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This is going to involve suspenders, isn't it?

Say I choose to live my life as a (superficially) middle-class educated man from the late 1920's USA, but, you know, with internet and healthcare. What fashion magazines/articles/pictures/blogs do I model myself after? What interior design resources inspire me? What kind of accessories do I use? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Here's the knockoff, what's the original?

I love this bag, but it's made from PVC, not leather. Is it a knockoff of another, higher-quality bag? That I can buy? [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Sep 15, 2014 - 3 answers

What brand are my jeans?

In my distaste for brands I tend to remove tags from my clothing, but in one case this has backfired - I found a brand of jeans which fit me perfectly. Sans tag, all I have to go on is the imprint on the buttons. It's a shield with a pointed demon tail (tangential ask: what is that pointy thing called and where does it come from?). Can you ID my jeans? Here is a photo.
posted by bkudria on Sep 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I buy this Shinola watch?

I'm in the market for this new watch. I toured the Shinola factory over two years ago and I was really enamored with the whole thing. So this is not an impulse purchase. I've been thinking about this for awhile. My apprehension is: I am aware that Shinola is owned by Fossil and many people think the 'Detroit Made' marketing is all hype. This very well may be true, but I couldn't help but be personally touched by the whole experience when I visited the factory. That said, I don't know much about watches and want to make sure I'm really getting a quality look and price/value here. Plus, I haven't found many reviews (at all) about Shinola online. If you'd recommend NOT buying this watch, I'd appreciate if you could recommend an alternative. What I'm looking for is a basic white, round face with date, larger face, with a leather strap. I'm 30 work in mid-management in a casual office so an everyday, slightly dressed watch in < $600 price range is the target. Oh and please do not say, Apple Watch. Thank you!
posted by gocubbies on Sep 12, 2014 - 27 answers

What are you wearing with your leggings??

Mefi ladies? What are you wearing with your leggings? Really, where are you getting cute shirts that cover your butt and shoes...well probably not sneakers. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Sep 11, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me find this leather jacket, please.

I saw this leather jacket (and scarf, although a friend swears it's a sweater) on Tumblr but sadly the original poster didn't cite the source and doesn't have an ask box so I cannot ask him/her directly: [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Sep 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Tights that won't attract (as much) cat hair?

I love wearing tights, but the ones I just bought are a magnet for cat hair. Have you found any that aren't? Does the amount of polyester in the mix make a difference?
posted by chaiminda on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Tired of not really having a wardrobe, but unsure where to begin!

At the ripe old age of 37, I've decided I'd like to look more put together and explore wearing clothes that aren't my usual uniform of "jeans, add t-shirt; in case of winter, add sweaters." But there are always snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 8, 2014 - 12 answers

What does the well dressed cycle commuter wear in winter?

I am a male academic. I try to dress modestly well (typical outfit: sport coat, button down shirt, tie, trousers), though I am a novice at doing so. What should I wear over top of my sport coat in winter that will keep me warm, look nice, and still allow me the range of motion required to ride my bike? [more inside]
posted by q9f9A on Sep 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Are there people online who will design a capsule wardrobe for me?

I know I could just ask y'all (and I might), but-- is there some sort of fashion-oriented online community where people are hip and helpful, where I could post the relevant information about myself (build, taste, lifestyle, climate) and say "build me a minimal wardrobe for the fall?" And then they would have fun putting together a handful of links for me, and I could get dressed and look sharp and not have to think about it? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Sep 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Is wearing a miniskirt as a cisman appropriative?

I was talking with one of my friends and they brought up that they saw my wearing of miniskirts as inappropriate. I've never considered this, having considered my ability to dress how I want as a part of my liberation from conservative past and binary gendering of clothing. I wear mostly women's clothing simply because they feel comfortable and I have a phenomenal set of dance legs which I enjoy showing off in a myriad of fashions. Am I missing something? Thanks!
posted by burntbook on Aug 26, 2014 - 71 answers

Where do all the cool, hip Norse Vikings shop?

ClothingFilter: Where on Earth do men with "athletic builds" (big shoulders/chest; smaller waist relative to other proportions) reliably shop for fashionable, casual upper-body clothing? What style blogs and resources exist for dudes like myself? I am pretty sick of having to try on a zillion things to little success at most stores or to rely exclusively on very large thrift stores for finding something by random chance ... and "Big and Tall" stores are usually much too big?! [more inside]
posted by Keter on Aug 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Everyday Tomboy Style

I think it's time to update/upgrade my fashion style now that I'm slightly older and dressing as a HS boy is not seen as positive in the early 20s in metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Where to look for slim-fitting men's knitting patterns

My mother-in-law is a prolific knitter, and I'd like to get her to knit me a pullover for winter. Trouble is, most home-made knitwear tends towards the baggy, which looks ridiculous on me - I wear a European size slim fit small for most tops. Is there anywhere online I can search for knitting patterns that won't look like a tent one me?
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Hat Help!

Here's a question about hats and heads. My head, to be precise. It's big. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Aug 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Grown-up looking small, tight, hair clips

I have very, very fine hair. I wear these hair clips every day to keep my hair. Can you recommend similarly small, strong clips that look either a) more professional or b) more special but not cheap? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Aug 8, 2014 - 21 answers

one small women's undershirt to rule them all!

Can you help me find the form-fitting, top-supporting undershirt of my dreams? I'm looking for something I can buy 15-20 of because I hate shopping and just want to get it over with. I've been wearing "long and lean" tank tops, and they're completely amazing fresh off the rack, but they get loose and stretchy after only a few washes and wears. Specifics below the fold! [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Aug 7, 2014 - 23 answers

Eric Clapton's penis

This 1967 photo of Cream. I have questions. About Eric Clapton's penis. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Need gift for 35 year old woman -HELP

I need a birthday gift for a glamourous 35 year old daughter of a close friend. Not a book nor a gift voucher, nothing for kitchen or home, more like beauty or fashion oriented of which she has a lot but never mind, it's the thought that counts -right? Something I can wrap and hand to them. She wears about a size 8. Budget of around $50 or £30-£40. I am really stumped-please help and thank you. And I did search previous questions.
posted by claptrap on Jul 30, 2014 - 29 answers

The clothes on my back.

I'm a lady, it's hot, I'm shaped weird, I need something to wear that looks nice and isn't t-shirts, and my fashion sense is totally failing me. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

What kind of necklace length/shape to wear with different necklines?

I've been branching out into more dresses and trying to figure out what length/shape of necklaces look best with different necklines. I have plenty of necklaces I like, just not sure what to wear with what. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jul 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Nail color inspiration for wedding guest outfit?

What outside-the-box-color nail polish would best accent a black cocktail dress (with silver accent beading) and silver shoes? [more inside]
posted by shelle on Jul 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Help a young male create his capsule wardrobe!

What are the basic essentials for a young man's wardrobe? What's the best approach to building a versatile, comfortable, and stream-lined wardrobe from scratch? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jul 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Clothes to pack for late summer trip to Montreal/Ontario lakehouse?

What stylish but versatile mix and match clothing articles and accessories should I pack for three July nights in Montreal and four nights in a cabin off Lake Beverly in Ontario? How do I keep them looking "fresh" despite heat, humidity, and my own unforgiving sweat? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find these golden high-tops!

So this website sells these awesome Game of Thrones House Martell high-top sneakers. Unfortunately they don't have them in my size (US Men's 13). I cried for a bit, and now I'm asking: Where can I find high-tops in a similar golden-orange color? I really love it!
posted by nickhb on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

I need to find the best barber in the Boulder, CO area

I've just moved to Boulder from NYC and I'm looking for an experienced, no-frills men's barber that can handle a classic tapered haircut. I have had great Russian barbers in NYC but this is CO, and I can't find much. Looking for a barber that can handle an all scissors cut and one that is relegated to guard clippers. I'm willing to travel to a nearby area but would prefer not having to make the trip to Denver.
posted by foreversport on Jul 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Hat's off to you!

I love wearing hats. I have many: fedora, bowler, newsboy, boater, summer straw, cowboy, porkpie . . . . How can I make best use of my suave accessories? [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Jun 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Fran Lebowitz in skirts

Looking for websites and books for guidance and encouragement, not just techniques, in professional dress. I am entering a field where the top echelon of business casual seems to be the default setting. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Jun 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Cute short feminine hairstyles for curly haired trans lady?

Hello everyone! I am early in my transition as a trans woman and am working on growing my hair out. In the meantime I am interested in figuring out some way to do my hair that looks cute and feminine and doesn't require a ton of maintenance. [more inside]
posted by tinyfolk on Jun 20, 2014 - 49 answers

Where to find casual men's clothes for the office?

My company just moved from business casual to casual. Most of my clothes are business casual and I'd like to upgrade my wardrobe (on a reasonable budget) to dress sharp in a casual (jeans ok, shorts not) environment. I'm 30 in middle management so looking for something contemporary, but not cutting edge that would look sharp in a big, conservative Midwest company. Can you point me to online resources to help find outfits that look good and are reasonably priced? Thanks in advance!
posted by gocubbies on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm a pregnant snowflake. Help me dress myself.

The past 3 years of my life have brought both steady weight gain and financial instability, leaving me with a very sparse, heavily-worn and ill-fitting wardrobe. The financial strain has finally lifted, so yay! time to get some new clothes. The problem? I'm 10 weeks pregnant, teetering into plus sizes, and trying to strategize my purchases for maximum future wear. [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Jun 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Mens Pants Filter - Either the butt or the waist fits, but not both

Whenever I shop for pants or shorts, almost everything I try on either has a tight waist and comfortable butt, or tight butt and too-loose waist. This applies across various brands. I like to say that I'm little in the middle but I got much back, but my proportions aren't that strange. Skinny jeans don't fit me, but I'm not going for pleated dockers, either. I wear approximately a 30" waist and 28" inseam. Guys, can you recommend any brands that solve this problem?
posted by 4midori on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Online shop for new designers womens clothing ?

what is a good online shop for simple original womenswear (wearable to work). new designers or original fashion appart from the brands stocked at most dept stores.(nordstrom/saks, etc..) [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Jun 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Scrubs for a tall skinny guy?

Where can I buy scrubs that fit me? I'm a tall, skinny guy (6' 1", 31" waist) and would like to buy several sets of scrubs in neutral colors. Suggestions of online sources, chain stores or local places (currently in the DC area) are all welcome.
posted by killdevil on Jun 4, 2014 - 3 answers

The horror of "casual", the heat of "summer"

I am a tall (5'11), fat (22/24), lady, soon-to-be attorney working in a downtown law office that just declared the next few months to be "Casual Summer". Help me look professional and casual and feel comfortable at the same time. Difficulty: pants. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 4, 2014 - 32 answers

Nail polish that is free of chemicals but won't chip

Do you know a nail polish that is fee of chemicals like formaldehyde, etc.? I think they call it the 4 free or 5 free.........I tried the polish called "Butter" but it chipped right away. I'm willing to even just have 2 or 3 free if I can have a polish that does not chip the next day. I'm just trying to find something with "less" chemicals than the normal polish. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

What if Carhartt and 2(x)ist had a baby?

I need new clothes, and I would like, for once, clothes that look good. Significant bonus points if they signal modesty and I can do some physical work in them. [more inside]
posted by The Gaffer on Jun 2, 2014 - 7 answers

What various socks are best for work, walking, lounging, and more?

Askmefites always recommend socks. The best gift for dad, the best thing to spend money on, the best things to put on your feet, etc. Sometimes they recommend brands, sometimes they recommend uses of the socks. Usually, they just say "buy good socks". This is basically a question asking for more details. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

T-shirts that don't feel like t-shirts

I am looking for higher-end women's t-shirts that drape beautifully and fit great. Where do I find them? A surprising number of details and preferences and constraints inside! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 2, 2014 - 21 answers

Where can I find this shirt from a Downton Abbey episode?

I'm looking to find a shirt (blouse? top? I'm not really sure of the proper terminology) that the character, Lady Mary, wore in Downton Abbey (season 4, episode 7). Screenshot links inside. [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Professional dress for an early evening "Gala"

I've been invited to attend an anniversary dinner/fundraiser for a regional nonprofit advocacy group. I'll be attending as a guest of a work-related higher-up, and the event will doubtless involve a bunch of professional networking small talk. They're calling it a gala... but the event starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. What on earth do I wear? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Wearing you makes me feel oh so good

Things that feel great to wear...what are they? I value comfort immensely when it comes to clothing, but I also want to feel confident in what I'm wearing. I'm okay with suggestions for casual wear, but I have a much harder time finding comfortable clothing that's both stylish and dressy/professional. [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time on May 29, 2014 - 23 answers

Everyday Femme Radness

What belongs in my starter femme/androgynous/genderqueer ensemble? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 25, 2014 - 14 answers

What do you wear to dress up if you're androgynous?

Looking for something in between gowns and suits. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Formalwear for Slender Men

My fiance needs a suit, possibly even a tux. He is very tall and slender. What are some good resources to find a suit that will look flattering on him? [more inside]
posted by lady3bird on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Activities for a fashion and beauty fanatic in London and Paris

We have booked our trip to London and Paris this summer-yay! My 17 year old daughter will be with us, and she loves everything related to fashion and beauty-style guides, shopping, makeup, museums, resale stores, all that. I don't love to shop, but am happy to include some in our trip. Any specific ideas for us in those two cities? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on May 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Best NYC clothes stores for larger guys? Goal: step up from jeans & tees

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 - 9 answers

Men-t the Runway

Is there an equivalent to Rent the Runway for men? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on May 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Tell me everything you know about shirt garters.

Thanks to this comment, I've learned about shirt garters/shirt stays. Who knew?! And I have questions. Do you have experience with these straps of contraption? [more inside]
posted by barchan on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

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