Roundtable Discussion: Gen X vs. Gen Y Jun20

Roundtable Discussion: Gen X vs. Gen Y

What are the generational differences between Gen X and Gen Y (or Millennials)? Sociology of Style writers Eve Kerrigan, Rachel Gall, and Anna Akbari have a multi-generational debate in our latest Roundtable Discussion.  Anna: So maybe we should kick off by stating our ages and whether we identify with any particular generation? I’m 35 and I guess I’m Gen X, and I probably identify more with it — though that seems to be a very unhip thing to say. Rachel: I turned 30 a week ago. And I definitely relate to the millennial generation, as I write about them. Eve: Hi, I am 40. I am Gen X. Pretty stereotypically so in some ways, but I also...

Calculated Deviation: The Nuanced Art of Non-Conformity Jun07

Calculated Deviation: The Nuanced Art of Non-Confo...

Are you a visual risk-taker or do you take comfort in wearing the same khakis as your cube-mate? When does it pay to stand out and when is conformity your friend? New Harvard Business School research suggests that dressing down in more formal settings can convey “competency,” and that wearing “unusual” clothes can boost personal status in the eyes of on-lookers.  The logic? Blending in and mimicking the visual norm is easy — what takes effort and a studied eye is standing out. The trick? It has to look deliberate — not clueless. But we can all think of individuals who have deviated from the contextual...

Strategic Shopping:Make the Most of Your Time and Money Jun05

Strategic Shopping:Make the Most of Your Time and ...

[This article is the second in a series about Sociology of Style's 4-part wardrobe and image program: closet cleanout, strategic shopping, smart styling, and maintenance and storage solutions. In this article, we'll address how to shop strategically after you've purged your current wardrobe.] So you went through your closet, made a lot of edits, and vowed never to make the same mistakes again. But now what?  Now that you’ve gained some perspective on your past purchases, what works, and what doesn’t, it’s time to put a plan in place for strategic shopping, so that when you bring new pieces into your wardrobe, you can...

How Should You Dress for Your Physically Demanding Job? Jun03

How Should You Dress for Your Physically Demanding...

They say to dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have. Yet, what about when the job you want sits in an office all day and the job you have is highly active and involves running around and lifting things? How should you dress for your physically demanding job? Where is the balance? The era of the business formal office is largely gone. Unless you work in finance or law in New York, chances are that your office dress code has gotten a bit more laid back than designer suits and cufflinks. Companies like Google and Apple are turning casual dress in offices into the new normal. Google uses a casual dress code and office...

Skin Deep, Soul Shallow:Are Our Questions About Aging Worth Asking? May22

Skin Deep, Soul Shallow:Are Our Questions About Ag...

Is there really anything you were afraid to ask about aging? According to this Oprah article, there’s a lot.  Evidently, we women are all burdened by burning questions about errant hair growth that we can’t express without deep embarrassment. We choke on fears about peeing our pants. We are taxed by unexpressed inquiries about less than fully lubricated sex. And so, woefully uninformed, we go hurtling forth into the terrifying realms of old age without knowing what we are getting into. What a depressing revelation to discover that all our concerns and inquiries about getting older center around such small and superficial...

Give Your Closet (And Image) A Fresh Start May17

Give Your Closet (And Image) A Fresh Start

Quick & Easy Spring Organizing Tips to Help You Declutter and Get the Most Out of Your Wardrobe Yes, it’s that time of year again — the time where we bring our warm weather clothes out of hibernation. But, have you ever looked at your spring and summer wardrobe only to realize there were a few pieces you haven’t been missing or weren’t excited to wear? If so, it could mean it’s time for a closet overhaul. Organizing your closet can be a daunting task. Where do you even begin? Never fear — we’ve rounded up some tips to help get you started, and to keep things neat and organized in the future.  Take Inventory and Assign...

Kids As Status Symbols May14

Kids As Status Symbols

“Having a child is constraining. There’s a lot of things you used to do that you can’t do anymore. But it’s also extremely expanding.” “How is it expanding?” “Because you suddenly relate to everyone else on earth who has a child. No matter what race, class, or creed.” — Humans of New York Recently, when at the kids’ section of the library with my three-year-old son, I started a conversation with the woman next to me. Motherhood is an instant ice-breaker, and I asked the usual questions to the woman staring with adoration at her curly-haired 18-month-old girl. Usually, the third or...