Happy Lens sunglasses by Spy Optic are specially designed to boost your mood, alertness, and quality of sleep. Hard to believe, right? Apparently, science has confirmed their joy-inspiring abilities. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that blue-enriched white light made people happier and more alert, so these lenses were created to allow long wave blue light to pass through while blocking ultraviolet rays. They’re also meant to help you avoid the eye soreness that comes along with extra sunshine. Wearing the glasses increases the contrast of what you’re seeing around you, including on your smartphone, but can make it tough to see other light displays like those on a gas pump or a car. They seem to be a particularly great idea for someone who gets down in the dumps on cloudy days and wants to get the most out of whatever sunlight they can (such as myself). Whether they actually work or not, even whatever placebo effect they give off, might make it worth a shot. I’ll take whatever extra happiness I can get! [Gizmodo]
Gender non-conforming clothing is becoming more accessible as designers realize that there’s an untapped market for LGBT shoppers. While it’s not too romantic that capitalism is the driving force behind the expansion, it’s very cool to see more well-fitting, traditionally male suits available for women. The fashion industry may be innovative, but it’s often slow to be inclusive, and in this clip, PBS shares what pushed the industry to create more gender-neutral clothes. [ColorLines]
“People say that designers don’t design for ‘real women,’ and I hate that. Why wouldn’t every designer want as many customers as possible? I think [the reality of casting plus-size fashion models] is one of the the hardest things about this part of the industry. When we show samples, we’re making a model. Like any architect would make a model, any chef would make a tasting before they make the meal — that’s what the pieces on the runway are. We only make one for the first time ever. It’s not that I don’t want to make it in every size right away, but it has to work first.”
Designer Christian Siriano talked to The Huffington Post about how frequently people misunderstand the use of thin models in the fashion industry. I get what he’s saying, but I also don’t understand why those samples he’s talking about can’t be at least a few sizes bigger. His response seems like an evasive answer to the very real body image issues the industry has sparked in its consumers. [Huffington Post] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
You might say that the maxi dress is just a glorified muu muu. And to that we say: okay, you are right. But what of it? Keeping up with fashion puts so many demands on women. Can’t we just have this one thing that’s easy, and most importantly, comfortable? The Frisky staff are all such fans of the maxi dress (and its slightly more formal cousin, the “hi-lo” maxi dress) that we thought we’d get a list together with 14 reasons why:
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I may be a tad biased, but I feel like conventional fashion wisdom leaves petite girls like myself with very few sartorial options for summer comfiness. To make clothes look proportional instead of swimming in too-long dresses, short ladies are advised to show hella leg and whip out the wedges and heels, which is all well and good, but sometimes I just want a little functionality on a hot day. Lounging in the park, wandering around a new city on vacation, or attending a family barbecue is not much fun when you’re paranoid about flashing everyone in your short skirt or tripping in your heels and being catapulted through the air. As much as I believe in dressing to highlight your shape, I also think rules are dumb and hate being told that I “can’t” wear long skirts I could actually move in because of my height. Guys, we can all wear whatever we want! I’ll never look like Gisele in a maxi dress, but sometimes it’s worth it to get to spend a day without worrying about my skirt riding up. Fellow shorties, here are some tips for picking out maxi skirts and those ever-mystifying midi skirts as a petite woman. Keep reading »
Ever since Emma Watson showed up to the Golden Globes in January wearing Dior’s asymmetrical double pearl earrings, I’ve been dying to find a similar pair of front-back earrings. Basically, front-back earrings are when the back of the earring — what would normally be a boring post — is actually a decorative part of the earring. Many of them mimic the look of tunnel earrings without the stretched out piercing hole. Sometimes front-back earrings are even two pairs of earrings in one. When I went to Paris in May, I stumbled upon a little jewelry shop that was selling a pair similar to but decidedly more affordable than the Dior earrings, but the smaller pearls could also be worn separately as plain ol’ studs. So cool! Click through for 10 pairs of front-back earrings I’m totally loving…
Happy Bastille Day, aka French National Day, aka a day in which I do two things with even more gusto than usual — eat cheese and covet the effortless French style of such icons as Francoise Hardy, Clemence Poesy and Jean Seberg. If capturing that cool French way of dressing is your M.O., here are the 15 French fashion icon-approved items you need in order to do just that.
Guys, I live for sandal season. — they’re the next best thing to going completely barefoot. While I typically rock flip-flops the minute the temperatures hit 65 degrees, I’m excited about all the DIY possibilities sandals offer. Now, you’re not going to want to take a hot glue gun to your Lanvin flat sandals of course, but if you’ve got a cheap pair of rubber flip-flops or ankle strap flats, or a desire to update last year’s gladiator sandals, here are some easy DIYs to try!
When custom clothing company eShakti reached out to us here at The Frisky and told us about their customizable garments, we knew we had to give them a whirl. Since we’re a group of gals made up of all different shapes and sizes, we thought it would be cool to pair up with our body type opposites and each choose an outfit to customize; we paired up Katie and Amelia, Jessica and Winona, and Sophie and Claire. Not only can you send eShakti custom measurements for a perfect fit, but you can personalize your look by selecting outfit details—type of neckline, sleeve preference, length and more. So was eShakti able to dress us all in flattering clothing that fit? You be the judge.
Short overalls! Overall shorts! Shorteralls! Whatever you call them, these babies — last seen during the ’90s — are hot shit for summer. Here are four ways to wear them…