Some of my favorite fashion bloggists, notable for their stylish way with words:
Linda Grant, who blogs from London at The Thoughtful Dresser, has been blogging for less than a year and she already has a contract for The Thoughtful Dresser, the book. Of course, she was already a highly regarded author of fiction and nonfiction when she started blogging, which explains why TTD is consistently well written and enlightening. I love TTD's motto--"Because you can't have depths without surfaces"--and I melted when I read this post from April 8:
To go into a shop and say, what lovely shoes, can I try these, and they say yes, and yes we have them in your size, and yes, look they fit, and yes, they are comfortable, and yes, I can walk in them and as Molly Bloom would say, yes yes yes yes, and so it's over to the cash register and out with the Amex and yes.
Passage des Perles is a relatively new blog that offers daily insights into style "for the elegant age." I know little about "Duchesse," its author, except that she resides in Canada and wields a tart and sophisticated pen. This is from an April 3 post titled "Body Shapers: Do They Really?"
The body shaper, the modern girdle, is one thing we 50+ women are told we absolutely need. Must. Not. Bulge. I've bought Spanx, Donna Karan, Flexees and a bunch of other brands, with hope and the fervent desire to Get It Together Under There.
"Would I wear it in Paris?" It's clear, it's concise, and it shall become my wardrobe mantra. Managerial and motivational textbooks stress that success comes from goals that are clear and results that are measurable. And lo! the yardstick has appeared.
A Dress a Day is the sewing-and-fashion blog by Erin McKean, probably better known to my readers as Dictionary Evangelist. Not content with being a witty and celebrated lexicographer, Erin also sews her own clothes. Mainly dresses. From an April 16 post:
First off: who dreamed up the fake bolero? (Because, obviously, a real bolero is too much trouble, right? What with all the tedious being able to take it off and put it back on again.) Or is it an elaborate collar? I'm much more sympathetic to the elaborate collar, although I don't like buttonholes that will never feel the touch of a button. Buttons on their lonesome: okay. Buttons sewn over snaps ... eh, whatever floats your boat. Buttons condemned to look longingly at their buttonholes across a never-to-be-crossed divide? That's just cruel.
Reading Style Spy is like sitting at a sidewalk café with your funniest, fashion-savviest girlfriend, who offers a running commentary on what every passerby is wearing. White dresses without linings, the godawful creations of Beyoncé Knowles's mother--she covers the waterfront. She passes judgment on men's apparel, too, as in this April 10 post about "business casual":
The fine line that a well-dressed man has to walk is how to work the formula without lapsing into fashion turpitude. Throw into the mix that a guy probably has a job he goes to five days a week where he would like to not be mocked by his fellow employees, and I can see why it's so easy to slide down the slippery slope of sartorial laziness until he is trapped at the bottom of the deep, dark, Canyon of the Pleated Khakis and Polo Shirt.
If you aren't yet reading Manolo the Shoeblogger, what are you waiting for? The Manolo he has the opinions; the Manolo he has the recommendations; the Manolo he has the strangely configured prose of the visitor from another continent, or universe. Here he introduces a pump shaped like the Opel Agila car. And here he weighs in on the Sarkozy effect:
Trust the Manolo, the mythical man of business who wishes to “up his game” by wearing the stacked heel shoes, will indeed not only look taller, but also ridiculous. Few things indicate male insecurity as forcefully and as humorously as tacky elevator shoes. One might as well resort to the Ron Popeil hair-in-the-can as the cure for baldness as stacked heels as the cure for shortness.
Which fashion blogs are you reading?