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I Am Happiest at a Friends and Family Sale

There’s booze, discounts, and the intangible feeling of belonging.

Losing Your Luggage Can Feel Like Losing Yourself

What goes into a suitcase is never just stuff.

Shopping Helped Me Reinvent Myself After Abuse

Following a violent relationship, I began rebuilding my life one shirt at a time.

The Beauty Rituals That Helped Me Through Post-Partum Depression

Maybe they’ll help you, too.

I Changed My Style Whenever I Dated Someone New

But it helped me figure out who I really wanted to be.

What It Really Costs to Start Your Own Clothing Line

The personal debt I currently have for Bluestockings Boutique is roughly $20,000 in loans and credit cards.

Can You Appropriate Your Own Culture?

Mixed race people often have to question if we will ever be "enough" for either side.

I Miss My Army Uniform

We all looked the same, but that left me free to figure out who I really was.

I Love Pictures of Real People on Clothing Sites

Forget models and mannequins — I’m into user-submitted photos of people who actually buy the clothes.

I Finally Found an Eyeliner Hack That Works for Me

After a lifetime of struggling with makeup.

My Failed Attempt at Illness-Chic

I wanted a way to grant my body and mind what I no longer believed they deserved: a pardon.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Is the Style Inspiration I Never Knew I Needed

After a lifetime of not really caring about how I dressed.

In Search of a Tailor Who Doesn’t Judge My Body

The relationship between people who wear plus-size clothes and people who tailor them can be fraught.

What to Wear at the End of Someone Else’s Life

The office dress code is a little different when you’re a death doula.

We All Have a Retail Flinch Point

It’s the moment when a purchase turns painful, and it varies more widely than you might expect.

Dressing for the Body I Want, Not the One I Have

There’s no perfect fit for me.

I Didn’t Know What to Wear to My Brother’s Funeral

It’s not like hiking or a trip to the beach; there’s no packing list.

I Hated My Hairline, So I Got a New One

Using a procedure traditionally meant for balding men.

The $20 Hair Dryer I’ve Had My Whole Adult Life

Thanks, Vidal Sassoon.

How Is a Professor Supposed to Dress?

All while navigating sexism, pay disparities, and Rate My Professor.

After a Storm, Self-Care Becomes Community Care

The soul-changing magic of a hot shower and your favorite body wash after 17 hours of evacuation traffic.

A Bathrobe Can Make You Feel Like You’re Home

It doesn’t have to be a boring thing you put on between showering and dressing.

I Was a Strict Evangelical, Until My Faith Unraveled

The pink sweater my grandmother once made me is a reminder of who I used to be.

I Didn’t Look Like a Heroin Addict

So I pretended — to myself and the world — that I wasn’t one.

The Particular Style of Summer Camp

A love letter to Rainbow flip-flops and shared dresses.

You Need Three Tote Bags, Max

It’s time to ditch the rest.

Bipolar Disorder Makes Me Want to Shop

It turns out to be a not-uncommon symptom.

Outfits I’ve Worn in Wildly Ridiculous Situations

What DO you wear to the office, then to see Bill Murray bartend, then to a cat wedding?

You Can’t Have a Bad Hair Day in a Hijab

Even though you can still have a bad hijab day.

Shopping for Boys’ Clothes Is So Boring

Why does it have to be that way?

I’m Not the Same as the Person I Play on TV

I thought I had to hide my real self in order to make it in the entertainment industry.

To Get Over a Breakup, Find a New Scent

It worked (sort of) for me.