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Date: 10/16/10 12:21 PM

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Date: 10/16/10 1:11 PM

This is timely. I wore what I thought would fit this standard of simplicity to work yesterday. I felt trim and neat and put-together. I work with families. About halfway through the day a little girl said to me, "you look like a boy".

I'm not giving up on this style but I do have a boy shape (even with my padded bra), and short hair. I might need to rethink the total look.

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Date: 10/16/10 1:14 PM

Oh I don't know, might be more about the little girl than your look!

Interesting how many of these women were not wearing jewelry. I wear a simpler look because of work and my preference. The photos are inspirational. Not into the long white shirt look on me though.

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Date: 10/16/10 1:50 PM

Don't worry, a little boy once looked at my arm and said, "You have a mustache on your arm!" My arm hair wasn't that thick, but it stood out to him. In the meantime, as a twenty-year-old with a vavavoom figure, I had had a real problem with strange men following me, approaching me, etc. So, I really didn't take the comment too seriously. Obviously, those men thought I was feminine enough.

As for your look, it's extremely feminine because of your small, young looking features. Children have small features like that but men don't, or if they do, even slightly, some people will say they have an effeminate look.

The little girl no doubt was noticing your practical look versus the flowering, elaborate and colorful clothing women often wear as well as the shorter hair.

I wouldn't change a thing. Your look is really pretty. Many women could not pull it off.

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Date: 10/16/10 2:14 PM

My friend recently returned home after a 3-week visit to her cousin who lives in Paris in the 7th arrondissement. I couldn't wait for my friend's return to interrogate her on what was being worn in Paris today.

I was disappointed when my friend said that everyone was wearing black pants and black jackets and white shirts, and absolutely no accessories. She said that everyone looked like an American waiter. This seems to be somewhat in keeping with Bill Cunningham's pronouncement, though Mr. Cunningham featured women with a lot more styling sense than the Waiter Uniform. --Lily

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Date: 10/16/10 2:36 PM

I like it. Thanks for posting this.

I think the trick -- the REAL trick, which these women have achieved -- is to dress with simplicity but without being boring. This makes me think of something sarah in ny mentioned recently about a friend of hers, who knows how to make subtle color choices that sing.

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Date: 10/16/10 4:13 PM

I am feeling the Zen of this.
I don't like clutter in my house, or my life, or on my clothes.
I noticed that with cheap things, they always add some kind of weird clutter to it.

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Date: 10/16/10 9:36 PM

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I am feeling the Zen of this. I don't like clutter in my house, or my life, or on my clothes. I noticed that with cheap things, they always add some kind of weird clutter to it.


I am completely with you on this. My personality exactly. I'm always looking for great quality, simple but stylish clothing. Pulling simplicity together can be a challenge. It's very easy to look
plain-jane without any bling.

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Date: 10/16/10 11:09 PM

Barb - just flipping through your reviews, I think your style is great. If you were doing straight jeans and basic t shirt all the time. it could be boyish, but you have great colours, lovely little details like the coloured belt, loose, tunic style blouse etc. and I think you look fabulous.

Kids do go a lot by hair, and I have realized I do, too! I know a woman who always wears her hair short and blonde, but changes it a lot from super short like yours (A look I have always wished I could pull off) to curly, to more blonde, less blonde, etc. I often have to do a double take when I see her to figure out if it is really her!

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Date: 10/17/10 0:38 AM

Yeah, pixie faced Barb does not look like a boy.

I would like a delicate face like that.

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