Qantas to enforce dress code in airport lounges. Maybe that’s a good thing by M Hoyer

OPINION

Since when did flying at high altitude give travellers the right to a sartorial leave pass?

OK, I’m not saying you need to wear a three-piece suit or figure-hugging party dress on your next flight, but is it that hard to match the words ‘neat’, ‘respectable’ and ‘civilised’ with travel clothes?

Personally, I was happy when Qantas announced they will be enforcing a dress code in their lounges from next week onwards. Yes!

Maybe it will ensure we don’t see some plane cabins, airport terminals and airline lounges as extensions of our own lounge rooms, beaches, parks and or local pubs.

Have you seen some of the clothing that tries to pass itself off as travel attire? Thongs, bad shorts, trackies and sloppy singlets fill up terminals and airport lounges to the point where we’re seeing better-dressed bodies on bus and train trips.

If you are not planning on wearing that bright pink velour trackie once you hit Hawaii, why bother wearing it on the plane in the first place?

Many flying peeps have a stock standard, easy travel uniform every time they board a plane. It’s not fancy. It’s not smarty pants. It’s black, black and black. And with all of those said black pieces, they are easily re-worn once the destination has been hit.

And whether your toes turn right, left or go up the stairs on your trip, there’s no excuse to look like a slob when you’re in a lounge, on the plane or wandering around the terminal.

I usually think about what I will wear just a few minutes before I get ready to head off to the airport. But that’s the point. At least I do think about what I am going to wear.

None of us need to dress exxy or up ourselves. But by dressing ‘appropriately’, well, it just shows respect for the people around you and most importantly, respect for yourself.

And if you’re dressed OK, doesn’t it just make the whole plane travel thing a better experience for everyone around you?

It is hard enough to travel in cramped and stuffy conditions. Let’s not even discuss passengers who recline their seats in front of you for The. Whole. Trip. There’s questionable food, the cost of checking baggage and looking at mangled toes hanging over thongs. It all makes plane trips fairly dire. If you dress competently, confidently and comfortably, at least you’ll have that to feel good about.

Why not think of plane travel as an ‘occasion’, not just a means to a destination. It is, by definition, public travel, so do you really want to see a plane full of flyers looking like they have just slipped out of bed?

Here, fellow flyers, are a few reasons why it may pay to wear clothes that look half-decent, as opposed to half-dishevelled.

• You may be treated better by transit staff;

• You may get even an upgrade;

• You can wear the same ‘nice’ wardrobe pieces once you get to your location;

• It can plane travel an ‘experience’ and not a chore — no matter where you are sitting.

While we’re at it, here are a few things to avoid when jumping on a plane.

• Rubber thongs. End of story;

• The same trackie you dropped the kids to school in;

• Ugg boots — love ‘em, but keep them for the lounge;

• Pyjama bottoms pretending to be pants.

Should we get ‘dressed’ to catch a plane? Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @melissahoyer

Thank you to News.com for this article

What Not to Wear After Age 50: The Final Say by M Coombs

Cate Blanchet for Australian Vogue

Google 'what not to wear after age 50' and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old ass body.

I want to point out to the writer who wrote the 'no-no' article, you need to remember you are writing for over 50 women, not preschoolers. I don't think I've said 'no-no' since my youngest was a toddler.

We could spend hours studying the clothes we shouldn't wear and the slang we shouldn't use and the makeup techniques we need to retire.

Here's me, weighing in on this topic.

You are over 50 for fuck's sake. Wear whatever you want. If you've made it to 50 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being over 50. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don't have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags.

Still, there are a few things that women over 50 really shouldn't wear:

1. The weight of the world
When you wear the weight of the world on your shoulders, you age. If you like the feel of the world's weight and don't want to give it up, then try scaling back a bit. Perhaps just wear the weight of a few of the smaller continents. For instance, I am only wearing the weight of Australia and a made up country called 'Michelloponia'. I think it they have a slimming effect.

2. Shame and regret
So few people can carry this look off. Most of us just end up looking haunted or like we were forced to eat liver and onions. Shame and regret are especially hard to wear after fifty. Wearing shame and regret past fifty is one of those things that make your eyes all red and runny looking. The downward spiral just snowballs from there. Once the eyes get old lady looking, then you have to re-evaluate the wisdom of black eye liner. I say give up wearing shame and regret and fuck giving up on black eye liner.

3. Rose-colored glasses
Oh, sweetheart, you know who you are. Those glasses do nothing for you. Not only do they make you look like you've been smoking weed for days, they also keep you from examining life and your surroundings realistically. Yes, reality sucks, but by the time we hit fifty, we need to suck it up, take those glasses off and dick punch reality into submission. Or just get some really big dark sunglasses instead. They cover all manner of sins.

4. Stiff upper lip.
There is a time and a place for the stiff upper lip, but damn, it can't be worn all the time. Too much stiff upper lip causes those funky vertical lines between your upper lip and your nose holes. We don't always have to be stoic. I'm not suggesting that you wear your heart on your sleeve, but that is a much softer look than wearing a stiff upper lip.

5. Too many hats.
Personally, I can't pull off wearing one hat, much less many hats. I don't have a hat head. My hair poofs out and my ears look like car doors when I wear a hat. Wearing too many hats just exacerbates these issues. When you wear too many hats, it's easy to forget which hat you're wearing. For instance, are you wearing the "no nonsense corporate" hat when you meant to wear your "quirky and kicked back" hat? We're not getting any younger, you know. Sooner or later you're going to accidentally wear your court jester hat to the gynecologist and then where will you be? I'll tell you where you'll be. You'll be in an undignified position and wearing a stupid hat is where you'll be.

6. Resting bitch face.
Hahahahaha. Just kidding. Wear that one all you want. Although, it wouldn't hurt if every once in a while, you had a welcoming and kind look on your face. At least that's what I hear from other people.

There isn't anything wrong with getting advice about updating your look or what to wear, but we are just inundated with that shit, aren't we?

Who says what is appropriate? From where I sit, it seems 'appropriate' changes based on geography, social status, income and size. After a while, the advice becomes a confusing blur. I think I'll just keep wearing my Keds and jeans and black tee shirts.

Oh, I do have one real tip. Stop wearing holiday theme clothes. Seriously.

Thank you to Huffington Post, Click Here.

Nicole Richie on racing dress codes and Australian fashion by B Wong

Announced today as the face of the Golden Slipper in association with the Australian Turf Club.

Nicole Richie almost considers herself an honourary Australian. Vogue was in Los Angeles to interview her, coincidentally on Australia Day just last month. “I’m offended no one wished me a happy Australia Day!” she says, jokingly aghast. Accompanying her husband Joel Madden who is a judge on The Voice in Australia, Richie is also fluent in Australian fashion, quickly naming Scanlan Theodore and Jac and Jack as her favourite Australian brands.

Admittedly a racing novice, it was the celebratory aspect which drew her to the event. “I’ve heard it’s fun... it just feels like such a fun, big celebration.”

As part of her international ambassadorship, she’ll also be judging fashions on the field. “Even when I did Fashion Star, I don’t think it’s very fair to judge people on appearance alone,” she says. “What I love about fashion is really the spirit behind it and where it’s coming from, using it as an opportunity to express yourself, so that’s what I’ll be looking for – what’s the world behind it.”

Thank you to Vogue Australia, Click Here.

Cindy Crawford Unretouched in Leaked Marie Claire Photo: "It Is Real and it Is Gorgeous," Magazine Says by C Heller

Cindy Crawford, one of the most famous supermodels in the world, shows her body in its natural state in a new, leaked, unphotoshopped picture that has gone viral.

"It is real and it is gorgeous," says Marie Claire magazine, which had commissioned the photo shoot that it came from.

A news anchor for the U.K.'s ITV News posted the pic on her Twitter page on Thursday, writing, "Take a bow Ms. C." The image depicts the 48-year-old in black lingerie and a jacket, posing standing up with her head turned to the side.

"An unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford has been circulating on Twitter this morning, revealing a body that defies expectations—it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous," read a message posted on Marie Claire's website on Friday, along with a link to the tweet.

Marie Claire added that the pic was taken for a "December 2013 cover story from Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America," adding, "It appears that this unretouched version is a leak."

Crawford has not commented about the photo.

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The photo has spurred scores of positive reactions from fans, many of whom called it "inspirational."

"This image is a testament to the beauty of the female form," read a message posted by sister magazine Marie Claire South Africa, which displayed the unretouched photo.

 

The supermodel has showcased a natural look before—she shared a photo of herself makeup-free in October.

Crawford, who will turn 49 next week, revealed in an interview with the The Violet Files last year her secrets to maintaining her youthful appearance. Or rather, lack thereof.

"The secret is that there is no secret," she said. "Do all the stuff we know: Don't smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy."

"I don't want to look in the mirror every day and be down on myself," she added. "Look, I'm holding together pretty good, but I don't look like I did when I was 25 or 30 or even 40. What I'm finding for myself is that if I continue to be engaged, to do what I love, that's how I get my self-esteem cup filled."

The supermodel, who is so famous she has her own branded low-calorie meal plan, also revealed in a recent interview with ELLE.com how she maintains her health and slim figure.

"I like green tea," Crawford said. "I'm a green tea person... My body wants that every morning. Just like I need salad."

"The more you eat healthy, the more you want to do it because you feel better," she added.

Thank you to E Online, Click Here.

Diane Von Furstenberg Urges Designers To Promote Health And Diversity At New York Fashion Week by J Wilson

New York Fashion Week is days away and if it's up to Diane von Furstenberg, we'll be seeing a lot more diversity when it comes to the models who will be hitting the runway.

The legendary fashion designer and president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) posted a letter on Tuesday, composed by herself and the organization's CEO, Steven Kolb, urging designers and industry insiders to keep both health and diversity in mind leading up to the Fall 2015 show presentations.

The letter begins by stating:

As we approach New York Fashion Week, let’s remember that beauty is health and health is beauty. It is also important to remember that beauty is diversity and as an industry, we stand by these two principles. It is essential to remind ourselves of this as we spread the message to the world.

The industry has a history of whitewashed runways with little to no models of colorand featuring models that appear way too thin. This letter is an important reminder to keep those issues in check. Furthermore, the letter goes on to say: "We strongly believe that models under the age of 16 do not belong on the runway and we ask everyone to follow this belief. Remember, we must consider the emotional and physical well-being of these young women."

When it comes to diversity, the CFDA continues to work closely with prominent fashion activist and leader of the Diversity Coalition, Bethann Hardison. The former model has lead quite an impressive campaign against racism within the industry over the past several years. Hardison's mission has been so effective that last year von Furstenberg and Kolb adopted an official set of Diversity Guidelines for the CFDA. Those best practices were also included in the letter on Tuesday.

We're curious to see if the industry will take heed. Fingers crossed.

You can read the full letter at CFDA.com.

Thank you to Huffington Post for this article.

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