This is why people think fashion is stupid. Because designers like Karl Lagerfeld, who seriously could give two shits about women’s rights, co-opts the feminist movement as some sort of aesthetic inspiration for his fashion mood board and then parades an array of mostly white, skinny models down the runway holding ridiculous signs like “Free Freedom,” “We Can Match The Machos,” “Be Your Own Stylist,” “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too” and “Tweed Is Better Than Tweet.” I get the tenuous connection between the designs for his Spring 2015 collection, which was basically his take on fashion for working women, and the second wave feminist movement, I GUESS, but come on. This is so dumb it hurts my eyes to look at.
Whether you realize it or not, your clothes tell the story of “you.” From night shift nurses who spend their downtime watching college football to working moms who enjoy long morning hikes and good wine, our personalities and hobbies are often reflected in what we choose to wear. Jenn Rogien, the costume designer for hit shows “Orange Is The New Black” and “Girls,” is no stranger to storytelling through style. “Style is a powerful visual expression of a woman, her best traits and the aspects of her life that matter most to her. Each woman, just like every character, has her own story,” she says. “I’m fortunate enough to bring some truly memorable characters to life using their wardrobe as a visual storytelling element.” Jenn has partnered up with T.J.Maxx to help women tell their own style stories, and has four important tips to help women visually express who they are. Keep reading »
Every time an episode of “Scandal” airs, I want to trash everything in my closet and completely reinvent my wardrobe using Olivia Pope as my style inspiration. Equal parts professional badass and classy seductress, Kerry Washington’s character (much like the actress in real life) is always dressed to the nines. To honor Miss Pope’s style, The Limited, with some help from Kerry, has created a “Scandal” clothing line to help women channel their inner “leader.” Click through the gallery to see our 10 favorite pieces, and click here to view the full collection.
The vibe I’m going for with my fashion choices for fall is best described as ’70s high school arts and crafts teacher. You know the cool female teacher at the beginning of “Dazed and Confused” who tells her students that the 4th of July is basically a celebration of “a bunch of slave-owning aristocratic white males [who] didn’t want to pay their taxes”? That’s what I’m going for, only my muse is more into macrame than Das Kapital. ANYWAY, the key piece to any respectable ’70s art teacher look is a pair of clogs. I just ordered this seriously sweet, modernized take on the classic clunky shoe from Madewell (also available in black). I love the heel height and sling back style, plus the closed toe means I’ll be able to wear them well into the cooler months. If you’re feeling as groovy as I am about these kicks, click through to see three outfit ideas (inspired by imaginary events/activities) to wear them with. [$124.99, Madewell]
They say “The higher the heel, the closer to God.” But I say, “The higher the heel, the farther you fall when you trip in those heels and bust ass.” Stilettos are sexy as hell; they’ll give you the illusion of legs for days and can even boost your self-confidence, but the price of beauty ain’t cheap. Any woman who’s ever slipped on a pair of stilettos knows that new heights come with their own set of struggles, and cobblestone streets are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 13 pain-in-the-ass problems all too familiar to the heel-wearing kind. Keep reading »
Ahh, the changing seasons, the cooling temperatures, the falling leaves, the new excuses to shop for “must have” items for your closet. I have mixed feelings about fall fashion. On one hand, I love to have a good reason to blow some money on pretty things. On the other hand, I personally find fall fashion trends to be hit or miss. Colorful fur coats? With what money? Ankle length leather skirts? Whut. Why. Embellished socks? WHO’S GOING TO SEE?! But there are some fall trends that I am totally buying into and dammit, I think you should too.