Whisk your summer wear into fall

A summer dress + navy tights, light belt, bright purse, metallic flats. A workday fall transition win!

A summer dress + navy tights, light belt, bright purse, metallic flats. A workday fall transition win!

By Tara Cavanaugh

It’s fall, y’all! Well not technically. It’s September, that transition month where it’s slowly getting cooler but the sun is still blazing away. So what to wear?

Black + brights

Take your favorite summer tanks — those bright, wild prints — and pair them with black jeans or a black skirt.

Bright tights!

Bare legs still get a pass for now (so long as you have boots or a closed-toe shoe). And black tights are going to look kinda vampy this early in fall. So go for some colors! Saw the gal above rocking navy tights and a plum dress with metallic flats.

Dresses + boots

Pair your beloved, flowy, comfy summer dresses with knee-high boots or ankle-high booties.

Black + white

The foolproof combo for early fall and spring, black and white is always classy. While white pants or white shoes might be a bit much in September, try a white cardi (over your dress + boots outfit or over a bright summer tank and dark jeans). Or keep wearing those beloved white/light accessories for a while to offset the new darker, richer colors in your wardrobe.


Gold shoes. Rose gold jewelry. Silver skinny belts. In summer they looked best at night; now they add a romantic touch during the day.

Bare ankles

Now is the easiest time of all to wear ankle-skimming pants and jeans with heels or flats.

I have become a person who wears leggings as pants. I’m going to hell.

Leggings are not pants

By Tara Cavanaugh

I can’t describe how I crossed over to the dark side. All I know is that it happened slowly, the way a lobster boils to an eventual death.

In hindsight, I see the progression, the gateway drugs. First I was that horrified women were wearing skinny jeans, so I went bootcut. Then, I settled for straight leg. Then my everyday jeans were skinny jeans. And then suddenly one day, it didn’t seem so bad to go get groceries in leggings, and then it made sense to throw on a top to get dinner downtown that night.

I live in a college town, and as we walked to the Mexican restaurant I saw myself surrounded by legging-clad coeds. I was one of Them.  Continue reading

I’m not so much a fan of Michelle Obama’s fashion as much as I’m just a huge fan of Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama waving in purple dress

“Suck it, haters!”

Our lovely First Lady sure makes waves for being fashionable, even if, in my humble opinion, a lot of her style choices are a little suspect. Big belts on everything? Meh. Patterns on patterns? Hit or miss. And those new bangs? Just no. Now I applaud her daring to change her look and all, but I can’t believe she covered those killer eyebrows. (Can you imagine being a child on the receiving end of her sharp arches? I’d ground myself!)

I think FLOTUS is so admired for her fashion simply because people have so much love for her they don’t know what to do with it. Our love spilleth over. Because deep down, we all know that she is is a sassy-pants FLOTUS like no other. We all know that she wields all the power in her relationship with the most powerful man in the world. And we all know that her safe-to-champion causes, like healthy eating and childhood obesity, are just to give her a lady-like, FLOTUS-appropriate activity to do, lest those whiny Republicans complain about her looking too influential or powerful. Continue reading

Let’s Hear it for the Boys

I know I don’t focus on men’s fashion that often, but I can be an equal opportunity blogger. Besides, sometimes there’s nothing like a sharply dressed dude. (In fact, there’s a whole tumblr dedicated to guys in suits: http://guysinsuits.tumblr.com/) And while there were plenty of suits at GQ’s Men of the Year party, but I was most impressed by the guys who chose to show off their sartorial sense with a little flair. Without further ado:

Le Van Der Beek is killing on TV playing an exaggerated version of himself. And I also think he’s killing it by mixing patterns here.

Ed note: Is it just me, or does dude not age? His face is as fresh as the bum of a newborn babe.

Ben McKenzie looks like he’s wearing the maroon version of the suit Rob Pattinson wore to the Breaking Dawn 2.0 premiere. Together, they’d be the snazziest dressed people at a holiday party.

As a concept, I hate a plaid suit. On Darren Criss? I love a plaid suit! Continue reading

Fail of the Week: Breaking Dawn, Breaking Bad

K.Stew, oh, K.Stew. What are we to do with you? It’s like you put on lingerie added a see-through skirt and call it a dress. It’s like a game of let’s pretend to be naked on the red carpet without being naked. But K.Stew, I did not want to play peek-a-boo with your lady bits.

Bonus Bad: Julianne Hough, what is this bondage for your boobs?! Even your hair isn’t on board with this plan. Continue reading

Bold, beautiful, boooooby at the Emmys

From screamo-yellow to drapes as dresses to BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS, the red carpet sure was loud this year.


Ginnifer Goodwin
I think I like it just because I want to pet the velvet ropes on the dress.

Julianna Margulies
It’d be better 1) shorter and 2) at a Sunday morning wedding or something, but because girlfriend is The Shit on The Good Wife, Ima call this a win.

As if we all needed another reason to be annoyed with Lena Dunham, she shows up looking like a flatulent couch.

Elisabeth Moss: Now THIS is how you wear your grandma’s drapes.

Love the bottle blonde on her! Peggy CAN go glam.

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Olympic Fail of the Week: Bodysuits are boring!

There were plenty of cracktastic things going on in the Olympics’ closing ceremonies (God bless the British), and while I generally enjoyed the spectacle, I couldn’t get over Jessie J’s bodysuit. I don’t care if it is Vivienne Westwood; I’m so over bodysuits. Britney did it eons ago and did it better. Plus, it looks like Jessie has had a weird outbreak of a disease. Or like somebody sneezed sequins all over her. Actually, I hope that’s actually how this outfit was made.

 Bonus Win: Spice Girls reunion!

Fan or not, you still have to admit it’s kind of awesome. Continue reading

What Not To Wear to the Olympics: Pobre Spain Edición.

Aw, poor Spain. Like, literally: Poor Spain. They are BROKE.  They’re borrowing 100 billion euro to stay afloat, their unemployment rate is like 25 percent, and they’re sending their Olympic athletes to London in these retro jumpsuits worn by Russian high school drum majors.

Why, you might ask. For the love of God, WHY?!?!

Because they were free. Continue reading

Fail of the Week: Hudge’s Headdress

Editor's note: I saved this image on my desktop as Vanessa_Hudgens_sartorially_confused_fashion_bad. Because woman makes me into a blogger Neanderthal. WTF.

While almost anything goes at a music festival, and Coachella tends to attract both the weird and trendy alike, most people don’t wrap themselves in a blanket and call it a day. But not Vanessa Hudgens (affectionately known as V. Hudge to me), reigning queen of homeless hippie couture. She goes that extra mile and wears the heck outta that shapeless blanket dress, perhaps both fashionable and functional for her. My reaction to her outfit comes in three stages: Continue reading