It’s no secret that retailers have been selling items that run big as smaller sizes to ‘flatter’ their customers. It’s called “vanity sizing”.
“The risk associated with buying the wrong size scares people away from purchasing clothing online,” Fitbay CEO Christian Wylonis explained. “Our data looked at what sizes our users were buying and what worked best for them. Our hope is that this analysis is helpful to navigate the space and choose the right size.”
What brands are guilty?
The chart below from FitBay shows the percent of men and women wearing size “small” who have to buy a size up or down.
Loft, Free People, and J. Crew run large. ModCloth and American Apparel run small.
Lesson? Size charts are not accurate and sizes vary greatly from brand to brand.
Why did Americans dress so well, and why don’t they anymore?
“A witty look at well-dressed women …”
“If you’re interested in the history of fashion in America, or have just always wondered why Americans don’t dress well anymore—and what that means—read The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish…. The Lost Art of Dress is an engaging and fascinating history of the evolution of fashion and America’s approach to clothing itself
Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
“Linda Przybyszewski’s remarkable, enchanting, well-researched history of America at its most stylish reminds us that once upon a time we were classy and fabulous. After readingThe Lost Art of Dress, you’ll think twice before running to the store in sweat pants.”
Lois Banner, Professor Emerita, Dept. of History and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern California, author of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
“Linda Przybyszewski takes her readers on an imaginative journey through a largely forgotten universe of women writers in the twentieth century who wrote about the art of dressing well. The book is sprightly and well-written, and it suggests new directions for research in the history of fashion and of women. Przybyszewski offers useful critiques of the restrictive clothing of the nineteenth century, the sloppy clothing of the 1960s, the periodic infantilizing of women through dress design, and the increasing commoditization of products and pleasures. She mourns the loss of the elegance of the 1930s, when women looked both liberated and chic.”
Here are the first two questions we’ve started to discuss:
Q1. Have you ever kept track of how many times you wore something and realized either that it was a great bargain or a terrible waste of money?
Q2. Did you take a Home Economics course in school? What did you learn? Do you think it helped you? What do you wish you HAD learned?
Are neckties a dying art? Why don’t men wear more neckties?
Could it be that they’re not sure how to tie them anymore?
Here are 18 very clear & succinct diagrams showing you how to tie various necktie knots for work & casual wear. Also – note that he gives the features of each. How common is the tie knot, difficulty to tie, knot size, and knot shape.
“Coffee with Colleen” — a Monday Morning video series to help you grow in self-confidence, peace, and joy. No makeup. Haven’t done my hair. No script. Just me, my morning thoughts, and my first cup of coffee of the day!
Have you done any virtue goal setting for 2016?
Many people set all sorts of weight loss & health goals. Financial goals. Relationship goals. Career and spiritual goals.
How are your personal goals coming along? Are they based on your core values and growing in virtue? Becoming a better person this year than you were last year?
This week’s chat focuses on one “piece of the pie”: Personal, virtue goals.
For a PDF copy of the Personal Assessment Goal Wheel, click here.
Through the Bible in a Year Resources:
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