Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category
“Enclothed cognition”? That’s what psychologists call the premise that the clothes you wear directly affect how you think and what you do.
It turns out the study was paid for by Lululemon, which has managed a lot of free publicity because of some see-through pants, and because the CEO managed to tell the truth – that their clothes are not for the overweight:
Psychology of Lululemon: How Fashion Affects Fitness
Does expensive athletic wear actually incline us to work out? “Enclothed cognition” proposes that the clothes you wear directly affect how we think and what we do.
“It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing,” Adam said. And he thinks the study’s results can be applied to many more fields, including activewear and fitness. “I think it would make sense that when you wear athletic clothing, you become more active and more likely to go to the gym and work out.”
Especially if you have spent $300+ on an outfit you could get for under $40 at Old Navy.
Yes, the prices above are as of today, and you can get almost ten Old Navy outfits for the price of one Lululemon.
“But Fausta,” you’ll say, “Lululemon’s yoga and running gear are designed for sweaty workouts (Full-On Luon fabric is sweat wicking, four-way stretch and breathable)! Old Navy’s isn’t!”
Ask yourself how many times a week/month/year you run outdoors long enough to break a sweat: that’s when you need the high-performance materials. If you work out indoors, you’ll do fine with Old Navy. At the end of your sweaty workout, you’re done, and you’ll be showering and changing anyway.
Unless, of course, you have to impress yourself and everybody else with the brand name (be it Lululemon, Patagonia, Athleta, or whatever), in which case, by all means, do. It all has to do with enclothed cognition.
However, keep one thing in mind: I don’t weigh myself, and I keep to a low-carb diet because I must, so the way I keep track of my weight is by seeing whether my non-stretchy clothes are getting tight. Once you get into the habit of wearing stretchy clothes all day, clothes that “give” (particularly around the waist), you lose track of that.
Which brings me to the question:
If you spend $300 on an outfit, would you be wearing it all day, and skipping the gym because breaking a sweat would mean changing into something less stylish? Or do you really get the activewear for working out?
Only you can answer that.
Related: Althouse goes Heisenberg and asks,
What I think would be fun to talk about is articles of clothing that you have used to alter your perceptions. And have you rejected items of clothing that you thought would skew your perceptions in ways you didn’t like? Remember to exclude the idea of how others perceive you and how their response to you will affect you. It’s just you. You and that item of clothing.
For a snowy day,
#snowday Cabin-fever workout: 5 mins of stairs, 15 crunches, 5 mins balance exercises, 5 mins dumbells, 5 min stretch. Housework next!
— Fausta (@Fausta) December 10, 2013
Blogging on Latin American politics shall resume later.
Spurred by Relaxation of Tariffs on Clothing, Youth-Oriented Stores Head South, among them H&M, Zara, and Gap, all aimed at the younger consumer (I do shop at Zara for its classic, yet updated, style)
Encouraging the retail newcomers is the relaxation of steep tariffs on imported clothing. For more than a decade, Mexico applied antidumping duties as high as 533% on Chinese-made apparel to bolster its domestic garment industry. But in December 2011, the country eliminated the last of those transitional duties on Chinese clothing, lowering that barrier to entry. Currently the top tariff is a more palatable 25%.
“Because Mexico is a huge aspirational market, the removal of import tariffs for apparel may well be the single most-important retail event in the country in the past few years,” says a report by analysts at Credit Suisse, CSGN.VX -3.34% which estimates that clothing in Mexico was previously at least 50% more expensive than clothing in the U.S.
It’s all part of Mexico’s market-friendly policy by decreasing trade barriers.
Who knew men would pay for hair plugs on their upper lip?
Need a Mustache Transplant? Visit Turkey
Hair-Raising Procedure Attracts Whisker-Challenged; Tourism Packages
The procedure uses a technique called follicle-hair extraction, in which doctors remove clusters of hair from the more hirsute areas of the body and implant them along the lip or cheeks to magnify a mustache or beef-up a beard.
We’ll draw a curtain over what “more hirsute areas of the body” they’re talking about.
One thing for sure, Venezuela’s Madurito Bandido doesn’t need no steenkin’ implants: he’s got the biggest mustache in the hemisphere,
The mustache chronicles
If you thought any guy could look like a postman by ringing twice, wearing blue short-sleeve shirts, baggy shorts, knee-high socks and sturdy walking shoes (like one of the guys at tango used to), the USPS wants to prove you wrong:
Postal Service to launch new clothing line in 2014
The Postal Service chose “Rain Heat & Snow” as its own brand name
They’ll be more successful if the had a “dark of night” line of lingerie and sex toys.
Or maybe if they marketed some dog repellent.
(h/t Ace, who’s even more stoked about this than you.)
Why Ecuador Matters
Puerto Rican food, beyond rice and beans
The week’s posts,
Hugo Chavez reportedly back in Venezuela
The US & violence in Central America
Time for shoe blogging!
Take a look at these sandals, which are featured in today’s WSJ’s article on The New Bohemians
The haute hippie look reminiscent of faraway places has returned in a smart new form—and just in time for the warm days ahead.
The article shows a variety of outfits tastefully mixing pseudo-ethnic prints with plain pieces, and the sandals are at the end, where they advise you to “Work one of these items into a classic, simple ensemble to get the look of Bohemian 2.0″
Bohemian with bucks beaucoup,
Lambskin Sandals, $2,175, Chanel, 800-550-0005
and also with a lot of time, to buckle on and off.
Instead of a Bohemian/hippie vibe, these bring back a different memory altogether,
Linked by Dustbury, who says,
Fausta, with the tango in her soul and the legs to die for
Trendy day at F’sB:
The Kitchen That Ate the House
The high-end home’s newest great room features plush furniture, fireplaces, multiple flat screens—and a few carefully hidden appliances. Just look for the cook’s dirty secret in the next room. Like, a kitchen off the kitchen?
Long the de facto central gathering space of the home, the kitchen has ballooned in size in recent years to become the new great room. At the highest end, some are over 3,000 square feet, outfitted with walk-in refrigeration rooms, multiple seating areas, wet bars and fireplaces, with fixtures and décor intentionally designed to look like hip living rooms. In some cases, much of the actual cooking is being relegated to a second, smaller kitchen space, so that the main kitchen can be used for entertaining—minus the unsavory dirty dishes or cooking smells.
Me, I like it when the house smells of bacon.
Williams-Sonoma says: “Built exclusively for us in their urban garden workshop, Laughing Chickens Coops have a classic, old-world design, constructed from the highest quality reclaimed redwood. $65 delivery.”
Price: $759.95 (with painted chicken), $599.95 (plain)
Notes from Drew: This is a real item in the catalog. And honestly, if you’re buying a goddamn chicken coop from a catalog, why NOT spring for the painted chicken? It was hand painted in an urban garden workshop, people. You CANNOT say you are a true farm-to-table household unless you have a coop to call your own. Muffy Wilshire and her fam bought a coop last year and now they can’t live without it. Could you imagine having a frittata made from STORE-BOUGHT eggs now? I shudder at the thought. You can also get a beehive box for $500 if you’re a fucking crazy person. Seriously, a chicken coop. People with money are so good at throwing it away.
Just keep in mind, folks, that nothing says THIRD WORLD MENTALITY like a flock of chickens scratching and pecking on your driveway.
Even if you are watching them from your second, smaller kitchen space.
OTOH, you can spend $950 on a pair of shoes that make you look like you’ve got club feet,
Third: the anti-trend trend,
The Trendiest Guy in New York City (h/t Instapundit). After reading that article, my only advice to any woman who goes on a blind date and finds out that the guy wears a manbun, drinks cocktails during his workout and gets a bikini wax is: Run! Run, and never look back.
Blogging on serious matters shall resume shortly.
Linked by Dustbury. Thank you!
I tweeted about this on Monday [correction: on Tuesday],
— Fausta (@Fausta) October 23, 2012
And Michelle Malkin posts on it today,
Fashion Backward: Obama’s Hate Couture Divas.
One of the designers is Diane Von Furstenberg, an old favorite of mine whose clothes I have worn for decades (and they still fit!). DVF makes a classic, flattering, well-made, versatile dress. But she won’t like me,
Diane von Furstenberg pitched in two $85 tote bags and has grown more strident about her partisan agenda as Election Day nears. At a fashion event in her New York Meatpacking District store last month, she yelled at clients: “Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!”
Furthermore, von Furstenberg vented, “This is not a Republican party, just so you know! This is a non-Republican audience.” The crowd cheered as she urged everyone to rush home to watch her Democratic idol’s convention speech. But when conservative consumers protested on Twitter the next few nights, von Furstenberg tweeted: “I love and respect all Americans…Democrats and Republicans…love Diane.”
“All Americans,” except for Ann Romney, that is. When the designer learned last week that the GOP candidate’s wife had worn one of her famous wrap dresses at a recent campaign rally in Florida, the company had a hissy fit. “(W)e’re actually not quite sure how Ann obtained the dress,” horrified public relations staffers told left-wing Buzzfeed.com.
May I be so bold as to suggest, perhaps Ann Romney went to a store and bought herself a DVF dress?
— Fausta (@Fausta) October 25, 2012
That ought to send DVF for a loop.