Chinese city’s ban on ‘Beijing bikinis’ leaves men hot under collar

A Chinese city is cracking down on the practice of men rolling up their shirts and baring their bellies, as temperatures soar in parts of the country. The “Beijing bikini”, as it is sometimes known by expats, has been banned in the city of Jinan, in eastern China. The authorities there have released a notice banning the “uncivilised… Read More >> 0 comments

What a deer-tooth necklace says about our Ice Age ancestors

All aspects of this culture depended on relationships with other human groups, and an intimate knowledge of animals that were a crucial resource during this period, enabling the Magdalenian people to survive. It is these relationships, how they were maintained by these people, and how they shaped past identities and social behaviours, that are the… Read More >> 0 comments

‘This is blasphemy against Japanese culture’: Kim Kardashian’s new ‘Kimono’ shapewear sparks outrage in Japan

“It’s not just kimono as clothes but kimono as a name that is the common asset, not just for those of us who live in the modern era but for the history of Japanese people that has been accumulated over the years,” he said in an interview. “Generally speaking, it is unthinkable for a Japanese… Read More >> 0 comments

The Mystery of Business Casual

Structurally and philosophically, the fashion industry isn’t great at dealing with change. American life has been casualizing since the 1990s, and nowhere is that clearer than in offices. The trend has left both designers and shoppers confused about what people should be wearing for jobs that were very different (or entirely nonexistent) before the advent… Read More >> 0 comments

On ‘Pose,’ dancing isn’t just about self-expression. It’s a survival skill for trans women.

This scene was transformative on a personal level, Burnside says afterward. “As the camera started rolling, all I could think about is my uncle and the other men in my life who policed my behavior and the way I moved and way I spoke and expressed myself, citing it as not being for boys, or… Read More >> 0 comments

A Sikh airman petitioned the Air Force to let him wear a turban and beard. He just won.

Bajwa is a first-generation American who enlisted in the Air Force in 2017, hoping to serve his country. In accordance with Air Force rules, but in contrast to his religious practice, he was required to cut his hair and remain cleanshaven, said Kamal Kalsi, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and founder of… Read More >> 0 comments

Wearing a Suit Makes You More Powerful (But Not in the Way You Think)

A recent study gives new meaning to the maxim, “dress for success.” … “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society,” Mark Twain said. As it turns out, Twain was right. But not for how you think. Your clothing not only affects how other people view you, it also changes how you view yourself,… Read More >> 0 comments