IN DEFENSE OF THE SIMPLICITY OF A T-SHIRT DRESS

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In Defense Of: The Simplicity of a T-Shirt Dress
an essay by Nia Porter

Until recently, getting dressed during those tricky first days of spring was one of my biggest sources of morning anxiety—right up there with my slog of a New York City commute and the realization that I have, yet again, run out of fresh coffee beans. How does one dress for weather that is perhaps too warm for a cozy coat, yet too cool for a breezy tank top?

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG
an essay by Alexis Cheung

Like it or not, a purse conveys your personality. An “it” bag, for instance, suggests you’re into seeing where new trends take you. A tote bag insists you’re someone who prefers practicality. While a small bag communicates that you’re not a woman who schleps for unseen scenarios, but one who’s ready for spontaneity.

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In Defense of Black Denim

In Defense of Black Denim
an essay by Natalie Shukur

In my mind, black denim is just about the most punk thing you can wear. Skaters, rockers, beatniks—fringers of all stripes—these touchpoints of antiestablishment, androgynous style are forever tacked to my internal mood board. And black denim, birthed in basements and garages, overdyed and DIY, has long been part of my uniform.
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IN DEFENSE OF BODYSUITS

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In Defense of Bodysuits
an essay by Felicity Sargent

When someone says “bodysuit” my mind instantly conjures a ’90s power woman—short hair, long limbs—flicking through a meticulously merchandized closet filled with “the perfects.” You know—the perfect jeans, the perfect trench, the perfect button-down, the perfect loafers…and hanging above all that perfection, a selection of what may be the actual antithesis of imperfection: Endless. Perfect. Bodysuits.

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IN DEFENSE OF STAYING IN ON WEEKENDS

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In Defense of Staying In on Weekends
an essay by Verena von Pfetten

There’s a certain kind of pressure to summer weekends. The sticky heat, oppressively good weather and long days made even longer by laissez-faire Friday hours and an influx of out-of-office receipts. It all combines to create a steady thrum of expectation: make the most of this. Go outside. Do something fun!

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In Defense of the High-Rise Boyjean

In Defense of the High-Rise Boyjean
an essay by Meredith Chamberlain

I’m loyal to a high waist. The right pair has the power to make me stand up straight, hold myself more confidently. It’s something about the core, the gut, an intuition thing. As a woman, they work in my favor, serve as a reminder of my inner strength. I zip up, button, and my instincts kick in.

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In Defense of Wearing Soft Clothes, 7 Days a Week

In Defense of Wearing Soft Clothes, 7 Days a Week
an essay by Olivia Villanti

While growing up in my vaguely hippie hometown of Rhinebeck, New York, the dressed-up shoe of choice was a Dansko clog. Heels were reserved for proms, and even then only the most girly of girly girls would wear them. This may be why, at all stages of my life, I’ve been drawn to “soft clothes.”

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