Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

Feels like 100

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Sweating out my new location, in the wrong clothes: Feels like 100, at BlogHer.

Uruguay: What not to wear

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

President José “Pepe” Mujica, attending a presentation at the Finance and Economics Ministry, decides to go casual:

Looks like Pepe’s had the munchies.

Let’s talk about clothes and enclothed cognition

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

“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.

Let’s compare:
En Route Jacket $148.00
Hustle & Bustle Tank $58.00
Astro Pant (Tall) *Full-On Luon $98.00
Total: $304.00

Old Navy:
Micro-Performance Fleece Jacket $10.00
Active by Old Navy Compression Tank $14.00
Fold-Over Yoga Pants $14.00
Total: $38.00

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,

Blogging on Latin American politics shall resume later.

Mexico: Retailers Descend on Mexico

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Compare and contrast: Retailers pay millions of dollars to leave Argentina, while they’re descending on Mexico

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.

Brother, can you spare $50,000?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

If you can, buy me some of these, by Brazilian jeweler Silvia Furmanovich,

The article says they’re available at Bergdorf Goodman, but they’re not in their website.

Oh, well, I guess that means we’ll have to truck to the city.

Blogging on more serious matters shall resume shortly.

Turkey’s mustache business

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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,

¡Llévatelo, Gustavo!

The mustache chronicles

Just as they go broke, the USPS will be selling clothes

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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.)

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Pensions in Argentina
Now or never
The government drags its feet over compensating pensioners for inflation

Bolivia: Morales criticises Chile over sea and soldiers
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has renewed his calls for the release of three soldiers arrested in Chile.

Brazil’s zombie politicians
Despite serial corruption allegations, the old guard just keeps coming back

Chile’s Sebastian Pinera visits wildfire victims

Colombian Farc releases two hostage policemen
Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, has released two hostages held captive since 25 January.

Cuban dissident blogger prepares ‘victory’ tour abroad

Why Ecuador Matters

Assange: Total cost to police Ecuadorian embassy hits £2.9 million


Jamaica agrees $750m IMF loan terms
Jamaica has agreed terms with the International Monetary Fund to receive a new $750m (£483m) loan.

Mexico’s new president
Tearing up the script
Three months after taking office, Enrique Peña Nieto is rewriting his reform agenda

Puerto Rican food, beyond rice and beans

“Cruz has taken the wear-their-scorn-as-a-badge-of-honor approach with his liberal critics.”

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez in first post-surgery images

Devaluating the devaluation

The Gran Inquisitor by Miguel Angel Santos

The week’s posts,
Hugo Chavez reportedly back in Venezuela

Colombia: Good news on the Casona

Mexico develops cheap energy; USA not quite

Pope decided to resign after visiting Cuba and snubbing the Ladies in White

The US & violence in Central America

New Bohemian chic? UPDATED!

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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


What to put in the kitchen that ate the house

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Trendy day at F’sB:

First trend:
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.

Second trend:
Reclaimed rustic chicken coop, found at The Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog, via Ace,

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!