Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Are ripped jeans still in style? I see them outside and I still love them. A friend of mine (who isn’t very fashionable) said she heard they were out of fashion and now I’m wondering. Please let me know your opinion.
– Pam M.
Dear Pam: My advice: Wear your ripped and worn jeans now, but don’t buy any more. Denim trends change, as always. Otherwise, how could retailers entice you to buy new jeans? A search for popular jeans styles among fashion trendsetters – on catwalks, celebrities and music festival goers – shows that fewer people are wearing ripped styles (aside from cutouts, which are still popular) and rather looser, drooping, higher waisted denim is in fashion.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Do you know of a place that sells swimsuits for women with VERY small breasts? Added to this problem is the fact that I need a modest bottom, like a half skirt or something, but several sizes larger than my top. If there isn’t a place that sells it, what can I do to fill the huge cups that come with swimsuits?
— Elaine K.
Dear Elaine: You and so many others like you have truly forced change in the swimwear options now available. More and more shops and sites offer matching tops and bottoms. Huge retailers like Target (target.com) sell swimwear tops and bottoms separately. The same goes for many online stores (mostly) like Land’s End (landsend.com) and Swimsuits for All (swimsuitsforall.com). No more worrying about how to “fill” tops that are a different size than your bottom half.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: As a frequent traveler, I want to continue carrying a fanny pack. Everything I need is close at hand – on my belly! I realize I’m not very fashionable, but I want to keep going as long as I can to go everywhere and carry this handy bag. Am I hopelessly outdated?
Dear Shirley: Call them “belt bags” instead of fanny packs and you’re totally on trend! You can’t beat the convenience, especially when you’re traveling and want to keep your valuables (ID, passport, cash, credit card, vaccination record) handy and safe. However, wearing them on your stomach might not be the most flattering placement. I would move yours a bit to the side and still keep those hands free. If you had any doubts, just consider that every designer offers their belt bags – Gucci, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Prada – at prices that skyrocket to over $1,000. Thanks to the adjustable shoulder straps, you can also wear the bags over the shoulder. I prefer rectangular bags and splurged on a Lululemon one (shop.lululemon.com, $58) that I wear almost every day. Don’t take it off while you’re dining and throw it on the back of your chair. That’s inviting trouble.
Ruthie A. has this advice for traveling with only a carry-on suitcase to avoid increasing problems with lost or delayed baggage: “Please don’t put anything valuable in your carry-on. Try putting it in your “personal” item, like a tote or backpack, to store under your seat on the plane. Sometimes the overhead storage is full and the suitcase has to be checked at the door. A carry-on sized suitcase going through the baggage maze is a red flag for anyone looking for valuables, as it’s clear the owner didn’t intend it to be checked. I have heard of suitcases of this size “disappearing”.
Heed Angel Ellen Warren’s advice: wear your ripped and worn jeans now, but don’t buy them anymore.