I'm a fat woman (US sizes like 26-28 at the moment), newishly arrived to Washington DC. Where can I buy some clothes my size, in a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on, and if possible that's near public transportation? My job involves some physical work and can get a bit dusty/dirty; I tend to wear jeans or cords, and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [more inside]
posted by Forgetful Jones
on Sep 17, 2014 -
I just purchased a bunch of new clothing at Theory, which is definitely a much hipper store than I'm used to shopping at. (My old standby was Banana Republic.) The sales staff was very helpful, and I'm very pleased with what I came home with, but I'd love some help in mixing and matching everything. Photos of (almost) all of the items I bought can be found here
. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell
on Sep 15, 2014 -
I'm looking for a basic t-shirt dress that's flattering, affordable, and long enough to wear to work. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos
on May 23, 2014 -
Which clothing stores in NYC have good casual/business casual clothes for larger men? My boyfriend and I are going clothes shopping this coming Saturday to prepare for an upcoming trip. He has a suit, but other than that, all his clothes are jeans and tees. For this trip, we are looking for: casual button down shirts (oxfords or plaids), non-jeans/non-khaki trousers, a sport coat or blazer, and some shoes that fall in between the New Balance sneakers he usually wears and the nice black shoes he wears with his suit. Sizes and price range below the cut. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on May 14, 2014 -
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 -
My sister recently unearthed this photo
of Wee Baby JulThumbscrew experiencing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I developed an immediate, nigh-unto incapacitating desire for an adult-sized version of the swimsuit I was wearing in the photo. Does a grown-up version of this thing exist? WHERE?! If not, is anyone making decent custom swimwear these days (perhaps on Etsy)? Thanks, Hive!
posted by julthumbscrew
on Apr 24, 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 -
I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
posted by DrGail
on Feb 23, 2014 -
I'm looking for some fashion blogs for people that don't want to dress as "stereotypical man" or "stereotypical woman". Most of the genderqueer-umbrella-style blogs that I've seen have (presumably) male-bodied individuals wearing clothes that are stereotypically worn by female-bodied individuals, or vice versa. I'm looking for blogs where clothes that could be worn by anyone without other people batting an eye, are showcased. Genderqueer/non-cis clothing, if you will.
posted by A Puppet made from a Sock
on Feb 13, 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 -
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 -
My wife's favorite hobby for after work is to go onto Ebay and bargain hunt for clothes. She has been doing this for years. She doesn't buy that much, she just enjoys searching.
Last week, out of the blue she got an email from Ebay that her 12 year old account was being closed and there was nothing she can do. The reasoning was odd (something about a similar account blah blah) but that is besides the point.
Anyway, I am looking alternatives websites she can go to and bargain hunt for clothes online.
Etsy.com is the only similar thing I can think about.
posted by Spurious
on Nov 10, 2013 -
Would you wear a denim skirt to a "trendy" restaurant for dinner? Fashion advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Aug 8, 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 -
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 -
Best stores for short and plus sized gals? Comfortable yet young professional clothes, especially. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette
on Nov 12, 2012 -
I am a 42 year old, plus-sized (18 US) woman who wants to dress in nothing but Eileen Fisher clothing. I cannot afford Eileen Fisher clothing. What brand do I wear/where do I shop? [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Oct 9, 2012 -
Recommendations for alternatives to Lee men's Custom Fit Waistband flat front pants? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman
on Sep 28, 2012 -
Leads for finding sexy fitting jeans for a short lady with massive thighs and some booty? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Aug 15, 2012 -
What are the best agressive, alternative, out, fun, political, pro-gay shirts? I'm looking to update my wardrobe with some more queer clothing and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Aug 14, 2012 -
I'm looking for recommendations for consignment stores in or around Chicago where I can sell my collection of vintage clothes. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Aug 1, 2012 -
I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on May 27, 2012 -
What materials are good for drawing on fabric and clothing in a non-hokey way? And where is a good place to get stylish blanks? [more inside]
posted by fireflies
on May 9, 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 -
Looking for fitted shirts similar to INC from Macy's, which is the only brand I've found shirts from that I've really liked. I work in a semi-casual workplace (no jeans/shorts, but untucked button-up shirts are fine), and I like shirts that I'll also wear on my days off. I'm pretty thin, so I need shirts that don't balloon out at the waist, and I tend to like relatively simple designs (plain colors/stripes, with a preference for monochrome). Preferably, the shirts would hold up well without ironing, since I only have a hand-steamer. What brands other than INC should I check out? (I'm in Southern California, so please stick to brands that would be available for trying on around here.)
posted by SpiralT
on Feb 11, 2012 -
Help me find plus-sized interesting women's clothing, particularly tunics and short dresses, in the UK / online, given specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by toenail
on Dec 26, 2011 -
Where are the low cost, high quality (who cares about brand name), male clothing sites on the web? Surely my uber-expensive favorite high fashion offline store is importing them cheap from somewhere and just slapping their branding all over them? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Oct 12, 2011 -
Small tears in the linings of wool coats and dress-pants. How can I go about mending these in a functional (but not necessarily pretty) fashion? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Aug 23, 2011 -
Where can I buy fashionable clothes made in the USA or EU that don't cost $/£200? I live in the UK. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Aug 3, 2011 -
Is there a site that approaches (online) purchasing of apparel from a serious and rigorous consumer perspective? I'm thinking of a site where I select, say, t-shirts and get detailed information about the garment, various garment variations (athletic t-shirt, work t-shirt, etc), washing Instructions, which high quality value brands that sell t-shirts, verified quality testing of t-shirts from forementioned brands, etc.
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jul 23, 2011 -
I'm a skinny guy looking for some summer shorts that won't make me look entirely goofy and/or juvenile. Can you help?
posted by killdevil
on Jul 6, 2011 -
Please recommend me a book on the history of clothing.
I'm looking for more of a social history than I am something about changes in the clothes themselves, as I'm mostly interested in the relationship of clothing to society, class, etc., over time. Thanks.
posted by Richard Holden
on May 7, 2011 -
What can a plus-sized, 40 year old, fashion-backwards lady from Seattle wear on a night out in NYC with a bunch of fancy gays? [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Jan 20, 2011 -
I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to buy reasonably priced mens clothing online. To be a little more specific, I am a college student who doesn't have a ton of money to spend, but I'd like to get the largest bang possible for my buck as far as clothes go. The sort of stuff I'm looking for fits somewhere on the spectrum between what Urban Outfitters has to offer, and what Tom Waits wears - if that makes any sense. I'm mostly covered in the pants department at the moment, so stuff like shirts, shoes, and socks are what I'm interested in. [more inside]
posted by mister-m
on Dec 29, 2010 -
What clothes can I wear to reduce sweating while doing contra dance? I've considered wicking shirts, but I thought that they might cause the sweat to simply end up on the shirt's surface of my shoulder where my dance partner holds me. Does that make sense? I want to minimize sweat there. It would be really helpful if you could be very specific, to the point of links to products.
posted by rwatson
on Dec 23, 2010 -
What is different, in terms of the stitching or the weave & so forth, between a $50 Gap shirt and a $400 italian shirt? Between cheap blue jeans and couture jeans? How would a knowledgeable person be able to look at an item of clothing and immediately be able to tell that it is very well-made? I'm aware that some (most?) of the markup in price comes from buying a brand name, or the fact that the design is compelling. I'm not interested in that; what I'm interested in are the differences in construction, differences that are objective rather than subjective. Also, pointers to websites with helpful pictures would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Frobenius Twist
on Nov 21, 2010 -