Chromat, a fashion brand blurring the lines between fashion and technology, recently decided to make some rules for any and all pool-goers. Okay, that sounds ridiculous, right? They're not lifeguards; they can't tell you what to do! We'd probably think that too if we didn't know Chromat is all for body positivity and being nonjudgmental. Check out their pool rules below.
It's clear from the list of rules posted that Chromat isn't policing anybody--and that's the point. We live in a culture where people think they need to cover up their flaws, whether that means scars, stretchmarks, cellulite, or even amputations. However, we need to be doing quite the opposite: Embrace your "flaws" because they make you who you are.
Unfortunately, embracing flaws is more easily said than done. There is not one perfect person in the world, but with technology, anyone can distort a photo to make themselves look like the ideal human being. Because of that, people think perfect specimens really do exist, and that they themselves need to cover up or change their body to look more ideal. It's no wonder loving our imperfections is hard--when no one else is doing it, we look like the oddballs out.
Hopefully, the Chromat Pool Rules can make a difference. As a unique fashion label and major influencer, more people will see they don't need to judge others or themselves based on perceived flaws. If more companies like Chromat supported and represented empowering people, they might just feel a little empowered themselves. Read Chromat's Pool Rules article here.
Over the past few years, the fashion industry has become more aware of the public's wants: they want to see "real" models on websites and magazines. In other words, the public is no longer interested in seeing an airbrushed feminine form that requires the average woman to strive for an unattainable standard of beauty. Instead, most women want to see models of all sizes, from petite to plus, in their natural skin--freckles, hair, birthmarks, and all. Although the industry has started including models in a variety of sizes, many final pictures still get airbrushed. A brand combating this is Aerie, of American Eagle, lounge wear and lingerie brand. Aerie has made a point to not airbrush their final model pictures but to leave them as the pictures were taken--even if that means something like stretchmarks are visible. Conventionally, stretchmarks are seen as flaws to be covered up with clothes or airbrushing. Aerie has chosen not to do that because the fashion industry is finally starting to figure out something very important: nearly every single person on this planet is "flawed." By showing the world real models who haven't been edited with technology, women around the world can look up to them without feeling the need to change something about themselves, without feeling imperfect. We applaud Aerie for taking this step in the fashion industry. Check out the pictures below from the Aerie Real campaign, or visit their site here.
All photos via Aerie.com
When you find a really cute dress, it's hard not to wear it--even if that means long sleeves in the summer. Buzzfeed recently released a list of sleeved dresses to wear in the summer, so get ready to have a heatstroke because these dresses are fabulous. Check out the full list here, and read on to see what we think about sleeved dresses in the heat.
Actress, producer, and entrepreneur, Reese Witherspoon is amazing. Need we say more?
Fine, we will.
On Monday, August 6th, Witherspoon attended a Hello Sunshine event--Hello Sunshine is Witherspoon's multimedia company. This event was celebrating Shine on with Reese, a television series where Witherspoon meets with women to talk. Yepp, just to talk. It's not scripted; it's all real. Witherspoon chats with her friends (generally other celebrities) and discusses their paths to success--how exactly did they get to where they are?
All in all, it sounds like a simple talk show, but there is incredible depth to it. Witherspoon exclusively talks to women on the show, and this is because women have a story to tell (and it's not just because we like to talk). Many women have to climb a very long ladder to reach their end goal, especially in the entertainment business where men rule most of Hollywood.
Now, let it be heard that we are not saying men necessarily have it easy obtaining success (whether it be as a famous actor, producer, business owner, etc.), but there are definitely some prejudices. It's the year 2018, and some people still think of women as a pretty face to use in a commercial--whereas men are behind the set, directing and getting paid more. Shine on with Reese exposes the difficulties women have reaching a goal that men reach in less time.
All in all, Witherspoon is empowering women one step at a time, and we're all for it. As a plus, she wore this amazing dress to the Hello Sunshine event which we can all goggle at. Look at those butterflies! Visit Marie Claire to get your own.
Fashion trends tend to recycle themselves. Bell bottom jeans, a popular statement piece in the '70s, are back in style with brands like Free People and Fashion Nova carrying these vintage-turned-modern pants.
Now, bell bottoms are all well and good, but here at Dress Score we're way more excited about the trend Mandy Moore, famous musician and actress, has brought back to life: the flapper dress.