Archive for January 21, 2013

Fashion Blogging Pet Peeves

I read a lot of fashion blogs.  I mean a LOT.  So many that, after a crazy week like last week, I had to just mark them all read and start again yesterday, and by this morning there were already close to 200 new posts. But I am starting to notice a few things on these blogs that irritate me.  Here’s the short list.

  • Empty Purses:  No woman carries an empty purse.  If you are going to style a bag with your outfit, put your stuff into the bag.  And if the bag isn’t practical for the type of day that the outfit supports, it might be time to find a different bag.
  • “Plus Blogger Style”:  There is a subset of plus bloggers who indulge in a number of styling choices that I just don’t think look good.  For example, putting the waist of a skirt right under the bust or having a belt right under the bust, wearing clothing that is clearly too tight and either gaps or puckers in funny ways, or always going for a “sexy” look (sheer tops, overly tight pencil skirts), no matter what the occasion.  This is by no means ALL of the plus bloggers or even some of them all the time.  But I see all of these looks just about every day, and to me they just call attention to the fact that a plus shape is “different” without making us look any better.  I want to dress stylishly but in a way that my size is noticed AFTERWARDS or not at all, not one that calls attention to it.
  • Impractically tall spike-y heels:  I get it – a lot of women love the style.  However if your job requires you do much more than walk from your car to your desk and back again, those types of shoes start to be a problem.  Worse, if you have foot or back issues, or want to prevent foot or back issues in the first place (just ask a podiatrist what THEY think about stilettos), that is a look that is saved for special occasions only.  More power to you if you can actually hoof it around winter in Manhattan in 4 inch stilettos, but the average girl can’t and is going to end up looking uncomfortable and, therefore, less stylish.  (All I see this time of year when I see skinny jeans and stilettos is chilly ankles!)

No pictures, because I don’t want to pick on anyone.  Goodness knows it’s hard enough to post what you’re wearing to the internet every day without some middle-aged woman taking pot-shots at it.

My beloved burgundy

IMG_1381Every season brings a new color that is THE color.  This fall it was burgundy, which happens to be one of my all time favorite and best colors.  I’ve been snapping it up where I could find it.  This outfit uses a burgundy tank under a charcoal cardigan with black pants as a way to make sure the burgundy really stood out.

Of course the other thing I was trying to show off with this outfit was the shoes, which hardly show.  I found these on clearance at a local shoe store that specializes in comfort shoes that are cute.  (The place is right off campus, so it has to appeal to students; that tends to result in a really interesting mix of styles.)  Here’s what the shoes look like:

img-thing I’m not entirely sure why they appear so brown in all the pictures I am finding, even though they are marked grey.  If you look at the picture, they are clearly grey.  However this is the same basic design; 3 shades of suede in different levels of grey.  I’ll have to find an outfit somewhere that shows them off a bit better.

I’m not entirely happy with this cardigan.  I think it’s because I have one or two other grey cardigans that have more shape.  This one is looking boxy to me now.  It might be time to put it into the “donate” tote (we keep one in the closet so that, as we try things and decide they aren’t working, we can drop them straight in). What do you think?


This weekend was spent almost entirely recovering from last week’s travel. I hid in my office, talked to as few people as I possibly could, and worked on my not insubstantial to do list of all the things outside my day job; my consulting (expense report, time tracking, and lots of notes), volunteer work (trying to figure out how to estimate the flow of animals through the shelter) and the course I’m taking right now on classical music.  I also took the dogs for a walk; the weather is recovering, which is glorious.  Oh, and caught up on the week’s worth of TV.  Today (Monday) is a day off work, so I think that by tomorrow I should be willing and able to deal with people again.  I hope.

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