Ever since Gossip Girl Serena van der Woodsen sexily draped herself over a pool table in a black studded Catherine Malandrino shift dress while on her first date with the loveable Dan Humphrey, I had to stop and reassess my opinion of the mini dress as date wear. Off to Bloomingdales I went where I purchased my first ever mini dress, which had me asking: â€˜where have you been all my lifeâ€™ the second I slipped it on.
The magic of a mini dress, like the one worn by Serena, is that it strikes the perfect balance between revealing and reserved. The daring length is countered by the absence of cleavage and an ultra formfitting silhouette for a look that still leaves much to be desired. I wouldnâ€™t recommend this look if youâ€™re, say, going bowling, but for a dinner date or drinks, whip it out and work it. Keep reading »
So, what do you think of this t-shirt? Kind of hard to read right? Made by writer, journalist, and feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner (author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism And The Future), the shirt reads, in small print, “I Was Raped” on a small placecard inside an image of a safe. A follow-up to a shirt she made last year, which said, “I Had An Abortion”, Baumgardner hopes that the shirt will encourage women to be open about their experience with sexual assault and “divest themselves of some of the shame and secrecy of it.” Profiled in today’s New York Times, she also says, “By having an object like thisâ€ â€” a simple T-shirt â€” â€œthatâ€™s so mundane, it sort of forces it into everyday conversation….The wearer isnâ€™t advertising that he or she was raped, but rather opening up to you, the viewer, and also saying that this is a small part of who he or she is.â€
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Lovely friends stopping by for a drink? Put out the welcome mat. Ex-boyfriend coming over to pick up his stuff? Flip it around. [$27.50 at Unica Home] Keep reading »
Spring is a lovely season, except when it rains — a regular occurrence. Our friends at Trender Bender alerted us to this lovely lady, who knows that wearing pants on a wet day means you’ll end up wearing wet pants. Platforms, however, keep you above the puddles. [Trender Bender] Keep reading »
Did you watch American Inventor? I didn’t. But apparently there was this genius invention on the show — a completely backless bra. The design is so simple, it’s pretty crazy nobody had thought of it before. But hooray for Elaine Cato, the inventor, because Maidenform thought it was pretty great and they started selling her Breakthrough Backless Bra last week. [Maidenform and Business Wire] Keep reading »
American Apparel is known for perverse ads which feature their scantily dressed female employees. Although, CEO Dov Charney has already been sued by some of his former employees, he believes in equal opportunity, or so he said in a deposition tape, “I frequently drop my pants to show people my new product.” Vomit. But now someone with a little more to his name is suing American Apparel. Woody Allen, who was featured in a few ads in 2007, including a billboard in New York City, is suing the company for using his image. If you’re afraid to see Woody bent over wearing nothing but a neon g-string and some tube socks, fear not, the ad is actually just of his face — a shot of him dressed up like a Hasidic Jew from his classic romantic comedy Annie Hall. According to our friend Nachshon, who translated, the ad’s slogan reads in Yiddish, “The Holy Rebbie,” which essentially means Woody Allen is Dov Charney’s perv hero. Allen isn’t honored, and just slapped American Apparel with a $10 million dollar lawsuit. While Charney might get away with the ads by calling them “parodies”, it’s comical that someone found a way to make Woody Allen feel violated. [Ad Week]
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[Bows, $375, and Snakes, $315, at ShopBop.com. Why does it cost $60 more to be good?] Keep reading »
Last week, fashion writer Hadley Freeman critiqued Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. This week, she takes on the male presidential candidates’ sartorial choices. There aren’t as many options for men, but the cut of a suit can suggest a lot.
“Look at McCain, striding around in his boxy blue suits, single button always done up to cover the paunch, ties always just that little bit too wide,” Hadley writes. “This man could not look more establishment if he went around doing secret handshakes and butt-slapping Karl Rove.” In contrast, “Obama does not feel the need for such sartorial alpha-male armor and instead shows off his slimness. This is not a man who would engage in phallus-waving drinking matches with the boys down the ranch on a Saturday night, one suspects.”
All politics aside, we love how Obama wears a more modern cut. Otherwise, he might look like a 15-year-old kid wearing his father’s suit. [The Guardian, U.K.] Keep reading »
You seriously have no idea how many Not Safe For Work stories and links we’re tempted to post on The Frisky, but don’t, for fear of getting you lovely readers in deep doo-doo with the corporate entities which cut your paychecks. But now we don’t have to! Why? According to LifeHacker, “Web site NSFW.in is a URL-shrinking web application Ã la TinyURL with a twist, allowing users to share Not Safe For Work (NSFW) links without fear of compromising your poor, unsuspecting friend.” When a person clicks on a NSFW.in-adapted link, they are told that the link they are about to enter is potentially dangerous for a work scenario and they have to confirm that it’s okie-dokie to continue on into smutty territory. So, the next time a “Two Girls, One Cup”-esque viral video hits the interweb and you’re dying to send it to your BFF who works at a law firm, first shrink the URL by going to NSFW.in. She’ll know to wait until she’s moved her laptop into the storage closet near the men’s restroom to click “continue”. [NSFW.in via LifeHacker] Keep reading »
Yay! Next week is National Bra Week! Here are some underwire-less ones we like. Because not everyone has enormous ta-ta’s. Click the images for mo’ info. Keep reading »