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In 2017, fashion accessories really shouldn’t be at the top of our list of things to be tweeting about and yet, here we are. Yes, everyone, stop worrying about climate change, and our impending *gag* inauguration –– we’ve got bigger fish to fry: Men’s choker necklaces are causing an uproar on social media. Of course. It may be 2017, but we, as a culture, are clinging desperately to the two-option, heavily gendered mindset of the early '00s, the ’90s, ’80s–– you know, the same tired, outdated schtick...
There’s no mistaking it: We have to prepare for what life under a Trump presidency with be like. Many people, especially women, worry about what rights will be threatened, what freedoms they’ll lose. As a high femme, feminist writer who loves nail polish and believes in its ability to delight and empower, I’ve wondered how Trump could impact both feminism and my favorite cosmetic. In my mind, a prospective Trump-inspired nail collection might look like the following: Orange Is The New Wack (a Cheeto-like orange that...
The way President-Elect Trump’s new cabinet is shaping up, there is going to be a LOT to protest over the next four years. Make sure your wardrobe speaks truth to power no matter where your activism takes you with one (or all) of these feminism-inspired T-shirts.1. Women: You Can’t Beat Em! This retro ringer states the obvious with tri-color panache. 2. Feminist Chicks Dig Me Perfect for you or your boo. 3. Mudflap Girl Reading the S.C.U.M. Manifesto From afar this is just a sexy silhouette, but up close, the...
DC-based boutique, Ella-Rue   Phew, we were worried for a minute there. According to President-elect and renowned truth-teller Donald Trump on Monday, all the “dress shops” (we call them “stores” these days, Donald) in DC were fresh out of dresses. “There will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” he told the New York Times in an attempt to hit back at Meryl Streep by showing off how cool and popular he is. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great...
Today, I am here because I “need” candles. This will be the first of many lies I tell myself on this trip.There is no scenario in which scented candles are a necessity for anyone. Are you performing a séance that only summons demons with a realistic sugar cookie scent? Do you only work by cherry blossom candlelight? Or are you just committed to perpetuating the lie that your home naturally smells like fruity ocean water despite living in a landlocked state and having to Google...
GabiFresh is here to save women from bikini shopping hell. The New Year brings with it a deluge of aspirational thinking that is meant to be positive but is actually inherently negative to one’s sense of worth. They are self-appointed reminders that we are less than, we are lacking. After the holiday season, months before the snow melts, women are subject to a barrage of “fitspiration," urging them to start on their “beach bodies." It is purely marketing, aimed at women precisely at the time when our...
  Natasha Vaynblat is New York-based improviser and comedian who owns a lot of clothes and feels a type of way about it. On her Instagram, Natasha pairs her colorful wardrobe with captions that satirize the ridiculous world of fashion tips. Since youth, many of us have had a fraught relationship with "fashion" and its inner trappings; meant to simultaneously express and stifle oneself. Natasha's photos depict that hilariously! Check it out: "The holidays are a time for reflection. I like to do mine in abandoned public bathrooms." Photo:...
“Sir,—I am a dressmaker, living in a large West-end house of business. I work in a crowded room with twenty-eight others. This morning one of my companions was found dead in her bed, and we all of us think that long hours and close confinement have had a great deal to do with her end.” So starts the anonymous letter which brought the death of seamstress Mary Ann Walkley to the forefront of public attention. Originally printed in a June 17, 1863 edition of The Times,...

  A new bra-volution is here and we like it. Like many industries important to women— tampons, pads, shaving and condoms— bras have been stuck in the past, mostly dominated by men and simply inflexible (like bras themselves). But not to worry; after dedicated development and research, ThirdLove is here to save the day (or the bae’s). Heidi Zak, an MIT MBA grad who has worked in many product-oriented jobs, realized there was huge potential for an innovative lingerie market. Many start-ups were already turning traditional products...
A look at Melina DiMarco may leave you with a familiar feeling, like you know her but can’t quite put a finger on just how, exactly. We’ll help you out: DiMarco is one of the models for Thinx underwear, so chances are you’ve seen her in those cheeky ads that garnered a lot of attention for their too-close-for-comfort imagery. Modeling agencies had warned their clients against posing for the company as they feared being associated with a brand that is so in your face about...
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