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Pocket Squares: Where Do I Buy Them and How Do I Wear Them

By Angela Germano


Pocket squares are seen as the staple of fancy, black-tie dress, but they aren't at all -- anyone wearing a sports coat can wear one, and they can bring a lot of unique pop and excitement to any outfit.

They come in packs with matching ties at many stores, like as Kohls and Macy's. Online, you can buy them on eBay, Amazon, and many Korean fashion stores' websites. You can find them in almost any place, though they might have a pretty limited range of styles.

What to know when shopping for pocket squares:

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Wigs Aren't Just For Halloween

By Angelo Germano


There's an idea that wigs aren't for fashion -- that they're purely the domain of Halloween costumes and sick people. But wigs can be worn every day, even the Halloween-colored ones, for fashion, hiding a bad haircut, or for moderate medical reasons. Some wigs look entirely natural, to the point where you can't tell the difference between them and non-synthetic hair unless you touch them, while some synthetic wigs feel exactly like cheap Halloween ones.

Before starting your collection, find out the wig basics!

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Monki Kimono Blazer

Battling your office's sexist AC settings? The sleek, structured lines of the Monki Kimono Blazer are perfect for a professional setting while remaining comfy enough to keep you warm as you plot the dismantling of the patriarchy. The kimono style sleeves keep your hands unobstructed as you wrestle the thermostat back into the glowing light of equality.

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How Japan Has Influenced the Western Runway

By Cailyn Cox


Do you own an obi belt? Are you lusting over that kimono-styled cape in the boutique store window? Japan has influenced contemporary western fashion a lot more than you may have thought.

While we clearly witnessed designers like Alexander McQueen, Missoni, Maison Martin Margiela and Tibi, taking inspiration from Japanese motifs and styles this year -- from kimono cuts and rounded shoulders, to the prints and colors used in the collections -- this wasn't anything particularly new.

Japanese culture has a long history of influencing western designers.

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6 Reasons To Love Culottes

By Cailyn Cox


In 2015, the fashion gods have blessed us with a wide variety of pants styles. Gone are the days where you're forced to live in your skinny jeans because no other pants could compare, because now we have culottes.

Seen on the runways of Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Marni, J. Crew, Sportsmax and Armani, culottes are one of the trickier styles to pull off, but not if you get the right fit -- they should hit around the middle of your calf, so that they accentuate the skinniest part of your leg.

Below are six reasons why you want to add them to your wardrobe:

 

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R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse

Ugh, these dog days of summer sure have us panting. They also have us -- and our coifs -- looking a little wilted. If flat hair is adding to your misery in the August swelter, too, you'll want to perk it up with a palmful of Chiffon Styling Mouse from R+Co after you towel dry your locks. It'll give a lightweight hold (your hair won't get that gnarly crusted-always-wet look ... ew) and add body, softness, and shine as you style. It won't fall flat on you halfway through a busy day, either. At quittin' time, you'll still look perfectly put-together and your sweaty officemates will be dying to know your hair styling secrets.

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Bras: They Cost A Million Dollars, Why Don't They Ever Fit Right?

By Angela Germano


Finding a bra that fits properly (and doesn't cost an entire paycheck) is one of the most frustrating struggles a woman can face. Every brand and store has their own set of sizing rules, and each comes with a "here, let me find your perfect size" imperfect and awkward sizing session. There are so many online guides on how to get the proper fit, and how the right fit should feel, that it's almost impossible to overcome the overwhelming dread at the entire ordeal.

With so many variables -- how can you shop for your perfect bra?

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Wal-Mart Clothing: It's Not Nearly as Scary as You Think

By Angela Germano


There's this basic idea that Wal-Mart has low-quality clothes that send you rushing to sing "Rock, Flag, and Eagle" when the truth is that their clothes are equal to, if not better than, many other store's offerings. There are many good quality brands they carry, with a full line of Danskin athletic wear, and a full range of Hanes brand offerings. For young adults, they carry a wide variety of OP (Ocean Pacific) items.

In my personal experience, their selection of casual clothing (be it T-shirts or bathing suits) are both a better range of choices and sizes than many other stores, and they last longer. The stuff I've bought from other stores only lasts a few weeks before it begins pilling and showing other signs of wear, but the clothes I've gotten from Wal-Mart have lasted years before they show the same signs.

Check out the surprisingly good finds.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm

Want a lip balm that won't make your lips look like a lacquered gym floor? Revlon's Colorburst Matte Lip Balm looks like a million bucks, comes in 10 beautiful colors, and keeps your lips from getting dry and cracked. It's infused with a Triple Butter Complex of shea, mango, and coconut butter, and it comes in a retractable chubby crayon - no sharpener needed.

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Deep V Necklines: Should You Take the Plunge?

By Cailyn Cox


This season plunging necklines have proven particularly popular, as we saw the revealing deep plunge trend on the runways of Emilio Pucci, Rebecca Minkoff, Missoni and Balmain, to name but a few. There is no denying that it's a statement neckline.

But while it ticks plenty of style boxes,
there are also a few cons when it comes to the cut.

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The Sister Act: Balmain's New Campaign

By Cailyn Cox


Balmain's
Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign might be their most impressive yet.

The French fashion house, under the creative direction of Olivier Rousteing, decided to make their fall ad campaign a sister act. The sibling-themed shoot features model Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie, who look almost identical as they strike an intense pose while wearing a pinstripe suit and a beautiful bejewelled gown, respectively.

Check out the stunning photoshoot.

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Front Flap Box Bag

The Front Flap Box Bag balances simplicity with unique (the piping on the front of the bag) and even practical (we totally dig the credit card holder on the reverse side) touches. This bag is versatile enough to go with just about any outfit but different enough to stand out!

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Big Girls on the Beach

By Mariana Leung


It's the hottest summer ever, and most of us are trying to spend as much time at the beach as we can. For women with curves (and sometimes more than curves) summer style is tough to shop for. Traditional fashion magazines rarely cover full-figured beach fashion. When they do, the looks are likely chosen to shroud the body rather than celebrate it.

Luckily, bloggers and fashionistas have disrupted the plus-sized landscape. Thanks to outspoken influencers like blogger Gabi Fresh, the cliché of what a "beach body" represents is more inclusive than the fleet of Victoria's Secret models.

While progress is slow, fashion brands are designing and fitting clothes for the full-figured woman that they want to wear.

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Charnobyl: Will The Background Radiation of Misogyny at American Apparel Ever Disappear?



When I worked at American Apparel back in 2012, two years before the end of Dov Charney's tenure, employees at my store were discouraged from talking about Charney's behavior. He was the stuff of urban legend by this point, and any employee with an internet connection could see the stories if they wanted to - the sexual harassment and assault of employees and models, the verbal abuse, the exhibitionism in front of journalists.

American Apparel's hiring practices themselves were built around objectification: your application had to include pictures of you to determine whether or not you were an appealing candidate. It could be argued that just about every business hires based on ableism, fatphobia, and racism, but it was jarring to have it spelled out so blatantly as an applicant. After being hired, employees' appearances were routinely policed and dissected by company employees, who judged whether employees were "on brand" through photos and in-store checkups.

Then in June 2014 came a sea change -- Charney was ousted.

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Lolë Mona Leather Espadrilles

Espadrilles have been the shoe of the summer. You can't open a magazine without seeing Selena Gomez or some other adorable celeb strolling around in the shoe du jour. I've been hesitant to embrace this style of flat. Coworkers rave about how comfortable espadrilles are, but they've always felt a bit too beach chic for me to wear to the office. Thankfully, these Lolë Mona Leather Espadrilles ($75) sophisticate the style with a full leather upper. The yellow sole and woven jute are playful enough for these last days of summer, though these simple shoes will transition perfectly into cooler weather.

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