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 -
Where can I find cool clothes outside of the normal mens range in regular sizes? [more inside]
posted by xingcat
on Apr 19, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by gregjunior
on Mar 29, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -