So codpieces were... a thing. Are there any records of what people who couldn't flaunt them, particularly court ladies, thought about dudes walking around with them?
I need more cheap cotton floaty comfortable-but-still-somewhat-miraculously sexy somewhat disposable dresses that I can garden, read, and drink wine in. Examples below. Any ideas? [more inside]
I want a scarf. It's sold out. Any hope of finding it? I mean, sure, I don't NEED it, but it's amazing! Truely amazing. [more inside]
Mr. liet and I are expecting a baby in July, and as he'll be our first baby, and I have absolutely zero experience with other people's babies, I have questions. The AskMe archives have covered most of them, but I'm curious about two things: how much and what kind of clothing we should have on hand, and how to disseminate our registry without throwing a baby shower. [more inside]
Does buying stuff on-sale or at a discounted price hurt the manufacturer? [more inside]
My laundry stinks. I can't tell if it's the powder Seventh Generation detergent, our old washing machine, or just my own personal stench. Is there another (eco-friendly) detergent I should be using, or is there something else I can be doing to get my clothes cleaner and less putrid?
Generally I avoid white clothing, but I recently acquired a few nice blouses--plain white, white with dots, white with stripes--and I'd like to keep them nice. But all I know to do with white things is bleach them. How do you keep your white clothes white, particularly if they're not all white (i.e. patterned)? What actually works? [more inside]
Where can I find shirts cut for someone my shape? I have a slim, long torso, and relatively muscular, and therefore large, arms. [more inside]
I'm looking for more of these stylish little online shops that sell well-designed queer merchandise. I'm thinking the Autostraddle store or Otherwild or the Gender Is Over campaign. No luck Googling for this — I just get a bunch of cheesy t-shirts with rainbow unicorns and bad puns.
I was taking a walk and found that somebody had left four bags of women's clothing on the curb labeled "FREE CLOTHES" alongside a futon also presumably free. The road is kind of off to the side, and doesn't get that much foot traffic by nyc standards. I want to report this find in a way, to make it more likely that it will go to somebody who could make use of it. Is this a good idea? If it is, what would be a good way to do so? Have considered craigslist, FB neighborhood post, freecycle forum(?). [more inside]
I hate shopping. I need jeans. I do not want to buy clothes made by children. Can I buy Levi's? If not, what? [more inside]
Settle a debate between me and my wife. She insists EVERY new article of clothing must be washed before wearing. T-Shirts. Underwear. Socks. All washed first. Even bed-sheets and towels (a not-yet-used comforter started this debate.) I say brand new out of package is as clean as can be. Who's right?
I wear boxer briefs. The waist bands keep flipping over. I am overweight so it's likely the shape of my body/spare tire. I've tried smaller boxer briefs, larger ones, almost comically large ones. They all flip and it drives me nuts. Help! [more inside]
I love these two items of clothing, a vintage loosely-woven white lace vest with pearl details, and a black hooded Chambers jacket with faux leather sleeves. Unfortunately, there is a hole in the lace, and the faux-leather has begun to separate from the sweatshirt-like material underneath (see linked photos). Where can I send or take these items to have them repaired properly? [more inside]
You have a capsule wardrobe for work and casual, and live in a temperate climate with only two seasons (HOT summers, cool-ish winters). How did you build it? [more inside]
I want to replace my winter coat and have some very picky requirements. Here they are, with the most important ones first: [more inside]
Is there a term that defines the angle of a brim with respect to the front of the hat or cap? One extreme would be the brim on the cloth caps competing bicyclists wore: straight up, essentially lying flush against the front of the hat. In the middle would be the brim of a French policeman's kepi or the cap worn by the stuntman in "A Man and a Woman": straight out, at a 90° angle from the front. At the other extreme would be straight down, like the brim of the 19th-century Marine pill-box cap. [more inside]
I'm going up to Vancouver for the weekend soon and find myself with a bit of a clothing budget and a favorable exchange rate. I don't shop at the same stores as my woman friend up there due to differences in taste and size range, and my other woman friend there is off at a meditation retreat so I can't ask her. Given the preferences below the fold, where should I shop for clothes and shoes? [more inside]
Help a chronic over-packer get to San Fransisco with her one carry-on bag intact. [more inside]
I wear things out fast. Things like coats, backpacks, shoes. How do I prolong the lives of my belongings? Also-- is it possible to get a coat with underarm holes mended? [more inside]
Colby Keller is wearing a really great tshirt here, with a printed design of Greek red-figure vase painting. I want one. Can you help me track it down?
Last year I went to Los Angeles and I packed ALL wrong. I saw highs of 80 and I packed for Wisconsin 80s and Florida 80s and that just wasn't right. It would get warm, even hot for a few hours only to be so cool in the evening. Some days it really felt like it was HOT for only an hour or two, then freezing. Or it would change depending on where I was. [more inside]
So my only friend is getting married this year and he has asked me, a female, to be his best man. His fiancee is totally down with this and all is fine. I would very much like to be mostly in charge of what I am wearing for a host of reasons. Advice required. [more inside]
I'm an assistant manager at a sub shop and one of my associates has a bit of a uniform problem. Her butt is often hanging out. How do I ask her to wear a belt? [more inside]
I'm knitting a Weasley sweater for my niece (who lives far away). It's hard to get in touch with her parents. Can anyone give me an idea of what the average shoulder width for a thinnish, medium height ten year old girl would be? I want to make sure it's too big, so I'll be happy with ballpark numbers. Thanks!
Help me find a new shirt for the Mister. [more inside]
How many times can/should/do you wear your clothes before you wash them? [more inside]
How would today's cheap, ubiquitous goods (i.e. clothes, shoes, furniture, housewares, miscellaneous equipment, housing, possibly food products) compare to the finest goods available to pre-modern ruling classes? [more inside]
My room-mate is only comfortable when I'm sweating, and I'm only comfortable when she's cold. What to do? [more inside]
Where are the affordable, well-fitting, durable pants for men with great, non-cargo utility pockets? (details below) [more inside]
Form fitting sweater dress + leggings. Is there a way to do this that doesn't result in visible lumpiness around the midriff/hips where the leggings end? [more inside]
I placed a load of laundry in the washing machine and poured some detergent onto it, only to discover that the machine had broken and wouldn't start. Is it ok to wait a day or two for the machine to be fixed, while some of the (still dry) clothes have been splashed with detergent? Or should I rush out to a laundromat? [more inside]
I like to wear pants, long sleeve shirts, and hoodies. It's what I feel comfortable in. Even in the summer. Even when the heat is cranked up high during the winter. Many people feel compelled to comment on my attire. What's something I can say to brush it off? [more inside]
While looking for dresses that I could wear to work paired with pretty scarves (just tied around the neck) without having to worry much about the weather or whether I'd shaved my legs or anything, I discovered this abaya and many more like it. They're perfect, except that I'm a white atheist American. Am I beanplating?
I need to buy summer-appropriate office clothing now. It also needs to be modest. [more inside]
I have recently moved and I am looking for a better method of organizing my t-shirts. I have too many of them, and I would like to rotate through them rather than wear the same things every week. [more inside]
I pull a little handful of dryer lint out of the dryer every time I dry my clothes. What is the percentage of clothing lost to lint from drying per dry? How long until my clothes turn completely into lint? [more inside]
I am going through a pretty severe depressive episode right now, and when I am able to get dressed, everything feels uncomfortable. I'm trying to leave the house more often, which means looking presentable, so I'm asking for suggestions for the most comfortable (women's) clothing you've experienced. Some picky details within. [more inside]
I always feel like I can get rid of more of my stuff, specifically clothes, and since our household will need to accommodate another person about six months from now, I feel like this is a good time to aggressively weed things out. At the same time, I would like to not buy a new wardrobe and continue wearing clothes like a decent person. How should I proceed? [more inside]
I really like the sweater Aaron Rodgers was wearing in his press conference after the Packers game last night. Can anyone help me figure out where I can buy one exactly like it?
I love bohemian style clothes. Always has, probably always will. I'm looking to find some new bohemian-style clothes online but it seems like all I can find are see-through scraps of fabric for waifish, dreamy-eyed, nymphets who work in the butterfly-chasing industry. Most of the stuff from Free People, for example, look like costumes to me. Please help dress a special snowflake. [more inside]
Where can I find more visual glossaries of international fashion subcultures, particularly the ones that are lesser-known or more specific? They'll have photos or video of the style, some background on what the style is about and where it's from, and some description of key elements. Some examples of what I'm after are Refinery29's Style out There playlist, this guide to Japanese fashion, and this list of men's fashion.
I am a tall (6'0) queer lady. I'm on the hunt for a versatile blazer/tuxedo jacket to wear to holiday work parties and events, but most things I've found have short arms/torsos. I've tried the usual suspects (Zara, Club Monaco, The Bay) but to no avail. I'm happy to invest some money in something that will last for years! [more inside]
I've always been very frugal and very unwilling to spend money. I recently lost 30 pounds and I'm in desperate need of new clothes, but I'm feeling tons of resistance to actually spending money. [more inside]
Can you recommend a dressmaker or seamstress in Toronto? [more inside]
Am in the midst of planning a start up business and actually need two names (for different price points- mass market and higher end). More.... [more inside]
I am cold all the time. Help me not freeze to death. [more inside]
I accidentally purchased a child's Halloween costume instead of an adult-sized one when ordering online. I used one piece of the costume (hat), so I can't return it, but the rest has never been worn, so I'd like to donate it. Googling turns up donation drives from 1-2 months ago, but nothing in November. DC MeFites, can you think of anyone who would take this? Preferably in DC proper, does not need to be tax-deductible.
I've recently started working in a new office where everybody dresses quite well. Prior to this, I was in full-time student mode, so I never cared about what I wore. I want to start looking more put-together. It shouldn't be this difficult to buy about 5-6 basics to update my office wardrobe, but I am SO. PARALYZED. at the idea of having to spend money on more than 1-2 items at a time. I waste hours and hours looking at clothes online and never buy a single item. This needs to stop. [more inside]