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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

What mousse should I use for my hair?

I have thin, curly, short hair. I used to use Redken Fresh Curls Spring Mousse and it worked beautifully on me. It wasn't sticky, it didn't crunch up my hair and I was able to apply it, let my hair air-dry, and my curls would form, essentially frizz-free (in Florida's humid environment!) and look great. But now, Redken has discontinued that mousse. What can I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 13, 2014 - 10 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

Infinity Scarf for Men

Is it possible to wear an infinity scarf for men INSIDE of a jacket/coat? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 15, 2013 - 12 answers

How does a white girl learn to do black girl hair?

My husband and I are foster parents and we just got a placement. She is 20 months old and in addition to being silly and snuggly and clever she is also a girly girl and black. How do I learn to style her hair? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Nov 19, 2013 - 35 answers

Help me style my new boots!

I bought these boots and I'm looking for cute but casual ways to wear them. Point me in the direction of specific looks, blogs, stores, or any general ideas of how you would wear them. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 1, 2013 - 8 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

Please explain this style of emotional disclosure/intimacy to me.

I have been getting closer to a friend of mine recently. He has a very particular way of sharing his feelings or more meaningful thoughts that I find a bit off putting and perhaps a little wary? Can you explain to me this one-sided monologue style of sharing when I am used to more of a back and forth? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Jun 2, 2013 - 38 answers

What speedy tricks do you use to make your updos look more polished?

I usually spend about five minutes on my long, wavy hair in the morning. What minor things (two minutes or less) do you add to your hairstyle to make it look more polished and done? Examples would be things like, "curl the ends of your ponytail" or "hide your crappy elastic hairtie with a strand of hair and a bobbypin". [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on May 28, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there such a thing as a knitting briefcase?

I like to knit in meetings; it actually helps me to listen better! But the bag I have for my projects doesn't look particularly professional. Most craft bags are so cutesy, which is not at all my style. What can I get that would look simple & respectable? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Mar 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Formatting question: including an infographic with a press release

I work for an advocacy organization and we're getting ready to send out a press release. I know this will make me sound old fashioned, but I'd like to include an infographic we've developed and I'm not sure what the right way to do it is. I know sending images and graphics with press releases is very common now, but I've never needed to do it before. I usually send things like that as a follow up to interested reporters. In this case, we want to send the graphic to everyone off the bat. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Mar 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Style for addressing a formal letter to multiple people

When addressing a formal or business letter to multiple parties, say, A, B, and C, is there a rule for the order, e.g. by how important people are? I.e. if A is more important than B is more important than C, is it: Dear Mr. A, Ms. B and Dr. C: or Dear Dr. C., Ms. B and Mr. A: and are there style guides that I can reference for this? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Feb 9, 2013 - 5 answers

What are not-hideous clothes for a man to quickly wear to walk a dog?

Stylefilter! I love my new puppy. I love my boyfriend. I love that my boyfriend loves waking up early and taking the puppy outside. However, he doesn't love getting fully dressed at 6 am in his normal clothes, and I don't love things like track suits and crocs. Help! [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jan 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Characters (film, books, video games) who dual wield knives or daggers?

I participate in a play-by-post fantasy roleplaying game and my character fights with two daggers. Can you help me find resources from movies, books, or video games of characters with a similar fighting style, to help develop my own character's skills? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jan 17, 2013 - 23 answers

Okay to wear scarf with hood?

Can you wear a scarf with a hooded jacket or sweatshirt without looking like a jerk?
posted by rmttws on Jan 4, 2013 - 14 answers

"Isthmus" or "isthmus"?

In Chicago style, or barring that, in Generally Accepted Historical Practice, how should one capitalize the following sentence, which discusses the "Isthmus of Panama" (which is undoubtedly capitalized when it appears in full): "The canal crossed the isthmus." or "The canal crossed the Isthmus."? (My CMS subscription has lapsed and I can't afford a re-up, alas.)
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Dying it purple is an entirely different conversation

I'm trying to decide whether or not to cut my hair (as well as how to cut it), and I think I'm boring everyone around me with my endless dithering. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Nov 20, 2012 - 19 answers

What's a flattering androgynous haircut style?

Do you have any suggestions for a fun, short haircut for straight hair that will look good on both a guy and a girl? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Nov 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Wardrobe Therapy

Are there any books out there in the vein of The Artist's Way and Apartment Therapy, but for clothes? [more inside]
posted by sheprime on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me be age-appropriate!

I recently realized I look, dress, and act like my mother. No, my grandmother. I'm 26 and I need help knowing how to look my age. Help? [more inside]
posted by Syllables on Aug 31, 2012 - 39 answers

What am I doing wrong with my eye makeup?

I volunteered to do my own makeup for a wedding in which I am one of the bridesmaids. I don't typically wear much makeup, but I thought, how hard could it be? I got a bunch of nice stuff from Aveda and am testing it out, watching tutorials, etc. but I seem to be having an eyeshadow fail (and maybe some other stuff). [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Aug 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Ladies! Can you help another lady out by helping her man find the right handbag?

Ladies! Can you help another lady out by helping her man find the right handbag? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Jul 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Looks good now but....

Are combo dresses like this one going to look hopelessly out of date any time soon? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

When "belt it" isn't enough...

Help me find a not-outrageous tailor for casual women's clothing in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by sweltering on Jun 21, 2012 - 6 answers

What kind of dress is this?

Please help me identify this dress style. [more inside]
posted by elaine_marley on Jun 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Be my purse-fashion stylist?

Point me to some fashionable, lightweight purses that could attractively accommodate this camera insert and a smallish budget? [more inside]
posted by moira on Jun 6, 2012 - 12 answers

"Daily look" & closet organizer app for Android?

A silly question: what "closet organizer/style manager" app for Android will allow me to easily take and store pictures of my actual outfit (ie. me wearing clothes), along with storing pictures of individual pieces from my wardrobe and their arrangements (ie. a "blueprint" for my outfit)? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jun 4, 2012 - 2 answers

It's got lots of triangle shadows and a radial.

What style of [logo] art is this? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I persuade old guards to learn new tricks?

My new boss is totally different from my old boss. Help me persuade my colleagues not to hate him. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Apr 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Need personalized fashion advice for my unique body shape

I need a source to help me decide best dress shapes and styles for my body. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Mar 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Wordpress admin interface lost its style

Suddenly, and for no obvious reason, my Wordpress installation seems to have lost its style sheets for all of the admin interface. The blog is fine, by the way. What the heck do I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Mar 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I wear this blazer and not look like an idiot?

How do I wear this blazer and not look like an idiot? I have absolutely no idea how I am going to wear this. I'd like to dress it up, with maybe a white shirt and tie, but what colors? And what color pants? I am totally confused as to why my mom would buy this for me as a gift.
posted by sushi69 on Feb 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Recent Article on Era by Style in Movies?

Can someone point me to that recent article which was talking about how movies from previous decades were clearly of that stylish era but that it is hard to tell apart movies starting in the 1990's until today except for maybe computer and cell phone technology?
posted by andoatnp on Jan 7, 2012 - 4 answers

On winter boots confusion

Do you own UGG boots ? Could you tell me a little bit more about your experience wearing them ? [more inside]
posted by Jireel on Jan 1, 2012 - 16 answers

What's the story with these goofball cars?

Take a large sedan, paint it some obnoxious color, and bolt on absurdly large wheels: what is this style of modified vehicle called, and why do people think it looks cool? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Nov 3, 2011 - 36 answers

My belt holds my pants up, but my belt loops hold my belt up...

Shopping filter: I need a belt to match my shoes. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Oct 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Help Me Find This Clock

Please identify this modern yellow clock. I have two pictures. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

I can't believe I'm asking about bed head.

So far my bed is my only effective hairstyling tool. Please help me come up with a better hair strategy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Sep 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Which dress should I wear to a wedding?

Could you please help me decide which dress to wear to a wedding tomorrow? My fashion sense is limited - pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley on Sep 23, 2011 - 41 answers

Menswear shoes for a femwear girl?

I recently bought a pair of beautiful lace-up brown high-heeled oxfords. I have no idea what to wear with them. Help? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Sep 23, 2011 - 17 answers

Is A Fedora Okay?

What hat should I wear this summer to keep cool without looking like a stereotypical nerd? I've worn fedoras all my life, and I've recently realized it makes me look a bit like Fedora Guy or a stereotype I want to avoid. Unfortunately, summer is coming up and I need to wear something to keep the sun off my head. I've been wearing this black straw fedora, and my dad recently gave me a more traditional Akubra (can't remember the exact model, but this might be close). I've also got a light straw hat and a 'wacky' one with cowboy skin (and a grey flatcap for winter). What should I wear when I plan on being outside for long periods of time? I'm in Sydney, Australia so there will be days when going out hatless isn't really an option
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Sep 23, 2011 - 40 answers

What kind of haircut should I get?

Give me a haircut. I am a youngish guy with a beard that I keep trimmed pretty short. I need a haircut to match. Longer, I-hate-my-current-haircut story inside. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for a good book on English grammar.

Looking for a good book on English grammar. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 31, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me dress with some personality in intense heat and humidity!

Any suggestions for ways to be a bit more stylish that are comfortable in high humidity, 80-90 degree weather? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Is this a thing?

Is there a name for this style of painting? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jul 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I find down jackets that don't have logos on them?

Where can I find down jackets that don't have logos on them? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Jan 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Steez was their favorite word

What was this sarcastic fashion blog I stumbled upon? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

What was this fashion dateness timeline?

There was this fashion-datedness timeline... [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Wedding fashion woes

Late September - 2pm wedding in a Catholic church (although I'm not 100% certain it's a true Catholic ceremony), with reception at 4:30pm. Is this outfit okay to wear? [more inside]
posted by shoppingforsanity on Sep 13, 2010 - 73 answers

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