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Dress Up Like a Super Woman: 12 DIY Costumes

A quick spin through the costume aisle will leave you baffled by an array of nonsensical “sexy” options that extend far beyond kittens and French maids, like a sexy banana, sexy Chinese takeout and (my favorite) the sexy brick house. While some...

British Infographic Manages to Be Sexist and Racist in One Fell Swoop

The do’s and don’ts of business formal (not to mention business casual and business festive) are worth revisiting for a reason: They can be illusive and change as often as the business landscape (see: Silicon Valley, land of hoodies and...

Dress Like Your Best Self: 5 Fashion Traps to Avoid

Authenticity. Such a complex word, and one that our closets don’t help simplify. We all aspire to be our “true selves” and yet the elusive, individualistic nature of authenticity makes it impossible to uniformly define. Knowing the self takes...

Does ‘Dressing Like a Man’ Lead to Greater Success?

Male bosses still make 35 percent more than their female counterparts, but does that mean women should dress like men? And do the clothes make the man (rich)? Throughout history, gendered dress has been fluid, not fixed. Fashion loves to push...

Makeup for Women Who Hate Makeup

This may sound ironic coming from someone who writes about beauty, but there are certain cosmetic products I loathe. I’d rather go without mascara than deal with clumpy lashes, for instance, or suffer dark circles under my eyes instead of...

10 Fall Fashion Trends From Runway to Real Life

Ever get the feeling that designers create fashion just for the fun of it? That perhaps they’re playing only to a cultish group of crazies that live for the ridiculous? Join the club. So much of what we see on runways (assuming we even bother to...

Statement-Making Fashion Week Trends Translated for Real Life

Twice a year New York Fashion Week rips through the city like a comet. The event goes as quickly as it comes, exploding in a flashy, fancy burst of pretty people in outrageous getups, which oftentimes do not translate to wearable fashion....

Context is Key: Professional Dress Codes Translated

You know that sinking feeling when you walk into a party and realize you’ve failed to read the dress code fine print?  Historian and fashion writer Anne Hollander argues that we want to look “right” far more than we want to be fashionable. And...

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