RealStyle by Patricia McLaughlin
Type: Text Feature
Patricia McLaughlin's weekly RealStyle column is about the way fashion and, to a larger extent, our ever-changing tastes and mores, define who we are and what matters to us. Whether it's how Michelle Obama's sleeveless gowns impact the styles we see on Fifth Avenue, or the myriad choices we face when buying shampoo, RealStyle explores what all this says about how we live now.
Patricia McLaughlin's weekly column, RealStyle, is syndicated to newspapers in the U.S. and Canada by Universal Uclick. She writes about fashion, style and looks, broadly construed: Why is knitting cool again? Why do we have too much stuff? What happens if you wash your hair with cat shampoo? Why do fashion designers think weâ€™re all 22? What can we do with all that stockpiled duct tape? How did Christmas get to be a capitalist plot? Why are fashion models getting thinner when everybody else is getting fatter?
She has been published in The Washington Post, The American Scholar, The New York Times Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has contributed commentaries to the NPR talk show "Fresh Air." She was associate producer of "Maggie Growls," a documentary about Maggie Kuhn, who founded The Gray Panthers. Besides style, she has written about anti-dumping litigation, superconductivity, econometric modeling, contract bonds and gardening, among other subjects.
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What are you wearing? No doubt you have more pressing matters to attend to, but think about it: What cultural shifts -- what cosmic forces -- dictate your style? When people see you, what do they see?These are the questions Patricia McLaughlin touches on in RealStyle.
Your style tells people who you are. RealStyle tells us who we are.