I recently got glasses, but I don’t wear them all the time because I feel really ugly in them. Are there some badass bitches in glasses that I could look up to? —Anonymous
When my eyes started turning to shit my senior year, I did anything I could to postpone wearing glasses. I hated sitting up front in class, so I’d stay in the back and ask my classmates what the teacher had written on the board. One time I accidentally smiled at an archenemy at Blockbuster Video because I couldn’t tell who they were. It was pretty ridiculous that I went to such great lengths just to avoid wearing spectacles. Eventually I got sick of being a blind-ass bat (and also had to start driving), so I finally succumbed to wearing glasses. I realized that being a four-eyes wasn’t too bad if I could just find a cool pair that I liked. I desperately wanted ’50s-style cat-eye lenses like Angela wore in My So-Called Life’s Halloween episode, but back in the ancient late ’90s, you could barely find shit. I think I once saw real vintage ones for $200 but they were too small for my face. Basically I had to wear what I thought were “ugly glasses” for years until THE WORLD starting getting smart and manufacturing vintage repro glasses, which brings us to now. You, my dear, are very lucky to be in these modern times where there are SO MANY GLASSES TO CHOOSE FROM. If you find a pair you really like, it really won’t be so bad. And SO many people wear glasses nowadays! You really are not alone. Look at this gang of bespectacled babes!!!
And how can we forget…
Try taking a look around eyeglasses sites like Warby Parker or Etsy (for vintage pairs) to get an idea of what you are looking for in your DREAM FRAMES. You can even talk to your eye doc to see what she might be able to get you. Hopefully you will find your perfect pair soon and start to feel comfortable as a member of the IMPERFECT VISION CLUB (IVC). I’ll be saving a seat for you at our table. —Marie
I have severely asymmetrical breasts—one’s an AA cup and the other’s a D. I’ve decided against getting breast implants when I’m 18 due to feminist morals and the risks attached, etc., but I was wondering if there was any way to make it look less obvious yet still be stylish at the same time. —F.
In a world where those things danglin’ from your chest are referred to collectively as “boobs” it must be stressful sometimes to have a left boob and a right boob that are so distinctly different. Here is some advice from Jesse McCartney, since I know that’s what you came here for: don’t stress. I did some research and even called an expert, and it turns out that you have a million different options for working with your asymmetrical breasts.
First, the expert advice. Farrell Friedenberg runs Jay Ann Intimates, a bra shop outside of Philadelphia that specializes in gear for boobs of all varieties. The first thing she told me was that she sells stuff to people with asymmetrical boobs all the time. Cool! Sometimes being special is awesome, because it means that there are unique products out there to meet your needs. Farrell says you have two options when it comes to bras if you want to make the size difference less obvious. The first option is sew-in pads, which are super cheap and easy. You can pick up a set at a sewing store like Jo-Ann Fabrics, and use some basic sewing skills to sew one into a bra. If you are going to buy a new bra for this project, Farrell told me to remind you that you should be fitting your bras to your larger boob, not the average of your two boobs, in order to avoid squishing. Your second bra-related option is to get a prosthetic breast, which sounds fancy, but they’re really just a nicer, more comfortable version of those chicken cutlets that people wear in beauty pageants. Prosthetic breasts come in a variety of skin tones and weights, so when you are wearing one, it will feel pretty close to having a natural set of same-size boobs. The best way to pursue this option is probably to go into a shop like Farrell’s, where they can help you find a good bra, fit you for your prosthetic, and even help you to get your health insurance to pay for it. To find a shop near you, search Google for places that sell mastectomy bras and prosthetics, since people with breast cancer often use these products too.
If you aren’t trying to add anything balance out the size, and are just looking for some clothes to wear that draw attention away from the difference, I’d suggest you look for tops with overlays that cover the boob area. Throwing some flouncy stuff atop your rack (a) looks cool and (b) will make the difference less apparent. Here are some favorites I found online:
Alternatively, you can go with something baggy and kinda sheer, and wear something tighter under it. This look can be fashionable and sexy (if that’s what you’re going for) without being like, BOOBS.
Last, I’d encourage you not to beat yourself up over the feminist issue when it comes to figuring out how you want to handle (or not handle) your asymmetrical breasts. The most feminist thing you can do, in my opinion, is to make choices based on what makes you feel good about yourself, no matter what society or your lovers or the media or fashion tells you is “right.” If you think plastic surgery will make your life easier, and it is something that you want, go for it! You are the boss of your body, and any so-called feminist that judges you for your choices is missing the point. —Jamie
I really want a pair of cute overalls! All the ones that I have seen are very “farmer” and unflattering. Do you have any suggestions on where I could find a pair of chic but classic jean ’alls? —Kalley
I have always been a big fan of overalls. I had two pairs of Dickies “ovies” back in the day: one was dark denim and the other was a blue-and-white pin-striped. I used to cuff up the bottoms and wear them with a fitted red tee and my Chucks. There are many more options to make overalls look less “farmer” and more feminine, whether it’s layering cute collared shirts underneath or wearing them with heels or platforms. Take a look at all these stylish overalls-loving ladies below!
For long overalls, it’s good to find something with more of a fitted leg, like these stretch denim overalls by Mother. These Levi’s at Urban Outfitters have that classic look, and would look great with an espadrille. Vintage overalls are also amazing! Check out these two that I found on Etsy from Love Street Vintage and Tender Vintage. I am also really into the vintage reproduction retro look for ovies. These ones by Bernie Dexter are ’40’s-inspired and so cute. Imagine them with saddle shoes! If you like the wide-leg look that Amelia is wearing in the collage above, this red-and grey-pair by Fables By Barrie is pretty sweet. I love shorts worn with tights, and these vegan “leather” overalls from Free People would look rad with this heart seam pair from Urban. Hope that helps! —Marie
Thanks to my dad’s genes, I had some pretty bad acne in middle and high school that left me with scars all over my cheeks. I envy women with porcelain skin and microscopic pores. Are there any inexpensive makeup tricks that would help me create that flawless look? —Anonymous
I KNOW THE FEELING! I had to go to a dermatologist to finally find something that worked for me. When you want to give yourself a really beautiful “made-up” face, it’s great to start with a blank slate texture-wise, but that’s not always possible when you perpetually have 4D zits and scars that just don’t quit and redness and stuff like that. Some people are blessed with perfect skin, but we are not those people! It’s OK though—we’re still pretty, and I have some advice for you.
First, let’s focus on getting an even base by canceling out your skin’s redness and uneven tone with a corrective primer: L’Oreal has a line of primers if you don’t want to splurge on the more-expensive products from Smashbox or Make Up For Ever. It’s good to use a primer because it will (1) smooth your skin texture, so if you have pockmarks and stuff like that, it gives you a more even, flawless coverage; (2) balance out redness if you’re using a corrective color primer; and (3) make your makeup last longer.
After your primer, apply the foundation of your choice, using a beauty blender (Target has its own version, and you can find an alternative at drugstores, too. But here is the original, which will give you flawless coverage.) After applying foundation, dot a color-corrective concealer under your eyes and to your scars. A color-correcting concealer is better than a concealer that matches or is lighter than your skin tone—you want to eliminate dark circles and redness, not highlight them by covering them with something that is lighter than your actual skin.
If you have scars or spots that are still more visible than you’d like, apply a really heavy-duty concealer to those. My favorites aren’t cheap, but they’re the best I’ve tried. Vichy Dermablend makes the best concealers out there—they can cover tattoos and burn tissue, so they can certainly cover a zit or two! They are very very heavy coverage, so you need very little. Use a tiny detail brush—the brand Real Techniques has great ones for this—and deposit the concealer right onto the zit or what have you and blend it out a little. Good brushes are really important for flawless coverage, because using your fingers, especially when you have acne-prone skin, can spread germs around. Real Techniques has really affordable brushes in sets (I like the face set more than the eye set), and E.L.F Studio Line has great brushes for $3 a pop, too. The flat-top powder brush is AMAZING, and you should set your powder with that. Make sure to clean your brushes and sponge regularly, too; it will help prevent breakouts. Hope that helps! —Arabelle ♦