December 27, 2012 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On overly sexualized clothing for girls: Why feel nervous about little girls' short-shorts and midriff tops? Would people similarly get nervous about a little boy playing outside in the summer with no shirt on? I know it's hard to raise kids in a world that isn't always safe for them. Does a little girl's clothing choice matter in that regard? How can you say that to a child without hurting her? "We don't want you to wear the short-shorts in fashion because we don't want you to attract the wrong kind of attention.
July 15, 2012 |
Never enough pockets in your pants or shirts? Well, what if your underwear got into the act? That's what you get with Clever Travel Companions, lightweight T-shirts, tanks, undershorts, and even long johns with zippered pockets big enough to fit a passport, credit cards, and cash. Made of cotton and cotton/spandex blends in a range of patterns and solid colors, the bottoms all have two pockets, the tops, one. Men's boxers and unisex long johns have a two-button fly, women's short shorts do not. Since they are undergarments, they protect against pickpockets, although retrieving your ID at the security line could be awkward.
July 5, 2012 |
You bought red short shorts in April, confident this would be the summer of the tight tush. But here it is July 4th and your bum is still too bootylicious. Or maybe that trendy midriff tank doesn't look quite right because your tummy is too tubby. And then there is that high-cut bikini. Whew! One extra french fry and even a perfect bod can test that two-piece. Sometimes you can use fashion to camouflage imperfections — an A-line skirt for pear-shapes or illusion sleeves for saggy arms.
May 11, 2012 |
SHORT SHORTS, a/k/a daisy dukes, are back in full force now that spring is here, with ladies sporting them with tights, boots and sneakers. This style hearkens back — and looks forward — to days when the weather is good and legs come out. n Contact Reuben Harley at BIGRUBE@streetgazing.com , follow him on twitter @BigRubeHarley or read his blog at streetgazing.com .
April 18, 2012 |
It promised to be a battle, Monday's pairing of the bands Shabazz Palaces and !!! (pronounced chk-chk-chk) at the Blockley. The rhythmic pedigree of each act guaranteed it. And having Philadelphia's King Britt around to DJ the event guaranteed a fair and funky fight. Shabazz Palaces is an avant-hip-hop ensemble led by rapper/knob-twiddler Ishmael Butler (once known as "Butterfly" in the jazz-hopping, '90s alt-rap group Digable Planets, in which Britt was a touring member) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire.
January 23, 2012 |
The Man Man men have been doing their chaotic, percussive, theatrical thing in Philly for long enough now to risk self-parody, but Saturday's sold-out homecoming show at Union Transfer was pure adrenaline rush. Over the course of four albums since 2004, Man Man has honed its style, becoming incrementally more melodic and more inclined to anchor a song in a chant or a hook, although that hook is often a barbed shout. "Mister Dagger meet Mister Back, inseparable, together at last," Ryan Kattner (aka Honus Honus)
November 2, 2011
DEAR ABBY : I'm a 15-year-old girl who has never been in trouble, but my mom treats me like I'm a criminal. She makes me go to church every Sunday. She won't help with my homework. She says, "I already did 10th grade. " I can't wear halter tops, short shorts, a bikini or much makeup. If I tell her it's the style, she says, "Modesty is always in style. " If I have a date with a new boy, she makes him come into the house and tell her what school he goes to. Then she makes him show her his driver's license and car registration.
September 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - To a steady African beat and the sound of a pounding monsoon rain, the Edun label founded by U2's Bono and wife Ali Hewson presented a mix of breezy, delicate florals and edgy laser-cut silks studded with metal grommets at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Bright color - a trend during spring previews - lit up the runway Sunday in a dark, cavernous warehouse across from the Hudson River. The show included some hand dying in indigo using a technique from Mali on a flared jacket made of recycled hemp.
June 2, 2010 |
In olden pre-YouTube times, a girls' day at the mall ended with friends gathering in a bedroom to model and compare their treasures. These days, a teen-girl shopping trip is often followed by a "haul. " Shorthand for the homemade videos that detail the resulting spoils - from the skirt found on sale at Target to MAC's latest lip-gloss line - the vlogging trend that caught on about two years ago now results in more than 100,000 on YouTube. It's a natural outgrowth of the Internet oversharing that's second nature to this age group.
April 15, 2009 |
Shane Fisher thought he got a real bargain: a $202,000 three-story house in Lansdowne - $29,000 less than list price - that he could live in and that had two upper floors he could rent. Yet today, Fisher finds himself still scrambling to finance tens of thousands of dollars in unanticipated expenses, including $60,000 in renovation-cost overruns he says could have been avoided if settlement had not taken almost a year to complete. The house he put his deposit on 20 months ago was a short sale, in which the lender accepted less than the balance owed on the mortgage.