Answer Angel: Is that purse real, or fake? Here’s how to infer your engineer bag is a genuine thing

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: we have a Gucci cross-body bag, that we purchased some years ago. we no longer have a receipt, yet we know we purchased it during a creditable dialect store. we would like to sell a purse yet do not know how to substantiate it. we have emailed Gucci yet have not gotten a response. Any suggestions we can offer would be severely appreciated. — W.J.B.

Dear W. J. B.: we wouldn’t reason my exhale watchful for a response from Gucci. Fortunately, there is some-more info out there on authenticating engineer bags than we could presumably wade through. YouTube ( has dozens of videos. There are bag blogs galore — like and — that have endless guides on a subject.

But, if you’re formulation to sell or entrust it during a high-end emporium (like, they know how to tell fakes and will save we a difficulty of all that research. They have eagle-eye experts on palm to substantiate Gucci, Hermes and many other often-knocked-off oppulance brands. You’d get some-more for your Gucci bag if we had a sales receipt, a controllato (authenticity card) and a dirt bag that came with it. But don’t cry over that spilled milk. Hope that your bag is one that is singular and in demand. If so and if yours is in good shape, we could good get copiousness some-more than we paid for it.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: we am fit yet not thin, and all my additional weight is in my rear, hips and thighs. One of my unchanging workouts is a 4-mile travel around my neighborhood, yet we can’t find shorts to wear for a trek. we am not gentle in parsimonious yoga-pant-style shorts and a 5-inch inseam of nylon using shorts is approach too petty for me. we don’t wish Bermuda shorts.

I would compensate dearly for a span of shorts done out of element that would be good for a prolonged travel on a prohibited summer day, has about an 8-inch inseam and will fit my hips yet being too large in a waist. I’ve looked everywhere we can consider of. Fitness wear seems to be done for tall, thin, immature people. Is there any hope? — Anne H.

Dear Anne: Yes, indeed, there’s hope. Think about a skort. It looks like a dress yet has shorts attached. Women golfers swear by them. Often, they even have pockets! Some also underline inner drawstring waists or effervescent waists. An online hunt for “golf skort” turns adult many options (for instance, Lands’ End,, $25.95 to distance 16). One some-more suggestion, emporium in a men’s dialect where “ample” shorts are a norm.


Tom D. had this idea for a reader who had high-quality veteran garments to donate: “Cara is always looking for women’s and men’s business garments for a clients who are climbing out of misery and attaining a pursuit in a workplace. Go to to learn some-more about this fanciful Chicago organization.” we contacted a boss and CEO of Cara and schooled that Cara’s usually bend is in Chicago right now, yet if that’s not convenient, hit a classification by a website to arrange donations by mail.

Another option: Cele C. says, “Check out internal museum groups or dress shops, that mostly need ‘period’ clothes.”


Readers wrote in droves to sing agreement and contend “Amen” to a minute from Joan B. struggling to know since womanlike radio weathercasters wear tight, short, voluptuous clothes. A tiny sample:

Marge C.: “I have even switched channels since of this issue. It is not usually weathercasters; it is anchors as well.”

Mary W.: “It seems to be a dress formula on all a stations. They demeanour like they are posing for a camera as if modeling, and we consider a sleeveless dresses demeanour ridiculous in a winter months. It’s not ostensible to be a conform show.”

Dolores M.: “One can't even compensate courtesy to a continue news for a distraction. Some of a reporters also should never be seen in some of a things they wear on TV. More recently, some of a masculine weathercasters also have been wearing too tight/too brief jackets and a awful spare pants, that demeanour terrible on many all men. It might be a going trend, yet it stays a bad choice, regardless.”

Cathy S.: “I determine with Joan B. that a womanlike weathercasters (and some of a anchors, as well) wear garments that are too parsimonious and too short. They demeanour some-more like cheerleaders than educated, efficient professionals, and we find it distracting. we mostly wish that a women wore a ‘uniform,’ as a group do, so that we could concentration on their reports, rather than on their conform choices.”

MaryAnn G.: “I was blissful to review that someone else has wondered since some womanlike weathercasters dress so inappropriately on TV. If they wish to be reputable for their profession, they should consider about what they are portraying.”

Pat K.: “I find it so demeaning and unfortunate that a attire of females can't be as veteran as that of males. If women wish to be deliberate as veteran as men, afterwards they should dress as such. We can't be taken severely if we do not take ourselves and a positions seriously.”

Bud has a opposite opinion, that make’s Pat’s point, above, yet we don’t consider he meant to: “Ellen, Ellen, Ellen — we am partial of a aim demographic of group (and many women) between 14 and 94 who conclude cute, fit and proud womanlike weathercasters. If we did not wish to see appealing weathercasters, we would demeanour during a continue app or spin on a radio.”



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