For those of us who need their weekly fashion fix or are looking to relax with a nice read over the holidays, I’ve rounded up 19 style-related stories that didn’t neatly fit into this year’s themed Link Love posts, but were too good not to share.

In the Papers

Tales from the fashion shop floor: Five Guardian writers share what it was like working in a fashion store.

Intelligent Life asked 11 big names in fashion who influences them and how.

Fashion hoarders: the women who only wear 20 per cent of their wardrobes was an interesting read.

Les Nudes: how high heels in a variety of skin tones became museum pieces digs into the controversy surrounding the term ‘nude’.

The story of Dr Woo, a classically trained violinist who became one of the top tattoo artists in the US.

Columns and Op-Ed Pieces

“Experiencing something that has worn well in a good quality material that gets better with age, that makes you feel fond of it. It’s like getting to know a person you really like — you don’t just dispense with them.” British designer Margaret Howell on why good-quality clothes matter.

When the statement piece you’ve been shopping for all day, turns out to have been hiding in your closet all along.

GrownUpCore: The Impact Older Women Have Had on Fashion.

Writer Fay Weldon thinks back to when looks started to matter in publishing, and observes that the gap between young and old is widening.


Jenifer Corker’s embroidered recreations of pieces from the 2014 F/W collections are beautiful.

A Brief But Stunning Visual History Of Ballet In the 20th Century shows ballet costumes from 1910 to the 1990s.

Gemma Correll’s quirky illustrations and down-to-earth take on everything ranging from hairstyles and body shapes to pets and introverts are often spot on.

Background Stories

Beyond Central Saint Martins is a four-part series that explores what fashion education looks like today: Ireland’s Limerick School of Art and Design, New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, ESMOD in Berlin.

The Typography of Trends takes a closer look at how letterforms have become an intrinsic element in the branding of fashion.

Seeing Red? The mind-bending power of colour.

Partly New asks: “Where do we draw the line between artistic inspiration and copying?”

BoF investigates what it takes to successfully resuscitate a dormant brand.


Popsugar did a fun roundup of 50 TV Shows That Changed the Way We Dress.

The Fifty Young Designers You Need to Know About Now according to Racked.

Happy reading, and have a wonderful holiday weekend!