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Classic casual look makes the oxford shirt a wardrobe must

Classic casual look makes the oxford shirt a wardrobe must

Few things in this world look as classically stylish as an oxford shirt.

This is probably the reason for oxford shirts’ enduring popularity, going as far back as the time when women started wearing clothes that were “borrowed from the boys” — the 1920s or thereabouts.

The best part about an oxford shirt is its versatility. It’s...

Don't be afraid to take risks when you get a manicure

Don’t be afraid to take risks when you get a manicure

When it comes to manicures, I’m not one of those girls who chooses the same shade of pink, red, or mauve every time I get my nails painted.

My nails are relatively small, so I’m told it’s easier for me to wear trendy colors because they don’t look like “too much” on me. That’s a good...

Sporty chic is the name of the game this spring

Sporty chic is the name of the game this spring

One of the biggest trends on the spring runway this year was athletic-inspired clothing.

Since designers always create an exaggerated version of what normal people will be wearing, in some cases it was more than an inspiration. One of the runway shows included a jersey dress, which didn’t seem outrageous when I first heard about it....

Don't be afraid to take fashion risks

Don’t be afraid to take fashion risks

When I was younger, I was more fearless with my outfits.

For example, in 7th grade — 1998 or thereabouts — my mom got me a pair of capri pants. I’d seen them on TV and in magazines, but no girls at my middle school were actually wearing them yet. I donned the pants with a...

Thumb your nose at the calendar with flashy spring tights

Thumb your nose at the calendar with flashy spring tights

Raise your hand if you’re sick of tights.

I can’t actually see anyone to verify this poll, but I’m just going to assume it’s everyone.

I’ve never been the world’s biggest fan of tights, but I find them especially tedious at this time of year, when I’m ready to wear spring fashions and the weather still forces...

Cropped jeans are back!

Cropped jeans are back!

This past weekend, with Presidents’ Day sales in full swing, I decided I needed a new pair of jeans.

Unfortunately, right now the only types of jeans available are cropped, or three years old and the store just hasn’t been able to get rid of them.

At first, I thought I was overreacting, but then I overheard...

Henleys a stylish but casual cut above polos and t-shirts for men

Henleys a stylish but casual cut above polos and t-shirts for men

It’s taken me about 10 years, but I think I’ve finally cracked the mystery of why most men only wear dress shirts or promotional t-shirts.

I’m ashamed that I didn’t figure it out sooner, or give my male friends the benefit of the doubt. It did seem somewhat suspect for all of them to be perfectly...

Designer clothes are available at many price points

Designer clothes are available at many price points

Despite being a fashion writer, I’ve never had any desire to leave the house all decked out in designer labels.

This is mostly because I don’t believe that great style comes from wearing a bunch of enormous, expensive logos. Of course, I love designer clothes, but I don’t need that to be the first thing people...

Matching patterns are chic again

Matching patterns are chic again

It’s official, readers: I’ve said everything I can say about dressing in cold weather.

And I must confess that at this point, I’ve given up. Today I had to commute to work in -10 degrees, so I put on my thickest sweater and warmest boots. I tried to create a chic ensemble, but ultimately it was...

Don't let frigid winter temps cramp your style

Don’t let frigid winter temps cramp your style

As I sit writing this week’s column, I’m watching the snow fall outside my window. Again.

I happen to like snow, but this winter has been brutal. Weather like this takes away your will to do anything but sit under a blanket with soup and hot tea, watching movies.

My friends and I try to plan weekend...

Fixing wardrobe accidents requires speed, creativity

Fixing wardrobe accidents requires speed, creativity

I’ve been waiting most of my adult life to blame something, anything, on the song “Sweet Caroline.”

As luck would have it, that thing also happens to be a fashion disaster, which serves as my inspiration for this week’s column.

I have nothing against Neil Diamond, but I just loathe “Sweet Caroline.” The fact that everyone else...

Winter clothing can be effective and fashionable

Winter clothing can be effective and fashionable

By the time you read this column, in much of the country, the winter weather will probably have normalized — or at least, most temperatures won’t have a minus symbol in front of them anymore.

Many cities across the nation have recently experienced a polar vortex. For some of us, that meant a high of -12...