Fashion

Shapely Ankles and Cankles

Why are women getting plastic surgery to slim down their ankles? Cristen and Caroline explore how slender ankles became a feminine beauty standard and the etymology and science behind the dreaded cankles.

Coco Chanel, Nazi?

While Chanel's rise from being an impoverished orphan to a seamstress to the post-World War I haute couture fashion designer she's still thought of today is impressive, her documented anti-Semitism and alignment with Nazi sympathizers, such as her longtime British lover the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, known Nazi sympathizer, grows more detestable the more one reads...

Are lady mags afraid of powerful women?

In many ways, one could easily argue, mainstream women's magazines are like the mini-Bud Lite Limaritas of the publishing world: fetchingly packaged, surprisingly satisfying and packed with stuff that's not-so-great for me. Yet I love them both.

7 Reasons Women's Clothing Sizes Make No Sense

Why not wear a Native American headdress?

How Female Hairlessness Became a Beauty Norm

Who invented the power suit?

A post-lunch procrastinating link hop led me to an unlikely location: Savile Row. It all started with a slide show of women's power suits over at The Grindstone, which led me to wonder where on earth these office uniforms came from. Answer:

A Fatshion Revolution

In 2004, the Fatshionista LiveJournal community was founded to "discuss the ins and outs of fat fashions", and a plus-size fashion blogging network quickly took off. Long marginalized and size-shamed, fatshion bloggers and designers are revolutionizing mainstream fashion and looking fabulous while doing it.

What Not to Wear on Halloween

Halloween 'tis the season for creative costumes, but why do so many people wear racist, offensive outfits? Cristen and Caroline discuss cultural appropriation and how it impacts broader society not just during Halloween season.

When did women start wearing pants?

The history of women wearing pants is about far more than fashion. Caroline and Cristen explore the gender and class politics interwoven with pants slowly entering the female wardrobe and why men began wearing them in the first place.