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Name (and software) for technique of tailoring clothes from triangles

I've seen a few articles about dresses, clothes and other structures designed by algorithm: you input a shape (a scan of a body, a 3d model of a dress, etc), and the algorithm reduces it to a mesh of triangles. These triangles can then be cut out of fabric and stitched together to make an odd-looking but well-fitted garment. What's this technique called? Is the software freely available? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

A few years on and still clueless-which shoes the sequel!

Which shoes with this dress? [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 on Dec 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Down Vests That Don't Make Me Look Like The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

I wear my puffy down vest everywhere in the (San Francisco) wintertime. It feels comfy and cozy, but it balloons out and puffs up around the sides for a "winter sports" look that makes me look much larger than I am. I'm looking for a down vest with a more polished and fitted look. Can you recommend some down vests that are still warm but cut to flatter a woman's body? Price range < $170. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Christian Loubutton

I'd like to replace the buttons on my women's winter coat to change/elevate the look a bit (I've done this on jackets before). Is there a particular brand (or shop) of button that has a great reputation? Any I should avoid? Do you have a dream button? Anything I should watch out for, aside from obvious things like "make sure they fit the button hole"? Thanks!
posted by paperback version on Dec 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Deck me out for th'office party! Fa la la la la la la la la....

I am the world's WORST accessorizer. It is known. Last time I wanted to up my fashion game, Mefites were super helpful. Can you do it again, in a Partner's-Holiday-Office-Party flavour?! (Seasonally appropriate) snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I wear this women's hat?

What is the proper way to wear a women's hat that is gathered at the back and tall in the front, with a brim? And what is this type of hat called? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Find this belt?

I have no idea how to find this belt. I assume it's crocodile, or alligator?
posted by MrLLG on Dec 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Stylish, dressy professional women's scarves -- and not too big?

Ms. Justice would like to buy a few stylish, professional-looking scarves to dress up and add a splash of color to her business suits and jackets. One difficulty is that many scarves are just too big, giving the impression when worn that one has a small tablecloth draped around one's neck. Can you recommend some upscale, not overly flashy, scarf vendors who sell product suitable for professional office wear that is relatively small and thin?
posted by Mr. Justice on Nov 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Makeover montage, part ten thousand—accessorize me!

Please help me select, buy, and actually wear accessories/jewelry that look great and make me happy—from scratch. I need best practices, inspiration photos, or just that One Weird Trick that makes you look great and put-together every day. Go! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Nov 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Fashion bloggers with an edge, career edition

I'm looking for fashion blogs for inspiration as I'm trying to "dress for the job I want" in a creative field. Think tough but a hint of feminine. O Mefites, who's on your edgy creative fashion blogroll? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Nov 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Fashion Trends Explained

What blogs or other resources track the development of fashion trends, from the runways to widespread use? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Nov 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Want Red Wing Iron Ranger boots but for less

I really love these boots, but they're a bit more than I can or want to afford to spend on them right now. Anyone have suggestions for similar style boots that aren't quite so hard on the wallet? Some loss in quality/longevity is ok, as I won't be actually working in an iron mine with them.
posted by Inkoate on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for a nice pair of women's oxfords and/or brogues.

Help me find a pair of women's brogues or oxfords in a size 11. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Nov 13, 2014 - 15 answers

What is the kind of armhole in a dress?

What is the kind of armhole in this dress? Does it look good on ordinary people? How do I find similar armholes on dresses/blouses?
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

So fresh and so clean

I'm looking for clean, pretty, visually stimulating blogs for quick study breaks. [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Nov 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Bag Me Please oh wise MeFites! For I cannot bag alone!

So I need a new everyday purse and I think i'm sooo special that none of the already answered questions will do. I've spent hours and days searching and am turning to you for help. I am looking for a small bag with a short shoulder strap that is structured enough to bring to a nice dinner but not too fancy to be dropped on the floor. obnoxious branding need not apply. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by sarahnicolesays on Oct 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me find cute, affordable plus-size clothes

Between a recent fire at my apartment and a mix-up with the cleaning crew, all of my clothes are now gone except a few things I picked up at Target with a giftcard from a friend. Another friend was amazingly generous enough to send me $200 to help rebuild my wardrobe, and I am trying to figure out the most satisfying way to do so. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 28, 2014 - 26 answers

Do you know a website or magazine that sells "new" vintage clothes?

Hi, I'm looking for a magazine or website that sells clothes that are new but have an old fashioned look. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 27, 2014 - 21 answers

help me pants - thunder thigh edition

Hey folks I'm a reasonably fit male, 5'10" with a 32-34" waist and enormous thighs. Finding good pants is always problematic - typically they get around my trunks and are completely loose around my waist. I've had the best luck with Lucky brand jeans, but there must be more pant options out there. I try to dress casual chic - any tips, tricks or brand recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by askmehow on Oct 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Bear couture?

What are your favorite stores/blogs/forums/Instagram accounts focused on fashion for plus-sized *men*? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Oct 19, 2014 - 2 answers

blue and pink and brown and and and

How should I accessorize a solid colored dress without looking like a mismatched bag lady? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 14, 2014 - 21 answers

The floppening of fashion

I need help finding non-floppy tops to wear to work. As a petite woman with a nice figure, all I can find is tops that are loose and baggy; I'm looking for clothes that are a little more form-fitting. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Oct 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Please explain tailoring to me

I would like to have a few shirts made, I think? And maybe, eventually a suit? Please explain the basics of a professional tailor. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 13, 2014 - 11 answers

I need pants pockets my hands or keys fit in.

I need help finding pants with pockets large enough to fit my hands (when I'm standing around awkwardly) or a set of keys without them falling out when I'm walking from building to building. Caveat: women's pants that are somewhat professional with straight or tapered legs . [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Oct 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find sexy, fashionable underwear as a xmas gift for my bf!

My boyfriend is a clotheshorse and is a big fan of sexy undies in particular. I have no fashion sense whatsoever, but I would like to spend $25 or less on saucy & fashionable underwear as part of a Christmas gift to him. His favorite colors are Pantone 138, Apricot, and Pantone 1665, Carrot. He is fond of zany patterns & designs that might traditionally be considered "loud." Halp!
posted by zeusianfog on Oct 9, 2014 - 10 answers

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 - 10 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

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