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Re: clothes

Post by magic tea » Sun May 02, 2010 13:01

Ugh, Astrid, I know what you mean about crop-tops and other horror in the shops at the moment. I've given up clothes shopping in shops at the moment because they're full of nasty prints and badly-fitting things.

That second M&S dress is lovely, but yeah, too Kelly-green! It is a difficult thing to find forest green and bottle green shades at this time of year I guess.

The second LuLu's dress is great! I'll have to keep my eye on that site.

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Re: clothes

Post by Woodbine » Mon May 03, 2010 09:46

String Bean Jen wrote: I would check the Falke brand online. Go into Selfridges as they have a big selection of many different brands of tights, from the cheap to the expensive. What other stores have big tights selections...?

In the states I used to get most of my tights from TJ Maxx and Marshall's. All the seasons old cast-offs that no one wanted for dead cheap. Do they have any of those in Canada?
I think John Lewis are quite good for tights (although possibly similar to Selfridges) - they have all those nice Jonathan Aston ones that I can't wear because they don't make them long enough for me. Nobody seems to make longer tights in interesting patterns, you can just about get seamed ones or fishnets if you're lucky, and the most adventurous colour I've found is dark purple. So it's boring tights all the way for me unfortunately.
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Re: clothes

Post by Branwell 3.0 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 02:09

Here's something of a dilemma. My girlfriend is really insistent that I wear cardigans.

On one level, I don't mind -- I suppose I need to wear something over my shirts, and cardigans are relatively comfortable. (Also, she has bought me like three cardigans. So I suppose I have to wear them.) And I will admit, I suppose I look good in cardigans, insofar as it is possible for me to look good.

(That much having been said, there have been a couple of circumstances under which we have been mistaken for two women while together.

Then again, I was wearing a corduroy jacket one of those times, not a cardigan.

Then again again, she recommended the corduroy jacket to me.

I don't think she is trying to make me look like a woman -- she has also suggested that I shave less often, so as to look scruffier. And I am not one of those macho guys who is aghast that I could ever be even momentarily mistaken for (presumably) a somewhat androgynous-looking woman. Then again, I do get the sense that if I wasn't so amused by it, it would be a little upsetting.

This is not even the major issue.)

The major problem is this: I'm willing to concede that she knows a lot more about clothing than I do. But I feel... less than comfortable with taking advice I don't understand. It's as though someone's going to quiz me on the cardigans, and I'm not going to have any of the answers -- as though it is fraudulent for me to dress at all well. Before I met her, my clothing was largely rumpled and somewhat the wrong size, and the great advantage of this was that I couldn't disappoint anyone's expectations. These days, I constantly feel as though I'm going to make some kind of mistake, because I am basically dressing myself based on hearsay and conjecture, and be exposed as someone who is trying too hard. Which would be one thing if I cared enough to try (too hard), but...

...pants still confuse me. There are so few kinds of pants out there, I do feel as though there is some trick I haven't grasped (about pants).
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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Mon Aug 23, 2010 14:55

I bet your girlfriend just think cardigans are hot so unless you feel really, really uncomfortable and weird about wearing a cardigan, go for it! She wouldn't suggest anything that looked silly or weird, it probably just suits you well and she has picked up on it. But you should always feel good about yourself. Sometimes a new kind of garment can make you insecure in the way of "Do I look ridiculous? Does everyone look at me and think 'That person's ridiculous! What are they WEARING?!" but it may very well be just the novelty of wearing something different.

Cardigans I think - these days - are pretty much a no-brainer. They're everywhere, and in every man's section at the high street stores, so I wouldn't worry about looking silly or like you're trying to look too cool wearing one. I think it's a classic, simple look that won't look dumb in a photo 10 years from now.

Things that to me scream try-hard tend to be overly avant garde, weird for weird's sake, or clearly ridiculous things, like men who wear t-shirts with super low cut necklines and have half their chest hanging out.

Try one from an inexpensive brand or second hand, and see how it goes. Pair it with a t-shirt and jeans/whatever trousers you tend to wear and feel comfortable in.
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Re: clothes

Post by Final Loan » Mon Aug 23, 2010 15:08

I don't like cardigans.

With the exception of a proper old man's cardigan that I bought at a charity shop with the intention of looking like Perry White from the '80s Superman films.
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Re: clothes

Post by stolenwine » Mon Aug 23, 2010 15:18

i'm a fan of cardigans. i'm usually ALWAYS cold and it's nice to know i'll always have a cardigan to keep me warm.
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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Mon Aug 23, 2010 15:22

And yes, I like cardigans too, on gals and guys.

Me, I have every variety possible. Chunky ones for winter (cosy!) to go with a cute dress, really light ones for summer, and normal ones for everything in-between.
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Re: clothes

Post by Branwell 3.0 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 21:17

Yeah, I'm being sillly. I guess I didn't know that cardigans are okay, so now I do, so I don't need to worry about not knowing now.
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Re: clothes

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 23, 2010 21:53

Cardies are well trendy these days. I blame that Mark Ronson.

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Mind you, he nicked that whole look from JamieC and Pop Kid.

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Post by linus » Mon Aug 23, 2010 21:56

*sigh*

a committed cardigan wearer for 30 years and usurped by these young gay blades

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Re: clothes

Post by Sasha » Wed Aug 25, 2010 07:26

Cardigans ftw

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Re: clothes

Post by mop » Thu Aug 26, 2010 22:12

Branwell 3.0 wrote:Here's something of a dilemma. My girlfriend is really insistent that I wear cardigans.

...pants still confuse me. There are so few kinds of pants out there, I do feel as though there is some trick I haven't grasped (about pants).
I think you need to ask her where her cardigan fetish came from. Is she asking you to wear them at home or outdoors? Maybe there's some sort of special club you can join?

You could buy her things that would make her uncomfortable? Some suggestions to get you started: a body con dress, or something inappropriately short and see through from American Apparel, something really moldy smelling and itchy from a second hand shop but insist its vintage and that she must wear it.

Failing that grow a pair and tell her you don't want to wear them?

American pants or British pants?

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Re: clothes

Post by Branwell 3.0 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:14

No. I like cardigans. They're comfortable, and I suppose I look good in them. (Insofar as my appearance is capable of being described as such.) I just live in constant terror of being exposed as a fraud, is all.

Not that I am in any particularly meaningful sense a fraud. But wouldn't it be awful if I were somehow exposed as one anyway?

And yeah, I guess I could extend the range of my confusion to all clothing below the waist. I'm not even that good at shoes, really.
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Re: clothes

Post by Carys » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:53

Aren't most men dressed by their girlfriends to some extent? I wouldn't worry.

When me and Russ met, most of his clothes were awful, really just because he never gave it much thought and wasn't confident choosing stuff. We picked out some stuff together over the years that was nicer and fitted better, and now he has a much better sense of what suits him and looks good.

I find it much easier picking out nice men's clothes than women's too.

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Re: clothes

Post by Woodbine » Sun Sep 12, 2010 19:04

The Biba collection for House of Fraser is well disappointing! And what happened to keeping it within the concept of the original brand (i.e. affordable wearable fashion) - £425 for a dress? Fuck off!
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Post by Sylvie » Sun Sep 12, 2010 21:27

It looks like the stuff I wouldn't touch at Topshop, but at four times the price! I agree, they have completely missed the point of original Biba. How many times are they going to relaunch though? I remember them being around in the late '80s/early '90s and that was more affordable, but pretty boring.

I think they should make Mary Quant more available across the UK. It's a shame it's tucked away in one shop in Knightsbridge. Just being able to buy the make up near here or online would be good enough for me!
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Re: clothes

Post by Woodbine » Wed Dec 22, 2010 23:01

A bargain at £1650.

http://www.mulberry.com/?gclid=cnv_6np6 ... /category/

Actually that pic doesn't really do it justice - here it is on a model.

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Re: clothes

Post by Woodbine » Mon Feb 21, 2011 23:24

Wish I had the figure to wear this

http://www.monsoon.co.uk/shorts+crops/g ... /86304188/

However I fear it would be very unforgiving on the arse.
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Post by Tweetotal » Sat Jun 11, 2011 21:24

H&m children's section have always done their job where I'm concerned (short skinny person with no imagination) Basically my uniform for the past six years has been: kids jeans, t shirt, hi top trainers. A few people have mentioned that I have a nice figure and would look good in a dress, but I wouldn't even know where to begin.
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Post by stolenwine » Sun Jun 12, 2011 04:52

i get a lot of stuff out of the kid's section too - it's actually really good for dresses! i think if you're short and skinny, high waisted stuff that kinda flares out a bit is a good bet. i dunno, i think that's what suits me best (i could be wrong!) but i find low/regular waisted dresses just make me look kinda funny (funnier?) so maybe look out for that type of high-waisted/flared style? i guess it's kind of like a babydoll dress thing but not as loose? good luck in your search!
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