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Islamic style is showing up on catwalks, in mainstream stores and on non-Muslim women

For a decade I’ve studied how Muslim women dress. Ripped jeans tucked into combat boots, structured jackets accessorized with designer sunglasses, flowy pastel chiffons embellished with crystal-encrusted brooches and tailored batik dresses paired with hand-dyed head coverings. These are just a few examples of what I call pious fashion: clothing that aims to be modest and modern.For most of the years of my research, the fashion world barely noticed Muslim style and the style makers I studied....

EyeDesired Lets You Rent Glasses So You'll Always Have Trendy Frames

As a (nearly) lifelong glasses wearer who despises contacts, having a rotating collection of cool frames has always been a priority for me — at least as far as accessories go. But building up a collection of glasses can get expensive, especially if your prescription gets stronger on a yearly basis, like mine does. Enter EyeDesired: a new service that lets you rent prescription glasses and designer sunglasses for a monthly fee, then trade them in when you're ready to upgrade to a different...

The Complicated Promise Of Anti-Rape Technologies

"Worry less, communicate more," read the marketing materials for Revolar, a wearable panic button you can attach to a keychain or handbag. The device works by sharing your location with trusted contacts. Click Revolar once and you can check in—letting them know you're home from work safely, for example. Click twice, or three times, and you can request immediate assistance.A slick promotional video for the product shows a woman with a fashionable manicure attaching the sleek silver keychain to...