“More Boyfriends Than T. Swift”

In response to recent outcry from a small group of fans, popular clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch has ceased sales of one of their shirts. The shirt in question read:

#more boyfriends than t.s.

The slogan was in reference to Taylor Swift (t.s.) bu also to popular media outlets such as Twitter, and now Facebook, who use hashtags as a search and organizational tool. Reportedly, a petition circulated beginning on June 18th, calling for the stores to pull the shirt from their floors. The petition was started via Change.org by Emma Worley of Pennsylvania, and was signed by die-hard Swift fans, of Swifties. The reported number was 130 (which seems extremely low to me, as the attendance list for my GYM class in high school had more names than that), but apparently that was convincing enough to the brand name, which has been under fire in recent weeks for being too exclusive.

On the petition page, those signing could leave comments. One read as follows:

“It’s just plain hurtful and insulting. Taylor’s private life should remain so. It’s unprofessional for such a huge company to insult and poke fun at a celebrity in one of their t-shirts. Besides, none of them knows exactly what goes on in Taylor’s private life. She herself said that she’s only dated two men in the past two years, which isn’t a lot. The media exaggerates Taylor’s past relationships A LOT. It’s a form of bullying, which should never be encouraged, ESPECIALLY by such a huge company. I’m disgusted and have lost all my respect for Abercrombie and Fitch.” — Anushree Jayan, Singapore

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Paris Hilton on What’s Important in Life

No, it’s not a joke. Paris Hilton actually spoke about morals and values, and what she holds near and dear. I would advise you to take it with a grain of salt, but my own suspicions of Hilton’s moral compass come through loud an clear.

In case you don’t remember why she was famous in the first place– it’s okay, a lot of people don’t– it was a sex tape released in 2003, entitled “1 Night in Paris,” with Rick Salomon. Shortly thereafter, she starred alongside Nicole Richie in “The Simple Life,” which chronicled their experiences as wealthy, spoiled socialites slumming it along the average, blue collar civilian. It was during the experience that Paris revealed she didn’t know what a soup kitchen was.

Since then… well, she hasn’t come a long way, it seems. After the premiere of “The Bling Ring,” starring Emma Watson, and telling the tale of thieving youngsters, Hilton spoke about the pitfalls of being so materialistic… none of which she seems to have been able to avoid herself.

“There’s much more to life than all of these possessions and everything. And if you want those things, you’re gonna have to work yourself, just like I did.”

Yes, she owns 44 stores across the country, but work? She is the heiress to the Hilton Hotels. Heard of them? To put a number to it, she is valued at $100 million net worth.

The irony is that while “The Bling Ring” centers around a group of teens that rob celebrity homes– which happened to Hilton a few years back (she kept the key under her doormat…)– and her immediate reaction was:

“I don’t know what I’d do if I saw them. I’m not a confrontational person. But I would literally be like, ‘You guys need serious help. And I want my stuff back.'”

To put it in perspective, Hilton drives a pink Bentley with a diamond-encrusted dashboard, and a $300,000 California Spyder Ferrari. She also owns a $12,000 yellow Chagoury Couture dress, and over 200 pairs of designer shoes.

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Fitted vs Floaty Style on a Night Out

Nobody likes that last minute outfit-picking frenzy that takes place before a spontaneous night out, one of the biggest challenges is deciding whether to go sexy and fitted or comfortable and lose fitting! Yes, a bodycon maxi is glamorous but is it always practical on the dance floor?

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If you’re often torn between fitted and floaty, here’s a look at the two styles and what sorts of going out dresses you have to choose from in either category:

Fitted Styles

The first dress that springs to mind when looking at fitted frocks is the bodycon. These super-clinging designs aim to show off every curve. Available in mini, midi and maxi lengths it’s pretty versatile, but usually only worn by the body confident – after all, it’s not a fit to hide any lumps and bumps. If you’re thinking bodycon for a night out, you can go all out glamour with stiletto heels and a push-up bra, or opt for a more toned down take, with a denim jacket and dr. martens. Cut-out bodycons, which feature shapes holes in the fabric, are huge this season. Bodycons can be long sleeve, short sleeved or sleeveless.

Next up, the skater dress, ideal for those who want to emphasize their bust but would rather not have a form-fitting skirt. The skater dress skirt hangs and flicks out, cute for twisting dance moves. This design is named after the costumes worn by ice skaters and is guaranteed to make you feel flirty and girly.

Finally, the shift dress. This classic design is fitted and firm, which means it shapes your figure and lets you get away with a multitude of sins below. This is quite a sophisticated and mature fit but many high street stores stock playful patterns and bright shades that make it great choice for women old and young.

Floaty Styles

Let’s start with a summer staple – the full length bandeau Maxi dress; elasticated around the bust and waist and floaty to the floor, this is a really comfortable dress fit for night and day. Not the most seductive of fits if you’re looking for a glamorous night out, but for chilled out drinks with friends they’re pretty and comfortable.

For a more formal floaty style, take a look at mini sleeveless shirt dresses, which take a sophisticated blouse top, strip it off sleeves and feature a floaty short skirt beneath. A very flattering and smart look which can be teamed with tights and heels or summer shoes like gladiator sandals.

Then there is the handkerchief dress which is probably the most elegant and floaty of all designs – although not suitable for every bodyshape. Made from silks or silk-like materials, handkerchief dresses are available in both mini and maxi lengths and usually feature a glamorous halter neckline.

Angharad Swann is a fashion blogger from the UK. When she’s not blogging about frocks – from going out dresses to beach maxis – she models for her sister’s bridal boutique. 

Abercrombie & Fitch FINALLY Apologizes

The media has taken a sharp turn towards body image and how it is portrayed, specifically by the fashion industry, especially when it comes to models, mannequins, and clothing sizes. For some reason, fashion size expectations have been even more under fire than usual. There’s always some valid complaint regarding the unrealistic expectations of bodies (mostly female), but as of late, that voice has been louder than ever, and the headlines are smattered with size-related statements. One of the most popular headliners was Abercrombie & Fitch, for their (until now) unapologetic refusal to dress women over a US size 10. A 2006 interview with CEO Mike Jeffries said it all:

“We want to market to cool, good-looking people. In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

His statement was met with quite a bit of backlash, in the form of viral videos, photo campaigns, and a petition with over 68,000 signatures. On Wednesday, the company publicly responded to the petition:

“We look forward to continuing this dialogue and taking concrete steps to demonstrate our commitment to anti-bullying in addition to our ongoing support of diversity and inclusion. We want to reiterate that we sincerely regret and apologize for any offense caused by comments we have made in the past which are contrary to these values.”

Unfortunately, the company is still quietly under scrutiny for not providing wheelchair accessible entrances to all of their stores.

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Kate Upton on the Cover of Vogue

Twenty year old Kate Upton is doing more than making a name for herself: she’s helping facilitate a much needed and long awaited change in the way women are portrayed in the media. The bombshell graces the cover of the most recent edition of Vogue, where she is referred to as “the hottest supermodel on earth,”:

a90d42d2-4b62-49d1-bd9e-01193869c837_kateuptoncover_vogueWe must celebrate the appearance of a plus sized model on the cover of a high fashion magazine, marking Vogue’s effort to promote and picture healthier looking promises, recalling a promise they made in 2012. The magazine expressed an interest in the well-being of their readers and promised to not work with models under the age of sixteen, “who appear to have an eating disorder.” The magazine also encouraged designers to rethink how they picture, design, and market clothing, which often drives models to diet in order to fit into unrealistically proportioned clothes.

Upton speaks fondly of her own body, ignoring the preposterous “overweight” comments that have been thrown her way:

“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”

Seeing a little too much of Kat Von D

Within the past week, tattoo extraordinaire, and Miami Ink leading lady Kat Von D made a trip to NYC. Specifically, she stopped into a Barnes & Noble to sign books… did she tattoo the pages? Lame joke, but I wondered for a brief nanosecond.

She made an appearance… and boy, did she make an appearance! She showed more than her pretty, embellished face and signature at the book signing. For some reason, she came wearing this:

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WHY, Kat? Why, why why did you do that? Did you not know what a Barnes & Noble was? Had you never been there before? Because, in case you didn’t pick up on it, it’s not a brothel, or a casual hangout spot for scuba divers with loose morals. It’s where people go with their families. So ditch your see-through spandex-y, Barbie-sized, wet-suit looking jumpsuit, and put some real clothes on!

Given that this was a publicized event, one would think that the artist didn’t want to highlight her chest with a print, animal print bra behind her sheer, skin-tight top. Might as well just have painted it on. And that zipper? Is that even comfortable? Seems dangerous. Where does one even buy such a suit? Not that I want one for myself. I want to write them a strongly worded letter. Bad clothing company! Bad!

Not the first bad decision she has made: she dated serial cheater Jesse James, and just recently got engaged when Deadmau5 proposed… via Twitter… after they had broken up…

Dressing your Man

Dress your man, and he looks good for a day; teach a man to dress himself, an he looks good for a lifetime. A few weeks ago, we posted an article about men’s fashions. That article reported on patterns, which are still very in! But for a more subtle, but still sexy look, men have options. We have another tip below, so listen up!

Employ some color! It’s springtime. Embrace it. Instead of your standard white button down, go for a saturated pastel– lavender, yellow, sky blue. These colors are eye catching, and when paired with jeans or khakis, always match! Don’t try to be too matchy-matchy; let the shirt be the focal point of the outfit. The other parts of the ensemble should be subtle. Banana Republic offers an especially comfortable, colored button down in their Soft Twill Line,  costing $59.50.

An important thing to remember when choosing what shade to wear, is what it will look like against your own skin tone. A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to warm and cool tones. For men with lighter, cooler skin tones, stick to cooler colors, like blues and greens. For men with darker, richer, warmer skin tones, stick to the warm colors, like pinks, reds, and oranges. When in doubt, ask a salesperson for help.

PS, does anyone wish their closet at home looked like this one?

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New trend for athletic apparel

There is a new trend emerging for athletic apparel, and it’s snowballing. The trend isn’t gaining popularity for how cute or sexy it is– it’s actually extremely functional. What makes it better than the rest is how scientifically advanced it is.

Meet the new Kickstarter Radiate shirt. It changes colors as you exercise. It’s not like a mood ring. The color changes are based on body heat. So, if you are working a specific muscle group, the area of the shirt covering that muscle group will react to the heat created, causing it to change colors.

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The creator, Kenneth Crockett, had this to say about the technology involved: “We raised the bar on [thermochromic technology] and engineered it to a precise and specific temperature range, and with that temperature range, we were able to calculate just how hard you’re exerting certain muscles.”

To demonstrate its effectiveness, Crockett donned a dull purplish/grey shirt and began exercising. After a few reps of chest presses, the shirt had turned a bright pink color. “It’s the only shirt that shows what you’re doing in real time,” Crockett said, “And as I work out harder and harder, it gets brighter and brighter.”

Sales of the shirt are skyrocketing. Within thirty hours of making it available online, Radiate Athletics met their goal of $30,000. Surprisingly, the NASA-developed technology that the shirts employ is relatively affordable; shirts start online for only $25.

Adriana Lima: going against the grain

Model Adriana Lima was recently spotted brazenly sporting an interesting look: she wore her designer one-piece outfit backwards:

The Brazilian bombshell stepped out Tuesday evening in an Alberta Ferretti gown. What made the look so jaw-dropping– besides her sky high legs, toned everything, and entrancing eyes, was that Lima dared to wear the one piece outfit in a way not originally intended by the designer: backwards.

However bold it was of her, it seemed to pay off, as it was well received. Although it’s hard to imagine anything worn by Lima being poorly received. She is five feet, ten inches tall with a twenty-four inch waist, after all.

She wasn’t the first to try this: Angelina Jolie also wore a Max Azria dress backwards, and her moxie was rewarded. Amanda Seyfried however was criticized for the same choice in a different dress.

Lima has built up quite the extensive portfolio, but is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Notable Achievements with VS include sporting the $5 million dollar Fantasy bra, and the $2 million Fantasy Bombshell Bra, as well as opening the VS fashion show five times, the last being less than two months after giving birth.

Lima is also a devout Catholic and attends mass every Sunday. She told GQ magazine that she believes sex is intended for after marriage, and remained a virgin until her own marriage to NBA player Marko Jaric (Serbia) in 2009. Lima also does extensive charity work, building homes and buying clothing for underprivileged children, for example.

Male Must Haves

Men, listen up. Spring is around the corner and it’s time to break out the warmer-weather wardrobe. When you do, make sure you have the following items in your arsenal:

1. The distinct sport jacket:

Sports jackets are wearable in almost any situation. Dress it down with jeans, dress it up with slacks. Don’t just settle for the sport jacket though. Go with blue or brown; skip the standard black. Look for an interesting detail, such as piping.

2. The jacket that matches everything:

A light jacket that is versatile in temperature and an earth tone, such as a warm grey, tan, or khaki.

3. The slip-on Sperry:

Sperry’s aren’t out of style! The slip-on boat show radiates ideas of summer, relaxation, and carefree attitudes. Worn with or without socks, with pants or shorts, they make a great “out-the-door” shoe.

4. The soft sweater:

A well fitting sweater will accentuate broad shoulders and a strong chest. A stripe across the chest may help, if you aren’t blessed with those assets already. Also, the soft texture will encourage your lady to snuggle up close.

5. The Suit:

Double breasted or three-piece, the suit is back (and by that we mean “always”) in style. Dr. Who and Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother are bringing back a style that we ladies think shouldn’t have left to begin with!

Sexy Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny is a well known name in the fashion and entertainment arenas. Making it big when she scored a spot in Boys Don’t Dry, alongside Hilary Swank, she swept the scene. She now has acting, modeling, and designing under her belt. The Massachusetts native isn’t necessarily a household name, but she is making headlines with a new number she stepped out in that caused quite a reaction:

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The musically inspired dress made its first appearance during New York Fashion Week, an event that Sevigny would be unlikely to miss, due to her intrinsic involvement with the fashion industry; she was once labeled the It Girl in the mid 1990s (once an It Girl, always an It Girl? Could I be an It Girl?).

Clearly the dress boasts a large violin centerpiece. Or is it a viola? Either way, it follows trends, giving an eye catching centerpiece, employing sparkles against a solid backdrop, several sexy cutouts, and it’s just avant-garde enough for you to not have in your own closet at home.

Pass your own judgements on the dress. If you like it, you should know it costs upwards of $3500.

And no, I didn’t forget any decimal points. That’s three thousand, five hundred dollars.

It’s actually more than that. Let’s not talk about it. In brighter news, Sevigny’s fame has stayed with her as she has become popular with the gay community, but avoids the limelight (she’s not partial to it), and stuck close to her family, even after her father’s passing in her twenties. She currently resides in Manhattan, NYC.