Army eases hairstyle restrictions to let female soldiers ‘feel like a woman’

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Army leaders on Tuesday announced the easing of some rules next month concerning the grooming and hairstyles of female soldiers, following longstanding complaints, namely from women, The Associated Press reports.

While female soldiers will now be permitted to wear their hair in long ponytails or braids and tuck it in their shirts, or wear non-”extreme” nail polish colors, male soldiers can only wear clear polish and are still required to shave.

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“These aren’t about male and female,” Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, the Army’s top enlisted leader, said Tuesday during a Facebook Live presentation on the reforms. “This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”

As part of the looser rules, which will take effect late next month, there will be greater flexibility for the wearing of

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Promising Young Woman Costume Designer on Cassie’s Style

Carey Mulligan plays Cassandra in comedy-thriller Promising Young Woman, which is about a 30-year-old woman who has been deeply affected and broken by her past. The film, which is already garnering Oscars buzz, was written and directed by Emerald Fennell and styled by costume designer Nancy Steiner, who understood immediately how Cassie’s devastating time in medical school has affected the rest of her life and, therefore, what she wears.

“[Cassie’s] clothing that she wears during the daytime is a disguise and a costume . . . because she’s trying to come off as this sweet, girlie, feminine, candy-colored lady, in a way to avoid confrontation.”

“I think the job of a costume designer involves a lot of psychology. With any character that you’re dressing, you want to think about where they get their clothes, how they get their clothes, and how they treat their clothes. Does this person

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Dillard’s Offers Exclusive LDT Dress Line From Toccin NY

Dillard’s Inc. is rolling out LDT, a new exclusive dress collection  from New York-based designers Alex and Michael Toccin, the husband-and-wife team behind Toccin NY.

The brand will be carried at 100 of its stores as well as

Inspired by the 1960s and 1990s, the dress collection offers feminine styles and a mix of vibrant colors. It is designed to invoke a sense of youthful joy, with custom patterns and prints in easy-to-wear styles. LDT’s retail prices range from $139 to $229, with a $199 average retail price.

Alexandra Dillard, Dillard’s vice president of merchandising, said Thursday, “We haven’t seen a lot of newness, brands or lines emerge in the market for quite some time, and it’s exciting to see someone stepping out and trying something new and different. I love what they’re doing with their line.”

She said she was impressed with the Toccins’ entire organization, their professionalism,

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York County woman uses African fabrics to create face masks and clothing to foster togetherness

A York County woman is using African fabrics to create face masks and clothing to foster togetherness in the community. 

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Victoria Kageni-Woodard runs Gusa by Victoria. Gusa is also known as touch — Touch by Victoria —  is a commercial space located in York City. The fashion line is driven by trends in women’s fashion.

As a native of Kenya, Kageni-Woodard says she created the fashion line to celebrate her heritage. 

“We need things that will bring us together,” said Kageni-Woodard .”If there is a subtle way or a friendly space that we can nurture topics like that then what better way then clothing.”

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Though Touch by Victoria has put a temporary pause on creating masks, Kageni-Woodard can transform a typical shirt into an embellishment of African print.

The boutique is also now offering sewing lessons for kids to create

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