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A Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Today I'm going to write about clothes.

You see, I like clothes. As an art form, as a source of comfort, as an extension of my personality. I like the feel of fabrics, the idiosyncrasies of buttons, the variety of cuts. I don't follow fashions - I don't see any point; but I am fascinated by the way clothing affects people, and the way people interact with it.

I've been wanting a hoodie for a long time. I knew what it was going to look like: large, red, with a kangaroo pocket. Really snuggly, pyjama-like, warm, comforting. One thing I've learned a long time ago is that things I want tend to be hard to find. Sometimes I have to ignore some of the requirements. So I now have a green hoodie. It has a kangaroo pocket and is very snuggly indeed. It's the largest size Primark had - an 18 - but it's still quite close over my chest. It's immensely comforting. I now wear it everywhere...

Bras are difficult. On one hand, their support is indispensable, and a comfortable bra may feel like a godsend. On the other hand, bra shopping can be near-tortuous, and endlessly frustrating. By the time you've found a bra that you like, that's in a cut that fits, that doesn't scratch or itch, it's never available in your size. And if you do find the miracle that is the near-perfect bra, and therefore wear it at all times, it betrays you by the unravelling of the underwire. Being poked in the breast by a rogue underwire is an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Jeans. A staple in most people's wardrobes. You'd think it should be relatively straightforward - you see, you buy, you wear. Not so. Finding a pair that's the right length, that shows off your arse in the best possible way, that matches the colour of your dreams, that goes with everything and withstands the onslaught of the elements is near impossible. And then, of course, it goes the way of the near-perfect bra, by falling apart when you've only just gotten used to the idea of sharing your life with it.

And then you go into a shop to buy some jeans, and encounter the most gorgeous denim corset-style sleeveless jacket ever, and of course it fits you just so, and shrinks your waist, and showcases your boobs, and of course the price tag leaves you in tears. So the vision of that perfect jacket will forever haunt your dreams.

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thedinster
Apr. 5th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Have you ever tried those jeggings/treggings?

They're basically like thick leggings out of denim/cotton that look like jeans, except they're 100 times more comfortable as they're like a second skin, and pull one in a bit, I really like them and they stretch to be any length too :)
cosmic_elephant
Apr. 5th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
God no. I believe that very few people look good in those things, and I would not be one of them.

Besides, I'm not one for wearing something that everyone else is wearing.
kimbleshi
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
I agree with all those points *sigh*
Bras and Jeans are so difficult (to the point where I'm planning on making my own). I won't bore you with the number of times that I have stumbled into the most gorgeous items of clothing only to find the price tag to be over £200 :( I do love clothes so much. Beautiful things. I collect them. My collection needs to be greatly reduced because I have no room and lots of them don't fit or are things I've never actually worn but have just looked at.

I do however now seem to have clothes moths. I don't know where they're coming from and I have no idea what precious things they are munching through :(
cosmic_elephant
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
You're planning on making your own bras? Wow...

My plan is to lose some weight, so that I can look good in pretty clothes... But I do wish I could afford clothes I like. Or just some new clothes.
kimbleshi
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
They won't be wired but I don't really need them to be, but yes. I eventually plan to make some bras such is my frustration with bra shopping. There are tutorials on the internet :)
cosmic_elephant
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Good point. I guess I wouldn't know the joys of not needing underwired bras...
donesschen
Apr. 6th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
I hate jeans shopping. Mostly because, when I find one that is at a good length, either the under part that goes between your legs is WAY too high up (too tight), or the belt area (the... big hole that you step through first) is WAY too freaking wide and totally doesn't go with the leg width. I've fitted in some very slim jeans yet the belly/waist area is so HUGE?! Jeez. It's like they were made for pregnant women or something.
cosmic_elephant
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
I have long believed that people that make clothes have very little idea of what women's bodies look like.
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cosmic_elephant
Apr. 6th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
It really is ridiculous...

One has to wonder who designs those clothes, if nobody I speak to can ever find anything that fits them properly.

Have you tried shops like Tall'n'Mighty and suchlike? They may have stuff made for people with different proportions...
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cosmic_elephant
Apr. 7th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Fair point.

Yes - it's annoying how long clothes shopping takes. Especially when you're shopping on a budget and nothing fits...
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