It’s easy to forget about fit when you’re reaching for a jacket to keep you warm in the bitterly cold months. But a good-fitting jacket is worth a few extra minutes of research. Trust us, and read on.

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October 14, 2013

Forget what anyone says. Those items of clothing you’ve deemed “completely unflattering” for your curves or your legs or whatever – well, consider this your permission slip to have at them.

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October 7, 2013

The impeccably tailored suit. It basically radiates power. You put it on, step into a room, and – bam – you own it. Heads turn. People respect you. Want to get to know you. The ill-fitting suit, on the other hand? It means none of that. Even if you’ve splurged on the finest brands, if the suit doesn’t fit, screw it.

So before your next big presentation or night downtown, suit up, step in front of a full-length mirror, and ask yourself these six questions.

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September 23, 2013

On fall’s must-have list: a full skirt (or four). Along with peplum – which is, for the record, still going strong – this ladylike piece is one of the season’s most flattering. Waists are rendered teeny-tiny. The hipless are granted curves. The pear-shaped? Now hourglasses. And, if that didn’t lure you, it’s also decidedly simple to pull off. Here’s how.

The Full Skirt

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September 2, 2013

Tailoring Nina Garcia

Nina Garcia is right, of course.  A good tailor is absolutely essential. Do you really think clothes just naturally fit celebs like a glove?

So do your research on the best tailor in your area, then grab these three key garments and see for yourself what a little tailoring can do for your figure. Continue reading “Take It In: 3 Wardrobe Staples a Tailor Can Transform” »

August 26, 2013

Yes, there’s more to buying pants than waist size and inseam. I’m talking rise – the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (the space right between your legs) straight up to the top of the waistband.

Rise determines where your pants rest on your body, which in turn creates your perceived waistline. If you choose the incorrect rise for your torso-to-leg ratio, your body can look unbalanced. Case in point: here (okay, joke). Let’s break it down.

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August 19, 2013

Newsflash: a man’s closet needs more than a door and set of hand-me-down hangers. Add these three essentials now for a wardrobe that lasts for years to come.

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August 12, 2013

Fitting Room Bike

The bicycle commute. What a blissfully environmentally friendly, cost-effective way to bookend your 9-to-5. Except for that whole arriving at Monday’s meeting in spandex part.

Here’s how to perfect the commute – in a skirt. (Yes, it’s possible.)

Choose the right bike. Biking in a skirt is exponentially more awkward if your bike has a top tube, which is the bar that connects the seat straight across to the handlebars (you might think of it as a feature on a “man’s bike”). Instead, try a step-through number like a Dutch-style bike, dubbed a “Dutchie.” Unlike your everyday mountain bike, it’s designed to be ridden in your work attire – billowy skirt included. You ride sitting up straight, an enclosed chain casing protects your skirt from grease, and removable skirt guards on the rear wheel keep clothes from snagging.

Choose the right skirtLeave the minis and pencil skirts at home. Try a knee-length A-line or circle skirt, midi skirt, or flowy maxi for a wide range of motion – and to prevent pre-work flashing. Look for heavier fabrics or ones with a bit of stretch.

If all else fails – layer, layer, layer. Still not sure the skirt will fly? Throw on leggings or tights underneath (like Elizabeth does here). You can always take them off the moment you get to the office.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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July 29, 2013

Want to find your ring size sans a trip to the jeweler? We’ve got you covered. With this printable guide at your fingertips, you can size every finger – not just the favored fourth. Simply click on the image below to open the guide as a PDF and print it. Then snag a ring that fits the finger you’re shopping for (be it yours or that of a loved one) and place it on the guide to size.


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July 24, 2013

The Fitting Room Cutoffs
So, it’s decided. You have a pair of jeans. And you want a pair of cutoffs. Easy. The only question: What length should you cut?

Classic Shorts
Where to cut: 3 – 5 inches above the knee (mark this spot while wearing the jeans).
The best jeans: Loose, tight – either works. Try a printed pair for extra punch.
Your guide: This style looks great cuffed, too – and this how-to is proof.

Bermuda Shorts
Where to cut: Right above the knee.
The best jeans: Tight-fitting jeans – rolled at the bottom to hide that cutoff fray – look great as Bermudas.
The guide: Best done with jeans that do not stretch.

Short Shorts
Where to cut: Give yourself a 2 – 3 inch inseam.
The best jeans: Tight ones. Looser jeans run the risk of exposing what needn’t be exposed.
Your guide: Read up here before you get to cutting.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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July 22, 2013