Reader (and friend!) Sheena spotted this Old Navy advert featuring bloggers busting the myth that “certain jeans are for certain body types.” (Let us take a moment to celebrate that Old Navy didn’t select a bunch of skinny white women as their featured style bloggers.)
It reminded her of one of my “Can I Wear This?” posts where young women felt restricted and shamed by these very rules. That post also features a picture of Sheena! Isn’t she gorgeous?
Inspired by their take on things, Sheena asked me to do another post on fashion rules you should break – particularly ones that say that certain kinds of people “can’t” wear certain kinds of clothes. Continue reading “Other Fashion Rules to Break”
It’s Style Rehab week here on Thriftshop Chic. Take a look back at how you can use fashion as a fun tool to help you feel your awesomest and look for a fall wardrobe tweak and a kid’s capsule wardrobe later in the week!
My sister (aww, she reads my blog and comments on every post! I love you Sestra!) has a play/fun/home wardrobe with which she’s pretty happy—it’s comfy, it’s in colors she likes, and it’s a great expression of her artistic and geekgal sides. (One of my favorite pieces? The CrashOctopus hat she designed. Which reminds me—you should check out her blog because she is a stellar artist and she does commissions. Christmas gift anyone??)
But her work wardrobe—corporate office in an Engineer-y field—is a tougher nut to crack. She needs plus-sized business casual ensembles that are comfortable, not too form-hugging, work with closed-toe shoes, and, most of all, make her feel fab. It’s hard being a woman in a field still dominated by men—on top of all the general cultural messages women get about appearance = values, she has to deal with male colleagues making sexist comments about female coworkers’ physical attributes (yech, misogyny).
In her own words:
What if you fail miserably in fashion sense and have no idea what cut works for you? I’m so bad at fashion. I base my wardrobe entirely on comfort; all my stuff that I love is not suitable for work. So I have a bunch of work clothes that work – ha – but I don’t love them.
Today, we will tackle her dilemma in 5 fun steps, sharing generally applicable style inspiration along the way!
Continue reading “Reader Question: How do I improve my wardrobe stylistic sense?”