By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
MAN REPELLER: n./phrase, pron. man ri-pel-ur:: Outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex, as defined by Leandra Medine, author of a blog by the same name.
The lovely lasses over at The Frisky have discovered my latest blog obsession: The Man Repeller. Leandra clarifies her manifesto by sharing a few items that are worthy of this Fashion Speak title: "Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs." Her blog is an online catalog of everything and anything, from runway looks to celebrity styles, that might make a man run for the hills in confusion, delusion, and fear of under-exposure.
I once heard a fellow fashion editor refer to Marni (that's a look from the fall 2010 collection, above), as "the world's best man repellent," and I can't
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By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazineRead More »from Don't Get Caught Wearing a Man Repeller
By Tiffany Blackstone, Glamour magazine
Updating your wardrobe for Fall without getting at least one new pair of jeans would be like having a PB sandwich without the J-fine, though just not the same. But with so much other exciting stuff to snap up, we thought you'd appreciate some wallet-friendly options. Enjoy!
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- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Tue, Aug 31, 2010 5:20 PM EDT
By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazineRead More »from Your Sneak Peek At The Kardashian Sisters' New Clothing Line For QVC
When Tiffany first shared the news that the Kardashian sisters were teaming up with QVC for a new line of clothing, you dolls confessed that you can't get enough of the wild family and were definitely excited to check it out.
K-Dash, as the line will be called, hits the runway on September 10 at QVC's pop-up shop (part of Fashion's Night Out), and according to WWD, consists of "contemporary sportswear and handbags [which] initially will have 31 styles and retail prices running from $19.50 for a fake leather wrap belt to $49.50 for denim leggings to $239 for a pebble leather handbag..."
All three sisters lent their style to the line, although they readily admit that it's not designed by them--Ginny Hilfiger, Tommy's sister, is the one who took the girls' wardrobe favorites and reworked them for the QVC audience. But the ladies say they approved each and every fabric choice and final piece before it made the cut, and the resulting collection is a
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Mon, Aug 30, 2010 11:10 PM EDT
By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazineRead More »from A Quick Rant: A Little Leg Goes A Long Way On The Red Carpet, Ladies!
It's a good thing cleavage is such big news for fall (except on job interviews, of course!), because it means we may finally get a rest from seriously overexposed legs on the red carpet. Everywhere you looked at last night's Emmy Awards, there were wardrobe malfunctions just waiting to happen...
Never mind what the heck Stephanie Pratt was doing at the Emmys in the first place--it looks like she took a page from former co-star Lauren Conrad's "is this a shirt or a dress?" book. She definitely doesn't pass the hemline-must-be-longer-than-your-fingertips test of appropriateness!
There was so much to look at in Glee star Naya Rivera's look--a voluminous beehive, flamenco-style ruffles, a jeweled embellishment--that she hardly needed another distraction. And yet she gave us one, in the form of a serious slit that exposed not just one but both of her gorgeous gams. Call me a prude, but I feel like I'm looking at something only her doctor or her
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Mon, Aug 30, 2010 7:02 PM EDT
By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazineRead More »from Attention, Job Seekers: Avoid These Two Wardrobe Mistakes That Might Ruin Your Interview
As loads of currently-unemployed women can tell you, this is one of the most competitive job markets in recent history--though that doesn't mean it's time to try and make yourself stand out sartorially on a job interview.
Today's Daily Mail shares some recent research that says the best way to blow an interview is by showing too much cleavage. It may seems like an absolute "duh!" revelation, but apparently enough women are still doing it that they're ruining their own chances before they've even had a chance to answer the first question.
And the second most offensive wardrobe snafu, according to the survey, is wearing a black bra under a white blouse. Again, it may come from the department of absolutely obvious, but when you're hitting the interview circuit, stick with flesh-colored undergarments and if you have to ask yourself, "Is this too much cleavage?" well then, it is.
Among the other offenses? "Job seekers were marked down for wearing
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Mon, Aug 30, 2010 4:50 PM EDT
By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazineRead More »from 3 New Ways To Wear A Hot Emmy Trend: Ditch Boring Black In Favor Of Navy
Your LBD may be as reliable as your BFF, but even the most loyal of gals appreciates the occasional opportunity to make new friends. And that's exactly what a slew of celebs did at last night's Emmy Awards, leaving black dresses behind in favor of sleek, sophisticated navy.
From Jayma Mays' impossibly chic Burberry Prorsum gown (which Susan appropriately called "J'amazing") to Jane Krakowski's elegant-as-ever one shoulder Escada number, navy blue looks were everywhere on last night's red carpet. It's an easy color to wear for evening--as svelte-ifying as black, neutral enough to mix with what you've already got in your closet--and yet since we usually think of it as the domain of men's blazers and school uniforms, it has a certain unexpectedness to it. And it'll look even less predictable if you take one of these chic styling tips:
#1: Try red or pink shoes. You dolls probably already know that nothing makes a bold color pop quite like a neutral
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Aug 27, 2010 10:16 PM EDT
By Tiffany Blackstone, Glamour magazineRead More »from The Kardashians Have A New QVC Line Just For Curvy Girls
The latest greatest cable shopping network news (the last greatest being Glamour's new jewelry collection for HSN), right? Well, even better…
…you don't have long to wait before snapping it up! You'll be able to shop the sister's collection, called K-Dash, when it debuts during Fashion's Night Out on September 10. And if you're spending FNO in New York, you can pick up the new stuff at the special QVC pop-up shop in Rockefeller Center where the live broadcast will be taking place.
Now, I can't say for sure what kinds of pieces K-Dash will feature, but I'm betting there may be at least a couple cute dresses since one of the sisters just told Page Six how hard it's been for her to find an Emmy Dress that suits her curves: "Kim yesterday complained she hadn't yet found a dress to fit her famous booty for Sunday night's Emmys, saying, 'My stylist Monica has some amazing choices . . . I haven't fit into anything yet.'"
Their line for Bebe was
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Aug 26, 2010 10:17 PM EDT
By Susan Cernek, Glamour magazine
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but even though I live and breathe fashion every day, before I go out and do my fall shopping, I study up on the trends before I hit the stores. I flip back and look at some of my favorite runway shows and street style bloggers to get some inspiration. Then I make a short and sweet list of a handful of things that a) feel like "me" b) I can afford and c) I have a good chance of loving several months and years down the line. (The skeletons in my closet come in the form of regrettable impulse buys that include, but are not limited to, a red nautical mini, a spider web-y sweater dress, high-waist wide-wale corduroys in a puke-y brown color and a too-tight top with shoulder pads so sharp-looking I could almost pierce my own ears with them.) Of course, I also consult Tracey on almost all my wardrobe acquisitions. If she gives it two thumbs up, it's in.
If you like this of regret-free fall shopping, but don't haveRead More »from Fall Trends: 12 Styles You're Gonna Want to Wear This Season
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:11 PM EDT
By Tiffany Blackstone, Glamour magazineRead More »from What To Wear: â€œIâ€™m Very Bustyâ€”Can I Still Wear My Shirts Tucked In?â€
Writes What To Wear reader adz323: "How would you dress up a pencil skirt if you have a bigger bust? I want to tuck blouses in, but then it makes me look bigger up top. Help!"
Well Adz, you can do the tuck if…
…you then throw on a lean cardi, vest or blazer over it. See, the problem with tucking when you have an ample bosom is that it will make you seem like you have no waist, since the bottom of your chest and the waistband of your skirt will look close together. And yes, that will also make you appear even more top-heavy.
Wearing something over your top and skirt keeps people's eyes from stopping short right at the point where your shirt and skirt meet, creating a sleeker look. (And I don't need to mention that a really good bra is especially key to looking sleek in anything you wear, do I? No? Good.)
I like belting my top layer when I wear a look like the one I've described, but it sounds like you want to show off your cute shirts, so go
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:00 PM EDT
By Jenny Feldman, Glamour magazineRead More »from Hot Topic Debate: Fake Handbags Could Cause Cheating
Get a load of the results of this bonkers new psychological study: People who knowingly wear counterfeit items are more likely to lie and cheat on tests!
Here's how professors came to that conclusion: They gathered a large group of young women and presented them each with a pair of (real) Chloe sunglasses, except they told half of the women that the shades were fake-and half that they were real. Then the profs administered a series of mathematical tests on the subjects, who were ultimately asked to score themselves on the "honor system." Turns out, the women who thought they were wearing fake Chloe cheated about 70% of the time, in comparison to only 30% of the women who were told their sunglasses were "real."
Fascinating or ridiculous? Read more about it here. Do you think this is enough evidence to prove that girls who knowingly purchase counterfeit designer items are more likely to be dishonest? Have you ever bought fake? Discuss!