If there’s anything I’ve learned from trolling Pinterest, flipping through the J. Crew catalogs that stuff my mailbox every week and ogling stylish women on the streets of New York City, it’s that I apparently have no idea how to dress myself. I mean, I learned how to dress myself as a kid – step right leg into pants, step left leg into pants, pull up, button, etc. – but apparently, outside of the basics, I’m doing it all wrong. The way I roll my sleeves is shameful, my belt cinching knowledge is rudimentary at best, and my jean cuffing technique is straight up basic. (No wonder I don’t have a boyfriend!!!) Thank goodness the internet is full of handy tutorials for these rampant styling problems, so that simpletons like myself can get it right.
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 »
There is a good chance, a solid chunk of you reading this right now saw the headline, rolled your eyes and were like, Duhhhhhh. Apparently, wrapping your wet hair in a T-shirt instead of a towel has been a curly girl’s trick since forever, but I only recently learned that doing so would give me the beachy waves of my dreams. My hair is naturally fine, but I have a lot of it, which means it can tend to get kind of bushy. There’s also a slight wave to it; in order to get it completely straight I have to use a flatiron, but to emphasize the waves, I’ve always had to rely on a curling iron, or more recently, a diffuser. But it’s summer, it’s muggy out, and the last thing I want to do is aim a hot blow dryer at my head. What I would love is to be able to air dry my hair and get the waves I desire. When I visited my friend Lisa in California earlier this month, I asked her how she gets her hair — which is very similar to mine — to look so effortlessly wavy. That’s when she told me about using a T-shirt instead of a towel. Keep reading »
In a recent study conducted by Marshalls, 75 percent of the 1000 women surveyed admitted to having said “No” to various activities and invitations due to a lack of confidence. Are you shocked? I’m not. I’ve been there. Raise your hand if you’re among the 55 percent of women who’ve declined party invitations or the 40 percent who have passed up on career opportunities because you didn’t feel confident. It has to stop! Think of all the missed romantic, social, and professional opportunities. Keep reading »
So I broke both wrists this fall. The casts are now off but I’m left with some rather ugly surgery scars on both wrists. Frankly they look like suicide scars and I’d like some ideas for how cover them up when I choose (job interviews and the like). The scars are each about four inches long, so I’m thinking I probably shouldn’t just wear a giant stack of bangles on each wrist. That seems like it’d be jingly/loud as all hell. Also, I work mostly in an office with no dress code, and part time in a furniture repair shop (so a couple of recommendations for stuff that won’t get caught on tools would be awesome). And I don’t like gold. Any ideas? – Rachel
Yes, I do! You have the right idea when you mentioned a stack of bangles, but instead of piling on a bunch of metal bracelets — which would definitely alert everyone within earshot of your constant presence — you want to wear a mini-arm party that combines a quiet beaded wrap bracelet with a thick cuff. That way the two can bump up against each other all they want without making a shit ton of noise. (Personally, I love piling on lots of bracelets, so you could even add a thinner cuff or a watch to the stack, on the other side of the wrap bracelet.) To give you a few ideas, I picked out three wrap bracelets and paired them with three cuffs — and you could easily mix and match these options, if you like them. These should cover your scars and add some pizzaz to any outfit, casual or dressed up. Check out ‘em out, after the jump! And thanks for your question? (Got a Style 911 question? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!) Keep reading »
I know what you’re thinking: a crop top?! Really? Yes. I humbly ask you to consider the crop top sweater as a versatile wardrobe staple rather than a trendy mistake you’ll one day regret. With a high waisted, ladylike skirt, only a thing band of skin showing, the crop top sweater is understated sexy. Layered over a long button down and skinny jeans, it’s a modern take on prep. Seriously, you need one. Check out three ways to wear it, after the jump! Keep reading »