Part Two of a Three Part Series There are a few better things to tell the story of a piece of vintage or retro clothing than the labels inside the clothing. Labels can tell you the manufacturer, the designer, or the store where a garment originated. They can also give you a nice bit of history… Read More Purchasing Vintage, Antique, and Second-Hand Clothing: Every Label Tells a Story
First in a Three-Part Series Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk with a really great young saleswoman at the new F & F store in the Holyoke Mall about all things fashion! It was such a great conversation! During the conversation, we discussed vintage clothing, and the differences in vintage sizing, modern… Read More Purchasing Vintage, Antique and Second-Hand Clothing: Understanding the Terms
We don’t think much about dressing ourselves, by ourselves. By the time most kids are between 3 and 5, they’ve learned how to put on their own clothes. So we take for granted that people have always been able to pick their own clothing and get dressed by themselves. That wasn’t always the case. In… Read More Fashion #TBT The 1920’s: Women Get Dressed By Themselves
There are some real surprises in the patterns this fall. Ubiquitous leopard is less this year than before (thank goodness!) Here’s a gallery of what you’ll find lots of now and what will look good going into winter….
Remember that little red Calvin Klein dress? Yesterday, as I was reading Jay & Katie’s “The Myth of the “Maxxinista”: The dirty little secret behind outlets and discount stores,” I got to wondering if one of my local mall-based discounters, that always claims to sell “department store brands,” was selling the brand but not the… Read More You Get What You Don’t Pay For: what you should know before you shop (again) at an outlet shop or retail discount store
Did you know that most of the clothing we wear–and especially “fast fashion”–is made in China, where the pollution regulations aren’t as strict as in the U.S.? Did you know that some of those dyes that make all those day-glo shoes and tops and such are toxic to the environment? Did you know that even… Read More Fashion and Beauty Need a Place on the Climate Change Agenda