Fashion puts men in a tight spot with pants that keep shrinking

Italy_Fashion_Etro-0bf23-kgXB--606x404@wp.comThis is the era of ever-shrinking men’s trousers — they are tailored and shorter, tighter and shrunken, too tight and too short. And even occasionally veering into: Pitbull, exactly how are you breathing in those high-­waisted white pants?

The look of menswear changes at a snail’s pace, and sometimes it takes years before a not-at-all outlandish idea trickles from the runways, which are now hosting the spring 2015 collections, to the mass market. But when a fashion idea finally reaches the vast middle ground, it tends to stay a while, putting down roots in the menswear landscape.

Thus we are deep in fashion’s equivalent of an old-growth forest — surrounded by men in aggressively tailored pants.

The ubiquity of this trend, even in offices far away from the expected crucibles of creativity, had an executive at a Maryland real estate development firm recently marveling, with some chagrin, that the men in her office were given to wearing particularly close-fitting trousers, which she described as “tight.” While that is a judgment call, it’s true that the

fashions worn by the wealthy in the 19th century

The V&A’s Victorian dress collection represents the fashions worn by the wealthy in the 19th century, and reflects their lives and aspirations. The clothing featured here also showcases the high level of 59424-smallskill in dressmaking and design carried out by dressmakers and tailors in Victorian times. The degree of workmanship involved in making these clothes meant that they were expensive to make -they were high fashion comparable to today’s haute couture. Very few examples of men’s clothing have survived from this period – generally men’s fashions changed slowly and darker colours were often worn for business and on formal occasions. This meant that even expensive garments could be worn longer and were worn out with day-to-day wear.

The middle classes generally would not wear such high value items such as these. However, the style of these clothes would have spread further than the small social group for whom they were made, much the same as adapted catwalk fashions can be found in high street retailers today. The middle classes could afford to have high fashion copied by local dressmakers and tailors,

Science Weighs In on High Heels

17well_physed-tmagArticleMany commentators have pointed out that the new movie “Jurassic World” is scientifically suspect, if not fantastical. But they have overlooked one of the more prominent ways in which the blockbuster diverges from established research. The movie’s heroine runs from rampaging beasts in high heels, without turning a hair or an ankle. But research on the biomechanics of wearing heels, including a new study of the effects on ankle strength and balance, says of her equipoise: “Ha.”

Obviously, what we wear on our feet affects how our bodies move. People who run barefoot, for instance, are more likely to land near the front of the foot with each stride than people wearing typical running shoes, who more commonly land on their heels.

But few other shoes affect the shape and functioning of the foot as dramatically as high heels do. According to a recent review of the available research about the footwear, walking in heels can “alter the natural position of the foot-ankle complex, and thereby produce a chain reaction of effects that travel up the lower

Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior dress spawns viral #Lawrencing meme

The Dior Haute Couture off-white silk evening dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence to Sunday night’s 71st annual Golden Globes appears to have spawned the first full-blown meme of the awards season — “Lawrencing.”

Social media had been buzzing about Lawrence’s strapless white gown with two thin, horizontal bands of black since the moment she first arrived on the red carpet; the U.K. Daily Mail drawing early (if not first) blood by tweeting that the gown resembled a “glam coffee filter.” (Our fashion critic Booth Moore called the choice odd, describing it as a “ring of pouf.”)

As the evening wore on, armchair fashion critics rose up and became armchair fashion designers. Then, at around 6 p.m. PST, “Green Arrow” actor Colton Haynes posted side-by-side photos on Instagram and Twitter. On the left was the dress on the red carpet, on the right was Haynes aping Lawrence’s expression while wrapped in what looks like a white bed sheet accented with two horizontal black bands. (As of this writing we don’t have permission to reprint any of the photos, so you’ll need to click through to see the hilarity.)

At 6:48 p.m. it was a dog — clad in a

Dress Code Drama: What’s A Principal To Do?

walking through the crowded halls of your school. You’re on your way to 11th grade chemistry, to watch a science lab. They’re expecting you in two minutes.

It already feels like a long day and it’s not even lunchtime. You’re nearly there, 30 seconds to spare, but then — out of the corner of your eye — you see a student wearing cutoff shorts. And they’re really, really short.

What should you do?

Stopping to have a disciplinary chat is probably the last thing you want to do. But, rules are rules, right?

“We don’t get into the line of business that we are in because we enjoy enforcing rules,” says Erik Burmeister, an assistant superintendent with the Menlo Park school district near San Francisco and a former principal himself.

“The challenge of any administrator is the urgent displacing the important,” Burmeister adds. And questions about what students can and can’t wear have definitely become urgent.

One big reason: A growing number of students and parents feel that dress codes are biased toward female students. And that has led to complaints and protests around the country.

Among the recent headlines: A high school in North Dakota, where female students complained that changes to the dress code were

Catching up with shoe designer Tabitha Simmons

In the four years since establishing her eccentrically-English, namesake shoe line, Tabitha Simmons has earned quite a following.

Beyonce loves her striped “Dolly” espadrille lace-ups so much she posted photos of them on Tumblr, while the “Early” moto boots are a go-to for Miranda Kerr.

A model-turned-stylist and shoe designer, Simmons hails from Britain, where she actually got her start in the shoe business as a teenager, working Saturday afternoons at Oliver’s Shoes. Now she lives in New York City with her husband, fashion photographer Craig McDean, and their two sons.

In her adopted home, she has received much love from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, winning the 2012 Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and being named a runner-up for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, which also gave her the opportunity to create a capsule line of shoes with J. Crew. (Another high-low collaboration is in the pipeline, though it’s too soon to talk about it, she says.)

On the way home from Spring 2014 fashion month, during which Simmons styled the Tory Burch runway show in New York, the Dolce & Gabbana runway show in Milan, and showed her own collection

What’s in store for those aging feet? Bigger shoes

ONE thing that doesn’t shrink when people get older are feet: They enlarge. More specifically, they flatten.

The feet’s tendons and ligaments lose some of their elasticity and don’t hold the bones and joints together as tidily. When combined with other aging-related changes, the feet can encounter limits to how much use — or abuse — they can take.

Dr. Steven Pribut, a podiatrist at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., estimates that some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

“The changes that take place in the foot are like those that take place in the rest of our body as we age,” adds Dr. Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Assn. in Bethesda, Md.

With time, tissues weaken and muscle mass declines and our bodies lose that youthful bounce and vigor. “But putting weight on our feet makes them unique,” he says.

Gravity gradually overwhelms the older, less resilient ligaments in the weight-bearing feet but not in the free-floating hands. It also squeezes fluid from leaky veins in the lower extremities, contributing to swelling.

Looser tendons and ligaments mean more

Hairstyles for Afro American Women

We’re back with the hottest hairstyles for Afro-American Women. From long to short, straight to wavy, there really is something fabulous for every woman out there. Here’s some of the top ‘dos that we’ve seen recently on the red carpet—check them out and see which one may be right for you.

Beyonce is a hairstyle chameleon and is always changing it up depending on her mood. Lately, we have been seeing Beyonce wearing shorter styles with a cooler, casual vibe to them. Compared to her Destiny’s Child days when her hair was always worn long and sleek, Bey looks much more comfortable and cool lately, and we’re sure many women are going to want to copy her look! Here, she is wearing a simple wavy bob in a golden caramel blonde shade. This colour will suit women with warm (rather than ashy) undertones to their skin. All that is needed to style this ‘do is a center part and a good curl enhancing cream to reduce frizz and keep those curls in check. Want to try out Bey’s ‘do? Give it a go if you have an oval, oblong, square, or diamond-shaped face.

If something smooth and sleek is more up

Hairstyles for Oval Face Shapes

If you have an oval face shape, then consider yourself lucky! Ovals have the ideal face shape for any hairstyle so they can pretty much pull off whatever look they desire. If you have an oval face shape, your face will be three parts long to two parts wide (think of a smooth egg shape). There are also no major corners or angles on your face, meaning no squarish jawline, chin, cheekbones or forehead—everything will flow in one smooth line from top to bottom.
Now that we have established that you have the ‘perfect’ face shape (lucky you), it’s time to check out some of the most recent hairstyles seen on the red carpet for ovals. These are guaranteed to look good on you so give one a try if you are up for something new.

Starting off with a classy up-do, here is Anna Camp working a hairstyle that is just perfect for all the ovals out there. This high volume ‘do uses lots of backcombing on the top to create lift before the hair swept back into a high bun. Ovals looks great in slicked back hairstyles as well, but this loose and voluminous up-do really flatters the

Why I Refuse to Feel Guilty About Wearing (Only) High Heels

I only wear high heels. Sure, I put on sneakers when I hit the gym, and I have a lone pair of jelly sandals I reserve for trips to the beach or a pool. But in day-to-day life, you’ll find me exclusively in heels — three inches or higher, thank you.

For me, heels feel noisy and powerful like a bass riff, so much that I forget they’re often viewed as a symbol of feminine frailty. Personally, I feel more assertive and more womanly with a pair of heels on. I’m only 5’4″, so those extra inches elevate me to eye level

The Latest Hairstyles for Heart Shaped Faces

If you have a heart shaped face, you’ll know that it can be a pain to find the right hairstyle to flatter your fabulous cheekbones and dainty chin! While these are great features to have, they do have special requirements when it comes to your hair. First of all, heart shaped faces have wide forehead areas and narrow chin areas, so that in itself takes some balancing—bangs are a heart’s best friend for this purpose alone! Hearts also need some volume and body around the narrow chin area too, so that’s something to keep in mind when you are looking for a new ‘do.
On the flipside, hearts can pull off almost as many hairstyles as an oval, so there is no shortage of styles to choose from. Take a look at these latest hairstyles for heart shaped faces to get some styling ideas going!

Tamera Mowry has the right hairstyle for her face shape here—a sleek and straight bob with a jagged cut fringe. This is a simple and sleek look that gives Tamera major style points while flattering her heart shaped face. The eye skimming jagged cut fringe camouflages her high forehead, while the blunt ends work well

Hairstyles for Black Women

We are back with another edition of the latest hairstyles for black women—are you ready for some style inspiration? We have seen some fabulous ‘dos—from long to short and curly to straight, there really is something for everyone. So, if you fancy a new ’do, check out these hairstyles and see which one is best for you.

Alfre Woodard is looking chic here in a voluminous layered ‘do. This is a sophisticated hairstyle that moves effortlessly from day to night and would suit women who like some versatility in their look. Alfre’s hair has been layered all over with a long side-swept fringe cut in, which provides even more styling options—wear it down on the forehead for a peek-a-boo effect or sweep it off to the side to show off your face. This hairstyle is best suited to women with oval, oblong, square and diamond shaped faces with medium to thick hair. To style it up, all that is needed is a round brush or rollers and a finishing product

Viola Davis rocked up to the red carpet in this eye-catching ‘do recently which turned heads for all the right reasons. Viola’s short curly ‘do is perfect for ladies who like