Excerpt on the Herstory of Pink and Blue clothing by Kate Schweishelm


In the 19th century, visually signifying the difference between boys and girls was not the norm. Children under the age of give, regardless of gender, wore the same thing–essentially, a variation of the styles worn by adult women. All infants wore bonnets and long, white dresses, similar to christening robes, trimmed with lace or embroidery. When they began to walk, toddlers graduated to shorter dresses and suits with skirt sin various pastel colours. The differences between “boy clothes” and “girl clothes” were subtle–perhaps the style of buttoning or trim. The importance was placed not on distinguishing genders, but on marking children as a group separate from adults.

– from “Colour Me Your Colour, Baby: The Gender-fication of Pink and Blue” by Kate Schweishelm in The Worn Archive.

The Closet Feminist Review of “The Worn Archive”

By: Emily Y.

A magazine and website founded by Serah-Marie McMahon (based back East), focused on fashion and personal style puts out its first book–just in time for Canada Day!

I recently won an award at work and landed myself a gift certificate to a major bookstore chain. I was torn–the Rookie Yearbook 2 or The Worn Archive, a collection of the best of the best of WORN Journal, a fave magazine published twice-yearly? It’s feminist, it’s smart, and the articles are accessible and entertaining. Naturally, we’re big fans here at The Closet Feminist, and unsurprisingly I went for it.


Let me say up front it did not disappoint in any way. It’s an archive of the best WORN articles over the years–everything from clothes and gender identity to the history of stewardess fashion in Canada to how to tie a tie. I know, right?


Image above found here.

This book (and it’s the size of a normal book, so it will fit in your work bag and travel-on luggage with ease) is beautifully illustrated, recycling the graphics used in the print versions that originally contained the article in question. It’s divided into nine sections focusing on the personal, the practical, art, object, design, history, identity, ideas, and fun respectively. The content ranges from light to heavy, introspective to outrageous, making it pretty much the best book that is a collection of your fave magazine articles.


Image above from WORN found here.

I took the Worn Archive with me on a recent trip to Calgary, and loved how I could pick and choose what to read from it according to my mood. Before turning in for the night I could read up on wild life of Marchesa Casati, or while having tea in the afternoon ponder upon the revolutionary style of Marie Antoinette–there’s something for everyone and every mood, that’s for sure.


Image above from WORN found here.

So def go out and get your copy–let people catch you reading it on the bus while you commute, or on the beach cuz the sun is a-shinin’. If you’re in need of a gift to give, give this one to your shopaholic friend, the history buff in your life, the traveler, or your artistic ones who fancy cool graphics and illustrations so we can all be Wornettes.


Gloss over This: Lily Collins


“I love pushing the boundaries with fashion,” she says. “I’m feeling a little bit edgier and sexier.” Her movie wardrobe often influences her personal style. During Mirror Mirror she was all about pretty and princessy looks, but by The Mortal Instruments […] she’d gone to the sartorial dark side. “It was like, Whoa, I never thought I could wear heeled boots and chains and leather pants and kick ass, but I can. It was empowering.”

-Lily Collins in “On the Verge” by Laura Morgan in Lucky April 2014

Covers & Content: July 2014

How did major Canadian fashion magazines stack up this month in terms of diversity? Read on to find out.


The Cover Star: Gisele Bündchen

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No. There were two fashion editorials in this issue, making this a Whiteout Issue.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No. However, Elle Canada did a curious thing with their subscriber cover at least wherein Bündchen was on the cover proper solo, and then there was a second ‘cover’ immediately following hers featuring ‘plus’ model Ashley Graham. That being said, Graham neither starred in an editorial, nor was she on the newsstand cover.

Lucy Hale Flare

The Cover Star: Lucy Hales

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No. There was one fashion editorial in this issue, making this a Whiteout Issue.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

Note: This month there was no new Fashion, their “summer” issue seems to have been a June/July issue, like last year.

Gloss over This: Ashley Graham


” I have never felt disrespected as a plus-size model–it was mainly in the high-end world where I felt like I didn’t belong. But it has changed immensely over the past five years. There are [plus-size] girls on covers, in editorials, and in makeup campaigns. High-end designers like Donna Karan, Michael Kors, and Calven Klein are doing plus-size collections [….] The average American woman is size 12 to 14, so if you aren’t catering to the average woman, you’re catering to a small group of people. [Designers] realize that-and they want to make money.”

– Ashley Graham in “Woman on Top” by Laura deCarufel in Elle Canada July 2014

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