My name is Melissa Kaplan Guarino. Welcome to Turning Fashion Inside Out! I believe there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem and I am interested in understanding that relationship. Tell me … What is your story?
Cher* (from the movie, Clueless. 1995): ”So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair (eww!) and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”
It’s been a look for almost 20 years: boys wearing baggy, sagging pants with their underwear exposed. And ever since I heard these words uttered by Cher, the main character of the movie Clueless, about the grodiness of it all, I have been aware of this particularly offensive look. But now, there is a growing trend in some cities to change it with legal ordinances. News today via Fashionista, that in Ocala, Florida, the City Council has voted that wearing sagging pants and exposed underwear carries a punishable fine: up to $500 and up to six months in jail, the maximum punishment. Specifically, Ocala City Council defines ‘sagging’ as pants hanging “two inches below their natural waist in a way that exposes underwear or bare buttocks.”
But, according to Fashionista, the question is raised: can this ordinance be misused as racial profiling? Continue reading
Can you imagine being a teenager with an interest in fashion, lucky enough to meet someone your own age who is a bonafide artist and fashion designer? That’s what is happening this week in New York, at Fashion Camp NYC, with guest speaker, 13-year old Isabella Rose Taylor. And can you also imagine being me, creator of this blog, meeting Isabella and her mom, Sherri, while they are here in NY? It was beyond special!
We spoke about her message to the girls at the fashion camp and the issues facing young designers of Isabella’s generation. According to Isabella, “It’s important to know the basics of design, including pattern-making, but at the same time, understand that everything will be streamlined very soon. You must know the technology of fashion.” Continue reading
I am double-lucky to know Kim Naci; not only is she my friend, but she is also my fashion therapist. Kim is the person who has seen the inside of my closet and likes me anyway! She is stylish and chic and oh-so-fashion-wise and knows that everything about the way your clothes fit and feel relates to how you feel about yourself. Continue reading
When I first created my blog, I thought a lot about my message, content, and purpose. So, I created a page called “Fashion Quotes.” Why? Because I love words of inspiration, and want these words to carry us forward, as we start the conversation about fashion and self-esteem. How excited was I, when I saw that Harper’s Bazaar thought the same thing! Recently released: Famous Words of Fashion’s Greatest: Part Two.
One of my favorites is a simple quote from famed designer, Vivienne Westwood: “Buy less, choose well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
“That’s why I’m easy, I’m easy like Sunday morning” ~ Lionel Richie
Sunday mornings are special. Sleep in, wake early; the morning is yours to do as you please. My new favorite treat is a cup of coffee with half-and-half, and a trip to town – sometimes to the farmer’s market, sometimes to the local cafe to read the paper, and sometimes to do both. Yesterday it was The Wall Street Journal, for a change.
Photos by Alexandra
Cameron Conaway is enlightened. He is a human rights activist and a concerned citizen. He is a prolific poet. And he is a good man. In fact, he is the perfect good man: Executive Director, behind The Good Men Project, an International online destination for conversations about what it means to be a good man in the 21st Century. Cameron and I spoke recently about this important opportunity for men, for women, and for all of us …
MKG: The Good Men Project was founded in 2009 by Tom Matlack. What did the site envision at the onset and why did your team believe the time was now for this vision to come true?
Cameron: Tom had an awakening. Here he was on the cover of magazines and being featured all over, and yet he was struggling personally. He was a successful businessman, but it wasn’t until a series of major personal struggles that he found the error of his ways: He’d confused being a successful businessman with being a successful man. Continue reading
Today is my birthday; I find it hard to believe that I am 54, but life has had a way of sneaking up on me! One thing is true about being this age; I try to be grateful every day, and more mindful about experiencing each joyful moment. Join me in today’s podcast and hear more of my musings about what it means to age well (hint: a good fitting bra helps!).
“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is adding to her resume this fall when she launches her lifestyle brand, E.D. And it’s nothing to laugh at. The line is debuting first with a capsule collection for the holidays, and will then expand to include fashion, home goods, and items for pets. And more signs that Ellen is serious about this launch; she is partnering with investor and entrepreneur, Christopher Burch, of Burch Creative Capital. Mr. Burch is known for helping his ex-wife, fashion designer, Tory Burch, turn her brand into a multi-billion dollar business.
I think this lifestyle brand launch will do well. People trust Ellen DeGeneres. And I think they will follow her in this new venture. I know I will. I’m buying it!
Colette de Jounge is at a crossroads in her life: she must reclaim her style, and with it, her sense of self. It all starts with finding the right shoes …
With summer in full bloom, the chance to wear flowers is tempting. It seems that floral patterns are always en vogue, but to wear them successfully is a bit of a challenge. Good to remember that a little floral goes a long way.
Here’s to summer!