• The Business Women of Game of Thrones: Mannequin Edition

    Let's be clear: I have no desire to see dragons, giants, beheadings, or creepy ice zombies tumbling down Delaware Avenue.

    But, if some of my favorite female characters in Game of Thrones were professionals today - what type of careers would they have?  Take a tour around the shop with me and my imagination!

    Daenerys Targaryen - A Divisive Symbol of Justice
    White sweater jacket with ada beltJob: Prosecutor for Department of Justice
    Education: Brown University undergrad, Harvard Law School
    Early Career: Digging wells in Somalia and a Peace Corps alum.
    Known For: Prosecuting Politicians and the Wealthy
    Leadership Style: Ruthlessness Against Enemies, Maternal Towards Her Own
    Preferred Computer: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5)
    Phone: Apple iPhone 5c, White 16GB

    Her reputation is mixed. Some people view her as a figure of much-needed justice.  Others view her as being overzealous and too eager to get a conviction, ignoring or even suppressing evidence pointing towards innocence.  Amongst the citizens she is considered a beloved hero and always there to give a helping hand to the poor.  She will be running for State's Attorney, and from there, Governor.
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  • You Mustn't Call Them Slacks

    Ouch.  The staff at The New Yorker recently declared “slacks” the worst word in the English language.

    Judging from Ben Greenman’s comments to NPR’s Melissa Block, “slacks” was kicked around quite a bit as the magazine’s staff sought to identify the single worst word – the ONE word that should be eliminated.

    To be honest, we see their point.  We’ve been mulling that one for months, trying to determine exactly what women do call the 2-legged garment that comprises the lower half of their outfits.  We had narrowed it down to three:  pants, trousers, and the pesky “slacks”.

    Trousers seemed to us to be a nice, descriptive word that people clearly understood.  Then we found that some retailers carry both pants and trousers for women so there must be a distinction.  Alas, we found the meaning of “trousers” to be quite specific – pants having a high waist and a loose bum – and not universally what we were looking for.

    The folks at The New Yorker concluded that “slacks” is a word with a bad texture.  It’s also a word with many substitutes.  So who needs it?  Hence, we seem to be left wearing only “pants” – plain, old, generic pants.  If you’ve got a better term up your sleeve, please share it with us.

    One thing is sure, we mustn’t call them slacks anymore.  And is mustn’t another of those words that should be thrown out?

    Thanks for the heads up, Carole.


  • Is There Really a Standard Size?

    We just spent 2 days at a small group “pants fit” seminar in North Carolina.  Objectives included answering:  Why is fit difficult?  How are fit issues identified and resolved?  Is it possible to achieve good fit?

    There were some great learnings.

    Our host company, [TC]2, has done some important research on the subject of body sizes and fit.  SizeUSA, one of the more interesting projects involved measuring and compiling the data on 6,768 U.S. women.

    When they distributed the measurements across industry-standard size increments (Missy sizes 2-20) based on the components of waist and hip, they found that only 1,011 of the 6,768 women fell into those standard sizes.  When they included bust measurement (so waist, hip and bust components) only 307 did!

    So if you’ve ever felt frustrated buying clothes off-the-rack, take heart.  Research shows the vast majority of women are not standard size!


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