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Old 12-16-2019, 09:21 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Vogue. But what 19 year old reads it? Vanity Fair. Maybe.

But the style and grooming ideas are online for young women. If she was interested, all she would have to do is subscribe to blogs, or visit YouTube channels.

If she were interested, she’d already be doing it.
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Old 12-20-2019, 01:22 PM
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Depends on the wants and needs of your young female! If you can determine that, go from there!

Online sources may be better like Instagram or YouTube though!
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Old 12-21-2019, 04:11 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Originally Posted by ansible90 View Post
I have a 19 year old female family member who could benefit from some guidance on hair, makeup and clothing. I am looking for a magazine (paper or online) that is good on explaining and showing the basics of what kinds of clothes to wear based on body type, haircut styles to flatter the shape of the face, how to pick makeup colors based on skin tone, etc.

Not looking for high style, but rather good everyday practical guidance, suitable for a 19 year old.

I am picking online things, since I don't really see any magazines any more. I don't know, I was definitely intrigued by high style at that age.

I like WhoWhatWear and Coveteur websites most - lots of content very current and on trend. Both are fashion-y and target younger women.

Coveteur is more fancy - think affluent, trendy urbanite. It is very aspirational, but there is a lot to get ideas from. Lots about models, fashion designers, and stylists and celebrities - but the ones that have a firm point of view. My favorite feature is the "in the closet" which they show peoples closets and they talk about their style and the items they have. They also do one for the beauty cabinet. Most stuff they feature is super expensive - it is like an younger hipper 90s era Vogue or Bazaar for the current time.

Who What Wear is very trend oriented and also skews urban, but has less about celebrities. This is the most practical of the ones I am listing. Who What Wear regularly mixes in small promos for their Target line. E.g. the trend this week is striped shirts, here are 10 options. And they'll feature one of theirs. They are more like lists - here is an up to the minute trend and 5 ways you can create it. It is sort of like Lucky magazine if you remember that. It is very shopping oriented content. A lot of the stuff they feature is pricey, but nearly every trend they feature is available at Target - usually their line. They also do a decent job of denoting what size range is covered for each item.

Refinery29 - it is an online publication - it also covers news stuff. It is a lifecycle magazine for I think millennials and a little younger - but not high school age. It is like a modern version of Marie Claire. Wide ranging content. News mixed in with fashion and makeup. They do a lot of fun videos like "I tried to find black pants for my 5'2, size 10 frame - here is what happened." Very relatable. I like their here is how I spent my money for a week series. It is very interesting.

Popsugar also sits in the same place as r29. It might be a smidge old for a 19 year old, but it has good how to content. This is very mainstream - like People and People Style Watch. They do offer a lot of tips and roundups. They also have a clothing line at Kohls that is on trend. I haven't read enough fashion features recently to see how they work it in.

Man Repeller is a affluent urban hipster online publication. I like the articles, but the styling is a bit weird for me. They are more apt to cover things like sustainability, streetwear. I really like their premise of dress for you, not to be attractive to men (hence the title). It is sort of what I think would have happened to Sassy - if the Sassy girls had more money. I don't think I have ever seen a clothing item on that site I could afford without splurging. But the content is amusing. This a good site if you are "extra" and they feature a lot of real people.

A few more:

Into the Gloss (glossier's blog - the brand grew out of this site) and Byrdie. These do more with beauty.

I am older, but I scan Who What Wear, Man Repeller, and Coveteur regularly for a window into the trends. Their home pages are super useful to see the themes. The other ones are more occasional for me. I relied on Popsugar till I aged out - but it is no longer my point of view.

But if she goes online, she should likely head over to Female Fashion Advice on Reddit - good place to ask questions. They also have a lot of guides on all those topics.
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Old 12-21-2019, 04:20 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Originally Posted by Cida View Post
I love this idea, but I don't know how viable it is. A physical magazine would be great, and a general all-purpose reality-based magazine would be great. I can't believe how negative some of the responses are. Anything that potentially increases a young person's knowledge or awareness is a good idea.

When I was about 13 or 14, my mother subscribed to several for me. The problem is, I think they've all gone under. Maybe that's why girls today are so clueless and such slobs. If Seventeen magazine is still around, that would be the type - but your relative would probably now think herself too old for it. Maybe, at her age, she needs a magazine geared for adults, one that might incorporate job attire and such. Maybe there's a general magazine, like a health or style magazine that would also include beauty? Like maybe Real Simple?

What if you called the main library in town, ask for the periodicals department, and asked their advice?
I definitely loved these things and subscribed to Vogue and YM starting around age 12. And Sassy. Kept all those up through high school. I had 17 as well. I loved magazines! Still do.

When I got older, I moved on to Glamour and Marie Claire. Marie Claire had awesome articles. I loved Lucky for really practical style and shopping advice. I also liked In Style, Elle, and Bazaar. I stopped subscribing to things in my 20s and buying more often on the newsstand. There was a magazine bandit in my apartment so I got wary.

Later in my 20s, I started to follow a few blogs of people with similar shape and style. This was somewhat helpful, but discovery is hard.

I think a lot of the content that was in magazines moved to the blogs. But only some people can find these sources.

I think all of the magazines you mentioned are way too old and matronly for a 19 year-old. The lifestyle goals do not match up. Real Simple is aiming at 30-50. Lots of parenting and homemaking content. I remember being in my 20s and 30s seeing a great article in Real Simple, and then buying it and being so mad I wasted my money.

The only magazine that is readily available is Teen Vogue - but they are no longer printing. The website is actually quite newsy and not much fashion content - but it is a great site.

Marie Claire, Allure, Elle, Bazaar and Glamour are the only younger women oriented magazines left at the stores. They are ok, but a notable decline compared to 10 years ago. And the magazines are so expensive. Finding the sites online is the way to go.
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:18 PM
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Thank you Jade. This is exactly what I need.
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:06 PM
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A wonderful blog with hair and makeup tutorials, fashion tips, and lifestyle articles is:

The Small Things Blog

I enjoy it at my age and would have loved it when I was 19. The links at the top of her page include how-to videos with hair and makeup ideas, another thing I would have loved when I was her age.
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Old 12-28-2019, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by silibran View Post
This young woman has an internet connection, no? She has access to YouTube videos, blogs, retail adverts. If she wanted fashion advice, she would have gotten such already. Ever heard of “influencers.” These bloggers function like fashion and style advisers to young women. They are readily accessible online.

My advice is to let your family member alone. If you give her a book or mag subscription emphasizing grooming, dressing and such she’ll understand that you are judging her. This is not a good way to send a loving message at the holidays.

You might examine your own motives here, as well. This woman is an adult and can choose to present herself any way she pleases. Now, if she were to ask for advice, that would be different. But unless she has requested help, my advice is to leave well enough alone.
Great point! I was thinking the young lady might be insulted or made to feel bad especially with unsolicited advice or "help" with her style, clothes, hair, etc. Girls/women at that age are coming into their own, trying to find their place, they will make mistakes sometimes but that is a part of their growing up. Self-esteem and confidence should be encouraged, not to be making them feel like something is wrong with them and they need to improve somehow. Style is subjective. Sometimes I think young people look weird in their ensembles but they are expressing themselves and I think they want to look unique. I saw a girl wear a green faux fur short jacket with a midriff and bell bottom like pants, she seemed very confident and sure of herself, and I think that is the important thing.
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