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February 25

Should I get wooden glasses?

In the UK and considering wooden glasses frames. I have a high prescription for short sightedness and wear glasses full time. I'm concerned about durability and would like some advice from people who have owned wooden glasses themselves. [more inside]
posted by Captain Najork at 1:57 AM - 7 answers

February 23

Blow Dryers

Do expensive blow dryers offer a significant advantage over cheaper ones? Is the difference still significant if I diffuse my hair primarily? For expensive, I’d say in the $100-200 range - I’m not considering anything more than that. For cheap, anything in the $30 and above range. I have very thick, dense curly hair.
posted by Aranquis at 8:37 AM - 15 answers

February 21

The most comfortable mens' pants...?

Nearly a year of not wearing office/dress pants as I work remotely has left me with the realization that the few casual pants I do own are unsuitable for sitting for long periods of time, and I'm tired of exclusively wearing sweats. I've seen a few previous Ask Qs that focus on jeans or work pants, but I'd broaden the question to: What are the most comfortable, currently available pants, i.e., non-sweatpants, you can recommend for a man of average height/weight? Thanks.
posted by the sobsister at 12:17 PM - 21 answers

My favourite shirt is almost dead.

Inspired by the sun coming out in London today: My all-time favourite T-shirt is falling to bits and likely won't survive another summer. Can you help me replace it? Images of the shirt front: here, a closeup on the cartoon here, and the creator's signature here. [more inside]
posted by Orkney Vole at 10:10 AM - 10 answers

February 18

find me some striped knit to looove

I would like to own the closest approximation to the excellent sweater Brian May is wearing in Queen's Somebody To Love video. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 5:00 PM - 7 answers

February 17

Strapless bra all day, every day?

Due to shoulder/neck pain, I can’t handle bras with shoulder straps. Do you know of a strapless bra or bandeau comfortable enough to wear as a primary bra? [more inside]
posted by bananacabana at 9:38 PM - 12 answers

February 16

How to dress up as Beth & Benny from "The Queen's Gambit"

Sure, Halloween is ... [mumble] months away, but it's the pandemic, so what else have we got to do? My girlfriend and I were enraptured by The Queen's Gambit and would like to dress as Beth Harmon and Benny Watts. Would love any and all ideas for doing so. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:02 AM - 6 answers

February 14

Best way to do T-shirt sales for activist group?

I am thinking about my activist group selling T-shirts to our members. We have about 200 members across the state. There are at least a couple of ways we could go about this, and I wonder whether you have any recommendations or other advice. [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 5:01 PM - 4 answers

Ooops - spot stained my jacket - any hope?!

I've spot stained my jacket - it was dirty in patches so I sprayed on some Tableau Spot Dry Cleaner which instead of drying to a powder and being brush-off-able, sort of soaked in and formed almost like a water ring stain - kind of the opposite of what it's supposed to do... Anyway I've put the coat through the washing machine at 30º on a delicates wash and whilst it's a bit better, I'm still left with faint white stains on an otherwise beautiful 'burnt orange' colour. [more inside]
posted by dance at 2:16 AM - 4 answers

February 12

Reverse engineering a cat collar cover

We are beginning to spend a small fortune on oversized cat collars from places like to stop our cat from killing birds and for him to be more visible when he is outside. I'd like to start making something at home that accomplishes the same thing because every month or so he will lose his collar somewhere (we can't find them and no one has returned them). Cat tax. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 4:35 PM - 10 answers

February 9

The Enigma of My Girlfriend's Hair

I adore my girlfriend and her hair. I've noticed that she says odd things about her hair though. Can you help me help her? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 12:57 PM - 27 answers

February 7

Sometimes a dress isn't just a dress. It's also a plate of beans.

I'm trying to sew a dress for the first time. I'm using a Butterick pattern (B4443 dress E) and sewing by hand. I'm currently making a muslin, but the final dress will be made of shweshwe (woven cotton), and Bemberg lining (woven viscose). I have questions about seam finishes, thread, and knots, especially as regards strength vs. bulk. Any other advice also welcome! Halp. [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 12:25 PM - 10 answers

Fleece Slippers For A Big Kid

Hi! My son is 14 and has worn these slippers from LLBean for many years. He's now outgrown the largest size and I am looking for a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Kangaroo at 8:50 AM - 10 answers

February 6

The evolution of fashion over the last few decades

Fashion history is a casual interest of mine. I’ve never studied it systematically, but just by viewing lots of pictures, I’ve picked up enough knowledge to be able to fairly accurately identify when an item of American or European women’s clothing was created, to the decade. E.g., if I see an item of women’s clothing, I can usually correctly date it to, say, the 1810s or the 1940s or whatever. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y at 9:47 AM - 25 answers

February 1

Shoes for sore feet on concrete

I spend 3 to 4 hours a day on a concrete floor and my feet get sore, especially the ball of my foot behind my little toe. Can you recommend a shoe that will give me some relief? [more inside]
posted by donpardo at 11:15 AM - 21 answers

Sewing pants for myself & grandkid

My eldest grandchild has various sensory things that make many items of clothing annoying or uncomfortable. I want to make a pair of pants for him. It occurred to me that it would be fun to make a pair of pants for myself as well. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 11:14 AM - 7 answers

January 31

Thin, large, men's dress socks that can be laundered without shrinking.

I'm looking for men's crew dress socks that are: (1) as thin as possible, with no extra padding anywhere, (2) black or gray with minimal decoration, (3) sized for wide and moderately large feet with a very wide toe box, and (4) can be washed and tumble-dried without shrinking. Any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by eotvos at 11:29 AM - 7 answers

January 30

How to care for a few grey hairs

I've noticed a few grey hairs on my head recently (less than 10 total). They seem to be thinner and frizzier than my other hairs. Are there any changes I need to make to my haircare routine to care for them properly? Difficulty: allergies and skin irritations mean any products with artificial fragrances are out, and "don't use shampoo" is not an option. [more inside]
posted by SockISalmon at 2:05 PM - 6 answers

January 28

Dress me like my edgy dreams

I have a style that I love, have explored, but cannot for the life of me seem to find where to buy or exactly how to make regular things cool in the way I want. Shopping sites? Inspo? DIY? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 4:19 AM - 8 answers

January 27

Unfortunately, kindred spirits are out of the question.

I have been thinking about getting a tattoo for a long time. I've thought about it so long that my original plan would no longer work, sadly. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Nieshka at 9:20 AM - 5 answers

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