Things that feel great to wear...what are they? I value comfort immensely when it comes to clothing, but I also want to feel confident in what I'm wearing. I'm okay with suggestions for casual wear, but I have a much harder time finding comfortable clothing that's both stylish and dressy/professional. [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time on May 29, 2014 - 23 answers

Everyday Femme Radness

What belongs in my starter femme/androgynous/genderqueer ensemble? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 25, 2014 - 14 answers

What do you wear to dress up if you're androgynous?

Looking for something in between gowns and suits. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Formalwear for Slender Men

My fiance needs a suit, possibly even a tux. He is very tall and slender. What are some good resources to find a suit that will look flattering on him? [more inside]
posted by lady3bird on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Activities for a fashion and beauty fanatic in London and Paris

We have booked our trip to London and Paris this summer-yay! My 17 year old daughter will be with us, and she loves everything related to fashion and beauty-style guides, shopping, makeup, museums, resale stores, all that. I don't love to shop, but am happy to include some in our trip. Any specific ideas for us in those two cities? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on May 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Best NYC clothes stores for larger guys? Goal: step up from jeans & tees

Which clothing stores in NYC have good casual/business casual clothes for larger men? My boyfriend and I are going clothes shopping this coming Saturday to prepare for an upcoming trip. He has a suit, but other than that, all his clothes are jeans and tees. For this trip, we are looking for: casual button down shirts (oxfords or plaids), non-jeans/non-khaki trousers, a sport coat or blazer, and some shoes that fall in between the New Balance sneakers he usually wears and the nice black shoes he wears with his suit. Sizes and price range below the cut. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Men-t the Runway

Is there an equivalent to Rent the Runway for men? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on May 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Tell me everything you know about shirt garters.

Thanks to this comment, I've learned about shirt garters/shirt stays. Who knew?! And I have questions. Do you have experience with these straps of contraption? [more inside]
posted by barchan on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

danny devito in business attire, beyond even sirmixalot's wildest dreams

What suit designer makes suits (preferably skirt suits?) that fit and flatter a small yet curvy woman? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Where can I get a less expensive version of this dress?

The Gucci dress that Emma Stone wore on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show was stunning. I can't afford Gucci. Is there a good copycat? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Apr 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for Commercial clothing/Fashion Websites That Have Specific Info

I have seen fashion/clothing sites where on the product page the brand has dress/pant/shirt etc. options. There is a blank image of the pants, etc. Below the image is a choice of colors or design. When you scroll over a color you then see what the color will look like on the pants. Does anyone know any brands that have this on there sites? I have seen them in the past yet none of them are coming to mind. I am building a website right now and would like to show this to my designer.
posted by goalyeehah on Apr 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Bathing Suit Needed, Difficulty Level : I'm Not a Baby And It's Not 1983

My sister recently unearthed this photo of Wee Baby JulThumbscrew experiencing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I developed an immediate, nigh-unto incapacitating desire for an adult-sized version of the swimsuit I was wearing in the photo. Does a grown-up version of this thing exist? WHERE?! If not, is anyone making decent custom swimwear these days (perhaps on Etsy)? Thanks, Hive!
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I find a quality women's corduroy blazer in San Fran?

I've got an unexpected day free in San Francisco tomorrow and I'd like to do some shopping. One thing I haven't been able to find back home in Sydney is a nice corduroy women's blazer. I had one years ago in a lovely dusty pink and I wore it til it fell apart. Anybody know if they're "in" this spring and where I can find one in the city? (Colour doesn't really matter.)
posted by web-goddess on Apr 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Cool Mens Clothes That Fit

Where can I find cool clothes outside of the normal mens range in regular sizes? [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me Swingify my wardrobe.

I've been taking a Lindy Hop class for about a month and I'm really enjoying it. I'm keen on eventually going out to social dances and events when I feel more confident, but I have no wardrobe to back it up right now. I have a vague idea of what swing era fashion is like, but I'd like to do more research on what's hip, cool, and appropriate. Can anyone suggest sites, blogs, pinterest boards, online shops, etc so I can get a sense of what I should deck out in?
posted by xtine on Apr 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Prom dress emergency...there will be blood.

My daughter ordered the prom dress of her dreams-and two days later we learned it was out of stock. Actually, I learned-haven't told her yet as trying to avoid the ensuing drama and more prom dress shopping. Attempting to find it online, or in another retail location, but no luck. Here's a not-great pic of the dress. The tag says it's Fiesta, number 46001, Mint-and she needs an x-small. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Apr 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Chic bag for my laptop and books

I've been carrying what is a Kenneth Cole Weekender bag for my schoolbooks and laptops. It's not really good at supporting all the weight. What are some chic looking alternatives that can handle the weight of a few notebooks and a somewhat large-ish Toshiba laptop that won't kill my arm but look pretty killer. Nothing frumpy please! [more inside]
posted by discopolo on Apr 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Kanji wear it, redux

Same question as last time - what do these letters say? The blood and skulls make it school unfriendly, but I'd like to know what the kids are parading around saying ...
posted by tilde on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me be low maintenance, without looking low maintenance.

I want to look more put together and polished for work, but I don't have a lot of interest or time for beauty/fashion/etc. What are your tips/tricks/hacks for looking put together and polished with minimal fuss? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Apr 3, 2014 - 39 answers

On Line Selling Platforms or Not?

I am aiming to sell a men's fashion line on-line beginning in June. I am doing research about on-line selling platforms. The concerns I have on my end is free shipping costs and product return (if the the items do not fit) I have checked Amazon and they do charge shipping costs. Now looking for some local e-commerce businesses. Any other suggestions?
posted by goalyeehah on Apr 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find a simple but elusive dress style

I recently came across this vintage '90s Esprit dress on Etsy, but it's not my size. I'd love to find a similar modern dress, but after scanning online stores for way too long, I'm stymied. Help! [more inside]
posted by lisa g on Apr 1, 2014 - 18 answers

Or I Could Just Tie a Sash Around a Hefty Bag and Call It a Day

The focus should be on the bride, NOT on the taffeta-covered hobo skulking around the cheese trays: please, PLEASE help me (a non-fancy-dressing lady) dress myself for the four weddings I'll be attending this year. (Sequins shaped like) snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 1, 2014 - 36 answers

Help me find more shirts like this

The style of blouse that the woman is wearing in this stock photo looks very flattering on me. I have one blouse like that, but I'd like to buy more. What search terms can I use to find them, or what stores should I check out?
posted by mekily on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Blogs/sites/shops for 50s-ish style? General advice on dressing well?

I'm trying to acquirerevamp my style to something a little more sophisticated. I find myself drawn to some of the stuff Elizabeth Taylor used to wear back in the 50s --- something that looks flattering and feminine on a more broad-shouldered torso. But I'm a novice at this and would welcome advice as well as recommendations on how to pick cuts as well as on shops/sites/blogs. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Mar 21, 2014 - 11 answers

When can I go back to my beloved boot cut jeans?

Dear mefite fashionistas, please help someone who has been in the fashion wilderness for a while. For the last three years I've either been pregnant or having children. Now I'm starting to get my body back and will have to go shopping, what's the deal with jeans now? Just by looking around it seems that unfortunately skinny jeans are still in but are bootcut or anything else coming back? (Please say yes...) I remember a comment here a while back from someone who said that they were the new mum jeans, and whilst I am one, I don't necessarily want to look like that! Is this still the case? I'm also not wanting to look like a teenager either, for what it's worth. Aim for mid 30s. What should I be buying?
posted by Jubey on Mar 18, 2014 - 51 answers

Where do middle aged men shop for clothes?

I've reached middle age, lost a ton of weight, and need to re-do my wardrobe. Where does a middle aged man shop for clothing in America? [more inside]
posted by dw on Mar 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Where to buy a stylish but affordable trenchcoat in Vancouver BC

I'm going to be up in Vancouver this weekend and want to shop for a new spring coat. Something trenchcoat style but not in black or beige - cool colors or prints/patterns would be better. Size 12 or M/L, between $100 and $200. The style constraints are that it should not be teenagery but not dowdy either - I like classic cuts but trendy colors and patterns. I already plan to check out The Bay.
posted by matildaben on Mar 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Stumpy calves 101

How can I elongate and flatter my stumpy legs? Looking for exercise and fashion tips. [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Mar 11, 2014 - 12 answers

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