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Started by fenderstrat on Jun 11, 2019 8:37:43 AM
Things that piss you right fucking off - clothing edition

Labels. Made of stuff that turns into wire wool after one wash, and so positioned as to cause maximum irritation. And sewn on with stitches so minuscule as to need a gas microscope of hextra power to unpick.

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Ginmonkey - 11 Jun 2019 08:49:11 (#1 of 165)

So so many -

Trousers that fail to take in to account the fact most women have a big difference in hip and waist measurements.

Skirts and dresses with no pockets.

Shoddy finishing.

Horrible man made fabrics

Otherwise decent clothes that are cut oddly or made of opaque material so you need a whole additional set of clothes underneath to make them wearable.

Dresses or tops that are designed so you cannot wear a bra but have no support.

Massive variations in dress sizes in the same shop.

All tights.

Gotout - 11 Jun 2019 08:58:13 (#2 of 165)

sewn on with stitches so minuscule as to need a gas microscope of hextra power to unpick.

My trick for removing those involves a very sharp craft knife (the kind with the snap off blades). Hold the garment between the knees and pull the label at one corner so the stitching is stretched and exposed slightly. Stroke the stitching with the edge of the knife and the threads will separate. The whole label can be removed quite quickly. Remember, just stroke the threads, don't try cutting the thread or you will cut the material.

goldfinch - 11 Jun 2019 09:00:13 (#3 of 165)

Asymmetrical clothing - any.

Jumpers that bobble after two wears.

Waterproof coats that aren’t actually waterproof.

All shoes but not boots.

Heckler - 11 Jun 2019 09:01:37 (#4 of 165)

Suits cut for Jack Skellington.

Gotout - 11 Jun 2019 09:05:07 (#5 of 165)

We haven't mentioned clothing sizes which use random numbers for the same sized garments.

HelenDamnation - 11 Jun 2019 09:05:22 (#6 of 165)

Everything Gin said, with a hefty dose of “you want £HOWFUCKINGMUCH for that?”. My enthusiasm for paying >£100 for anything made of polyester is extremely limited.

Ricolas - 11 Jun 2019 09:09:18 (#7 of 165)

This will be mainly a thread for women.

I was astonished when I realised what a poor deal women get in general regarding fitting when I worked at M&S head office. A man's shirt can be measured on 1. neck 2. shirt sleeve length 3. chest 4. slim/regular fit. A woman's blouse = size 8 (or whatever.). It's incredibly reductive.

So if a man's clothes do not fit, we have not been paying attention to the label. If a woman's clothes do not fit, she will have to search every bloody retailer until she finds one that caters for her shape and size - and even then, don't expect any consistency in any one store.

It was, I am slightly embarrassed to say, my first real wake up call to the sexism inherent and unspoken in the fashion industry.

helenskywalker - 11 Jun 2019 09:09:36 (#8 of 165)

Seconded for everything Ginmonkey says there.

rgtstoppedcounting - 11 Jun 2019 09:10:16 (#9 of 165)

Asymmetrical clothing - any.

Nothing with buttons then?

Ricolas - 11 Jun 2019 09:12:41 (#10 of 165)

nb apologies for my SPEKE YORE BRANE post there, but it is a bug-bear of mine.

Ginmonkey - 11 Jun 2019 09:12:52 (#11 of 165)

Indeed Ric. I have got good at making small alterations - recently I bought a sundress but to get it to fit around the hips I had to get a size up so the straps that were too long and the bodice a little too wide. So I spent half an hour or so shortening the straps and taking the sides of the bodice in a little. All that could have been avoided if they just made the straps adjustable.

OneOfOne - 11 Jun 2019 09:23:24 (#12 of 165)

Skinny legged trousers. I don't have huge legs but I can't get into most trousers these days. Had to buy a 34 waist to be taken in to 31 the other day. The 32 was like a spiderman suit on me

Heckler - 11 Jun 2019 09:41:12 (#13 of 165)

My wife has size nine feet, she plays a game where we pop our heads around the door of shoe shops and ask "any size nines?" before even bothering to actually look at the shoes inside.

See also any ladies cycling clothing not made for elves.

I don't have huge legs but I can't get into most trousers these days.



This, I wear out suit trousers at the top of the thighs on the inside as my Chris Hoy like muscles (Hardly!?) rub constantly and wear through the fabric.

SinnerBoy - 11 Jun 2019 09:47:17 (#14 of 165)

Gotout -

We haven't mentioned clothing sizes which use random numbers for the same sized garments.

I always try jeans on, as I'm either a 34, or a 36.

Cordelia - 11 Jun 2019 10:00:16 (#15 of 165)

any ladies cycling clothing not made for elves.

That's one of my annoyances. Also pretty much all the stuff Gin said, but very especially the pockets. WHERE ARE MY POCKETS?????

And leg lengths. Some places are now better at having short/regular/long but not all, and not all longs are the same. Most websites (womens' clothes anyway) don't usually specify the inside leg length anyway so you're left guessing. And the real annoyance is that although they'll often tell you something like "the model is 5'10' and wearing a size 8" they won't say whether she's wearing a regular or long. Sigh.

Ginmonkey - 11 Jun 2019 10:08:40 (#16 of 165)

I had that the other day - I was buying a swimming costume and they offered it in "regular" or "long" but they did not specify what that actually meant.

That's another thing - swimming costumes - all I want is a well cut swimming costume in a nice colour that keeps everything in its place - they either seem to be expensive sports one or ridiculous ones with tassels, cutouts, embellishments, no support etc.. or once you go above a size 14 basically control wear with strange ties or ruched bits around the stomach.

I thought I had found a nice one in M&S the other say only to see there was a large metal clap at the back clasp at the back. I am buying it to wear on a beach where the average temperature will be 32 degrees and go swimming in salt water - I do not want anything metal on it.

surferboogiewhatever - 11 Jun 2019 10:22:52 (#17 of 165)

Horrible man made fabrics

Yes! I would probably buy quite a lot of my smarter clothes in Roman - they have some beautiful looking dresses, but they're never cotton!

Exposed zips ruin many an otherwise attractive garment, especially if they're gold. In fact any gold coloured embellishments or fastenings, for me.

On swimsuits, why do so may of them have to have halter necks? I hate halter necks! So often, in shops I can afford, the only ones that have two normal straps don't have any shaping and are just not as nice designs as the halter necks in every other way.

And the fact that my local New Look (first port of call for affordable basics) has closed down.

HouseOfLametta - 11 Jun 2019 10:49:37 (#18 of 165)

Trouser pockets, which, when you sit down empty the contents down the back of the chair.

Non stick shoelaces.

cozzer - 11 Jun 2019 10:53:52 (#19 of 165)

made of opaque material so you need a whole additional set of clothes underneath

Um, what?

FleurDuMal - 11 Jun 2019 11:05:41 (#20 of 165)

Trousers which are always too long for me, so I have to pay to have them shortened.

I call it The Shortarse Tax.

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