The best thing about the end of a season is the opportunity for total wardrobe rejuvenation. Just as you’re getting bored of your summer outfits and accessories, it’s time to head out and stock up on some fall fashion and capitalize on this year’s fabulous autumn trends, which include:
The Trench Vest
It’s a trench coat minus the sleeves. Drape it over a t-shirt and jeans or a fitted dress to give your look an extra flair.
The Bold Handbag
Don’t hold back. Big, bright, colorful handbags are in and they’re also a perfect way to take a simple outfit to the next level. This season it’s go bold or go home!
I would dare to say that there is a quiet social revolution taking place on the internet across the US and CA and world over, one in which women are saying that they are tired of unrealistic expectations about their bodies. They are protesting being constantly bombarded with over-sexualized messages to bare all. Recently, modest fashion bloggers have played a huge role in bringing modest fashion to the fore. In many ways this is true: social media nowadays allows for all types of voices to be heard and for anyone to find like minded people and interests that the main stream media is not giving voice to. They want to be seen and heard for who they really are, and not who social media tells them to be. Modest fashion bloggers like Adi Heyman are giving them that voice.
Similarly, Plus Size fashion bloggers have created a strong voice for their audience. With campaigns like Layne Bryant’s #imnoangel, and others like #droptheplus and Swimsuits For All’s #curvesinbikinis the Plus size woman’s voice is being heard and embraced. Models like Ashley Graham, who was the first plus size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, are making major headlines and giving their plus size audience a name they deserve.
This reactionary movement may well be targeted against an aggregate of multi-media and social media over the past few decades: air brushing women’s bodies to advertise unattainable looks, a ‘baring all’ attitude etc. There is simply too much pressure, too much focus on the superficial, leading to body image issues and other psychological damage to girls and women of all ages. But with the recent popularity of modest and plus size bloggers, the pressure to meet a specific beauty standard has diminished a great deal. The focus has shifted a lot more to “Be yourself, and be proud of it!” [Read more…] about Modest and Plus Size Fashion Bloggers Transforming the Social Media Game
Can you smell the sunscreen?
Summer is just around the corner, beckoning in 90 long leisurely days of hopping between the beach and the pool, and possibly even enjoying a couple of water parks.
It sounds glorious, doesn’t it?
But that’s only until you remember that most of the Sunshine Season’s activities necessitate water-friendly attire, which means you can no longer push off that dreaded swimsuit-shopping trip you’ve been so skillfully evading.
If you’re anything like me, you will do everything in your power to avoid looking at that dressing room mirror while between garments. If the goal of clothing companies is to sell product, I’m not sure why they insist on installing evil, fluorescent lighting that no crevice on our bodies can escape. Perhaps the assumption is that covering up our bodies with their apparel will be that much more appealing following an unwelcome confrontation with our bare-naked selves. That logic however simply doesn’t hold up when it comes to swimsuit shopping because after we’ve somehow managed to stuff ourselves into a flimsy, entirely unsupportive piece of material that was designed under the bizarre notion that all female bodies are identically proportioned, we must, of course, face our reflections to see if we approve. And we very rarely do.
This past week the topic of modesty seems to be on everyone’s mind. With the recent petition from a 15 year-old girl pleading with retailers to offer more modest AND fashionable clothing options, to actress Mayim Bialik’s powerful article in GrokNation on her views of modesty – this topic is certainly compelling, evoking the interest and emotions of many. Over the summer, the topic of women, their bodies, modest swimwear and feminism all came to the fore on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Featuring HydroChic as well as other modest swimwear brands, reporter Lucette Lagnado piqued the interest of many WSJ readers with a discussion of modest swimwear as an industry and why it appeals to a variety of individuals, from women with religious constraints to both missy and plus-size women who just want to feel more comfortable in the pool. It was an honor to be featured in the article, but the piece also made us think long and hard about the greater meaning of modest swimwear and its impact on society today. [Read more…] about “Modesty” Is Not a Four Letter Word