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Fancy wool-blend formalwear: dry-clean after every wearing?

I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either. [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Cool Mens Clothes That Fit

Where can I find cool clothes outside of the normal mens range in regular sizes? [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Or I Could Just Tie a Sash Around a Hefty Bag and Call It a Day

The focus should be on the bride, NOT on the taffeta-covered hobo skulking around the cheese trays: please, PLEASE help me (a non-fancy-dressing lady) dress myself for the four weddings I'll be attending this year. (Sequins shaped like) snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 1, 2014 - 36 answers

I don't want the funk. I don't have to have the funk.

Synthetic funk has set into my clothes. They smell even after washing. These are otherwise good quality clothes. Halp. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Mar 14, 2014 - 35 answers

What is the best way to express dry a single item?

You're enjoying your morning coffee when you realize you never put your work pants in the dryer last night. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 19, 2014 - 22 answers

What is this strange contraption that was attached to a radiator?

I've been trying to figure out what this strange, accordion-like contraption is. It was attached to my friend's radiator in his ~1950s-era apartment in Philadelphia. It was only secured with one bolt at 90 degrees to the radiator, but it also originally had a sheet metal housing around it that could be removed. It seems to me like it might be some kind of clothes hanger/dryer, but I have no idea. Does anyone know?
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Where to buy yoga clothes in the UK?

Where can I buy good-quality yoga clothes in the UK? My mum wants some for Christmas and I'd love your recommendations for comfortable yoga clothes for more mature women (say 60+). Basically she doesn't want skintight leggings or any obtuse logos, etc. She'd like darker colours (although 'a little bit of colour but not too bright' is ok). Bonus if the store is online and offers shipping. Thanks!
posted by atlantica on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Where can I find high-waisted boy's pants?

My kiddo, like his dad, has a pants problem. Specifically, while his legs are only slightly longer than normal, he is built in such a way that regular pants don't make it far enough up his butt. Basically, he needs pants that are longer in the crotch-to-waistline area and can pull up higher. Most boy pants don't have a lot of room for that. We end up with either plumber crack or uncomfortably hitched pants. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Kit me out in Union/Hippy/Socialist/Anarchist/Morals Friendly Clothing

I am looking for a new clothing supplier. The previous company I shopped with have been outed as a bunch of labour-abusing dirtbags and I can't have that. I need to know the names of some places I can buy clothes with confidence and conscience and was hoping maybe I could get some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Nov 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Will the Project Runway Belk dresses be sold anytime soon?

In the latest season of Project Runway, there was a challenge in which the prize was to have your design produced and sold by Belk. I'd love to purchase Dom's design, and I've been stalking the Belk website since, but there have been no updates, much less actual dresses for sale. Anyone know if/when this is ever going to happen, and if they'll be sold online? (Maybe they're only appearing in physical stores, but seems like they are really missing out on a marketing opportunity if that's the case!)
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Tall women of Metafilter: where do you buy your athletic T-shirts?

I'm looking for T-shirts or tank tops to wear while exercising. I'm 5'10" but wear regular length pants; my above-average height is all in my torso. I haven't found any tall-sized workout clothes. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Cover me!

I'm trying to build a small wardrobe of versatile, well made, neutral basics(who isn't?), with a twist. I have work clothes provided by my employer, so I only need happy fun time clothes. I have nice plain T's. I need some shirts that are a step up but not button downs; I have to wear them at work and hate them. I'm a woman, mid-forties, 5'3", pear shaped, size 4/6/8 depending on the brand. I have a small waist and enjoy emphasizing it in a fully covered, non-binding way. My budget is about $100 a piece. Suggestions?
posted by 1066 on Jul 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Dressing up! Difficulty level: girl who hates girly things

I need to go to a wedding in 2 weeks. I own no clothes except jeans & shorts. I'm 25. I haven't worn a skirt or anything since I was 15, and it was awful then. But I would like to wear clothes that are awesome. I really like this pinboard, and in particular this outfit, though with less pattern & scarf. Basically I've been looking enviously at awesome lesbian wedding pictures. Where should I shop? What should I buy? I am totally at a loss. [more inside]
posted by oranger on Jul 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Oh Pants! Ladies Pants, that is.

I am in need of comfortable, loose, modest pants/trousers suitable for sitting cross-legged on the floor for long periods of time. This will be in public, so unfortunately pj's are out. Preferrably under 40US and not hideous to look at. Yoga pants are too form-fitting. I'm a US ladies size 8/10 with a small waist, womanly hips and thighs and 5'3"ish. Any ideas?
posted by 1066 on Jul 12, 2013 - 15 answers

How to I dress beyond the one-leg-in-the-pants-at-a-time?

OK, so I need to dress better -- up my act, look a bit classier or cuter or generally not like a boy in college. Part eleventy billion. [more inside]
posted by mibo on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

What's the deal with levi's being so different?

I bought a pair of Levi 559 jeans at the Levi outlet store in Arizona about a year ago. I love them as they are stretchy which conforms better to me and ultra comfortable. However, in searching for similar materials at stores all over, I cannot find the same material and fit with the same 559's! My question is why this happens, why some jeans at say Macy's aren't the same size, fit and of a different material at say Penney's and how you deal with this as someone who hates to try on clothes? Thanks!
posted by gregjunior on Mar 29, 2013 - 14 answers

"Nice-looking elastic-waist women's dress pants" - oxymoron?

I am looking for black, elastic-waist, inexpensive, "business casual" women's dress pants, available in the US and preferably online. [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 on Mar 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Putting together my interview outfit

I think I have all the pieces for my interview outfit. Can you help me put them together appropriately? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Mar 20, 2013 - 16 answers

I need helping identifying the era of this photograph.

I was given some photographs of old relatives that were found in a box in my great-grandfather's house after he passed away. All but one photo is someone I can identify. I have no information on that one photo, which is of an old woman standing on a path in front of a farmhouse. I'd like to at least get an idea of the era so I can begin narrowing down the identify of the woman. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Safe storage of clothing in under-stair cupboard with fuse box

I learned today that it's dangerous to store combustibles such as clothing near the fuse box or electrical intake. I keep my off-season wardrobe under the stairs, and the electrical intake/fuse box is also under the stairs. How far away do I need to keep this stuff? What is a safe distance? Is it feasible to use compact-o-stuff vacuum bags to reduce the crowding in the understair cupboard? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Feb 27, 2013 - 13 answers

ISO comfortable, non-bulky, water-resistant shoes

I'll be traveling to the northeast next week and I've realized that I don't own any shoes that are remotely suitable for trapising about on the cold, potentially snowy or slushy sidewalks of Boston. When I lived there I wore my Dr. Martens everywhere and they were great, but I've since learned that they don't play nicely with my issue-prone feet, and anyway I need something that will be comfortable to wear for long periods of time and not particularly bulky, which puts most snow or combat-type boots out. I know this is kind of a silly question, but I'm really stumped as to where to start looking. So, residents of similar climes, what do you wear on your feet that keeps them relatively warm and dry but still fairly comfortable? Suggestions for specific models and brands or general types welcome.
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 10, 2013 - 24 answers

I've got to change my ways, dress for business every day

Cluelessly-dressed 30-year-old office-working lady here. I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to start leaning much more toward the business side of business casual on a daily basis. Professional women/fashion mavens of Metafilter, could you lend me a hand with these business wear-related queries? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jan 24, 2013 - 48 answers

What are not-hideous clothes for a man to quickly wear to walk a dog?

Stylefilter! I love my new puppy. I love my boyfriend. I love that my boyfriend loves waking up early and taking the puppy outside. However, he doesn't love getting fully dressed at 6 am in his normal clothes, and I don't love things like track suits and crocs. Help! [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jan 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Please help me de-stink my shirts.

How do I get a lingering stealthy BO smell out of my shirts? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Goodbye, Goodwill funk!

How can I get the Goodwill smell out of dry-clean only clothes? Added complication: I live in a college dorm. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Nov 3, 2012 - 15 answers

New York State Sales Tax headaches for a clothing retailer

How do you handle the labyrinth of New York State sales tax? I'm launching an online business that sells goods (some clothes, some non-clothes). We're located in New York State. We need to collect tax in New York State... gorey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muffy on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

What did 0 say to 8? Nice belt!

Please recommend a very simple every day man's black belt that will last a very long time. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Sep 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Affordable Geeky/Funny T-shirts in Sydney

Where can I buy t-shirts like this in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Bleach... Noooooooo!

How do I negate or minimize the effects of bleach on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Sep 7, 2012 - 18 answers

Interview attire: UK academic edition

What should I wear for my job interview. Difficulty: UK, technical position at an academic institution. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Aug 6, 2012 - 18 answers

eBay Fabric Criteria?

What brands of tank tops have high-quality fabric? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jul 4, 2012 - 24 answers

We'd like to blend in like a 6-foot invisible rabbit.

What to wear to a play in New York? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jul 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Recommend best site or store for Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sales?

Recommend best site or store for Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sales (Men)? I see almost every Tom, Dick and Harry wear these brands these days. I doubt everyone is paying $85 for a polo. Any suggestions on where/when clothes from these brands can be purchased at a discount? Stores - NY/NJ
posted by r2d2 on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Please help me level up my work wardrobe.

Dress Code Filter: How do I make the jump from business casual to full business dress code with the clothes that I have? What are some pieces that I need to have? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

What's wrong with these shoes?

What's wrong with square-toed shoes? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 12, 2012 - 74 answers

will a smoker's washer/dryer make my clothes smell?

Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to buy pink baby shirt with pink polka dots?

I'm dressing a baby up as Nyan Cat - where can I buy a pink shirt with darker pink dots in an infant size? [more inside]
posted by mirirose on Feb 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Via Spiga pumps worth the $$?

I'd like to buy this Jessica pump by Via Spiga. However, I'm balking at the $198 price tag because that's more than I've ever spent on footwear. Is it a good value to buy expensive shoes? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Jan 31, 2012 - 28 answers

Looking for women's plus-size cold weather exercise pants

I am looking for women's plus-sized (size 2X) cold-weather pants for walking my dog in the morning. I walk/run her for about 45 minutes (we are slowly doing Couch to 5K together). Specifically, I'd like to have something like these thermal running tights that are light, easy to pull on in the morning straight out of bed and will wick away moisture. Regular exercise and/or running tights aren't warm enough. Typical temps I walk in are down to 20F -- I'd like to be warm, but just not cold would be sufficient. I need them in a women's size 2X, but have had no luck finding anything. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jan 7, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm sweating this one out

I have mutant sweat that seemingly alters the color of every shirt I own: whites turn sweat-stain-beige and most colors get bleached. Can I do anything to prevent or treat it, or am I stuck wearing the three colors that aren't affected? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jan 4, 2012 - 20 answers

Can I reshrink this sweater?

I had a have a sweater that was very fitted in the sleeves. Without thinking, I spent the day with the sleeves rolled up (I had a dress shirt underneath it). Now the sleeves are all stretched out. Is the sweater permanently this way, or will running it through the dryer shrink it? It is 60% cotton / 30% viscose / 10% wool.
posted by geoff. on Dec 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Shoe Trees for These?

I know what shoe trees are supposed to do, but what shoes should I be putting them in. All my shoes? Just the ones made out of leather? Any shoes I invest >$50 in? Is putting shoe trees in sneakers fussy, or good practice? In short, tell me what sorts of shoes benefit from trees, and which didn't. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Dressing à la française, on the cheap.

Please help me find cheap, reasonably stylish clothes in France. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Dec 4, 2011 - 11 answers

No, seriously, don't recommend Smartwool socks.

I need clothes for fall hiking/camping. Catches: I'm tiny, and I'm allergic to wool. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Nov 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Living on the edge, breaking the rules.

LaundryFilter: dry cleaning only? Really? How about... [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Oct 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Smaller me! YEAH! Can't afford new clothes! Boo!

I have lost weight, yeah! What do do about my clothes that no longer fit? [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

What is the origin of this costume I keep seeing?

Trying to find out where a particular ethnic (Muslim?) women's costume comes from. Too shy to take a photo. Does anyone recognise my description? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Oct 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Which dress should I wear to a wedding?

Could you please help me decide which dress to wear to a wedding tomorrow? My fashion sense is limited - pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley on Sep 23, 2011 - 41 answers

Frumpy adolescent baffled by real world

What's the dress code for a formal visit among top government officials? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Sep 18, 2011 - 16 answers

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