Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Gym Clothes Cool Enough to Wear Everywhere

    Frumpy sweatpants and ugly sports bras? They're gone. These days, it's hard to tell if women are on their way to the gym, or following the hottest fashion trend. Leggings and hoodies have been wardrobe staples for the past decade, and the recent onslaught of fancy sweatpants, high-end sneakers, and kitchy sweatshirts pumped even more activewear into retailers. And now there's a '90s-inspired athletic vibe on the runways, with designers incorporating hi-tech fabrics like mesh and neoprene into their clothing collections. Put this all together, and the line between sportswear and everyday clothes is severely blurred.

    According to trade paper Business of Fashion, the sale of women's activewear reached $11.5 billion in 2013, up nine percent from the previous year, but brands like Lululemon aren't the only ones shilling workout gear by the truckload. The Stella McCartney for Adidas collaboration launched in 2004, and has grown into a worldwide success story over the past decade. Forever21

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  • The Rise and Fall of Kate Middleton's Hemlines

    Supposedly Queen Elizabeth wants to give Kate Middleton a more formal makeover, namely a wardrobe with longer, more conservative hemlines. Everyone from the Daily Mail to Time is reporting on the rumor, but can this possibly be true? Compared to other famous 32-year-old women--Beyonce, Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton--Middleton's style is practically matronly. "It doesn't quite ring true to me," royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Yahoo Shine. "The Queen does not run the monarchy as a dictatorship. She allows everyone to live their own lives and do things their way. If she feels very strongly about how something is done or should be done she'll say something, but she's a big believer in her family doing things their way and in turn learning by doing." Bottom line: "I just don't think there would be a memo from the Queen saying your skirts are too short." After inspecting Middleton's hemlines over the years, we'd have to agree. She's become known worldwide for her

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  • The Perfect Bra: How to Find It, Once and for All

    The perils of bra shopping. Photo by CorbisWe've all heard that most women aren't wearing the correct bra size, but that can't possibly be you, right? You've worn the same size for years! It's fine! (Most of the time, anyway.) Well, a new study conducted by Triumph, a Swiss lingerie company, surveyed 100,000 women and found that 64 percent of women are, indeed, wearing the wrong-size bra. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that 29 percent know they're wearing the wrong size. It might not sound like a big deal but it kind of is: Women's Wear Daily, which reported the study, said that 73 percent of women also felt that a poorly-fitting bra could ruin their entire day. Yeah, been there.

    It's too bad really, considering how easy it is for women to go in and get a bra fitting for free at their local lingerie retailer. The problem is that not all brands and styles fit the same way, which means you're not necessarily always the size you think you are. With Valentine's Day around the corner and many women on the hunt for special

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  • Eyebrow Transplants Are on the Rise. Yes, Eyebrow Transplants.

    Lena Dunham illustrates how NOT to get fuller eyebrows. Photo by HBOEyebrows are suddenly getting a lot of attention. First model Cara Delevingne brought back the full-bodied Brooke Shields look. Then Lena Dunham portrayed the unreasonable lengths we'll go to for a thicker brow. It was only a matter of time before the trend landed in the hands of cosmetic surgeons.

    Now, instead of filling in sparse, over-tweezed areas with a pencil or powder, some women (and a few men) are going to extremes and getting permanent eyebrow transplants.

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    "It's not the most common procedure, but there's been 20 percent increase in interest in eyebrow transplants over the last few years,"  Audrey Matney, the practice manager of Yael Halaas M.D. in New York City tells Yahoo Shine. Full brows might not have replaced full breasts on women's cosmetic surgery wish lists, but after several years of thick statement eyebrows on the runways, in fashion magazines, and in beauty ads, doctors are seeing an upswing in clients enquiring

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  • Music Reincarnates '90s Style Stars

    From crop tops and floral dresses to Dr. Martens and chokers, '90s fashion has undeniably returned. But today's stars are not just scooping up retro garments and accessories, they're co-opting the style of specific '90s icons. Some similarities are more obvious than others, but all your favorite singers and musicians are currently cribbing from the best. Let's talk a stroll down memory lane and pay tribute to the well-dressed O.G.'s. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

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  • Every Grammy Red Carpet Moment That Mattered

    Sunday night's Grammy awards served as a reminder: we owe a lot to musicians. Yes, they supply us with awesome new tunes to enjoy all year. But they also make the red carpet interesting. From blindingly metallic gowns and chain mail to fluffy dresses covered in music notes, we can always count on singers, rappers, and musicians to put on a good sartorial show and tonight was no exception. Behold the ensembles that will fill our dreams... and occasionally give us nightmares. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

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  • Valentino Reimagines Björk's Infamous Swan Dress. Who's Laughing Now?

    Valentino versus Bjork (photo: Getty Images/IMAXtree)
    Remember Björk's swan dress she wore to the Oscars in 2001? Who could forget it? The controversial gown designed by Marjan Pejoski remained fixed at the top of awards season worst-dressed lists. That was until this week, when hallowed designer Valentino sent his own version of the swan dress down the runway at Paris Fashion Week's spring 2014 haute couture show. The dress, made out of tulle and hand-sewn feathers, received a virtual standing ovation from Maison Valentino's Twitter and Instagram followers, and enough praise from fashion bloggers to make up for critics' lambasting of the original dress in 2001. 

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    There are admittedly many differences between the Pejoski dress the Icelandic songstress wore to the Academy Awards and Valentino's new, subtler creation. Björk's dress featured a full white skirt to resemble the body of a swan, and had a giant cartoonish swan head gazing out from her bust. Critics and comedians were

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  • Designers Force Fanny Packs Upon Us, yet Again

    Oh, fanny packs. Ever since your brief popularity in the late '80s/early '90s, you have forced yourself on the fashion world when we least expect it. Initially worn by young kids hanging at the mall or ladies going for a mid-day jog, fanny packs were quickly relegated to fashion-repellant tourists and old men who wear socks with sandals. At least until "Sex and the City" came along. Costumer Patricia Field loves pushing the sartorial envelope, and she dressed Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw in a Gucci fanny pack on several occasions in 2000. Were fanny packs cool again? Must we all go buy a mini purse that clips on above the waist? The answer, of course, was and remains "no." Despite the fact that designers unleash their scandalous, ironic, so-bad-it's-good-but-really-not accessory on the runways season after season, we will not give in to fanny packs. Not even the new Chanel version presented at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on Tuesday. You can keep on disguising

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  • Chanel's $4,000 Sneakers: Pumped-up Kicks or Fashion Disaster?

    photos: ImaxtreeStep aside, Nike. Iconic fashion designers have just discovered the power of the sneaker, and rubber soles may never look the same again. 

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    On Monday at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, Dior debuted several pairs of upscale sneakers that resembled aqua socks — footwear typically reserved for kids playing at the beach. Athletic brands like Nike have recently created similar foot-skimming shoe styles using high-tech fabrics like mesh and neoprene, but Dior's shoes were embellished with beads.

    photo: Imaxtree They may not be the most practical athletic footwear, but that all depends on the occasion. Dior designer Raf Simons actually paired the rubberized footwear with modern, laser-cut gowns.

    More on Yahoo: Why These Seemingly Ordinary Designer Sneakers Cost $1,095

    The very next day, Chanel took perhaps an even riskier move. Designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld outfitted every single model in a pair of chunky running shoes. According

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  • Why Shapewear, Skinny Jeans, and Stilettos Will Be Our Demise

    Are we all doomed by shapewear? Photo by Miramax FilmsMany women – celebrities included – swear by shapewear like Spanx to look slimmer under their clothing. Kim Kardashian called them her "best friend," Katy Perry has flashed them proudly on stage, Claire Danes referred to herself as "a brand SPANX-ing new mom" while accepting a SAG Award in 2013, Rebecca Romijn said she wears "Spanx underneath almost everything," and Adele admitted that she had "three or four pairs of Spanx on" at the 2012 Grammy Awards (and loved it). But are the benefits of shapewear worth what they might be doing to our insides with all that serious squeezing? Experts are answering that question with a resounding "no," according to a recent Huffington Post article. It's not just Spanx, of course. Fashion often forces females to forfeit comfort for whittled waists, a pushed-up bosom, sky-high stilettos, and trendy oversized handbags. And the bad news is that many of your wardrobe staples aren't just uncomfortable, but also potentially hazardous for your health. Read Read More »from Why Shapewear, Skinny Jeans, and Stilettos Will Be Our Demise

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