Best of Searching for Style 2014 Part 2

Happy New Year, garland

Here is part 2 of the best of Searching for Style 2014.

Unsurprisingly, the usual things annoyed me in 2014: sweatpants, crop tops, and Coachella:

No, You Can’t Wear Sweatpants to Work

Press Release of the Month: Crop Topping for Coachella

Meanwhile some brands pleasantly surprised me: Love: The Gap.

I reminisced on the best visual merchandising I have ever seen in my life: Fashion Moments: Jamie Reid’s Dover Street Market Windows and I dispelled some myths about French women: 5 Myths About French Women.

I realized that Anna Wintour is sometimes right: Fashion Quote: Anna Wintour on Resort and I realized that Saint Laurent is just plain wrong: Saint Laurent vs Topshop.

And I reminded my readers that it takes more than just a good idea to start a fashion company: 10 Things You Need to Start a Fashion Brand.

And on that note I should share with you all that thanks to a very successful 2014 for The Sleep Shirt, I won’t be dedicating much time to the blog over the next few months. Of course I’ll be here when I have something to say, but that may be twice or week, or twice a month. I’m only going to be posting about things I really love, loathe, or want to write about, so expect to hear about leggings, celebrity fashion designers, and Hermes – along with whatever else is worth mentioning in this wonderful industry.

Happy New Year and I wish you all a prosperous 2015.

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Best of Searching for Style 2014 Part 1

merry christmas, wreath

It has been an eventful year! I moved to Sweden and grew my business significantly. While the blog has been updated less frequently, work has been exciting and it has been a fun and busy year. Over the holidays I’m posting some of the best pieces from 2014, part 1 is here and part 2 will be posted sometime next week.

The year started with preparations for and the move to Sweden. Here is why I moved: 5 Reasons Why I am Moving to Sweden.

Then the Fall 2014 collections started and I actually like the Balmain show – for the first time ever!! Read the review: Balmain Fall 2014. Meanwhile Chanel was far from impressive… I’m not a fan of luxury jogging suits: Chanel Fall 2014.

I wrote to a fashion student who was suffering from mental health problems: Ask Alexandra: How do I Survive Fashion School? and I also advised a woman who had visions of fashion: Ask Alexandra: Visions of Fashion.

Some really important fashion people died, and I wrote about them:

Love: Louise Wilson

5 Thoughts on L’Wren Scott’s Death.

I complained about the fashion industry internationally: 5 Reasons the Fashion Industry is a Playground for the Rich and at home in Canada: 5 Reasons Why the Canadian Fashion Industry Isn’t Thriving.

Merry Christmas and check back next week for Part 2!

Wreath image from Oh So Pretty.

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5 Reasons why Rihanna Shouldn’t Be Creative Director at Puma

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This is the new creative director at Puma. WTF are you doing Puma?

You may have heard that Rihanna has been named creative director at Puma. You might be confused, I know I am. Apparently “Rihanna ‘will work with Puma to design and customise classic Puma styles as well as create new styles to add to the Puma product portfolio,’ Puma said in a statement today.” (Vogue) Wow, I didn’t know that Rihanna knew how to design…wait…she doesn’t. Here are 5 reasons why Rihanna shouldn’t be creative director at Puma.

1. She is not a fashion designer.
2. She has no formal fashion training.
3. She has no training in any sort of design field.
4. She has no real link to the world of sports or exercise.
5. Did I mention she is not a fashion designer?


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Love: Montana Legislature’s Dress Code

leggings are not pants

It’s rare that I agree with Republicans but this dress code from the Montana House of Representatives is spot on. You can read it in full here, but I’ve highlighted some of the key points:

  • “Business Formal for women is defined as a suit or dress slacks, skirt, jacket, and dress blouse or suit-like dress and appropriate shoes (…). Leggings are not considered dress pants.”
  • “Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”

According to the New York Times, some women are lashing out against the dress code. “The whole thing is totally sexist and bizarre and unnecessary.” says one Democrat, who describes the code as “something out of Mad Men.”

Um, NO. This is not sexist or bizarre. You are a freaking politician, and when you go into politics, you give up your right to show off cleavage and wear mini skirts to work. As for the leggings, this is not an issue of “leggings are not dress pants” or “leggings can’t be worn in the House of Representatives.” This is about the fact that LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Not for politicians. Not for housewives. Not for fashion designers. Not for secretaries. NO ONE. Except fitness instructors and people while they are exercising (and ONLY while they are exercising.) Can someone please try and pass this by the House of Representatives to make it law?

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5 Things I’d like to Say to Fashion Bloggers

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Did Garance Dore get paid to wear those clothes? Or is she wearing them because she likes them.

I consider myself to be in a different “category” to most fashion bloggers. Not a superior category, but a different one, because I have also worked as a designer, owned a small brand, and worked for non-blog online media. I am in no way trying to imply that I am better than bloggers who haven’t done the above, but simply that I am different. My knowledge of these other parts of the industry has allowed me to approach blogging from a different background and I think that is why I’ve gained my readership. While outfit posts are great, sometimes it is nice to hear something from someone who has been an insider.

Anyway, as you all know blogging has not been my main priority as of late, and this has resulted in me becoming slightly disconnected from the blogging world. Apparently some changes have taken place. What changes, you ask? Well it seems that most bloggers these days have lost all sense of ethics.


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