Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

Treasure-hunting in your closet

Posted: October 17, 2011 in fashion, Money

Looking to make a little extra cash? Be Fabulous Daily posted a great list of suggestions today for selling clothing on Ebay. I have only had minor success with this, and so I haven’t put a lot of energy into it, even though I regularly shuttle bags of clothes to the local charity store. She’s making me rethink my efforts.

Happy Monday!

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HagRags: Score!

Posted: September 13, 2011 in fashion

Unless PayPal is messin’ with me, I managed to get through to the Missoni sale at Target and snagged this little beauty:

The sheer volume of fashionistas wanting to get their hands on a piece by the ultrachic Italian knitwear designer crashed Target’s site throughout the day. I went online because my local Target only gets a few pieces of their designer collections, if that. I got an email confirmation from PayPal but not from Target, so I’m not positive. I’m crossing my fingers…

HagRags: I’m [Not] Too Sexy

Posted: September 12, 2011 in fashion, style

From the Department of Du-uh, No Kidding:

A study by University at Buffalo sociologists has found that the portrayal of women in the popular media over the last several decades has become increasingly sexualized, even “pornified.” The same is not true of the portrayal of men.

I don’t mean to mock. Kudos to the social scientists at Buffalo for quantifying what most of us know already: Women’s images in the popular media have been steadily creeping (and I mean CREEP-ing) toward the pornographic and the utterly unattainable.

The researchers used a simple, unique and surprisingly effective measure for their study:

[They examined] covers of Rolling Stone magazine from 1967 to 2009 to measure changes in the sexualization of men and women in popular media over time.

Using their own formula to compare the evolving images of both men and women, they discovered that photos of women celebrities over time have become more and more sexual or “hypersexualized” in the media.

“What we conclude from this is that popular media outlets such as Rolling Stone are not depicting women as sexy musicians or actors; they are depicting women musicians and actors as ready and available for sex…

And if that isn’t bad enough, this trend is reaching down into hypersexualized images of teens and tweens. Sexy is one thing, but pedophilia is quite another. (If you don’t believe me, google “Emma Watson” and watch what the years and media expectations have done to our little Hermione.)

And what about us? We women of a certain age aren’t even part of the picture. In this little universe, we don’t exist.

Do I need to point out why this is a bad thing?

“Sexualized portrayals of women have been found to legitimize or exacerbate violence against women and girls, as well as sexual harassment and anti-women attitudes among men and boys,” [said one of the researchers]. “Such images also have been shown to increase rates of body dissatisfaction and/or eating disorders among men, women and girls; and they have even been shown to decrease sexual satisfaction among both men and women.”

And, looking at it from an almost reverse perspective, it only gets worse: How can the fashion industry make the feminine ideal even more unattainable? Use male models. Perfect. No hips. No breasts. Nothing to get in the way.

It’s nuts. We absolutely cannot win.

Just how long are we going to put up with this? I don’t understand how we can let a runaway media and fashion extremists create impossible ideals and further dictate how we are to feel about ourselves. I believe I’ve earned the right to dress comfortably, using my own well-crafted fashion sense, without fear becoming fodder for Tom and Lorenzo or of winding up on a Glamour Don’ts page.

What’s your fashion philosophy? How do you deal with all the unrealistic expectations?

HagRags: Fit for fall

Posted: September 9, 2011 in fashion

While I’m still looking for that perfect pair of black pants, I have a few things I’d love to pick up for fall:

Nude low-heeled pumps

And I mean nude. NUDE. Not taupe. Not beige. Not off-white. Not tan. I want that pinky beige skin color that make your legs look like one long seamless line. And I am having a devil of a time finding any that would fit my enormous feet and that are priced less than $100. (These Stuart Weitzmans are about $350 and only go up to a 10… Sigh…)

Kimono Jacket

I love unstructured clothes. They’re comfortable and, if they’re constructed right, really chic. And I’ve seen some really great-looking kimono jackets, from sheer florals to heavy knits. I’d really prefer a kimono shape to the capes that all the fashionistas are crowing about this season. I may have to wander over to Nordstroms and check out this little number, which would look great with jeans or leggings or even a contrasting skirt:

Shearling boots

I’m not an Uggs fan (aptly named, those), but my daughter-in-law in freezing Ohio has a really fun, stylin’ pair of shearlings, sort of like these. (Of course, same big feet/low price dilemma at play here.):

Wrap dress in a great knit fabric

Diane von Furstenberg should win a Nobel Prize or something for inventing and popularizing the wrap dress. They’re EVERYWHERE, from Neiman Marcus to KMart, and they’re wonderful, because they’re easy to wear, pack beautifully and look great layered. I wish I liked how I look in a wrap dress better (a bulge here and there, unfortunately), and I’m holding out for a real DvF someday, like this one. Love the colors:

Tortoise shell tone watch

I’ve seen several of these around the interwebs, and I love the rich cognac color. I’d also prefer a man-sized watch because it would make a statement ā€” and I could read it without my glasses! Michael Kors has several lovelies available, but I might see what the local Fossil outlet has first:

What’s on your wardrobe wishlist for fall?