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How is a 30 year old woman supposed to dress?

I'm turning 30 soon. I don't want to look ridiculous, but I don't want to give up my bright colors and girly style either. Help! [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Nov 15, 2015 - 30 answers

Should I dye my brown hair blue?

I'm considering coloring the ends of my dark blonde/brown hair a bright shade of blue or possibly green (or both?) But I'm worried about hair breakage - my hair is very fine - and maintenance. And is this look still in style? Please tell me your brightly colored hair secrets. Or do you have other hair advice? Help a bored, tired lady feel more stylish. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Nov 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Can anyone tell me where to buy Paul Bettany's tinted glasses?

I am desperately in need of some glasses like the ones Paul Bettany is wearing in these photos. Can anyone tell me what brand they are or where to buy them please?
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 12, 2015 - 3 answers


In today's era of chaotic jeans trends, exactly what styles and colors of jeans does a mid-30s US woman wear if she wishes to appear polished, classy, but also not desperately un-hip... ideally, for like the next 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me find the perfect (woman's) boot

I need to start wearing more supportive shoes, but hate having many pairs and want something durable and versatile. I'm also pretty clueless about shoe style. Help me MeFashionistas! Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Sep 14, 2015 - 7 answers

I need per-sueding one way or the other here...

Can I wear these? (If ONLY this was simply a white-after-Labor-Day question!) [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Remember those sheer, layered dresses from the late 90s?

Around 1996 I bought a dress from a mall store (Express or similar). It was short-sleeved, ankle-length, comprised of two or more layers of sheer, silky, solid-colored pastel fabric, and the style was that you would knot or tie up the top layer to reveal some of the bottom layer underneath. I can't seem to find a picture of it anywhere online - can anyone find an image of one of these dresses?
posted by piers on Jul 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Dressing (and knitting) for success

I'm in the very early stages of researching and writing a knitting project guide. What books can you recommend on the topic of learning to dress well? I'm looking specifically for books that help people of either gender plan, and possibly even make, a functional, flattering, stylish wardrobe. I have asked a very similar question of AskMe before, but that was 10(!!!) years ago and so many more style guides have come out since then.
posted by orange swan on Jul 4, 2015 - 4 answers

How to dress stylish for work

I'm wanting to look more put-together and stylish for work. I work in a government office, live in a moderately cool climate (daily maximums from 10 to 40 degrees C), am 32 and female. Please help me do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jun 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me find a cute, affordable bikini somewhere other than Walmart!

I found a bikini I really like here. The problem is it is a Walmart exclusive brand and for various reasons I really don't like shopping at Walmart. Help! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Jun 20, 2015 - 9 answers

What would Peggy Olson wear in her '40s?

I am a mid-thirties woman whose professional style is currently somewhat girlish (think this, this, this, this). As I move into my '40s, are there looks that keep this "feel" but in more age-appropriate ways? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 22, 2015 - 13 answers

How does one develop refined taste, particularly in clothing?

I am trying to solve a situation which involves me regularly throwing every nice looking garment into a basket then becoming so frustrated that I put everything back then leave the store with nothing. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on May 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Plus Size Androgyny?

So, I'm a mid-30s genderfluid person who would like to start dressing in a more masculine to androgynous manner in a business casual workplace. Complicating factors? I've got an aggressively female body, short with hips and boobs that can't really be minimized, plus I am a fattie (US size 20/22) and slowly shrinking). So what the hell do I do with that? [more inside]
posted by daikaisho on Apr 15, 2015 - 20 answers

The Band of Bothers

What style of ring can I wear on my left ring finger if I'm not married? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Feb 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Good websites for fashion-designer guidance?

Is there a sort of Pandora for clothes? A site that identifies fashion designers with similar styles and recommends them for people who know little about fashion? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Let's style that momma booty!

Until I loose that last 30 pounds from having a baby I got a bit of a belly and butt to contend with. What clothing can I wear that doesn't make me look like a sausage? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Dec 27, 2014 - 9 answers

blue and pink and brown and and and

How should I accessorize a solid colored dress without looking like a mismatched bag lady? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Everyday Tomboy Style

I think it's time to update/upgrade my fashion style now that I'm slightly older and dressing as a HS boy is not seen as positive in the early 20s in metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 15, 2014 - 7 answers

The clothes on my back.

I'm a lady, it's hot, I'm shaped weird, I need something to wear that looks nice and isn't t-shirts, and my fashion sense is totally failing me. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 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

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

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

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

Trash my closet and start over? I don't know how to dress myself.

It's embarrassing to admit to being a 33 year old woman who can't dress herself, but my frustration is outgrowing my embarrassment. I have pretty much nothing in my closet that I like to wear, and that I feel I look good in. I wear nearly the same thing every day: jeans, sneakers/tennis shoes, t-shirt or slightly fancier t-shirt, and one of several ratty hooded sweatshirts, each of which has a hole in the left elbow. I dress like slob. I do not feel this look suits me, and I want to change it, but don't know how. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jan 15, 2014 - 68 answers

Help me find new clothes for going out!

I've outgrown cheap, sparkly, skin-baring clothes from Express. A floor length ball gown would probably be overkill. What does a classy 27-year-old female wear on the weekends? [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Oct 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find a similar skirt.

I'm obsessed with this skirt. Unfortunately, I discovered it after my size sold out, and now it's completely sold out. I'd like to find something similar, but I am not sure how. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 4, 2013 - 8 answers

The dream of the 1890s is alive in my work dress code

What's the best way for a woman to wear classic menswear? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 29, 2013 - 21 answers

On-line men's fashion sites. Where?

Looking for great sites along the lines of "The Sartorialist" Sites that show more of a unique personal style along with what is current
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Lookbooks for going out clubbing

I just got a Bonobos lookbook in the mail, and thought, "wow, these people are absolutely dressed the most stylish way possible for the portrayed situations." But, those situations were: being a cabana boy; bird-watching; and going to the state fair. Most of the time I want to look good, it's to dress up for NYC nightlife with my girlfriend. Are there lookbooks geared toward that kind of dress?
posted by Jacen Solo on Sep 16, 2013 - 4 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Transmasculine / Masculine-of-Center Fashion Blogs

I'm a queer girl who sometimes likes to dress like a boy. I would like suggestions for fashion blogs that focus on genderqueer/butch/trans fashion. I'm especially looking for style aesthetics other than the very popular "dapper" look. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Now we get to the nitty-gritty etiquette questions.

What is the proper way to carry a furled umbrella? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 12, 2013 - 24 answers

I just want to look at pictures of other people's hair

Seagull Salon in NYC has a tumblr on which they post photos of some (most? all?) of the clients who come through the salon to get their hair cut, dyed, or styled. This seems like such an obviously great idea - not only has it taught me about lots of new hair trends, it gives me a chance to see what these super creative styles look like on real people. If I were ever in the market for a NYC haircut, I'd feel confident going to Seagull. But for some reason, I've had trouble finding other blogs like this: my results are clogged by hair salon websites and individually run blogs full of tutorials and photos of celebrities and such. Do you know of any other salons that do this? They don't have to be the same genre of hairstyle as Seagull; I just want to look at lots of un-retouched photos of other people's haircuts.
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Scarves for Women 101

I would like to start wearing scarves with my outfits, but I feel totally lost. Please share your advice on how to buy, wear, tie, and style scarves! Additional challenges: I'm short, big-busted, tomboyish, and I have long hair which I usually wear down. [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos on Jul 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Summer Wedding In Charleston, Need fashion critiques!

As the title states I've got a wedding in Charleston, SC in July. I'm planning on getting a blue seersucker jacket anyways, so I've been looking on how to put this all together. I've come up with two ensembles that I think would work best. The main differences between the two are the pants really...white pants vs blue. The shoes coordinate appropriately as white shoes/pants wouldn't really work. The shirt choices, white or pastel pink are negotiable, as is the bowtie vs regular tie. I'd likely pocket square it up as well. Opinions? I'm open to any other styles or ways to arrange it all. If it bears any relevance my girlfriend will be wearing this.
posted by PetiePal on Jun 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Need help choosing a rad pattern for a motorcycle seat.

I own a Kawasaki ZX-6 that I have done some moderate cosmetic customization to, including removing most of the fairings, reshaping the remaining fairings, removing the windshield, replacing the coolant tank and passenger pegs, and stickering the gas tank. The result is a street-fightery look that I'm quite proud of. Now I'm looking to get some custom vinyl printed and use it to recover the seats. I need help choosing a pattern. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 13, 2013 - 6 answers

yeah, yeah, sho shoe me

Mid-to-late twenties male looking to buy a pair of shoes that's more attractive than a sports sneaker and less formal than a business/dress shoe. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Who decides that everyone will be wearing the same color for 3 months?

Everyone is wearing mint green as of spring. EVERYONE. How does this happen? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on May 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Women's fashion blogs and shops that focus on quality and craftsmanship?

Help me find women's fashion blogs and shops that emulate a certain quality I enjoy in men's fashion and accessories, namely the emphasis on craftsmanship and timeless style. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Apr 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Good ways to keep up with fashion and style?

My goal is to keep up with fashion. This is sort of broad, so I'm looking for good blogs and news sources to keep up with what people are wearing, and what people think people should be wearing...or will be wearing, etc. [more inside]
posted by wooh on Apr 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Now I want a wardrobe theme too!

I loved par court's "1950s French Lady Intellectual" suggestion in this thread. But even though I can see how the possibilities are in fact endless...they aren't exactly popping endlessly into my head. Can you help me come up with some other wardrobe "themes" that I can play around with? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Mar 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Website that showed 'Street Style/OOTD' of people with similar bodyshape

I am trying to remember a website I vaguely remember. It was like lookbook.nu but everyone had their height/weight/body shape in their profile, so you could search for fashionable style posts/outfit of the days with people with a similar body type to you? [more inside]
posted by Huck on Feb 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Interview Outfit Help

I have a job interview next Friday. Yay! But I have questions about what is a setting-appropriate choice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I wear supportive shoes and look cool at the same time?

I need supportive shoes for lots of walking, but I want to look good too. What's a young lady in an old lady's body to do? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Jan 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Last Four Years of Fashion

Just woke up from a figurative 4 year coma called back-to-back babies. What NOT to wear? What are the big no no's? What should I just discard? I'm thinking terrible ie. Crocs or Ed Hardy. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Jan 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Men’s fashion book from the 70’s

A couple of years ago I read about a book of contemporary men’s fashion from the 70’s. It is considered a classic by some and I believe fetches a fair price. It featured a lot of mixing of styles. Any idea what this might be?
posted by bongo_x on Dec 25, 2012 - 4 answers

We're having some trouble picking a name for our vintage clothing business; lend a hand!

Help us name our vintage clothing business! [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Dec 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Dress up

Book about style/clothing for a woman in her mid 20s wanting to look her age and put together a new wardrobe [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Dec 4, 2012 - 12 answers

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 26, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

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