A Frum Fashion History of Denim Skirts

In Tablet Magazine, Dvora Meyers takes readers on a tour of her wardrobe over the years, and how in retrospect, her skirt choices paralleled her journey away from Orthodox Judaism. In this passage, Meyers describes her ambivalence about wearing pants in public for the first time: Even with all … [Read more...]

Winter Fashion Retrospective, 2011

A while back, my daughter asked me to take her shopping. I told her I would take her on one condition—that she find out from her friends the best place to go. So one rainy afternoon we set out around 3:45, avoiding traffic, to the Segula intersection in Petach Tikva to H. Fashions. So what do you … [Read more...]

Your Intrepid Fashion Reporter Discovers the “Aladdin”

"You really ought to take pictures of those women's outfits," said my husband. He was talking about the baggy pants of the religious women up at Nachal Hashofet during chol hamoed (the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday). One reason most rabbis don't allow pants because they show the separation … [Read more...]

How Many Headcoverings Do You Own?

Hadassah over at In the Pink is asking for advice on organizing her headgear. Curious, I added up the items she listed and counted about 75 bandannas, berets, scarves and the like. She wears one (or two?) every time she goes out, so I gather she needs an assortment for different outfits and … [Read more...]

More Wedding Fashions

This post is NOT part of my series on weddings in the religious Zionist community. I took this picture at a local children's store: Regular Anonymous mentioned wedding dresses with see-through midriffs, so I found two samples. And this exchange appeared in the comments section of Winter … [Read more...]

Winter Fashion Retrospective

I know just what you've been waiting for: a new retrospective by your local fashion expert. In town yesterday to pick up school books, and I also examined some sweaters on sale racks. Each time I glanced up, the salespeople were staring at me with looks of desperation on their faces. It's been … [Read more...]

Shoes and Fashions

The other day I decided to go into town for some errands. My stops were: The tailor, to have a zipper fixed on a coat. The bookstore and toy store to buy gifts for a brit and a child's birthday party. The shoe repair, for the lining in my winter dress shoes. I debated whether to take both … [Read more...]

A Clean City with Lots of Shoe Stores

I remember my mother taking me from store to store trying to find a pair of shoes that fit. My own daughter is fairly easy to shop for, but we must have gone into fifteen stores over two days to find sandals for her rapidly enlarging feet. In most of the stores, she wouldn't consider even a single … [Read more...]

Israeli Fashions for Religious Women

My town has seen a proliferation of stores catering to religious women; I am sharing some highlights with my loyal readers. For the first few years after I made aliyah, the only colors in women's clothes were beige, brown, and gray. Then things improved, and for a season or two you could find … [Read more...]