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Why Sunglasses Make Everyone Better Looking

They offer mystery, better facial structure, says expert

(Newser) - There is, somehow, an instant attractiveness boost conferred by sunglasses. But why is it that covering up our eyes creates this effect? Believe it or not, there is an expert on the topic (it was the subject of her PhD ), and UK professor Vanessa Brown explains the situation to... More »

French Elle Ripped for 'Racist' Obama Comments

'Jazzy' family embraces 'white' and 'chic' fashion codes, says columnist

(Newser) - French Elle's outrageous "compliments" for the Obama family's "jazzy" style have sparked a race row. Finally, Elle gushes , the First Family is following "white fashion" codes. "Chic" has at last become a "plausible option" for a community until now pegged to "streetwear,... More »

Young Mormons Go Hipster

Church members follow guidelines but stay trendy

(Newser) - Mormon style might conjure up images of dark suits, thin ties, and/or Mitt Romney—but for young church members these days, Mormonism and hipsterdom aren’t antithetical, writes Alex Williams in the New York Times . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does call on its members to avoid... More »

The '90s Are Totally Back

Get ready for the return of Doug, Beavis, and Clarissa

(Newser) - From the return of scrunchies to an attempted Saved by the Bell reunion, there’s no doubt about it: The ’90s are back in a big way. The New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have teamed up, Pop-Up Video is returning, and Nickelodeon is bringing back a... More »

Sasha Obama: Style Icon

At 9, she's already inspiring girls everywhere

(Newser) - As Michelle Obama was getting criticized for taking a lavish trip to Spain—while wearing designer clothes—her 9-year-old daughter was emerging as an icon of reasonably priced style. From her $25 rainbow bathing suit to the $75 outfit she wore to meet the Spanish royal family, Sasha "was... More »

Grace Kelly: Enduring Style Icon

The elegant beauty continues to inspire

(Newser) - Grace Kelly took Hollywood by storm quite suddenly, then disappeared just as suddenly to become a princess—but she remained a style icon. As that style is celebrated in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Vanity Fair charts Kelly’s rise from Philadelphia schoolgirl to Academy Award-winning movie star, and... More »

Michelle More Stylish Than Carla: French Mag

US first lady tops Elle's 'political chic' category

(Newser) - The French edition of Elle magazine puts Michelle Obama at the top of the "political chic" category in its yearly best-dressed list—ahead of French first lady Carla Bruni, a former supermodel. Elle said it favored strong personalities and distinctive styles in this year's selection, and marveled that "... More »

10 Days Is Enough of the French Lifestyle

Writer follows French Women Don't Get Fat advice, with mixed results

(Newser) - Finding herself in Paris for the fall—and wearing sweatpants and a holey T-shirt to the local bakery, as opposed to the French uniform of ankle boots and a mini-dress—Marisa Meltzer decided it was the ideal time to try following the advice of Mireille Guiliano, author of the French ... More »

Suddenly, Everyone's Copying Rick Owens

Designer's dark style spawns wealth of imitators

(Newser) - In every decade, says a retail expert, there’s a time when “everybody seems to be on the same wavelength, and for now that wavelength is Rick Owens.” The California designer has stayed true to his “angular flaps, zigzagging zippers, gossamer T-shirts and biker jackets” for years—... More »

Why Bardot Is Back in Style

(Newser) - Brigitte Bardot's pouty, carefree sexuality is back, and just in time for her 75th birthday next month. With fashion designers aping her look and London girls imitating her outfit in And God Created Woman—cropped jeans, pumps, and striped top—John Walsh looks back in the Independent at the sex... More »

The New Science of Vintage Tees

Burning, shooting make new look old

(Newser) - T-shirts were once simple sweat absorbers, then for a few decades they were "movable billboards," but in the 21st century, the "cutting-edge T-shirt is all about the T-shirt," writes Hugo Lindgren in New York magazine. Comfort, not logo or slogan, is the name of the game,... More »

How to Dress Like a Mad (Wo)Man

Tips from sexpot to buttoned-up

(Newser) - Mad Men fever is sweeping the nation—if you want to copy the looks of the women behind the Mad Men, heed these tips offered by Raakhee Mirchandani in the New York Post:
  • Curve-hugging styles like “fitted blouses tucked into tight pencil skirts under snug sweaters” will help you
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The Most Stylish Cities in the World

Paris, Milan top Forbes list

(Newser) - Weighing everything from fashion to architecture to street life, Forbes rates the 10 most stylish cities in the world. The best of the best:
  • It doesn’t get any more chic than Paris
  • Milan: “flashy” fashion and cool contemporary design
  • New York: a shopping spree from Brooklyn to 5th
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Businessmen Strip Off the Power Suit

As bankers fall out of fashion, so do their stodgy duds

(Newser) - To the list of casualties of the economic crisis, add the three-button power suit. And don't cry for the fashion industry—men are investing in replacements for their cookie-cutter wool security blankets, making men's clothing priced over $100 one of the few bright spots in the bleak retail landscape, reports... More »


Lionel Shriver laments the loss of the semicolon to its curt cousin

(Newser) - A punctuation plague is raging through contemporary prose, indulged in by ordinarily excellent writers and hacks alike. It’s the “em dash,” writes Lionel Shriver for Standpoint—that punchy, aggressive punctuation mark beloved for its flexibility. It can replace the geriatric semicolon, linking two elements of a single... More »

Some UK Advice for US Topshop Virgins

(Newser) - The wildly popular British clothing store Topshop opens its first outpost in New York this week, and Emily Rotberg has advice for uninitiated Americans. First and foremost, “don’t be afraid to push" she writes in the Guardian. "They’re not your friends.” Other nuggets:
  • "Sales
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Saggy-Pants Debates Just Hot Air

'Legislative tailors' have their way across America

(Newser) - Legal battles against sagging pants are being waged across the US at an absurd rate, writes Greg Beato in Reason. Detractors argue that exposing large “swathes of underwear” should be banned, particularly because the  style emulates prison attire and to wear them is “to embrace criminality.” “... More »

Let's Face It: Michelle 'Is Not Exceptional'

First Lady is 'extraordinary' but her defenders need to relax

(Newser) - Before Michelle Obama’s acolytes start enshrining her portrait next to Mother Teresa's and Mahatma Gandhi's, Robin Givhan hazards a word of sacrilege: “Obama is extraordinary, but she is not exceptional.” The Washington Post columnist chastises the first lady’s virulent defenders, who are “intent on keeping... More »

Tweet Happens: Twitter Style Guide in the Works

E-book on proper micro-blogging form to hit iTunes at the end of the month

(Newser) - A style guide for Twitter will hit iTunes by the end of the month, the New York Times reports. The e-book, 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form, will lay out key style points from the Twitter canon, supported with examples of notable Twitterers. Also covered are things... More »

First First Lady Was No Frump

Forget the unflattering paintings; Martha Washington was quite the fox

(Newser) - Chances are when you think of Martha Washington, you imagine a frumpy old fat lady smothered in lace. Not so, say those who study her and her husband. If you ignore the unflattering images painted years after her death, and instead focus on tailors' records and letters from Martha's youth,... More »

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