Nine to Five

What do women at the top of both power and money wear to work? They don't wear tight sheath dresses; they don't wear pencil skirts; they don't wear tight blouses or top. They do wear pants, fuller skirts, blazers and more blazers, they wear heels and flats and mid-heel loafers. They wear up-to-date patterns, off-beat … Continue reading Nine to Five

21st Century Suffragist

For the 21st century woman who is still sick about November, still angry that a majority of white women chose someone who holds women in such low esteem, and for the woman who is determined to fight for a nation that chooses diversity, tolerance, love, kindness, this post is for you. So let's try translating … Continue reading 21st Century Suffragist

Round & Round We Go

image: twitter @mayersinger, located on This astonishing image from the Women's March on January 21, 2017 is the result of a grassroots organizing effort. No corporate sponsorship, no central organizing body. And there's two forces at work here: a Women's March, developed spontaneously online and then running like electrical signals along old, old networks of … Continue reading Round & Round We Go

“Wonderful line”

Kellyanne Conway, the president's "counselor" who functions as his press mouthpiece, promoted the president's daughter's clothing line on national television this week. " "Go buy Ivanka's stuff," Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy. Ivanka Trump has a "wonderful line," Conway added. "I own some of it. I fully, … Continue reading “Wonderful line”

Blood Red Mad

So while we know the whole nordstrom-defense reflex is silly, it is satisfying to feel that shopping at nordstrom or nordstromrack is a way to fight back. So here is a blood red outfit for your consideration. All items pulled from and most on sale right now. Not because they aren't doing well, but … Continue reading Blood Red Mad

Like a shooting star

I've puzzled over the design of Melania Trump's inaugural ball gown. Designed by Ralph Lauren, it didn't look like anything I'd seen Lauren (or his team, to be more precise) design. It seemed... well, off brand for Lauren. Lauren's couture-ish designs have been, well, to my middle-income eyes, weak versions of run-of-the-mill dress gowns. Bias cuts, … Continue reading Like a shooting star

To the fat girls

"Why is it that the makers of the fashions do not give the fat girls a show? The matter is, however, by no means a joke to "the fat girls." Want to guess the date of that complaint by the "fat girls"? Give up? 1882. Yes, in 1882 the unknown columnist of "The Art of … Continue reading To the fat girls


At this point, one week after the Women's March, it feels each of us who have in their heart patriotic sensibilities feel beaten down. American civic life demands that citizens stand up for civil rights, the Constitution, the ideals of the founding fathers....I'm feeling war-like, under siege. This extraordinary nation is seeing itself attacked from the … Continue reading Turmoil

Game, Blouses (part 3)

That's Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) just hopping over the fence to visit. Lamarr started in Hollywood films in 1937 and also started inventing all kinds of stuff. A born tinkerer, inventor, and mathematics whiz, during WWII Hedy and her husband developed a frequency-hopping system that "hopped" frequencies across radio waves in order to … Continue reading Game, Blouses (part 3)

Game, Blouses (part 2)

Photo from private (that would be my own) collection Game, Blouses is a three-part series. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Our two gals are wearing shirtwaists -- what we today would call blouses. Usually made of fine, thin cotton weave, and often incorporating lace inset or trim, these blouses were made by women of … Continue reading Game, Blouses (part 2)