Dear Answer Angel Ellen: A few months back, you answered a reader’s question about the return of high-waisted jeans and you gave them a thumbs-up review. I’ve been meaning to email you a related question. Everywhere I look online, I see that straight leg jeans are now the fashion. They look kind of baggy (the old “boyfriend jeans” of years back?). Do I need to give away all my skinny jeans now or risk being hopelessly out of style?
— Jen P.
Dear Jen: Hang on to your skinnies. Lots of women (me included) are still committed to their skinny jeans. For many body types, skinny jeans are a flattering silhouette. It will take a while for us to get used to how straight leg (and bell bottom) jeans look, but you’ll be seeing more and more of them. I know this because the street style of trend setting models and celebrities, currently all over the internet, is heavily weighted toward looser jeans.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am a plus-size woman. I have been all of my adult life. My taste has always been fashionably conservative. Not that long ago, I was able to shop at specialty stores like The Answer and August Max Woman and even Lane Bryant. Alas all of these stores have either disappeared from the landscape or no longer stock the classics I love. And I wonder if women of any size even wear suits and dressy dresses anymore. Everything is so casual and trendy. Online has not served me well...again too casual/trendy and you never know what you are gonna get (quality and fit-wise) when you order something. You think your readers can lead me to a place (brick and mortar or online) that sells quality, mature, plus-size fashions? Are the clothes previously carried by the above vendors still being made? If so, where can I find them?
— Maxine W.
Dear Maxine: More than once, I’ve raised this same issue here. Since the average American woman is size 16 to18, why do retail stores (and designers) keep failing us? It doesn’t make sense! Granted, we’re seeing more inclusive size ranges and plus-size models. But this is mostly true for casual and trendy fashions, which are not what you’re looking for. Readers always come through when I ask them (see their earring advice below). So let’s see what they come up with this time. Let’s point Maxine to places to shop like she used to!
Reader Peggy A. asked if she was the “last person on earth” to wear clip-on (not pierced) earrings and where to buy them. I got many suggestions from readers, clearly proving Peggy is not alone in sticking with clip-ons. Here you go:
Lucy D. writes, “Napier (available at Kohl’s) has many clips, both basic and fashion styles, clearly marked on the front of the card.” Dee W. says, “JC Penney has a good selection and Macy’s does, too. They are frequently on sale — lots of Monet and Anne Klein. Very comfortable.” Bobbie S. weighs in: “You can get affordable allergy-free clip-on earrings online at simplywhispers.com. From Carol B.: “Erwin Pearl (erwinpearl.com) has a very large selection of clip-on earrings if someone does not want to shop thrift, vintage or antique shops. Some are reversible so you are getting two for one. Although not inexpensive ($58 and up), Erwin Pearl does have sales sometimes.”
And some DIY advice: From Mary W.: “The good news is that just about any pierced earring can be converted to a clip style, as I have been for years. Dangles are easily attached to “Clip on Earring Converters.” (I like the ones from MilesKimball.com, but you can also find them in Michael’s, online jewelry supply under ‘findings, ‘and — of course — amazon.com). The post earrings are trickier, but there are styles that you can insert into the clip, and Joanne’s has a clip that can be sewn or glued.” Marilyn A. says, “I make my own clip-on earrings. I order the backings online and buy buttons, sand off the shank from the back and just glue the backings on the back of the earring. If the button has holes to sew it on a shirt or something, I decorate the front of the button with small beads to cover the holes.”©2021 Tribune Content Agency, LLC