Itchy, scratchy. The damn tag was at it again. I bought some new tops early in the year and they had fabric tags at the neckline — itchy, scratchy uncomfortable tags!
Sometimes I wonder whether designers wear their own clothes. Perhaps they are so involved in “the look” that they forget about “the comfort.”
Tags – Clothes should have the size printed at the neckline or a very small tag along the bottom of the side seams. I like to have the size as a point of reference for future purchases of that brand but I cut fabric tags out. The worst is when strangers are fingering your neck trying to “fix you.”
Branding – Why are designers so focused on having their name on your body? I have a purse that has the designer’s initials repeated continuously all over. I should get advertising royalties every time I use it.
Waist closures – Low rise doesn’t work for everyone. It cuts across my gut. You know the area that bloats or flattens depending on what you’ve eaten, making the pants tight or loose. I pluck out the rivet buttons and replace them with a normal button adding a little room. A little stretch in the fabric wouldn’t hurt either.
Buttons – Do we really need those fat riveted buttons (they are always on jeans) that make your stomach bigger? There used to be “hook and bar” closures on plants that gave a flat fit. Sometimes the bar had 2 or 3 slots you could select from. Why did they stop doing this?
Flaps on back pockets – Yes, I know they are supposed to fluff out my butt so I look like J-Lo (or is it Kim Kardashian now?) but I don’t need a fluffy butt. I wouldn’t look like J-Lo anyway. It’s too high and gets all bunched up when you wash it adding width to the hip area.
It’s about the fabric too. I remember buying beautiful madras tops that wrinkled into a small ball when you washed them. I rarely wore them. They were too hard to iron. Linen is tricky too. Some of it washes soft and some doesn’t.
My ironing basket — I don’t iron. At least not much anymore. Anything that needs ironing lands in a pile by my ironing board and sits there. This is the hospice of my “harder to maintain” clothes which I try not to buy. After a set amount of time, it goes off life support and into the trash or if I think some other
fool person would like it, into the donation basket.
Fashion products are one of my all-time pet peeves. The outcome should be beauty, comfort AND ease of care or you won’t wear it more than once unless of course you have a staff.
Oh yes, most women are not a size 2 so stop using that as your model!
Here is a past post on designers. Yes, I can get all riled up about this stuff!