We all loved slap bracelets when we were kids — we played with them (until they were banned), simply because they’re addictively fun. Duh. Now we can be “adults” and have our slap, too, by wearing these slap bracelet watches. The cool rubber is super durable and the watch face can be popped out and put into another color band, which makes one perfect no matter what you’re wearing. And if you buy one for a friend, you can swap out colors with each other! [$17.95, Slap Watch] Keep reading »
Do you ever wonder about clothing you give away to the Goodwill? Who will wear it next? Or will it just get trashed? It would be cool to think that in your next drop-off, your blue jeans get recycled by becoming part of a car. That may sound weird, but Ford is apparently releasing a new version of its Focus model, which will use recycled denim to outfit the interior. Reports Forbes: “Each new Ford Focus will have roughly two pairs of average-sized American jeans in it. The recycled blue jeans will be used as both sound absorption material and carpet backing.” But apparently this isn’t the company’s first experience dealing with recycling and eco-friendly materials. It has already been using recycled resin and yarn for seat covers and other furnishings. We suppose making a big deal about this could be more about trying to get good press and seducing the growing class of customers looking for eco-friendly things to show off, but it still seems like a resourceful way to go. [Forbes via Good] Keep reading »
My boyfriend had the bright idea to introduce me to his parents for the first time at their annual holiday party. Fortunately, the party is taking place at their home so it’s more casual than formal. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to wear. Please help me! – Beth
Wow! That’s a doozy. You’re meeting your boyfriend’s parents and all their family and friends on their turf. If there ever was a time to be impressive, now is that time … not to put any pressure on you. I’ve found that “casual” means something different to everyone. Someone might wear a pair of pajama pants for a casual meeting. While for me, “casual” means jeans and heels. So I’ve found that in most “casual” situations it’s best to be slightly dressier. That way you can blend in with the crowd regardless of how they’re dressed. Of course this isn’t the only advice I have for you, Beth. After the jump, find some specific outfit suggestions for meeting your boyfriend’s parents and attending their holiday party. Keep reading »
This week, in response to a reader request to have the Man Panel review “something that normal people would actually wear,” I decided to get their thoughts on this fringed shawl cardigan from Forever 21. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the current blanket sweater trend, because it’s the next best thing to cutting two arm holes into your down comforter and wearing it to work (something I’ve considered on more than a few chilly mornings). But let’s see what the men had to say …
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Usually I love Hadley Freedman, the style writer at the London Guardian. First, because she’s in London, so I automatically assume everything she writes is more cultured and posh. But second, because she writes about style in a way that’s intelligent and thoughtful without the usual “LOVE ZOMG I’M DYING” tripe that passes for “criticism” these days.
But now you’re on my bad side, Hadley: You’ve gone after mittens. Keep reading »