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 email@example.com!) Keep reading »
“With winter approaching I’m getting into my usual fall dilemma (which I have obviously failed to solve). To be totally honest, I am relatively particular about shoes. In the summer I wear flip flops, strappy flat sandals, toms and for work and nice dinners out, ballet flats. I basically refuse to wear heels unless I absolutely must. I can’t wear boots because of high arches (if I can get them on, they usually pinch my feet so much that they go numb) and this applies to almost every pair of boots I’ve ever tried on or tried to try on. My question is, what shoes can I wear to be semi-dressed up in the winter, for birthday parties, nice dinners out, or on a more casual day to work (I’m a lawyer)? You know, just for day to day, cute shoe wearing. To give you an idea of style, I shop a lot at J. Crew and Anthropologie, but don’t really get into trends too much. Please help!!!” – Emily
Girl, I’m with you. As I’ve gotten older, my foot pain has increased and my willingness to suffer through it in order to wear heels has waned. Luckily, there are a wealth of flats that are just as chic as sky-high heels. Based on the way you described your style, I’m inclined to recommend pointy-toed flats and preppy oxfords and loafers. After the jump, check out the 12 pairs of flats I found, with my suggestions for what to wear them with. Keep reading »
You hate the way the dude or lady you’re seeing dresses. Why the orange tie with the brown shirt and the “wacky” jacket? Why the blue pants with a purple-striped windbreaker? Why so much glitter? What do you do? Well, I’d first advise you do nothing. As in, keep your mouth shut and just enjoy them for their other sparkling qualities: their smile, their wit, the way they sex you all night long. But if you are unable to let their ugly T-shirt collection go, well, let me give you some advice.
I am lucky, because my boyfriend is a hair model. Just kidding! I’m lucky, because my boyfriend works for a major men’s clothing brand and is always dressed like he just came from a 1920s garden party (which okay, is a little weird). But I’ve dated plenty of dudes whose entire wardrobes should have been fire-bombed. Like, for real.
There’s a right and a wrong way to go about trying to tweak your partner’s style. Again, I’d advise that you use kid gloves when it comes to this stuff because even the dude you think puts zero thought into his jorts and Dr. Who shirt ensemble can get mighty upset when his aesthetics are questioned. But if you must…
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I was late to work today. Well, I’m late every day because I seem to have a high rate of mishaps first thing in the morning, but today I was super late. I woke up early, with a vow to be on time. That’s how it always begins. At 6:50 a.m., my roommate knocked on my door to tell me there was no hot water. This is becoming a way-too-normal occurrence in my apartment lately (that’s another post). Only, today it was worse because my parents are in town and we’re having dinner tonight and I had planned to shave my legs and wash my hair, so this was particularly bad news. I decided that there was no way I could skip the hair washing, but I could get away with no leg shaving and wear one of my jumpers, of which I have many. The only issue with wearing a one piece is the whole peeing thing. And I drink an absurd amount of coffee and water, so I have to pee ALL THE TIME. Keep reading »
“I recently purchased this Oh My Love Textured Skater Dress from ASOS, and need help styling this gem! Got any advice?” — Megan
You know, normally, I’m all, “demure, demure, demure, don’t look like you’re up in the clurb when you’re actually going to the bank,” but something tells me that a woman whose email address includes the words “fashion diva” can handle a little wild style. After the jump, black and yellow, black and yellow.
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We are happy to admit that we are obsessed with trends and fashion here at HuffPost Style. But even the most devoted fashion fans acknowledge that there are times when clothes are painful, both on the body and on the eyes. Is it possible our wardrobes could actually be dangerous to something more than our wallets? Here are seven clothing culprits might actually be hurting you.
1. The problem: Chemicals in fabrics. This is an obvious one. Back in November, we ran a piece on a report from Greenpeace that detailed the toxic chemicals used in clothes from fast fashion chains. According to Greenpeace’s Media Officer, Myriam Fallon, “Many chemicals that are used in the dying and processing of fabrics can become hormone disrupting and even cancer causing when they break down in nature, and those chemicals are being dumped into rivers right near the factories.” Read more …
“I could really use your advice about this pair of velvet Levi’s that I bought. I have been a jeans-only girl my entire life, so the last time I was at the mall I decided to be a little adventurous and went ahead and bought these pants without any thought as to how I might style them. Now I’m stuck! Thus far, I’ve only been able to awkwardly pair them with a white striped shirt! I could really use suggestions for not only tops, but shoes as well. I hope this doesn’t pose too difficult of a challenge!” – Deepa
Deepa, you are a braver woman than I — I am perennially scared of velvet, mostly because it brings up terrible nightmares of the purple crushed-velvet dress with batwing sleeves I wore to my 8th grade dance. Nightmares! But these velvet pants? They’re pretty damn cute. The thing with velvet is you’ve got to be careful not to pair it with a fabric that’s too weak or flimsy. Otherwise, the pants will completely outshine the shirt. That’s why we’d opt for a chambray button down — it’s got enough heft to it that your outfit will feel balanced. As for shoes, absolutely do not wear the shoes pictured with the pants — those nude platforms will only make your legs look stumpy in velvet jeans. Instead, opt for a low heeled bootie — check out the items we’ve picked out for you, after the jump! Keep reading »
Wearing a bright, bold shirt might be too much for some. But never fear, we’ve got three ways to wear that impulse purchase that’s been sitting in your closet, collecting dust. The key with any kind of bold shirt or blouse is to make sure that what you pair it with is fairly basic and plain. You don’t want to be competing with what you’re wearing, after all.
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