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Read this: Lesbian fashion, Justin Bieber's new album, "baby killer" shouter comes forward


Tanya Harper, left, and Dr. Juanita Wright sip cocktails at the annual Mautner Gala. (Evy Mages for the Washington Post)

Good afternoon, dear readers. There's something for everyone in today's news roundup, starting with butch lesbians facing the perils of purchasing formal wear for their same-sex weddings.

As Monica Hesse reports, "a good man's suit can be hard to find if you're a woman. This is the sartorial plight of . . . the women who love women but don't love wearing skirts and really don't love those girly pleated pantsuits with princess seams and scalloped collars." Take the case of Susan Herr, who just launched a Web site to help women who prefer to dress like men, inspired by her own commitment-ceremony shopping experience:

A friend dragged her to a department store and helped her piece together a mishmashed ensemble: men's white loafers, a gender-neutral Calvin Klein suit, a ruffled shirt from the women's department. "If you're a bride wearing a dress, then you have 400 magazines to work from for advice." But if you're a bride wearing a suit, Herr says dryly, "we've got what Ellen DeGeneres wore. And that's about it."

Elsewhere:

  • Justin Bieber's new album, "My World 2.0," drops today. It "feels like a calculated move toward American pop music's gooey center," Chris Richards writes, "and that's a shame."

  • Rep. Randy Neugebauer admits that he's the lawmaker who shouted "baby killer" while fellow abortion for Rep. Bart Stupak was speaking during floor debate in the House Sunday night. He stands by the remark but regrets that it was misinterpreted.

  • Philip Kennicott examines the most powerful of legislative symbols: the gavel.

  • To mark Frank Herzog's retirement, WTOP-FM reunited him for one day with Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff, with whom Herzog called Redskins games for 23 years. Paul Farhi reports.

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    Comments

    Consider a bespoke or custom made suit. There are a number of custom suit makers listed on the Internet who make affordable, quality suits.

    The problem with buying a man's suit off the rack is two-fold. First, men suits are proportionately out of sync with the female silhouette. Unless the woman has a rectangular shape, she is bound to run into fit issues. Sorry guys, but the girls and the hips simply don't translate well in straight cut men suits.

    Second, a woman's features and bone structure are respectively softer and smaller. The wider lapels, broader shoulders, wider cut sleeves, etc. overpowers the suit wearer placing more focus on the ill-fitting suit than on the suit wearing bride. Invest in a custom suit and you won't have to sacrifice fit in order to avoid frills.

    Indigo Zuri, Certified Image Consultant

    Posted by: p2styles | March 23, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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