A few things rank up there on my list of embarrassing fashion fouls: accidental visible bra (also known as AVB; this happened once during a meeting with my boss and I’m still wishing the earth would swallow me whole); tripping in heels you can’t really walk in; going about your day with your skirt clinging awkwardly to your bum without realizing it.
Static cling generally rears its ugly head when you’re not fully equipped to deal with it: at work, at a party, walking down a very crowded Market Street. It’s as if silken fabric falls perfectly while you’re at home, only to cling desperately to your upper thighs the second you hit the street. So, for the start of what’s most likely going to be a clingy winter, here are five tried-and-true ways to combat static, no matter where you are. (For AVB, well, you’re on your own.) Read more »
We won’t say never throw away your stockings again, but we will
say this super-simple trick will make your tights last longer
. Simply soak and freeze your new pair before wearing them, and the fibers will strengthen and become more resistant to pulls. [PureWow
- Apparently you’ve been applying your concealer wrong . Here’s every skin prepping tip you’ll ever need to know (like how purplish dark circles call for yellow-toned concealer). Our first takeaway: You’re supposed to cover blemishes with concealer after you’ve applied your foundation, not before. Oops. [The Zoe Report]
Plus: At-home blackhead-busters that actually work.
Fun with hair! | Lauren McGrath.
I like to think my hair is a little bit like me: buoyant and sassy at its best, fickle and uncompromising at its worst.
I have been locked in a love-hate struggle with my hair with for years. It’s the product of my white mom’s stick-straight, coarse dark hair and my black father’s long, twisted locks, a combination that gives it a unique texture and shape that turns heads. But it took tremendous beauty store expenditures on “miracle products” and repeated trial and error (read: looking like a hot mess until I got it right) to eventually find a routine that wasn’t a Homeric battle of epic fro-portions. Read more »
There’s nothing wrong with this, except for that fact that literally everyone else is wearing it.
Things we love: haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, apple picking, pumpkin patches, etc. Chances are if you’ve gone to one of these fall activities in the past five years, you’ve worn some version of the Fall Fashion Starter Pack – button-up flannel shirt, leggings or skinny jeans, tall boots in brown or black, maybe even a puffy vest (see above). This leads us to things we don’t love: boring outfits, feeling basic, looking like everyone else.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a staple wardrobe item here and there, you’ve gotta spice up your look beyond the basics. The fix is simple; swap out classics for trendier items to update your look and make you stand out in a be-flanneled crowd. Look and learn. Read more »
Whether your boots are Dior or DSW, gently break them in to avoid foot-blister awfulness. | Shutterstock.
- We all know that new-shoe drama: elation at that amazing pair you just bought; can’t wait to wear them out; instant blisters within five minutes; never want to wear them again. It’s tragic, really. To make sure this never happens again, check out these really easy tips on how to gently break in new boots, like stretching them out with some rolled-up towels overnight, or wearing them around the house with extra-thick socks. [SheFinds]
- Always on the hunt for style hacks, we found yet another fall layering tip that will update your fall wardrobe without spending a dime. Save your summery bustiers and tube tops from their inevitable summer-clothes-bin-in-the-basement fate. Instead, layer those fitted tops over button-ups for a fresh, unexpected new look. See this awesome slideshow for inspo. [Refinery29]
Up next: Fashion month’s surprisingly simple beauty trend, and the denim DIY to give you two adorable looks.
Make your clothes smell fresh in seconds. | Shutterstock.
Not enough time to run to the dry cleaner’s before your event? Got some vintage pieces that just can’t shake the musty, granny-closet smell? You don’t have to hide behind a cloud of perfume (or worse, Febreeze) to mask the not-so-fresh scent your clothes are carrying. I learned the easiest way ever to neutralize stubborn smelling clothes (and my inner party girl loves it): vodka. Read more »
Yesterday, I watched as a girl walked very precariously down an icy street in pointed-toe heels, no socks. I walked behind her for a block before I realized that I was holding my breath, the same way I do when a performer walks down stairs on stage or does some crazy dance move: Don’t. Fall.
We’re in the midst of a winter that will not loosen up its chokehold. As I write this, the snow has just started to fall in Center City. Soon, if you listen to all those reports, it will change to a “snow and sleet sandwich”, which will surely be fun for all.
It can be confusing, dressing for a blizzard (or an ice storm). There is nothing cute about being pinged incessantly with tiny ice pellets as you walk down the street. No, winter storm dressing is not fun. Winter storm dressing is about survival. Here is how to do it right. Read more »
Sometimes, fading is good. Take old band tees, for instance. The more worn and faded they are, the better. But not all things look best with a lived-in look. Exhibit A: Your black jeans. These look best when they’re fresh off the hanger, inky black and just soft enough.
But wear and tear inevitably leads to the graying of even the most jet-black jeans. Lucky for you, the jean experts over at Madewell offered five easy tips for maintaining your dark denim. (And clean freaks, don’t worry. They didn’t recommend never washing them.) Read more »
Inspiration! | Images via Honestly WTF, Catbird NYC.
For a very long time, everyone talked about the great arm stack: piles of clanking bangles, all shapes and sizes, lined up on wrists like a kid’s colorful ring-stacking toy. By now, we’ve all mastered this, and every woman I know wears some sort of bracelet stack (though most I’ve seen lack the thoughtful mix of a set curated over decades; a matching — or artfully mismatching — set from H&M or J.Crew does not a stack make).
In any case, with bare wrists making a comeback (even the Man Repeller herself—coiner of the now-tired term “arm party”—has left her wrists naked of late!), we now have a new appendage that we must make a living jewelry display of: Enter the Ring Stack.
Pics and inspiration ahead!
The right way to buy winter’s most fun accessory. | Shutterstock.
A few years ago, I found my perfect pair of gloves: gold Nappa leather with tiny red suede ovals on the fingers, sort of like a built-in manicure. I needed them—only problem was, I wasn’t exactly sure of my size. I guesstimated (my hands are pretty small), and when the pair arrived, they were just a tad too tight. I kept them, of course, although I need to remove all of my rings before putting them on.
How this could’ve been avoided: this handy measuring tip from one of my favorite gift boutiques in the city, Scarlett Alley (241 Race Street). Just measure the circumference of your hand around the knuckles, not counting the thumb. Got that number?
Click for your size!