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Update my wardrobe!

I will soon have around $500 to spend on clothes. Help me be a grown-ass adult woman. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 4, 2013 - 25 answers

I'm new to this fashion thing.

I could really use some fashion tips and am feeling in over my head. Difficulty level: Hard - Recently actualized transwoman on a tight budget. [more inside]
posted by spungfoo on Sep 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Moth Proof Dry Cleaning Bags Toxic?

My local dry cleaner sells what they describe as moth proof plastic clothing bags. They're blue colored and have a slight chemical smell. You're supposed to twist-tie the tops closed. The dry cleaner says he has no information about them. Anyone know anything about these bags and what the chemical is?
posted by Jackson on Aug 26, 2013 - 5 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Denim After 5

Would you wear a denim skirt to a "trendy" restaurant for dinner? Fashion advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 8, 2013 - 42 answers

Hip Sport Jacket/Blazer in Manhattan

Can anyone recommend a place in Manhattan to buy a hip sport jacket/blazer? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Sew in need of garment construction lessons

I'm new at sewing. As in, "I took classes and learned how to make a tote bag and a zipper box bag" new to sewing. I looked through the "learn to sew!" books at the bookstore, but the projects were all for things like coasters and baby clothes, which I'm not interested in. I want to make dresses, eventually. Can I make tiny clothing in order to practice making clothing in less time, and with less fabric? Is that a thing? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Jul 24, 2013 - 18 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

I seek, what I call, a "flippy little skirt."

I need a casual summer wardrobe staple: a short, jersey knit black skirt. Alas: because there are further specifications, I cannot find it anywhere. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Jul 18, 2013 - 34 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 is a good way to go about learning to make clothing?

Before anyone asks, my purpose is not to save money, or time, or anything practical of any sort. Clothing is something we all use everyday, I appreciate style and fashion, and I'd like to learn how to make clothing in an attempt not to take it for granted. And I think it would be fun. Assume I am a complete beginner (don't even know how to sew, but I do know how to knit, though I'm not a pro at that). What should I do? Books? Online tutorials? What is the progression of items of various difficulty to practice on?
posted by wooh on Jul 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me find a reliable clothes iron

I want a clothes iron that will work for more than six months. I don't have big demands. I just want it to produce steam when I need it, and to not vomit water all over my clothes. I've been through at least four irons in the past few years -- Sunbeam, Shark, Rowenta and others -- and they have all failed way too soon. I keep buying more expensive models, and they keep failing. Which is the clothes iron that is built to last?
posted by Balonious Assault on May 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Where can I find t-shirts and shorts that have cool full-bleed photos?

Looking for men's/unisex summer clothes that have cool full-bleed photos printed on, so it would be printed all the way to the edge, even wrapping around continuously. [more inside]
posted by artificialard on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me buy a sports jacket for a 16 yr. old boy

A friend (single mom) relays that her 16 yr. old son has asked for a sports jacket. He also just joined a gym. This is great news, as he never before seemed interested in hair, clothes, looks in general. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on May 26, 2013 - 15 answers

How to make my own clothes: Advanced Beginner Edition?

Spurred by the events in Bangladesh, a growing dissatisfaction with clothing quality, as well as an oddly shaped body that doesn't conform well to rack sizing, I've decided to commit to making more of my own clothing. I know how to operate my sewing machine. I know how to read a pattern. I frankenstein and repurpose clothes on the regular. I need some advanced basics to take it to the next level. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me (20s male) be fashionable for summer!

I am an early 20s male, straight if it's relevant, and I need some help getting good clothes for summer. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on May 19, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me get a navy blazer

I had my heart set on this blazer, but it turned out to look different when I saw it in person. Any recommendations for places to get a similar-style blazer in the same price range? I'm a man in London.
posted by ersatz on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Who decides that everyone will be wearing the same color for 3 months?

Everyone is wearing mint green as of spring. EVERYONE. How does this happen? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on May 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Weird Jacket that slid ur phone into your hand.

I read this a LONG time ago, a jacket where you could snap ur wrist (or some other hand geuster/movement) and it cause ur phone (stored in the sleeve) to drop right into ur hand. It was awesome if slightly risky and I'd like to take a look at it again. Anyone know of it? Or something similar?
posted by rmathew1 on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Best shops near République in Paris?

Bonjour! I am heading to Paris tomorrow, and would like to spend a little of my time there shopping. I am not a fashonista but like to look really sharp for my job. Know of any secret gems? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Apr 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Travel clothes for summer in Europe

I am a woman, live in the U.S., and I'm planning several trips to Europe over the next 3 years. They will be about 10 days to 2 weeks long, and will be in warmer months (spring, summer or fall). When I travel domestically, I always take just one bag (sometimes I take a second "personal item"). I need help thinking about what clothes I should take that will fit within these constraints. I am a plus-size woman, so that makes this more of a challenge. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Apr 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me keep my pants from falling down at the office. Belt edition.

I need to buy myself one black "professional belt," maybe a brown one too. Leather or pretend leather is fine, but I'd rather not get that "foil" stuff that flakes off or wrinkles after two uses. The quality of belts at Marshall's and Ross is disappointing (Rhinestones! Faux snake print! Not Professional!) For me, "professional" means plain. Boring. [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Apr 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Recommendations for dressing out of a backpack?

For the next two months (possibly longer) I need to live/work out of one bag. I'll be traveling for most of that time, with places to stay (no need for a sleeping bag or the like). What I need to figure out is clothing. I'm bad at clothes. I know there are great wicking fabrics and lightweight travel garments out there, and that they're improving all the time. (I'm ready to do sink laundry every evening.) As of spring 2013, how can I best use my 26 liters of space to keep myself clad? [more inside]
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Apr 7, 2013 - 15 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

Recommendations for a truly invisible deodorant?

Woman here looking for a truly invisible deodorant that won't come off on my clothing. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 26, 2013 - 36 answers

Sources for plus-sized hiking/travel/comfortable pants for cycling?

I live in jeans and on my bicycle. I don't mind biking in jeans for short distances, but I'm finding myself doing a lot more bike riding in situations where I need something more presentable and versatile than bike shorts, skorts, or yoga-type pants, but more comfortable than jeans. (And it's not my bottom that's the issue, so wearing padded liner shorts under my jeans is not the solution I'm looking for.) The obvious answer here is pants designed for traveling and hiking, but I'm having a hard time finding any in my size (2X). I found some cargo pants at Old Navy that looked promising, but even though they're in my size they don't fit because they're super low-rise. REI has exactly one pair of plus-sized adventure travel pants and I have them, but I'd like more options. Do you have a recommendation for comfortable hiking/travel pants in plus sizes?
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Give me your online clothes shopping gems!

I wanna do some online clothes shopping - please recommend your favorite quirky, trendy, CHEAP places to buy women's clothes online. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Mar 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Hiking pants for very cold temps

What pants do people wear for very cold (0 °F / -18 °C, and colder) weather hiking? Just rain shell pants and wool long underwear? Surely there are insulated pants suitable for hiking? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Mar 21, 2013 - 28 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

What do anatomic pathologists wear to work in Omaha and Tampa?

I'm visiting pathology labs for work, and want to be respectful of the workplace attire. I've seen a couple of labs in California, where jeans are practically the dress code in every industry. Traveling to Omaha this week and Tampa next week. What to wear? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Mar 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me CMA.

Recovering Spanx addict and emerging caftan woman needs to look professional at work. Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 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

What color clothing should I wear to downplay blotchiness from acne?

I have some redness and scarring on my face left over from old acne. I know there are colors which bring out other colors, and colors which do the opposite, but I have no clue how this works. For example, a friend told me I shouldn't wear yellowish-green clothes with my complexion. What color clothes should I (a) wear to minimize the appearance of redness, and (b) avoid? (I'm white, male, brown hair, blue-green eyes, if any of that info helps.)
posted by zeri on Mar 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Do not congratulate me. I'm just fat.

Where do I find clothes that fit and don't make me look pregnant? [more inside]
posted by bluemoonegg on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Medieval Chinese Apparel - Keeping Food in your Sleeves

So I'm reading the 17th-Century Chinese novel "The Plum in the Golden Vase" - which, by the way, is incredibly good - and I'm having trouble picturing something. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Mar 1, 2013 - 6 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

Yes but how do you WEAR the clothing?

Help me to wear the things I own without looking like a Wilson Phillips video! [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 25, 2013 - 16 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

Interview Outfit Help

I have a job interview next Friday. Yay! But I have questions about what is a setting-appropriate choice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 11 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

Classic Sunglasses for a Blockhead

I'm a guy looking for sunglasses, no vision correction necessary. I like the sort of mid-century modern frames of a Warby Parker or a Classic Specs but, after try on programs from both, I'm discovering that just about all their frames are too small for my enormous head. Help? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jan 23, 2013 - 7 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

Where should I sell these shoes and pants?

How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

What are the best books and websites for identifying and dating vintage clothing?

What are the best books and websites for identifying and dating vintage clothing? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Dec 29, 2012 - 4 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

Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.

Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 15, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I maintain my clothes in less time?

How do I save time laundering and ironing my clothing? [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe on Nov 26, 2012 - 19 answers

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