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Title: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 12:12:52 PM
Where do you all buy your clothes from?

Topshop- GONE
Topman- GONE
Burton- GONE
Dorothy Perkins- GONE
Debenhams- GONE
Oasis- GONE
Warehouse- GONE

What's left? Where do people go for clothes these days? Seriously, all the High Street chains seem so fucked I'm surprised everyone isn't just sitting around at home nekkid. Or are they?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on December 01, 2020, 12:18:28 PM
Uniqlo
Oxfam (online these days obviously) - I live near the only Oxfam SUPERSTORE - converted warehouse on an industrial estate, laid out like a massive Oxfam shop, it's great - so normally go there.
I spend a lot of time looking at clothes on Asos/Thread but never actually buy anything.
H&M
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on December 01, 2020, 12:20:47 PM
I've been buying pretty much exclusively from Uniqlo the last few years, simple, stylish, decent quality and really good prices. Their men's range is mainly in earthy tones so mix and matches really well.

 (https://image.uniqlo.com/UQ/ST3/WesternCommon/imagesgoods/428902/item/goods_38_428902.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr_Simnock on December 01, 2020, 12:21:24 PM
Primark
Zara
Reiss
River Island
Next
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on December 01, 2020, 12:24:02 PM
My stuff's all given, made or got from the second hand.  I can't even remember the last time I bought myself clothes.  Not been in a clothes shop for over ten years - except to buy some new walking boots from Decathlon, which are now worn out.  I like it that way.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: privatefriend on December 01, 2020, 12:24:45 PM
amazon.com, just like yer da'
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Bazooka on December 01, 2020, 12:31:33 PM
Bangladesh.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 01, 2020, 12:32:35 PM
Charity shops mostly, and Primark or H&M for things you wouldn't want second hand like underwear, pyjamas etc.


Judging from the amount of ads full of moody looking models and with the most godawful music I've ever heard on, I presume most people who buy a lot of clothes do so online these days. I think that's got as much to do with high street brands going belly up as Covid does.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 12:33:09 PM
Uniqlo
Oxfam (online these days obviously) - I live near the only Oxfam SUPERSTORE - converted warehouse on an industrial estate, laid out like a massive Oxfam shop, it's great - so normally go there.
I spend a lot of time looking at clothes on Asos/Thread but never actually buy anything.
H&M

Uniqlo are great, I got all my clothes there when I lived in Japan. They sell loads of cheap cashmere and it would be really handy to have a few of their shops in Scotland, but do they have any UK shops outside London? Do they FUCK.

H&M are good too, some stylish minimalist stuff like Cos (same owners) but it's dead cheap. I mean, Cos is cheap for the quality but H&M is even cheaper.

I get most of my stuff from TK Maxx now. The place to go if you're perfectly happy to pay a bit less for clothes that are past-season. Also as well as some genuine b@rgains there's always a load of weird shit to laugh at (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1543998352559682//). Walking around the women's shoes section is like walking through a sculpture park. I get a lot of jumpers and hoodies from the men's section though, they tend to be better-made and they last longer.

John Lewis is good during the sales. Their own-brand stuff, especially the Kin range, is quite smart and for a middle-aged woman like me it looks a bit more grown-up than Topshop without being as frumpy as M&S.

I don't buy a lot of stuff online. The quality of Asos's own brand stuff is shockingly poor and most retailers seem to insist on using Hermes and DPD. The last time I had packaged delivered by Hermes they got left on my doorstep and subsequently nicked.

For second-hand stuff I usually go to Shelter. For some reason they seem to have the best stock of all the charity shops in Embra, from brand-new clothes donated direct from retailers to proper vintage-type stuff. Also the chazzas around Bruntsfield and Stockbridge (ie, where posh people who buy expensive clothes and then donate them live) always have nice things.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 01, 2020, 12:37:54 PM

For second-hand stuff I usually go to Shelter. For some reason they seem to have the best stock of all the charity shops in Embra, from brand-new clothes donated direct from retailers to proper vintage-type stuff. Also the chazzas around Bruntsfield and Stockbridge (ie, where posh people who buy expensive clothes and then donate them live) always have nice things.

Many years ago I worked in Sutton Coldfield which has some quite posh areas, and some great bargains used to turn up in some of the shops. I got one of those retro leather satchels that are about £100 new in Selfridges for a fiver, and it was barely used. This was about 15 years ago and I've still got it, and it still looks in good nick.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 12:39:10 PM
I had a University of Embra hoodie which was smart but after five years it was pretty worn-out. Was going to buy a replacement for £30 when I popped into Shelter and saw the exact same one, looking brand new and in the exact same size for a fiver. What were the chances? Got a nice Levi's plaid shirt while I was there. And a paid of binoculars for four quid- not the best quality but perfectly decent for my futile attempts at otter-spotting round Holyrood Park.

Primark
Zara
Reiss
River Island
Next

I was reading something about the Arcadia group's collapse the other day and it said that one reason for it is that Topshop et al never bothered to invest in online retail while Zara apaprently have a pretty decent online shop. My local branch looks like a jumble sale though so I have never investigated this.

I'm surprised River Island are still going tbh, they seem as much of a 90's brand as many of the ones that have recently gone kaput.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Butchers Blind on December 01, 2020, 12:42:23 PM
I had a University of Embra hoodie which was smart but after five years it was pretty worn-out. Was going to buy a replacement for £30 when I popped into Shelter and saw the exact same one, looking brand new and in the exact same size for a fiver. What were the chances? Got a nice Levi's plaid shirt while I was there.

I was reading something about the Arcadia group's collapse the other day and it said that one reason for it is that Topshop et al never bothered to invest in online retail while Zara apaprently have a pretty decent online shop.

I'm surprised River Island are still going tbh, they seem as much of a 90's brand as many of the ones that have recently gone kaput.

Once apologised to a mannequin in River Island after bumping into it while drunk on Saturday afternoon.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on December 01, 2020, 12:44:03 PM
Very rare I buy new clothes, been that way for thirty years, apart from a blip in 2008-2010 when I briefly had some money. Get all my stuff from ebay, car boot sales and charity shops, plus make my own clothes occasionally. Right now I'm wearing a blue floral shirt by English Laundry, Jacamo grey jeans, and a t-shirt from Abandon Ship with blue jellyfish on it, all ebay buys in the last six months. Socks are a bit of a let-down, they were sent me as a Christmas gift by Paddy Power last year. They're green with white snowflakes.   
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 01, 2020, 12:45:52 PM
Socks are a bit of a let-down, they were sent me as a Christmas gift by Paddy Power last year. They're green with white snowflakes.

When they start sending you FUN socks, stop.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on December 01, 2020, 12:47:58 PM
hahaha!

They sent me green and yellow boxer shorts the year before, I sold them on ebay
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Marner and Me on December 01, 2020, 12:48:15 PM
Never shopped at any of them, boxers from Next and thats about it. I'll get plain black T-shirts from Primark and that is it, everything else is what is classed as designer gear.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 12:48:49 PM
Socks are a bit of a let-down, they were sent me as a Christmas gift by Paddy Power last year. They're green with white snowflakes.

I like the sound of those.

I always buy plain black socks ten pairs at a time so I don't have to bother pairing them. Got some bamboo socks from TK Maxx which were lovely and soft but which shedded fluff like a mofo and left bits of black fluff all over the carpet. Now I get my socks from Tesco, from the boys' school uniform range, because they're dead cheap (children's clothes so no VAT) and they fit my size 7 feet and don't shed fluff everywhere.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 01, 2020, 01:03:45 PM
I've never consciously followed fashion at all (being a semi goth my uniform's always been pretty much set for me) but when I worked in public libraries we used to get several weekend newspapers with lifestyle/entertainment magazines which I'd usually flick through, and like it or not I absorbed what was 'on trend' and started to notice when people were wearing it, or if there was a current style (in black obviously) that I liked. Thankfully since I no longer see such material I have no idea whatsoever what's hot or not, and even pre-Covid I don't really spend enough time around enough people to notice either. It's brain space I can ill afford to expend.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on December 01, 2020, 01:07:31 PM
They sent me green and yellow boxer shorts the year before, I sold them on ebay

Yes, I’ve heard about that sort of thing but thought it was mainly a Japanese businessmen’s fetish.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: itsfredtitmus on December 01, 2020, 01:11:41 PM
bit ubiquitous i find down at the citizens advice
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Janie Jones on December 01, 2020, 01:13:19 PM

H&M are good too, some stylish minimalist stuff like Cos (same owners) but it's dead cheap. I mean, Cos is cheap for the quality but H&M is even cheaper.


And Other Stories are the same owners, the clothes are affordable and well designed.

Zara Man is the best men’s fashion on the high street.

Actually I’ve got a load of men’s clothes, mainly Topman, Ben Sherman and COS waiting for the chazzas to reopen so I can donate. I sell (on eBay) samples and cast-offs from my friend who works in fashion but I’m overwhelmed with stock at the moment so I’m concentrating on selling the high-value labels and have a load of high street items to give away.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 01:45:50 PM
And Other Stories are the same owners, the clothes are affordable and well designed.

I did not know that. Thanks for the tip!

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Zara Man is the best men’s fashion on the high street.

I don't shop at Zara but Zara Man is quite different. The coats especially are really nice, and look much more expensive than they are. Years ago I asked a friend where he got his nice coat and was surprised when he said it was Zara, he's a stylish chap and it didn't look High Street at all. Then when I was helping Mr Jam pick out a new winter coat we found a proper smart one for him at Zara. He had tried a few on at Topman and they were fine but Zara was about as expensive and the coats were all much-better cut, with nicer fabric and more attention to detail. That must have been about seven years ago and it's still going strong. I'm not a fan of the women's section though, it's a bit too fast-fashion-y for my liking.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on December 01, 2020, 01:57:09 PM
Asos is great for clothes if you're not a fat cunt. If only they didn't use Hermes they would be a 10/10 for me.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on December 01, 2020, 01:59:00 PM
The last place I bought clothes from was Lost Stock, which I'd implore everyone to use.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 02:00:31 PM
I've never consciously followed fashion at all (being a semi goth my uniform's always been pretty much set for me) but when I worked in public libraries we used to get several weekend newspapers with lifestyle/entertainment magazines which I'd usually flick through, and like it or not I absorbed what was 'on trend' and started to notice when people were wearing it, or if there was a current style (in black obviously) that I liked. Thankfully since I no longer see such material I have no idea whatsoever what's hot or not, and even pre-Covid I don't really spend enough time around enough people to notice either. It's brain space I can ill afford to expend.

Heheheh, the "Fashion" in the title was a bit tongue-in-cheek but I was also genuinely curious as most of the places that Covid has finished off seem to be the same places I would shop at as a teenager of the 90's, and someone here made a reference to Oasis and Warehouse being "dated brands" and I had to agree. I also have absolutely no idea what is on-trend now, apart from masks.

I was listening to one of the Breaking Bad Insider podcasts recently and Vince Gilligan said something about how you can instantly tell what decade any fictional TV series is set in by looking at the clothes, up until 2000, when it's not impossible but it suddenly gets a lot harder. I think he's right- with Mad Men for example the early episodes have a bit of a 50's hangover, and by 1970 the flares and tank tops have arrived. Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes are obviously a decade apart. Derry Girls is unmistakably mid-90's... but something like The Office? If you can ignore all the beige CRT computer monitors it could be set in the present day. I've been watching a lot of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia lately and it feels like all those faux-vintage T-shirts have been around forever.

What have been the popular trends of the last two decades? The only ones that stand out for me are that summer when all the men seemed to be wearing Superdry T-shirts with cargo shorts, and that summer when all the men seemed to be wearing Ramones t-shirts with pinstriped blazers, skinny jeans and Converse trainers.

It doesn't help that there has been so much retro fashion around lately either. I see quite a few Oasis t-shirts around the halls of residence. A few weeks back I even saw a student wearing a Wu-Wear hoodie. Just before lockdown I went to see Confidence Man and was surprised at how 90's most of the audience were dressed- I even saw a shellsuit top in there.

I read something about how online retailers have seen increased sales of smart tops and comfy trousers, because people want to look smart for Zoom meetings but no-one can see them from the waist down. That's the new normal isn't it? I can live with that.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on December 01, 2020, 02:01:10 PM
The last place I bought clothes from was Lost Stock, which I'd implore everyone to use.

Yeah, but your then helping out the needy, and they're a shower of bastards.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on December 01, 2020, 02:16:11 PM
I don't buy a whole lot of clothes, just the occasional things off Amazon like trainers or t-shirts. At least half of my regular wardrobe is 10+ years old. The UK is very clothes/fashion conscious, in a way I hadn't noticed until I lived in America. If you go to most bars or clubs in the US people (men and women) are just out in t-shirts and jeans, and there's not so much in the way of current fashion, people just wear whatever they want. Here, at least in Newcastle, everyone dresses up in the same designer/faux-designer clobber.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: derek stitt on December 01, 2020, 02:18:33 PM
Cotton traders xxxl
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: jobotic on December 01, 2020, 02:20:52 PM
Chazzers and ebay. Almost exclusively.

M&S for pants and socks but that's not very often.

Used to have to go to meetings in Guildford and would pop into Muji - hardly anything in there but what they have is good. Apart from the shirts with no collars - I hate them.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Head Gardener on December 01, 2020, 02:28:43 PM
car boo, oh hang on it's December erm, chazzers!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 02:33:31 PM
Used to have to go to meetings in Guildford and would pop into Muji - hardly anything in there but what they have is good. Apart from the shirts with no collars - I hate them.

Muji have bigger clothing sections in Japan and I used to get some nice tops and warm jumpers there.

They also do the legendary martial arts gi-style pyjamas which look smart and minimalist and are supposed to be amazingly comfortable. On my first visit to a Tokyo Muji I immediately sought out a pair... only to find that even in size XL the arms and legs were still too short for my Westerner's frame. The first time in my life I've been taller than most people around me and it was actually a pain in the arse.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on December 01, 2020, 02:43:39 PM
Yeah, but your then helping out the needy, and they're a shower of bastards.

Exactly, I help them out to prolong their suffering.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on December 01, 2020, 02:56:29 PM
I bought my first leather jacket recently. I think it's part of some impending mid life crisis thing. It's one of the biker ones too, like I'm Marlon Brando or something.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on December 01, 2020, 03:00:11 PM
Marlon Brando, the drunk old mad man who's dead?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on December 01, 2020, 03:05:50 PM
Yep, that's the look I'm going for.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pijlstaart on December 01, 2020, 03:09:34 PM
I never go clothes shopping, I just get given things. Step-brother gave me his old clubbing gear back in '05 after they got ripped up by ruff customers, lot of raggedy stained buttonups and it all looks great, much too big but I'm still a growing boy.

My students all went into lockdown in those houndstooth/check/herringbone-print trousers and uniformly came out of lockdown in peak 90s grunge attire, seeing leather trousers around too, not long before frosted tips are back in fashion.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on December 01, 2020, 03:14:03 PM
Yep, that's the look I'm going for.

Of course you are, you're a CABperson.  Although, you could probably achieve it without the expense and unspeakable animal cruelty of a leather jacket.  In the inimitable words of the sainted Kurt, come as you are. 
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 01, 2020, 03:15:36 PM
Don't think me terribly boujie, but it was my birthday a few days ago and I got this from Toast.

Actually the first new thing I've got in years. Usually I'm a charity gal which is really the best way to go. Especially if you loiter round charities in Bethnal Green where the real boujies dump quasi-designer stuff

(https://johnlewis.scene7.com/is/image/JohnLewis/004779252?$rsp-pdp-port-1440$)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 03:16:32 PM
Ah, Toast are nice. Pricey, but that's what the John Lewis sales are for.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 01, 2020, 03:18:25 PM
Ah, Toast are nice. Pricey, but that's what the John Lewis sales are for.

This is gonna sound like I work for Toast but there's a sale on rn
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: shiftwork2 on December 01, 2020, 03:32:13 PM
Worn the same sort of clothes since I was about four.  Hair hasn't changed much either.  Look boss on it.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: dissolute ocelot on December 01, 2020, 03:36:40 PM
Uniqlo are cunts who insist in putting animal products in everything they can. "All our jackets are stuffed with geese!"

I strongly suspect that everything is made in the same factory anyhow.

ASOS own brand can be variable quality - the shoes are shit - but they have some decent cheap brands like Jack&Jones. There's an endless supply of cheap brands (all made in the same factory), you just need to find what you like and send back the rest. But I'm always disappointed when I find that the likes of Nike and Levis clothing are good quality because I do want them to be overpriced shit.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 01, 2020, 03:39:43 PM
Also chat of Uniqlo on the last page. Anyone snag any of the Marimekko collab? Oh my godddddd i got this (off ebay) and it's it's it's

edit: poor timing typing this up re: ocelot's post

(https://d15udtvdbbfasl.cloudfront.net/catalog/product/zoom_image/09_426809.jpg)

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/00/f6/19/00f619e41a70a272c45948ad835a5202.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Inspector Norse on December 01, 2020, 03:42:45 PM
Get all my clothes from the Sports Direct sale
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 03:54:07 PM
Also chat of Uniqlo on the last page. Anyone snag any of the Marimekko collab? Oh my godddddd i got this (off ebay) and it's it's it's

(https://d15udtvdbbfasl.cloudfront.net/catalog/product/zoom_image/09_426809.jpg)

Cor vat is lahhverley
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Norton Canes on December 01, 2020, 03:57:05 PM
Don't think me terribly boujie, but it was my birthday a few days ago and I got this from Toast.

Actually the first new thing I've got in years. Usually I'm a charity gal which is really the best way to go. Especially if you loiter round charities in Bethnal Green where the real boujies dump quasi-designer stuff

(https://johnlewis.scene7.com/is/image/JohnLewis/004779252?$rsp-pdp-port-1440$)

Nice dress but socks and sandals??!!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 01, 2020, 04:00:55 PM
Excuuuuuse me that is a far cry from

(https://i.insider.com/576319f591058428008c9a65?width=1100&format=jpeg&auto=webp)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 04:25:32 PM
Anyone snag any of the Marimekko collab?

Was about to order some nice warm flannel pyjamas from Muji but thanks to your post I saw Marimekko designed some some pretty ones for Uniqlo so I bagged those instead:

(https://image.uniqlo.com/UQ/ST3/WesternCommon/imagesgoods/436865/item/goods_68_436865.jpg?width=2000)

These ones look a bit more grown-up I reckon. I hate buying pyjamas, so many of them have Winnie the Pooh or Snoopy or Minnie Mouse or whatever on them. Who the fuck designs all these things and thinks that's what grown women want to wear in bed?

Cheers Goblin! Hopefully they'll arrive before the snow does.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 01, 2020, 06:03:13 PM
Uniqlo, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Marks Work Warehouse, indie bands/breweries (tshirts ONLY).

If you live your life in Levi’s 511s, blundstone boots (chisel obv), down jackets and tshirts with picture of birds on them, you’re laughing. The rest of you are in the shit though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on December 01, 2020, 06:14:23 PM
Usually I'm a charity gal which is really the best way to go. Especially if you loiter round charities in Bethnal Green where the real boujies dump quasi-designer stuff

Likewise. I recently moved back to North London and can't wait to scrounge the cast-offs of people with more money and even less sense than me. Current seasonal favourite is a very warm shearling[1] Burberry coat found in the Camden Traid shop last year for £20(!).

Aside from being a cheapskate I've also become more conscious over the past year or two of the enormous environmental and humanitarian impact of so-called "fast fashion" - lots of people tend to associate the term with yer cheaper online retailers like Asos and Boohoo (which are in themselves horrendous for that), but it also applies to the more high-end High Street retailers including some mentioned here, I'm afraid - Uniqlo, & Other Stories and their ilk (both of which I like, and have shopped at in the past).

Lots of garments will actually have been made in the same factories but then are sold at differing price points depending on the retailer, which in some ways makes the pricier ones worse as they're taking a bigger margin while the workers are paid the same piffling amount/have to work under the same shitty conditions.


The last place I bought clothes from was Lost Stock, which I'd implore everyone to use.

Aw, glad you had a good experience (hopefully) - when my order eventually arrived none of it was stuff I'd ever wear sadly, but thankfully I was able to pass it on to a couple of mates, happy that the money's going to the factory workers either way.

And that dress is pretty lush, Goblin.
 1. I try to only buy leather stuff second hand
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pranet on December 01, 2020, 06:28:38 PM
Trousers are my problem. I've got short legs. The likes of uniqlo don't want my freakish custom.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 06:41:13 PM
Trousers are my problem. I've got short legs.

Trousers are my problem too. I've got long-ish legs (for my height at least) but cyclist's thighs. Also jeans just don't seem to suit me at all, the regular "jean cut" cuts in at the front and gapes at the back. Think I may just be irregularly shaped.

No wonder leggings/yoga pants are so popular. They just fit no matter what shape you are.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Captain Crunch on December 01, 2020, 07:13:09 PM
I just wear my sad old lady foamy trainers for my bad foot, t-shirts I’ve had for 20 years and those ‘Hula’ jeans from charity shops (I never bothered finding out who makes these but they turn up often enough).  If you ever want to dress up like an East German prostitute there’s always E5P...

(https://fiver.media//cdn-thumb/400x600/e5p/images/mu/2020/07/13/polka-dot-gathered-mesh-dress-black-mauve-142820-5.jpg)

(https://fiver.media//cdn-thumb/400x600/e5p/images/mu/2020/09/27/neon-ruched-heeled-boots-fuchsia-146384-4.jpg)

Oooh la la!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 01, 2020, 07:17:34 PM
Congo Toad, Kensington
Jack Flap, Brompton
Curd of Canvey Island
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 01, 2020, 07:40:08 PM
Geordie Jeans
Deptford Draylons
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: thenoise on December 01, 2020, 09:20:02 PM
Sainsburys are surprisingly good. The baby wears exclusively Sainsburys and gifts. They are fine for t shirts, basic loungewear, undies, PJs etc. Shoes are worth splashing out for (Clarks) and a few nice outfits from M&S. Yeah, I'm middle aged. I'll be missing Edinburgh Woollen Mill too, proper cosy knitwear.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 01, 2020, 09:22:36 PM
Trousers are my problem. I've got short legs. The likes of uniqlo don't want my freakish custom.

Uniqlo have an instore hemming service to reduce the length of any trousers (in some branches anyway). It’s $5 a pair and ready next day, lovely stuff.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: jobotic on December 01, 2020, 09:49:33 PM
Likewise. I recently moved back to North London and can't wait to scrounge the cast-offs of people with more money and even less sense than me. Current seasonal favourite is a very warm shearling[1] Burberry coat found in the Camden Traid shop last year for £20(!).

Aside from being a cheapskate I've also become more conscious over the past year or two of the enormous environmental and humanitarian impact of so-called "fast fashion" - lots of people tend to associate the term with yer cheaper online retailers like Asos and Boohoo (which are in themselves horrendous for that), but it also applies to the more high-end High Street retailers including some mentioned here, I'm afraid - Uniqlo, & Other Stories and their ilk (both of which I like, and have shopped at in the past).

Lots of garments will actually have been made in the same factories but then are sold at differing price points depending on the retailer, which in some ways makes the pricier ones worse as they're taking a bigger margin while the workers are paid the same piffling amount/have to work under the same shitty conditions.


 1. I try to only buy leather stuff second hand

A couple of years ago I had time to kill at Victoria so I went for a stroll round Pimlico. Tried on a red Prada shirt in a charity shop, was in perfect nick and really nice - £8. Sadly slightly to small. If I'd needed to lose weight I'd have got it but I'd have needed to shrink a bit.


Zara stuff is good, but that's the company that had workers leaving notes in clothes informing shoppers that they hadn't been paid for making them.

I like Reiss shirts too and I have no idea if they are ethical either, but I've only bought clothes by either brand second hand from either charity shops or ebay.

So am I a bad man?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on December 01, 2020, 10:11:58 PM
A couple of years ago I had time to kill at Victoria so I went for a stroll round Pimlico. Tried on a red Prada shirt in a charity shop, was in perfect nick and really nice - £8. Sadly slightly to small. If I'd needed to lose weight I'd have got it but I'd have needed to shrink a bit.


Zara stuff is good, but that's the company that had workers leaving notes in clothes informing shoppers that they hadn't been paid for making them.

I like Reiss shirts too and I have no idea if they are ethical either, but I've only bought clothes by either brand second hand from either charity shops or ebay.

So am I a bad man?

Oh yeah, Pimlico has some gems as well - Retromania and the Terrence Higgins shop in particular are great for vintage designer stuff. (And the latter has free johnnies and lube at the till. Philip Green must be kicking himself for not thinking of that one.)

I think if you're buying stuff second-hand (especially from charity) it's probably fair game, ethically. The aforementioned Burberry coat I've got is something I'd never ever buy new, mainly cause I can't afford it but also they're greedy cunts who regularly set fire to millions of pounds worth of perfectly good stock once it's out of season - so wearing their stuff without them making a penny off it seems pretty sweet, though I can see why someone would object.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Attila on December 01, 2020, 10:49:10 PM
In the times before, I was up in London about every 6 weeks or so, and would hit up second hand shops, including a big fave out in Notting Hill, near the Portobello Rd.

I've not been up there since February, and fear that they've been clobbered by the closures. The big vintage shop I go to for conference clothes (in Covent Garden) is still hanging on, but I have no idea how my other fave shop out in NHG is faring (or not)...
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pranet on December 01, 2020, 10:57:50 PM
Uniqlo have an instore hemming service to reduce the length of any trousers (in some branches anyway). It’s $5 a pair and ready next day, lovely stuff.

That's interesting. Unfortunately they don't have a store near me, but you never know with rent I imagine dropping like anything they may make the mistake of investing the high street.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on December 01, 2020, 11:01:46 PM
Isn't there a Halfling Haberdashery in The Shire you could take them to?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: daimoniac on December 01, 2020, 11:20:13 PM
army surplus. or i fill out a uniform request on the work thing if i need new black combats. t-shirts/hoodies i either get from gigs/wrestling events ot from bands/wrestlers online stores.

occasionally i'll buy a shirt from tesco or a charity gaff. rarely though
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: thecuriousorange on December 02, 2020, 01:35:07 AM
You know how Primark doesn't have a website for online shopping? Can you send Deliveroo to your local Primark to pick up a cheap pair of tracksuit bottoms for wearing round the house?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on December 02, 2020, 04:31:15 AM
I bought my first leather jacket recently. I think it's part of some impending mid life crisis thing. It's one of the biker ones too, like I'm Marlon Brando or something.

The other week I was genuinely tempted to buy a trenchcoat. Thankfully I was saved by the fact that the only really impressive ones are made by Burberry and cost an ungodly sum (like $1500+ US), as I definitely would have looked more like Alan Partridge than pre-racist Alain Delon.

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Uniqlo have an instore hemming service to reduce the length of any trousers (in some branches anyway). It’s $5 a pair and ready next day, lovely stuff.

In fact, at least in the US I think Uniqlo only sells trousers (PANTS) in one standard length to save money, and they then need to be hemmed to fit.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 02, 2020, 04:38:17 AM
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I adore it. I also spilled red wine on it the first night I wore it out
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on December 02, 2020, 08:20:23 AM
I was still buying me shirts and jeans and what have you at Top Shop until fairly recently, despite  being in me 50s Still wear DMs as well, although the price of them is ridiculous since my days of first  wearing them. Not averse to a bit of Primark or TK Maxx shopping when in the UK either, and still have a gander in chazzers for clobber.
Also still happy to wear band t- shirts, although I did have me doubts about donning a Lovely Eggs t- shirt the other weekend.
Dunno if I'm risking a cancelling, but I bought this year's winter coat from Sports Direct, simply because it was cheap, and it's warm. Not really fucked about what it looks like.
Mebbee I'll start clothes  shopping in M and S and the like when I turn 60 ( if it's still going/ I'm still alive by then).
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: thenoise on December 02, 2020, 08:51:28 AM
The other week I was genuinely tempted to buy a trenchcoat. Thankfully I was saved by the fact that the only really impressive ones are made by Burberry and cost an ungodly sum (like $1500+ US)

Oh, come on, you can get a decent trench coat for a couple of hundred, unless you're desperate for it to be 'designer'. Burberry are shit for cunts anyway, they use fur and 95% of their clothes are hideous (tho tbf the classic trenchcoats are nice enough).
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: IsavedLatin on December 02, 2020, 08:57:06 AM
Aside from being a cheapskate I've also become more conscious over the past year or two of the enormous environmental and humanitarian impact of so-called "fast fashion" - lots of people tend to associate the term with yer cheaper online retailers like Asos and Boohoo (which are in themselves horrendous for that), but it also applies to the more high-end High Street retailers including some mentioned here, I'm afraid - Uniqlo, & Other Stories and their ilk (both of which I like, and have shopped at in the past).

Lots of garments will actually have been made in the same factories but then are sold at differing price points depending on the retailer, which in some ways makes the pricier ones worse as they're taking a bigger margin while the workers are paid the same piffling amount/have to work under the same shitty conditions.

For most of my adult life I've been kidding myself that the more mid-tier high street brands like Stories and Uniqlo must be at least less evil than yer Primarks, but I've had my eyes opened in the last year or so.

However even with such excellent reasons as the humanitarian and environmental implications of the high street, I find it hard to move to chazza shopping; I tend to have quite specific things in mind when I shop. In my mid-20s, I would order maybe five different iterations of a midi dress (or whatever) in order to pick the "right" one, and return the others. You can't be that specific with chazza shopping, in my experience, you have to be open to pot luck.

I realise that the solution to this is eBay shopping, but the inability to return something if it turns out to be an appalling fit or to smell of piss rather puts me off. Also my routine eBay experience is that I get gazumped in the final 2 seconds, causing me to think, FUCKIT, JUST GO BACK TO THE EVIL SHOPS.

Gorgeous dresses, Goblin. Clearly Toast is the way to go, if I can but swallow the price tag.

I'm interested in people's experiences with clothes during this weird year, and how they might have changed. I work in a female-dominated media environment where reasonably fashionable presentation is basically required, and this was the first spring/summer where I didn't spaff at least some money needlessly on a few updates to my wardrobe to keep in nodding distance of current trends. Not only was this a saving in money, but it was a very unusual opportunity for me as a still relatively young woman to get off the keeping-up-with-the-joneses fashion whirligig that we're all socialised into to some extent, and I really gloried in it. However as the year has worn on I have found myself missing the fun side of fashion, and (as above) feeling at an impasse as to what to do to treat myself to a thing or two when chazzers have been shut. What clothing purchases I have made in this year have been almost entirely functional -- I treated myself to a genuinely good outdoorsy rain jacket after making do with a crap one for years, and replaced my clapped-out walking shoes.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on December 02, 2020, 09:20:00 AM
I realise that the solution to this is eBay shopping, but the inability to return something if it turns out to be an appalling fit or to smell of piss rather puts me off.

You can definitely return stuff if it smells of piss, for a full refund including postage, whether the seller agrees to this or not. If stuff doesn't fit it's more of a grey area, but if it has been inadequately described you have a case.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Jockice on December 02, 2020, 10:43:51 AM
I have far too many clothes already so the only things I think I've bought this year are four t-shirts (one from a disability rights organisation I was involved with, one a replica one with the logo of a nightclub I used to go go, one an Edwyn Collins one after my great-nephew liked my Postcard Records cat one so I looked on the website to get him one, and one featuring local duo Hiem, cos I know them).

Apart from that all my clothes are mostly oldies (I still have a jumper my mum bought me when I was 17. That's in 1983) and loads of them are charity-second hand clothes place jobs. I think the last brand new thing  I bought was a hooped jumper from TX Maxx and that was more than three years ago. I have been bought a few things since then (I have I think three jumpers, a shirt and a cardigan my girlfriend's bought me which have all ended up living at her place) and the most recent of these are a very nice warm grey fleece coat from my sister last Christmas and a hat (not quite a trilby or a pork pie, somewhere in between) as a birthday present from my BPFF. I like that. I've never owned a proper hat before.

I'm too old to be fashionable anyway. I'm simply dripping with style though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 02, 2020, 12:14:12 PM
In fact, at least in the US I think Uniqlo only sells trousers (PANTS) in one standard length to save money, and they then need to be hemmed to fit.

I nearly mentioned that, but I wasn’t sure it was the case or if every pair I found in the Toronto branch was just absurdly long. Good to have validation that I’m not going bonkers.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pranet on December 02, 2020, 12:23:46 PM
Isn't there a Halfling Haberdashery in The Shire you could take them to?

I laughed at that you bastard.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 02, 2020, 12:33:46 PM
I adore it. I also spilled red wine on it the first night I wore it out

Stain Devils. I don't know what's in the red wine one, I think it may actually be made out of magic.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pranet on December 02, 2020, 12:36:46 PM
I quite liked some of the trousers Debenhams did. I am quite old now. And they fit me.

So I have braved the end of days website sale thing and ordered a couple of pairs. Given the effort involved completing the order due to the number of other short legged men desperately trying to buy trousers that fit while they still can crashing the website I am not totally convinced that they will actually turn up. Alternatively, it is also possible that I have paid for them 3 times.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 02, 2020, 12:44:03 PM
You can definitely return stuff if it smells of piss, for a full refund including postage, whether the seller agrees to this or not. If stuff doesn't fit it's more of a grey area, but if it has been inadequately described you have a case.

Judging by the eBay forums plenty of people buy formalwear then complain that it arrived damaged and return it with a hole and the item smelling suspiciously of sweat or cigarette smoke. It seems a lot of people treat eBay as a free hire service, wearing items to a wedding or whatever and then damaging them deliberately to get a refund, leaving the seller out of pocket. Selling hats, suits and posh frocks on eBay sounds like a fucking nightmare, I'm surprised anyone still bothers.

Baby clothes is a weird one too, apparently lots of sellers get buyers claiming they found a stain and demanding a partial refund, then going quiet when the seller asks them to return the item for a full refund. This is obviously just the buyer being a bit cheeky, but for some reason it always seems to be baby clothes, and the refunds would amount to a few measly quid.

I used to sell vinyl on eBay but gave up because it was more stressful than it was worth. In particular I got sick of people trying to wangle a discount on postage. Vinyl is heavy and fragile and expensive to post, especially to mainland Europe, but people used to getting free shipping on Amazon don't seem to understand this.

So yes, as a buyer you have the seller over a barrel, so don't worry about returns, but be nice.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: IsavedLatin on December 02, 2020, 09:49:15 PM
So yes, as a buyer you have the seller over a barrel, so don't worry about returns, but be nice.

Scouts' honour, I always would be!

Emboldened by this thread, I've taken a punt and 'won' an eBay auction on a rather nice-looking cashmere jumper, which I'd never have bought new for cost and ethics reasons but feel vindicated in using secondhand.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Jockice on December 03, 2020, 11:25:18 PM
a hat (not quite a trilby or a pork pie, somewhere in between) as a birthday present from my BPFF. I like that. I've never owned a proper hat before.

It's a fedora apparently. Just in case you were wondering.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on December 04, 2020, 12:09:31 AM
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Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Jockice on December 04, 2020, 12:12:06 AM
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You been through my personal photo collection again?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on December 04, 2020, 12:16:02 AM
Just kidding. I'm sure you look like the reincarnation of Humphrey Bogart in your splendid hat.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 04, 2020, 11:34:12 AM
army surplus. or i fill out a uniform request on the work thing if i need new black combats. t-shirts/hoodies i either get from gigs/wrestling events ot from bands/wrestlers online stores.


Are you Mike from Spaced?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 04, 2020, 11:46:29 AM
I haven't seen an Army Surplus store in years. Just realised Edinburgh doesn't even have one. The last time (indeed the only time) I ever set foot in one was to buy a lab coat for practical classes when I was an undergraduate, it was that big one in Mile End and I only knew about it because it was recommended by the lecturers.

Why does the Army make so much surplus anyway? Why are Our Bloody Taxes going on daimoniac's wardrobe?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 04, 2020, 11:49:31 AM

Why does the Army make so much surplus anyway? Why are Our Bloody Taxes going on daimoniac's wardrobe?

Well even after they've got the bloodstains out, darned the bullet holes, taken the nametags off and sent them to the family they still can't get anyone to reuse it because they think it's bad luck.

Sorry that was in poor taste. One serious answer is that it changes quite a lot so it's usually stuff they don't wear anymore. Mr. Haven is ex-army and when we're wandering round surplus shops (there's still a few in Brum) he often points out how old things are and how they've not been worn since the 90s/early 2000s, but they don't usually look particularly old to me.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: paruses on December 05, 2020, 07:00:42 PM
Mr. Haven is ex-army and when we're wandering round surplus shops (there's still a few in Brum) [...]
I used to quite like Ryders in Harborne near the QE. I can't think where there are any others. We used to have Wakefield's in Notts when I was a youth. It still had the proper ex-army stock whearas most have some stuff with a lot of mid-range sports /walking gear now. The only proper ones I can think of I have been to in recent years where you can buy stuff to set up a militia have been in Sweden.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: NattyDread 2 on December 06, 2020, 11:58:23 AM
I haven't seen an Army Surplus store in years. Just realised Edinburgh doesn't even have one.

There's one down in Leith.

I don't get nearly as much stuff out of charities as I used to. There are only a couple dotted around for miles so I get most of my jumpers and shirts for birthday and xmas presents. That said, I found a cracking brand new Columbia parka for £8.50 the other day. Best find for ages.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 06, 2020, 01:57:47 PM
There's one down in Leith.

I thought Leith Army Stores was more of an outdoor/safety gear shop but I see they do army surplus too so I stand corrected.

Incidentally, what sort of army surplus stuff is good for civilians? I haven't been in one in years, what sort of stuff do people buy there? Apart from those olive green shirts with a tiny German flag on one shoulder? I remember lots of people getting school bags from there, those ones made of plain rough black fabric that was good for writing on with a Tipp-Ex pen. Are they good for, say, shorts and trousers I could cycle to werk in without them wearing out around the arse?

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I don't get nearly as much stuff out of charities as I used to. There are only a couple dotted around for miles so I get most of my jumpers and shirts for birthday and xmas presents. That said, I found a cracking brand new Columbia parka for £8.50 the other day. Best find for ages.

Charity shops never seem to have as much good stuff for blokes for some reason. I'm wondering if it's because more fast fashion stuff is made for women and women need to get rid of it more often.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 06, 2020, 04:37:26 PM
Charity shops never seem to have as much good stuff for blokes for some reason. I'm wondering if it's because more fast fashion stuff is made for women and women need to get rid of it more often.

Blokes clothes in charity shops give off an especially strong impression that someone had died in them
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 06, 2020, 05:48:23 PM
Realised the reason I've never bought much from army surplus stores is probably the same reason I don't have tattoos: I'm just not remotely badass.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 06, 2020, 05:52:11 PM
Having tattoos does not make you badass, I am happy to attest. I still hide mine from my mum for fucks sake. Pathetic.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: thenoise on December 06, 2020, 06:29:06 PM
Charity shops are a great place to buy mens shoes if your shoe size is 5 or under.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 06, 2020, 08:19:37 PM
I used to quite like Ryders in Harborne near the QE. I can't think where there are any others. We used to have Wakefield's in Notts when I was a youth. It still had the proper ex-army stock whearas most have some stuff with a lot of mid-range sports /walking gear now. The only proper ones I can think of I have been to in recent years where you can buy stuff to set up a militia have been in Sweden.

Yep the one near the QE is still there, and there's one in Northfield, there was one in the rag market for years but that might have gone in the last year or so. It was there about 18 months ago but I don't remember seeing it last time we were there.
There was a fairly sizeable one in Coventry on Far Gosford st. a while back too, but that area has been hugely hipsterised in the last few years so it might not be there anymore.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 06, 2020, 08:24:29 PM
Charity shops are a great place to buy mens shoes if your shoe size is 5 or under.

Buying women's shoes from vintage shops must be great if your shoe size is 3 or under. Did everyone have tiny feet in the olden days or something?

Ditto for TK Maxx. My shoe size is 7 and I've found that there is always less variety once you get past size 5.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 06, 2020, 11:07:51 PM
Charity shops (or really any shops actually) are a bitch for womens' shoes in size 9 ffs
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Bazooka on December 07, 2020, 08:49:30 AM
Buying women's shoes from vintage shops must be great if your shoe size is 3 or under. Did everyone have tiny feet in the olden days or something?

Ditto for TK Maxx. My shoe size is 7 and I've found that there is always less variety once you get past size 5.

Yeah people had smaller feet, same if you try and buy a door from a vintage door shop, all the 18th century doors are only 5ft high.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: daimoniac on December 07, 2020, 09:42:08 AM
I haven't seen an Army Surplus store in years. Just realised Edinburgh doesn't even have one. The last time (indeed the only time) I ever set foot in one was to buy a lab coat for practical classes when I was an undergraduate, it was that big one in Mile End and I only knew about it because it was recommended by the lecturers.

Why does the Army make so much surplus anyway? Why are Our Bloody Taxes going on daimoniac's wardrobe?

our local one up here spun off and branched out into an outdoors shop with a large military surplus section - if i ever get to london again i might have a look for that one in mile end.

to be fair i usually end up with various de-flagged european army surplus stuff. that'll probably change after... y'know. the danish givil defence greatcoats are brilliant mind - warm as hell
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: paruses on December 07, 2020, 10:04:41 AM
Yep the one near the QE is still there, and there's one in Northfield, there was one in the rag market for years but that might have gone in the last year or so. It was there about 18 months ago but I don't remember seeing it last time we were there.
There was a fairly sizeable one in Coventry on Far Gosford st. a while back too, but that area has been hugely hipsterised in the last few years so it might not be there anymore.

Had a feeling there was one on the rag market but couldn't place it. I do remember a place where you could buy Japanese WWII officers swords for about a tenner for a while - and that was quite recent.
Glad Ryders is still there - kept the authentic surplus store slightly musty old clothes / damp smell and proper gear that was 98% either XXXS or XXXL and the promise of getting a bargain if you looked long enough (and needed an 80 tog undershirt with slightly short arms).
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 17, 2020, 11:58:11 AM
Marimekko pyjamas arrived!

Well, half the set. After over two weeks. Thanks to fucking Hermes and a load of excuses from Uniqlo about Covid and the Festive season.

Had three Hermes packages stolen after they were left on my doorstep earlier this year. Also just had a Royal Mail delivery go missing.

Meanwhile every single one of my Amazon Logistics orders has arrived on time and in one piece. I know Jeff Bezos is evil but he at least made the parcels arrive on time, or something.

Seriously, I really wish retailers would stop using these cheap but shit courier companies, my heart just sinks when I get an email or text informing me that my precious cargo is now in the hands of Hermes or DPD and when they inevitably fuck up and cause me a fuckload of stress and I will then have to add another company I like to my Do Not Order From Online list. First Cos, then Gap, then TK Maxx and now Uniqlo- all places that sell stuff I really like but there's absolutely no point in ordering any of it if I will never receive it.

I would like to boycott Amazon but they really do appreciate how important a reliable service with a good courier is and that people would rather pay a bit more for a decent courier than save a few quid but never get their items. Except Amazon Logistics is also somehow very cheap...
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 17, 2020, 12:10:25 PM
We rarely buy anything that can't be delivered to a click and collect location or a locker, only if it's something very specific or hard to find and home delivery is really the only option. We live in a second floor flat and almost inevitably by the time we get down the stairs to answer the door, the courier is at least back at their vehicle if not already driving away, and several times the card left has been indecipherable so we had to go online to find out (if we're lucky anyway) if it was left somewhere else, taken back or if we can collect it or arrange redelivery etc. I'm sure it's some conspiracy by the high street to make online shopping unappealing.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 17, 2020, 12:18:23 PM
I'm in a second-floor flat too, but in any case these shoddy couriers rarely bother knocking and by the time you get an email from them saying "Your parcel was successfully delivered!" they're already three streets away chucking a laptop and a package of Waterford crystal over someone's hedge or something.

I normally do the ol' click and collect but that wasn't an option during lockdown. I also can't do that with Uniqlo or Cos because they don't have a store near me.

Funnily enough I have actually found it useful to order from Tu at Sainsbury's and the near-defunct Argos because they deliver to the Saino's round the corner from my flat. If Saino's made a big deal about this fact they could possibly revive Argos here, but I imagine Argos will still cease to exist within three years.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Pranet on December 17, 2020, 12:24:31 PM
I only found out about the pick up orders from Argos from Sainbury's thing this year and it is great- next day most of the time as well. Found it really useful at times recently.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 17, 2020, 12:36:09 PM
It's great innit? As a resident of Scotchland, free next-day delivery is not something I'm used to so when I ordered an Xmas pressie for Mr Jam one evening I was surprised to get an email saying it was ready for collection the next morning. I had assumed it would be spending some time languishing in a central warehouse in Birmingham or Manchester or something.

It's also really bloody convenient being able to pop round to the tiny branch of Saino's round the corner to pick up my orders, and as a non-driver it should be handy for me if I decide to buy any larger items. My experiences have certainly made me want to order from them more often. As an added bonus you can also accrue lots of Nectar points and then spend them on boooooze.

It is interesting to note that supermarkets have excellent distribution networks and yet only Saino's/Argos and Waitrose/John Lewis are really using them in this way. Instead of developing this side of the business though I imagine all the supermarkets will eventually go bust and we'll all just end up ordering all our groceries from Amazon.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 17, 2020, 12:51:21 PM
Also I could be tempted to get my entire wardrobe from Tu at Saino's if only the clothes weren't such poor quality. The slippers I ordered didn't survive their first cycle in the washing machine and the socks all developed holes after a couple of wears. All 20 of them! Not bad for a cheapo emergency pandemic purchase I suppose but I won't be ordering from Tu again now the proper clothes shops are open.

Got a load of socks from Tesco in the end. Ten pairs of boy's school uniform socks. They fit my size 7 feet and being technically children's clothing  means no VAT. And they've actually lasted pretty well so far. I shop like a bloke when it comes to socks- every time I need new ones it's ten identical pairs, plain black, no need to pair them up after they come out of the washing machine, job's a good 'un.

I draw the line at sock subscription services though, those are for people with more money than sense. What the hell are those about? Are they for people who can't afford/don't really need a valet so they can feel a bit special?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on December 17, 2020, 01:01:50 PM

It's also really bloody convenient being able to pop round to the tiny branch of Saino's round the corner to pick up my orders, and as a non-driver it should be handy for me if I decide to buy any larger items.



Beware!! I bought a large picture frame from ebay last year, and arranged click and collect from the Argos up the road. I could track it online and was confused to see it was apparently returned to the depot shortly after I'd had notification it was being delivered shortly. Can't remember the exact chain of events but over the next 10 days or so a similar thing happened several times, including one update saying the driver couldn't take it because they needed a special vehicle (it wasn't that big!) and other random things, but each time it had seemingly been picked up from the depot, driven around as if it was going to be delivered, then taken back to the depot.
After god knows how many emails and a phone call to Argos I finally managed to find out what was happening; Argos had a size limit on what they'd accept, and it was about 2 inches too big (fnar). So couriers were trying to deliver it, Argos were refusing it, the courier was putting random reason codes into the tracking system (presumably 'item too big'' wasn't an option. Nor was "Argos too jobsworthy") and taking it back to the depot, for the whole palaver to be repeated by someone else a few days later. In the end they said I could either have it redelivered to my home on a choice of days when I knew we'd be out, or return it for a refund, which I had to do. The seller admitted they should have checked the size limits on click and collect and it shouldn't have been offered as an option. I at least hope the frame had a nice time on it's extended tour of Birmingham though.

Tldr; Some (all?) click and collect places have a size limit on what they'll accept, but sellers don't always know or check this so make sure you don't order something that your c&c location then won't take.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on December 17, 2020, 01:40:56 PM
Marimekko pyjamas arrived!

Well, half the set. After over two weeks. Thanks to fucking Hermes and a load of excuses from Uniqlo about Covid and the Festive season.

I made an order with Uniqlo on 1/12 which arrived on 15/12, I saw the blah on the website that because of covid the dispatch time was delayed and allow 8 working days before contacting them etc - pretty lame for a high street retailer.

I went on their chatbot on 14/12 to see what was going on and that had a 90 min estimated wait so I left the window open and then totally forgot about it, later that evening got an email saying that it was dispatched and would arrive on 16/12, it actually arrived the next morning with a super easy Hermes delivery.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 18, 2020, 04:11:41 PM
Uniqlo didn't bother sending my order until I had sent about three emails, then it seems they panicked and sent it out ASAP but fucked it up. Still not had a reply to my last email. No phone number to be found anywhere, wait on the text chat is 1.5 hours(!). Lots of apologetic messages about high demand and delays. Looks like they're absolutely swamped.

Still, it's like going to a pub where it's taking ages to get served and the staff keep apologising because "we're understaffed". Those places could, y'know, employ more staff. That seemed to be a chronic problem with London pubs, there were several I just stopped going to simply because I was fed up of spending precious drinking time queuing. Doesn't seem to be a problem here in Embra though!

Anyway, Uniqlo: they could do with more staff, loads of people are unemployed and desperate for work now, most shops take on more staff at Christmas (my first ever job was an Xmas temp job in a shop). I really hate understaffing being used as an excuse, I just hear it as "sorry but we're just a bunch of cheap bastards". Unless you work for the NHS you can GTFO with that one.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 18, 2020, 04:35:28 PM
Highly reccomend hospital scrubs as pyjama bottoms. I got given some knackered old theatre gowns when I bust my ankle and my jeans wouldn't fit over my stookie. Still wear them, quite warm but also very light.

I've been waiting months for a haul from that charity that was buying up clothes for Bangladeshi workers. Occasionally I get an 'it's on its way' email, and fuck all happens. Obviously it's for a good cause and if they're overwhelmed that's great as it means they're getting loads of orders, I'm quite intrigued by the lucky dip aspect of it, and feel like an arsehole for being impatient. I know some of you have ordered and got your stuff but I haven't and neither have a couple of other people who know about it, I guess it was ordered a month or two after it was mentioned here, so i guess it really took off in between.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on December 18, 2020, 04:48:16 PM
I'm quite intrigued by the lucky dip aspect of it

If you're a bloke they basically send you denim shirts, seriously, look on the site. All the men in the gallery are wearing the exact same denim shirt.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 18, 2020, 04:52:54 PM
If you're a bloke they basically send you denim shirts, seriously, look on the site. All the men in the gallery are wearing the exact same denim shirt.

It's a thrown-up website with some stock photos though innit? They send you a questionnaire that makes you select an age bracket and whether you like logos or plain.

So I selected plain and chose the bracket 10 years younger than me because I still dress like an infant.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on December 18, 2020, 04:55:52 PM


So I selected plain and chose the bracket 10 years younger than me because I still dress like an infant.

laughed.

One would hope that it's stock imagery.wanted to buy a box myself...update us when/if it arrives!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on December 18, 2020, 04:59:56 PM
Highly reccomend hospital scrubs as pyjama bottoms. I got given some knackered old theatre gowns when I bust my ankle and my jeans wouldn't fit over my stookie. Still wear them, quite warm but also very light.

I wear scrubs for werk sometimes and don't like 'em, think my body is just the wrong shape for them, sorry.

It's a thrown-up website with some stock photos though innit? They send you a questionnaire that makes you select an age bracket and whether you like logos or plain.

So I selected plain and chose the bracket 10 years younger than me because I still dress like an infant.

I was tempted to go for the "colourful" and "patterned" options to see if I'd end up with some proper Saul Goodman optical migraine-type stuff. Didn't want to put my real age in either because as a 39-year-old woman I would probably end up with a load of M&S cardigans.

Was also thinking of putting in the wrong gender to see if I could get some nice men's shirts but I'd want cotton or flannel, I don't do denim. That's a shame.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 18, 2020, 05:00:51 PM
laughed.

One would hope that it's stock imagery.wanted to buy a box myself...update us when/if it arrives!

The last person i sent the link on to hasn't received their stuff yet either, but tbh maybe that was a blessing:

Quote
went for that + dark colours and plain designs.
If I end up getting a Superdry jacket I’m fucking coming for you
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on December 30, 2020, 07:59:05 PM
Opinions on this? I think at a glance it looks gorgeous, but have some reservations about the pattern being a bit like... a bit hippy boujie? k-hole wall hanging? maybe. Also, tie neck? Is that a vibe?

(https://media.toa.st/global/c1pff/bottlegreen/450/zadie-bloom-print-dress.jpg) (https://media.toa.st/product/c1pff/d1/450/zadie-bloom-print-dress.jpg)

The gal wearing it makes it look fab... but please turn so I can see what it looks like from the front please??
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: canadagoose on December 30, 2020, 08:02:49 PM
Also I could be tempted to get my entire wardrobe from Tu at Saino's if only the clothes weren't such poor quality. The slippers I ordered didn't survive their first cycle in the washing machine and the socks all developed holes after a couple of wears. All 20 of them! Not bad for a cheapo emergency pandemic purchase I suppose but I won't be ordering from Tu again now the proper clothes shops are open.

Got a load of socks from Tesco in the end. Ten pairs of boy's school uniform socks. They fit my size 7 feet and being technically children's clothing  means no VAT. And they've actually lasted pretty well so far. I shop like a bloke when it comes to socks- every time I need new ones it's ten identical pairs, plain black, no need to pair them up after they come out of the washing machine, job's a good 'un.

I draw the line at sock subscription services though, those are for people with more money than sense. What the hell are those about? Are they for people who can't afford/don't really need a valet so they can feel a bit special?
Socks don't seem to last five minutes, do they? You'd think they'd have perfected the art of making a durable sock by now, but apparently not.

Goblin, I like the dress! But then I probably wouldn't listen to me on fashion advice, as I'm a bit of a disaster myself. I'd like to wear dresses more often, but I feel like I stand out too much, and I don't really like the attention. Not that I'm particularly attractive - just a bit on the tall and broad-shouldered side.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on December 30, 2020, 08:11:10 PM
Opinions on this? I think at a glance it looks gorgeous,

It's really nice, I like the tie neck & love the colour/print - I'd want to touch the material cos it's a cupro/viscose mix, but it should be decent in this case.

The gal wearing it makes it look fab... but please turn so I can see what it looks like from the front please??

Absolutely, bit weird that.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: steve98 on December 30, 2020, 08:24:25 PM
ASDA has everything I need, and at prices that won't break the bank. I can't imagine shopping anywhere else.
My local had a lovely gentleman's assistant chap (Stewart), gay as a brush and full of banter, who loved mincing about with his tape round his neck, looking for inside legs to measure. He was great.
Then one day he was off George and on fruit and veg, with a black eye  (I don't know what happened), humpin' 50 kilo bags of spuds and cabbages around, all sweaty and rough :( :(

I felt really bad for him, he was so happy @ George.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on January 06, 2021, 03:40:07 PM
Still not recieved the other half of my Marimekko pyjamas. Had to escalate my complaint to Uniqlo and finally got a reply, apologising profusely and telling me that the Hermes driver will be interviewed. Erk. I don't want to get the driver sacked, it's not the driver's fault Hermes are shit and understaffed and require their drivers to cut corners in order to deliver stupidly high numbers of parcels. I've replied saying it's probably not entirely the driver's fault and to consider using a courier other than Herpes. Still, I'm feeling a bit Larry David now.

I really could do with some nice warm pyjamas for tonight though *shiver*
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 06, 2021, 03:59:52 PM
Still not recieved the other half of my Marimekko pyjamas.

This is very sad!

I didn't get that second Toast dress in the end and shouldn't be spending that much money. My mum said it was like something her gran would wear which is rude but also is this a bad thing

Back to loitering ebay. Fuck I miss charity shops
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on January 06, 2021, 04:06:25 PM
The Oxfam online shop is good. Free returns if it doesn't fit or it's actually shit. Been getting fair few things from there.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 06, 2021, 04:13:46 PM
The Oxfam online shop is good. Free returns if it doesn't fit or it's actually shit. Been getting fair few things from there.

That's a good shout. Is the sight a bit buggered for you too tho?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on January 06, 2021, 04:16:03 PM
Ha a little bit, I think that's just the way it is. Quite slow to cycle through the pages. But I've got to the level of having seen everthing in the 'Mens' category so I can just sort by 'newly added' or whatever and see the new stuff.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on January 06, 2021, 04:20:46 PM
I didn't get that second Toast dress in the end and shouldn't be spending that much money. My mum said it was like something her gran would wear which is rude but also is this a bad thing

Was that the one with the pussy-bow? Sorry but I'm not a fan of those and they seem to come back into fashion every three years or so. I thought the dress looked really nice on the model, but I got the feeling that it wouldn't look as good without a professional stylist and a photographer to make it look that nice, adding bulldog clips and stitches to make it look more fitted. A bit like that time I went to a sample sale for People Tree (https://www.peopletree.co.uk/dresses) and all the dresses looked pretty on the hangers but really frumpy when I tried them on.

I do love Toast though. I once had a lovely crisp white shirt from Toast and managed to leave it in Okinawa. When I unpacked my case it was nowhere to be found and I realised I must have left it in the hotel, and had probably thrown it in the laundry basket with the lovely crisp white towels. Nrrrrrrrggghhhh...
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 06, 2021, 04:35:50 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/yTm767M.png)

Great job Oxfam.

Was that the one with the pussy-bow? Sorry but I'm not a fan of those and they seem to come back into fashion every three years or so. I thought the dress looked really nice on the model, but I got the feeling that it wouldn't look as good without a professional stylist and a photographer to make it look that nice, adding bulldog clips and stitches to make it look more fitted. A bit like that time I went to a sample sale for People Tree (https://www.peopletree.co.uk/dresses) and all the dresses looked pretty on the hangers but really frumpy when I tried them on.

I do love Toast though. I once had a lovely crisp white shirt from Toast and managed to leave it in Okinawa. When I unpacked my case it was nowhere to be found and I realised I must have left it in the hotel, and had probably thrown it in the laundry basket with the lovely crisp white towels. Nrrrrrrrggghhhh...

I think you're right, tho the tie can work in context. I saw some photos of a similar build with the bow undone which actually flowed quite well. parisian darrrrling

I've not looked at peopletree before. Looks a little too middle glass graun for me. As you can tell I'm into the whole flowy minimal vibe. Art gallery mum, perhaps. Do you know of other brands that do similar?

My stomach turned reading about your shirt rthghghhgdigodusgh
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on January 06, 2021, 04:37:34 PM
lol it's never been that fucked for me! I just don't think they've got the budget for proper web design sadly.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on January 06, 2021, 04:38:49 PM
If you're a bloke [Lost Stock] basically send you denim shirts, seriously, look on the site. All the men in the gallery are wearing the exact same denim shirt.

Just checked this out:

https://loststock.com/pages/these-clothes-look-great

Lots of frilly stuff for the wimmin, and lots of them are wearing the same strappy dress in khaki or coral, the same dress with the big animal print, and the same stripy blue and white top with an egregious amount of ruching. The dark denim shirt is quite nice though!

This is interesting- it looks like a lot of the items in those "£70-worth of clothes for £35" packages have been spotted for sale in Matalan, and for much less than £70 for three items, or even £35 for three items:

https://www.muccycloud.com/2020/08/lost-stock-box-have-screwed-up.html

This doesn't sound quite as ethical now. That's a real shame.

That blog post also contains a handly list of the companies that paid the factories in Bangladesh and the ones that didn't. Nike and Gap, companies once demonised for their sweat shop labour practices, are on the Nice list, while quelle surprised, Arcadia are on the naughty list. Bit dismayed to see my beloved TK Maxx on there too.

Uniqlo paid up! That's something to recommend them, I guess...
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on January 06, 2021, 04:57:46 PM
I've not looked at peopletree before. Looks a little too middle glass graun for me. As you can tell I'm into the whole flowy minimal vibe. Art gallery mum, perhaps. Do you know of other brands that do similar?

Not my style at all so I can't help you there, sorry. I don't wear dresses very often, I'm more into shirts. Quite like a shirt dress though!

EDIT: Actually, Cos might just be your thing. Be warned though, they do use Hermes for deliveries:

https://www.cosstores.com/en_gbp/women/dresses.html

As for People Tree, when I lived in London I used to go to sample sales on Brick Lane, they were held at the Old Truman Brewery on a regular basis. Maharishi were always there and I got a load of their extremely flattering and comfortable but usually eye-wateringly expensive "snopants" for fuck-all (ahhh, the 90's and early 00's, good times). Howies usually turned up as well and I would buy up a load of merino wool base layers, and once got this lovely jumper with a nice cheery ice lolly design, one which didn't make it to their shops and which I wore to death. Got a nice warm Ted Baker parka for a stupidly low price. People Tree once had a stand there but their stuff wasn't for me. I don't know if these sample sales still go on in London, I'd kind of forgotten all about them since moving to Embra.

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My stomach turned reading about your shirt rthghghhgdigodusgh

I first saw that shirt in John Lewis for about £90 and thought "Nah, I can't justify spending that much on a shirt", then I saw it with 50% off and couldn't believe my eyes and snapped it up. And then I ended up chucking it out by mistake. Double nrrrrrrggghhh.

Would love some more snopants but it looks like Maharishi have stopped making the women's ones, and the ones for sale on eBay cost about as much as they used to brand-new. Probably for the best, I haven't got £180 to spare right now.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Janie Jones on January 06, 2021, 05:34:21 PM


As you can tell I'm into the whole flowy minimal vibe. Art gallery mum, perhaps. Do you know of other brands that do similar?


Ghost
Arket
& Other Stories (I’ve already plugged them upthread)
Boden (changed for the better in recent years)
Reiss
Mint Velvet (maybe a bit old for you but it’s possible to cherry-pick nice items, especially second hand)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 06, 2021, 10:44:23 PM
Now I've been a bit of a Cos fan for a long time, but I'm kind of realising that, whilst I adore particular pieces, most of their stuff is perhaps not so good and perhaps fits more in The Phantom Menace's wardrobe in actual real life. Something about them can just be... cumbersome

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LBEMLudixuM/S_lAlnrR6WI/AAAAAAAABHo/NLDCLldGFVY/s1600/1_02.jpg)

The thought of getting anything halfway affordable down Brick Lane what a dream!

Thank you Janie for the recs x
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on January 06, 2021, 11:13:25 PM
Ghost
Arket
& Other Stories (I’ve already plugged them upthread)
Boden (changed for the better in recent years)
Reiss
Mint Velvet (maybe a bit old for you but it’s possible to cherry-pick nice items, especially second hand)

Ghost tend to use bias cut on their dresses and skirts, which I find hangs in a really flattering way. I can't afford their stuff new (and I'm still harbouring a grudge for when one of their shop managers basically laughed me out of a job interview when I was 18), but I used to find a lot of stuff in charity shops around Crouch End and Highgate (unsurprisingly).

One of my friends actually got married in a pale green Ghost dress, much cooler than the standard white meringue.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 07, 2021, 12:17:59 AM
Checking out some Ghost stuff on ebay and their dresses are gorgeous



Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on January 07, 2021, 12:28:30 AM

One of my friends actually got married in a pale green Ghost dress,

(https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5929a107b1335d7bf1698165/1:1/w_600/3de855be.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on January 07, 2021, 11:07:08 AM
hahah
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Janie Jones on January 07, 2021, 01:48:36 PM
Checking out some Ghost stuff on ebay and their dresses are gorgeous

I like this, brand new and reduced from £120 to £36. Bargain! With tights, boots and a cardi you can wear it now and it’ll be perfect on its own for spring and early summer

https://www.ghost.co.uk/luella-dress-sophie-leaf-yellow-dc24ak-y30
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on January 07, 2021, 04:53:03 PM
I like this, brand new and reduced from £120 to £36. Bargain! With tights, boots and a cardi you can wear it now and it’ll be perfect on its own for spring and early summer

https://www.ghost.co.uk/luella-dress-sophie-leaf-yellow-dc24ak-y30

lush.

---

Tell you what, been trying to find this dress Laura wears in the Lodge in Peaks. Zara actually had something similar on sale, but I missed it in my size wahhh

(https://thereelbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Twin-peaks-lodge001f.jpg)
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fa/b2/d5/fab2d5435b4a6809fc4ac89fbadeae3f.jpg)

Also constantly on the lookout for something with simple b/w chevrons a la Black Lodge
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Janie Jones on January 07, 2021, 06:19:54 PM
I think we can’t send links in DMs otherwise I’d stop cluttering the thread... There’s something along those lines on eBay, probably not your size and far too expensive for an old polyester dress

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363227909412

Sometimes you can make a derisory offer, I know as a seller I’ll sometimes bite someone’s hand off if I’ve got stock hanging around.

Keep a look out for the Zara dress, it’ll pop up before too long
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 10, 2021, 03:23:15 PM
If anyone's into it there's a big ol' sale on Uniqlo's Marimekko designs spoken about ITT

I am still looking for a Laura Palmer fancy-pants evening dress thank you for helping janie i'm sorry i didn't reply
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on February 10, 2021, 03:41:43 PM
Thought this bump was 'cos Blue Jam's pyjama bottoms had arrived.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 10, 2021, 03:49:56 PM
I'm thinking of buying some harem trousers but am worried it might make me look like I've escaped from a circus.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 10, 2021, 03:59:31 PM
I'm thinking of buying some harem trousers but am worried it might make me look like I've escaped from a circus.

Oh God they were such a thing

Big womad vibe
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on February 10, 2021, 03:59:45 PM
I'm thinking of buying some harem trousers but am worried it might make me look like I've escaped from a circus.

I'm thinking of buying some Haram trousers but all I could find were a pair of pyjama bottoms with peppa pig on them.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on February 10, 2021, 04:34:24 PM
Thought this bump was 'cos Blue Jam's pyjama bottoms had arrived.

Nope: they never arrived. After requesting a replacement about fifty pissing times I finally managed to get a reply from Uniqlo on Twitter, telling me they'd sent me... a refund. Leaving me with half a set of pyjamas. Fucking thanks guys. As an apology they also sent me a £10 voucher code to spend on my "next" order that will probably also never, ever arrive. At that point I just thought "fuck this, they're taking the piss" and sent the rest of the order back to get a refund on that too. Just been told it'll take a minimum of 15 days to process, so that'll be a total of three months from placing the order to getting a refund. This still isn't over and I'm wondering if they'll end up going bust first.

Seriously, don't fucking bother:

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.uniqlo.com

https://twitter.com/UNIQLO_UK/status/1336257505903644672

It's a shame, I love Uniqlo's stuff and it's good value for money but this whole experience has been painful and I won't be shopping with them and letting them take the piss out of me ever again. I have a particular pet hate for companies using understaffing as an excuse for crap service, and even more so now more people are ordering stuff online and thousands of retail workers have been made redundant and are looking for work. They used to be so good, what the hell happened?

Was going to order those nice warm Muji pyjamas I had been looking at and... oh dear, same story:

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.muji.co.uk

Where's a Japanophile to shop now?

I ended up ordering some nice warm pyjamas from Amazon. Both the top and bottoms arrived the next day. Packaged well, nothing missing, fit as described. I know Amazon are evil and I'd love to support smaller and more ethical companies, I really would, but fuck it, it's going to be minus seven fucking degrees tonight and I just want my legs to be as warm as my top half. Here Jeff, just take my money.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 10, 2021, 04:46:04 PM
Dunno about Japanese stuff specifically but onbuy.com is setting itself up as an ethical alternative to amazon with 'everything in one place'.

All I know is they've got cheap tracksuits and stuff on there.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 10, 2021, 04:47:15 PM
Oh Jam I'm really sorry about that. I regret posting about them in the first place since they've caused such grief.

I did receive a couple of dresses off them but the wait time was honestly a whole month, myself being far too sheepish to chase them up I had been very close to giving up.

you can get a fair amount of the current line on ebay more or less the same price rn
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on February 10, 2021, 04:52:38 PM
No need to apologise GAFS, I should have checked the TrustPilot reviews first! I've ordered from Uniqlo before and never had any problems so this was a bit of a shock. Their shops were also a lifesaver when I lived in Tokyo and needed some nice warm jumpers for the cold snap of 2014. It's a shame, they do good quality cheap cashmere, something I could really do with living in Embra, shame none of it would ever reach me!

Just seen this too, one for the 2021 High Street Death List?

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jan/29/uniqlo-uk-customer-service-covid-complain-refunds-delivery

I've looked at eBay, cheers. If I see some Marimekko stuff up there I could be tempted. Sellers on eBay at least take their feedback seriously.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 10, 2021, 05:49:55 PM
onbuy.com

Cat Stevens stuck in my head now, cheers. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUuBfpbwOs)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on February 10, 2021, 08:45:47 PM
Currently looking for a jump suit/boiler suit thing to wear constantly because I can't be bothered putting trousers on anymore.

Want this one but they don't have the size: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-boilersuit-in-beige/prd/21358961?colourwayid=60160555&SearchQuery=boiler%20suit
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 10, 2021, 09:03:25 PM
Currently looking for a jump suit/boiler suit thing to wear constantly because I can't be bothered putting trousers on anymore.

Want this one but they don't have the size: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-boilersuit-in-beige/prd/21358961?colourwayid=60160555&SearchQuery=boiler%20suit

Plankton went the boilersuit route a year or two ago for the same reason I think, I’d check in with him to see how it’s going.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 10, 2021, 09:47:10 PM
Currently looking for a jump suit/boiler suit thing to wear constantly because I can't be bothered putting trousers on anymore.

Want this one but they don't have the size: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-boilersuit-in-beige/prd/21358961?colourwayid=60160555&SearchQuery=boiler%20suit

You want a ski suit. It's like a sleeping bag you can walk around in.

Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 10, 2021, 10:11:39 PM
You want a ski suit. It's like a sleeping bag you can walk around in.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ne5Lb2SiFHg/R6svBbBbkMI/AAAAAAAAJZA/cy5HOOjMYeQ/s400/rage+baby+brood.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on February 11, 2021, 09:54:55 AM
You want a ski suit. It's like a sleeping bag you can walk around in.

Hmm, that would be too hot I fear.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on February 21, 2021, 12:02:11 AM
I'm experiencing a desire to go monochrome. Bought a few shirts and things during the first lockdown; lots of stuff on ebay, it was a golden age of flogging off old tat. Got some really nice stuff. Most of that's got to go now. It's hard, because these are some lovely clothes, and I know they suit me, but I feel compelled to make the change. I don't know why.

So it's an exploration of what I want to wear now. Luckily I've got a head start, lots of black in the wardrobe. Also, I bought a pair of slim jeans by mistake, and it turned out they suited me, so I'm moving away from a lot of the very baggy stuff that's been a staple of my wardrobe since forever. Gone off crew necks as well, so I'm cutting all my necklines off, for a looser effect.

It's interesting. I find I like All Saints stuff; the loose, patchy grey effect; some of the Abandon Ship graphic tops as well. I'm reselling a lot of the old stuff on ebay so it's not costing me too much to make the change. The best stuff is mostly gone, but it's surprising what sells.

A member here posted up some pictures of all her monochrome clothing, all laid out, that she'd created for an art project. Had a lasting impression on me- all the shades and shapes. I'd love to see those photos again. I thought it might have been Hymenoptera, but a quick skim through her posts didn't reveal the photos.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on February 21, 2021, 12:09:48 AM

A member here posted up some pictures of all her monochrome clothing, all laid out, that she'd created for an art project. Had a lasting impression on me- all the shades and shapes. I'd love to see those photos again. I thought it might have been Hymenoptera, but a quick skim through her posts didn't reveal the photos.

I have a picture of onken's socks that I saved like 2 years ago to make some sort of wank sock joke with but couldn't be arsed. Fresh from my desktop, onkensox.jpg

(http://i.imgur.com/R6gfdmT.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on February 21, 2021, 02:04:39 AM
that's them, thanks Dex!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 21, 2021, 12:42:01 PM
Best monochrome look is just to dress like Rei Kawakubo

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTthKsKr02moBaYVo5-_ABu_wzGhvkgnUVX0g&usqp=CAU) (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c3/82/75/c382759f281a68f750d96e30ab2f561a.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on February 21, 2021, 12:53:53 PM
(https://images.gr-assets.com/users/1550646516p6/93840497.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on February 21, 2021, 01:08:07 PM
a vibe's a vibe what can i say
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on February 21, 2021, 10:51:23 PM
Best monochrome look is just to dress like Rei Kawakubo

Love the simplicity of that

(https://images.gr-assets.com/users/1550646516p6/93840497.jpg)

haha! This is also a bold, simple look
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: chveik on February 21, 2021, 10:56:00 PM
reminds me of keiji haino

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UoA8dzNJf1M/maxresdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: NoSleep on February 21, 2021, 11:10:23 PM
Keiji Haino wouldn't be looking like that if it wasn't for the fact that he is a lifelong fan of Les Rallizes Denudes' frontman Takashi Mizutani:

(https://i.imgur.com/hJMwd7q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4Xwhmz7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/60zokfb.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: chveik on February 21, 2021, 11:38:47 PM
yeah I know I'm a big fan (musically, can't say I care much for fashion)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on March 05, 2021, 12:52:32 PM
always vibed with haino's look he's a very beautiful man

(https://images.sk-static.com/images/media/profile_images/artists/116127/huge_avatar)

anyway i've been dying to find something like this which doesn't cost the earth

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/0f8AAOSw5QNfoq94/s-l1600.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on March 14, 2021, 05:47:48 PM
Came here to say I snagged an actual Max Mara suit on ebay for like a tenner which is very exciting to me.

Anyone got experience with suits? I'm really into vintage skirt suits.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 14, 2021, 05:57:02 PM
Keiji Haino wouldn't be looking like that if it wasn't for the fact that he is a lifelong fan of Les Rallizes Denudes' frontman Takashi Mizutani:

(https://i.imgur.com/4Xwhmz7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/60zokfb.jpg)

Is that a fender bigsby-style bridge? Didn’t know they made such a thing.

Another eBay item to track down for my tele custom.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on March 14, 2021, 10:12:24 PM
Came here to say I snagged an actual Max Mara suit on ebay for like a tenner which is very exciting to me.

Just googled, and I like the lines of those. I always appreciate simplicity in a suit. I think the trousers are good- distinctive and elegant.

Got some beautiful All Saints suede Chelsea boots off Vinted for £20, but they don't fit; I've got quite wide feet. Probably can sell them on easily though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on March 14, 2021, 10:19:55 PM
Just googled, and I like the lines of those. I always appreciate simplicity in a suit. I think the trousers are good- distinctive and elegant.

Got some beautiful All Saints suede Chelsea boots off Vinted for £20, but they don't fit; I've got quite wide feet. Probably can sell them on easily though.

It's the good Italian shit pal baddabing

Dig the minimalist street-style vibe with All Saints but I think it's maybe a liiiiiiiiitle bit too minimal for myself but looks great on those who style it well. Sorry about your boots! There's a lot of them floating about on Ebay.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on March 14, 2021, 10:43:08 PM
I don't mind too much; I was sated just by the act of buying them. It was always a gamble; I know I can sell them on at some kind of profit. Got some simple black chelsea boots at the same time, which are just fine.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on April 13, 2021, 03:00:17 PM
I recognise people probably view this as entirely superficial, but I have recently acquired two full Max Mara skirt suits of the ebays. I am SO excited to have some proper genuine Italian made suits I feel like such a fancy bitch I feel POWERFUL. My ebay game has become so strong. I just snagged a Vivienne Westwood choker which makes me look well glam.

I know I seem poncy for caring about designer fashion but when it's good it's good.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Paul Calf on April 13, 2021, 03:01:20 PM
George By Asda.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on April 13, 2021, 03:52:24 PM
that too
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on April 13, 2021, 04:14:00 PM
I recognise people probably view this as entirely superficial, but I have recently acquired two full Max Mara skirt suits of the ebays. I am SO excited to have some proper genuine Italian made suits I feel like such a fancy bitch I feel POWERFUL. My ebay game has become so strong. I just snagged a Vivienne Westwood choker which makes me look well glam.

I know I seem poncy for caring about designer fashion but when it's good it's good.

I don't think so at all.  I love Max Mara stuff - have an absolutely devine soft tweedy jacket, cut like an angel cut it, hangs like a goddess's in it, got it off the second hand and it makes me feel great whenever I put it on.  We have Emmaus here, a bit like Oxfam but much better[1], can't get there any more as I don't have transport but when I did, I used to get the most lovely things and, as I don't give a fuck about what anybody thinks - clothes-wise, whatever beautiful thing I found came home and was loved and used.  Got a classic Inès de La Fressange black cashmere jumper in perfect condition for forty centimes there a couple of years ago.  A wonderful green and blue painted silk 1920s dress for a couple of euro, gave that to a friend because she was jealous (I slightly regret that now).  A pair of brown cord 1930s trousers with the high waist, pleated front and buttons for braces that fit me like they were made for me.  Heheh.  The joy and pain of clothing. 
 1. cheaper, stranger
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: An tSaoi on April 13, 2021, 06:14:41 PM
 I know an army surplus jacket going cheap. Is that something a normal person can wear, or will I end up looking like Travis Bickle, or Paddy Considine in Dead Man's Shoes?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on April 13, 2021, 07:50:56 PM
I think it would be nice to look like that sometimes.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: IsavedLatin on April 14, 2021, 09:03:54 PM
I don't think so at all.  I love Max Mara stuff - have an absolutely devine soft tweedy jacket, cut like an angel cut it, hangs like a goddess's in it, got it off the second hand and it makes me feel great whenever I put it on.  We have Emmaus here, a bit like Oxfam but much better[1], can't get there any more as I don't have transport but when I did, I used to get the most lovely things and, as I don't give a fuck about what anybody thinks - clothes-wise, whatever beautiful thing I found came home and was loved and used.  Got a classic Inès de La Fressange black cashmere jumper in perfect condition for forty centimes there a couple of years ago.  A wonderful green and blue painted silk 1920s dress for a couple of euro, gave that to a friend because she was jealous (I slightly regret that now).  A pair of brown cord 1930s trousers with the high waist, pleated front and buttons for braces that fit me like they were made for me.  Heheh.  The joy and pain of clothing.
 1. cheaper, stranger


FORTY CENTIMES!!!!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: chveik on April 14, 2021, 09:08:44 PM
bought a loden coat on ebay for fuck all a few years ago. lovely stuff
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on April 14, 2021, 10:04:55 PM
Love a bit of loden. 
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Attila on April 15, 2021, 12:56:48 PM
We've been wending out way through the original All Creatures Great & Small series, and I have always loved the many, many Fair Isle tanks tops Tristan (and others wear). I swear in the early series he goes through at least three different ones per episode.

I knit, but I'm lazy when it comes to bigger things like jumpers -- but true vintage 1930s and 40s tank tops are really expensive (if you want something that isn't moth eaten). So I bit the bullet and knitted a small Fair Isle for the cat to practice knitting with steeks and all that. It came out pretty well for a practice sampler, so now I'm knitting on a full-sized adult version for myself. Just random patterns based off colours from photos I took in the Roman forum a couple of autumns ago. Miles to go, though, as I've finally got through the endless ribbing and have finally moved into the coloured pattern sections.

I'm seriously missing hitting up my favourite second hand and vintage shops in London...I have no idea if they've survived the lockdown/close downs over the past year (especially as the one seriously depends on people selling their stuff to them.)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Video Game Fan 2000 on April 15, 2021, 12:58:27 PM
Starstruck when Haino walked back and forth in front of us at a festival one time. He was looking for a chair.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on April 15, 2021, 03:03:08 PM
Watching that episode of Curb Your Enthiusiasm where someone at the bowling alley walks off with Larry David's Campers and he tries to source a replacement pair reminded me that I've got my eye on a couple of pairs myself, waiting for the price to come down a bit first. Also weighing up whether I really need another pair of smart boots as I doubt I'll need them for any meetings or presentations or job interviews anytime soon. Sorely tempted though:

https://www.camper.com/en_GB/women/shoes/meda/camper-meda-K400455-001

Read this a while back and noted Larry David also likes Theory and Ecco. Got a couple of lovely jackets by Theory and some silver Ecco trainers from TK Maxx and panicked that I'm starting to dress like Larry David. I'm not sure that's a good thing even if he is a style icon:

https://www.gq.com/story/larry-david-cover-profile-february-2020
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on April 15, 2021, 03:30:05 PM
Remembered my old pair of Campers from yonks ago, they now appear to be $250 a pair?!

Even my beloved Feiyue has been bought and now churns out sneakers that cost loads of money rather than the cheap and cheerful ones I wore exclusively for about 4 years.

Days are gone.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on April 15, 2021, 05:48:09 PM
We've been wending out way through the original All Creatures Great & Small series, and I have always loved the many, many Fair Isle tanks tops Tristan (and others wear). I swear in the early series he goes through at least three different ones per episode.

I knit, but I'm lazy when it comes to bigger things like jumpers -- but true vintage 1930s and 40s tank tops are really expensive (if you want something that isn't moth eaten). So I bit the bullet and knitted a small Fair Isle for the cat to practice knitting with steeks and all that. It came out pretty well for a practice sampler, so now I'm knitting on a full-sized adult version for myself. Just random patterns based off colours from photos I took in the Roman forum a couple of autumns ago. Miles to go, though, as I've finally got through the endless ribbing and have finally moved into the coloured pattern sections.

I'm seriously missing hitting up my favourite second hand and vintage shops in London...I have no idea if they've survived the lockdown/close downs over the past year (especially as the one seriously depends on people selling their stuff to them.)

Our interests are uncannily paired, Attila.  It's almost disturbing.  I too have a thing for those tank tops and fair isle in general.  I have one, which is lovely but I never wear it, I keep it with my other cloths of heaven, where I can see it and it can empower me should I need empowerment. 

I have some enormous baskets of lovely wool, some left by my grandmother, some from Emmaus and vide greniers and when I have more green and time, I too will be knitting up a bit of fair isle for myself.  Mine will probably be rubbish, unlike yours, because I am not an habitual knitter.  Still, it will be a pleasure to me.  Can you do a photo when yours is done?  I would love to see it.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on April 15, 2021, 06:23:50 PM
I know an army surplus jacket going cheap. Is that something a normal person can wear, or will I end up looking like Travis Bickle, or Paddy Considine in Dead Man's Shoes?

Travis Bickle wears an M65 - a design classic, and available in many colours and other materials than the standard olive polycotton ripstop. I've got a navy blue Alpha Industries (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alpha-Industries-M65-MP-Tex-Field-Jacket-with-Reflective-Tape-Alpha-M-65-Jacket/323654043453) shiny one that I bought in 1999 and won't die despite me wearing it for all kinds of literally shitty tasks.

Rodney Trotter's continuity is all over the place with his jackets - sometimes he sports a very rare and highly desirable late 1960s French lizard camo jacket (the one with poppers on the breast pocket); the rest of the time he's sporting a crappy British 85 pattern DPM affair - about the worst item of military uniform ever produced anywhere: a real moron jacket.

I must do a post for this thread about army surplus stuff, since it's about 80% of my wardrobe.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on April 15, 2021, 06:30:18 PM
DPM

Wow, the last time I heard that term was back when I was buying Maharishi snopants from sample sales. Think I even went to the "DPM" exhibition at the London store when the book (https://www.amazon.co.uk/DPM-Disruptive-Material-Encyclopaedia-Camouflage/dp/095434040X) launched. Ha, how very Nathan Barley... ;)

I still like a bit of camo though, got a nice camo dress from French Connection years back and more recently I got a camo face mask and a camo sports bra. No-one will see the bra when I'm out running but whatever, it makes me feel badass. Like a sexy bulletproof vest.

Would love to read more about DPM if you were to start that thread!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: An tSaoi on April 15, 2021, 06:38:36 PM
I must do a post for this thread about army surplus stuff, since it's about 80% of my wardrobe.

Please do. You sound like you know your stuff.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on April 15, 2021, 06:42:02 PM
I should have bought the DPM book. I think it was quite pricey at launch but it's probably worth a fucking bomb now.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Ray Travez on April 15, 2021, 07:01:40 PM
Rodney Trotter's continuity is all over the place with his jackets - sometimes he sports a very rare and highly desirable late 1960s French lizard camo jacket (the one with poppers on the breast pocket); the rest of the time he's sporting a crappy British 85 pattern DPM affair - about the worst item of military uniform ever produced anywhere: a real moron jacket.

Very interesting; I'd never considered different designs having their own style capital. I've always favoured a more muted pattern myself- desert, or pale green woodland.

(How does it feel to be the Buzby of military fashion? ;) )
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on April 15, 2021, 11:14:27 PM
(https://www.amherstindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/detecorists-1024x683.jpeg)

Sherringford Hovis, what's Andy on the right wearing?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: touchingcloth on April 16, 2021, 12:06:01 AM
(https://www.amherstindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/detecorists-1024x683.jpeg)

Sherringford Hovis, what's Andy on the right wearing?

Coat.

Does anyone ever go for properly vintage military fashion, like pith helmets and massive jodhpurs? Or something modern but starker than camo, like a UN Peacekeeper beret?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: hamfist on April 16, 2021, 12:07:38 AM
Get a safari suit

Soviet Safari Suit (https://grey-shop.ru/USSR-Afghanka-BDU)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on April 16, 2021, 12:51:33 AM
(https://www.varusteleka.com/pictures/13131596e11ea64fba.jpg)(https://www.varusteleka.com/pictures/13131596e11ea5f25f.jpg)

Sherringford Hovis, what's Andy on the right wearing?

It's a shirt rather than a jacket - Austrian Bundesheer (https://www.twrydersinbirmingham.co.uk/store/Ex-Austrian-Army-Shirts-p76641182). I'm not sure the collar flashes are authentic though - I'm fairly certain without bothering to DuckDuck that Austrian rank stars have six points as opposed to five here.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Attila on April 16, 2021, 07:25:10 AM
Our interests are uncannily paired, Attila.  It's almost disturbing.  I too have a thing for those tank tops and fair isle in general.  I have one, which is lovely but I never wear it, I keep it with my other cloths of heaven, where I can see it and it can empower me should I need empowerment. 

I have some enormous baskets of lovely wool, some left by my grandmother, some from Emmaus and vide greniers and when I have more green and time, I too will be knitting up a bit of fair isle for myself.  Mine will probably be rubbish, unlike yours, because I am not an habitual knitter.  Still, it will be a pleasure to me.  Can you do a photo when yours is done?  I would love to see it.

I can do, sure! Right now the adult-sized one is just ribbing and about 3 inches of lower body, so not much to write home about (and I've got The Fear that my colourways aren't going to work as well as I thought).

But here is Tiny Toast showing off her tiny tank top

(http://i.imgur.com/qEESHkwl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/qEESHkw)

She did have both legs in it properly, but shifted just as I took the photo

(http://i.imgur.com/syp57O5l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/syp57O5)

I like the mini one, as it was put together from a box of colour-coordinated sample skeins (all browns and neutral colours).

I knit in the round, which I find way nicer to do than with straight pins, and I've learned that the dreaded steeks are a piece of piss.

I think it's lovely that you have wools from your grandmother -- I'm also putting together alternatively a quilt made with what's left of my grandmother's fabric stash. <3

You might want to practice Fair Isle and knitting in the round on on socks or fingerless mitts before trying a huge project like a tank top, especially if you want to log in some more knitting time. I've got some simple patterns if you would like.

I usually knit socks with self-striping wool, because I'm lazy, but here are some samplers where I was practicing/messing about with colour/Fair Isle

(http://i.imgur.com/EX6B12Ol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/EX6B12O)

(http://i.imgur.com/Eo2idKXl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Eo2idKX)

(http://i.imgur.com/NiK7AQTl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/NiK7AQT)

(http://i.imgur.com/W0VRWjhl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/W0VRWjh)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Attila on April 16, 2021, 07:40:48 AM
Coat.

Does anyone ever go for properly vintage military fashion, like pith helmets and massive jodhpurs? Or something modern but starker than camo, like a UN Peacekeeper beret?

Mr Attila wears a fuckton of camo around the house and garden, in case we get snipers in the allotment amongst the runner beans.

Sometimes I wear my dad's Navy dress blouse (he was a mechanic's mate during the War), but goes from 'this is cosy' to I AM BURNING UP HOTTER THAN HELL within about 10 minutes. Poor sap had to wear this stuff in July and August in Naples; he complains constantly in his diary about how hot it was even without having to wear long sleeve and long trouser uniforms (he was part of Operation Dragoon, at least the supply part, and mentions with great affront how the British guys he worked with wore...shorts (shock! horror!) whilst on duty.)

He kept everything, so I have his dress trousers, too, and they pretty much fit. I wish I were brave enough to wear them just for the hell of it (or it got cold enough). Everytime I put them on, though, I immediately want to tap dance.

This was his favourite jumper when he was a teenager

(http://i.imgur.com/FjA2Wyql.jpg) (https://imgur.com/FjA2Wyq)

I have photos of him from various times from when he was a teenger and into his 20s wearing this jumper. I wear it sometimes, but it has to be a really, really cold day -- it's a double knit Jantzen, and it gets boiling hot especially indoors. The photo here was taken in the dead of winter in Baltimore back in the early 1940s. The jumper is a milky-coffee coloured background with bright blue and red on the motif/pattern. You can see he's got a shirt on underneath -- deffo a top tip. I'm not allergic to wool, but unless I wear a cami under this jumper, I'm itching like a mofo within an hour or so.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on April 16, 2021, 08:05:00 AM
Weeeooow!  Those are some mighty fine pics - I really think you should post the Tiny Toasts over to the CAT thread.  No cat-lover could be immune to such glory, has made my morning.  Absolutely delightful in every respect.  The sock patterns and colours make me think of Greek vases - you put some figures in too, which is amazing and quite an inspiration.  You could tie it in with Picasso ceramics - he did some, I'm sure you know, in similar tones.  Exciting thoughts.  And the possibility of having legs like Greek urns is always an appealing thought.

Had a lovely gentle friend who always rode his motorcycle in ancient leather Luftwaffe jodhpurs.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Attila on April 16, 2021, 09:33:09 AM
Ahh -- the Greek vase socks -- a colleague actually designed the bands for a properly matched set of socks (she sells the pattern through Ravelry). My version of her pattern was just to grab the motifs randomly for practice, the hell with symmetry.

At some point, I have plans to make socks with more Roman motifs (but I am pretty lazy, and usually just adapt from pattern collections 'n' stuff)

Both pairs of those socks are slightly too small for me, and I'm a bit on the skinny side -- lesson learned: use the next size up needles.

Off to post Tiny on the cats thread.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: chveik on April 16, 2021, 05:39:18 PM
nice socks you've got there
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on April 16, 2021, 05:40:37 PM
Wearing my dark beige chinos, beige boots and salmon tshirt.

Fucking hot.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Fr.Bigley on April 16, 2021, 06:26:03 PM
I just bought a very colourful (every primary colour) pair of puma trainers which looking at the youth in the area and their similar footwear, might make me look like I'm having a midlife crisis...buyers remorse to follow when I get laughed at in the pub. I'll keep you all posted.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on April 16, 2021, 06:37:59 PM
Update: its tan, not beige.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on April 16, 2021, 10:48:05 PM
I just bought a very colourful (every primary colour) pair of puma trainers which looking at the youth in the area and their similar footwear, might make me look like I'm having a midlife crisis...buyers remorse to follow when I get laughed at in the pub. I'll keep you all posted.

I remember seeing an interview with the Pet Shop Boys once where Chris Lowe said something like "I've always loved lairy sportswear. I know I'm getting too old for it now but I don't care." Good lad. I had to admire that.

As I get older I find myself buying more lairy sportswear. Bright colours and big logos. I especially like wearing smart shirts and trousers (don't really wear jeans) with some lairy trainers and a big watch. Got myself some Superga trainers in silver recently, I always like to have at least one pair of silver trainers on the go. There's a certain threshold of lairiness where once passed, lairy becomes neutral- red, silver or gold shoes, camo, or anything in animal print (never been a fan of animal print, just using that as an example).

Back to the subject of lairy sportswear, I have just ordered some running stuff from Adidas and also got myself a gender neutral t-shirt. Hahahahah in your face glinner:

https://www.adidas.co.uk/t-shirt-gender-neutral/GD3103.html

Love Adidas because I'm a scally.

Also picked up a nice smart navy blue sweatshirt which looks a bit Larry David. Got my Vic Reeves-esque Reebok glasses on, my style icons right there. Oh yes, and Chris Lowe. Who are your style icons, CaBbers?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: touchingcloth on April 16, 2021, 11:44:49 PM
There's a certain threshold of lairiness where once passed, lairy becomes neutral- red, silver or gold shoes, camo, or anything in animal print (never been a fan of animal print, just using that as an example).

This is true. I’m incredibly shy, but I find I can be inconspicuous if I wear a loud shell suit and smoke a cigar. 
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: An tSaoi on April 24, 2021, 06:56:04 PM
Damn. The man who had the military jacket going cheap has sold it.

Does anyone (Sherringford Hovis for example) know where to get a good one for a reasonable price online? And what counts as reasonable?

There are loads of sites of course, but a lot of them are just cheap shitty jackets in a vaguely military style. It seems the M65 jacket is like the N95 mask; people stick the number on any old listing and call it a day. Are there any particular brands I can look for?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 24, 2021, 07:24:26 PM
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Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 24, 2021, 07:28:46 PM
(https://www.amherstindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/detecorists-1024x683.jpeg)

Sherringford Hovis, what's Andy on the right wearing?

Italian Army jacket : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152294780961?hash=item237579f021:g:wLQAAOSwHsRYEMk6
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273877393761?hash=item3fc45d6161:g:3k8AAOSwQaJXRKDg
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on April 24, 2021, 09:27:37 PM
Italian Army jacket : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152294780961?hash=item237579f021:g:wLQAAOSwHsRYEMk6
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273877393761?hash=item3fc45d6161:g:3k8AAOSwQaJXRKDg

That looks pretty decent with the nipped in waist.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on April 29, 2021, 02:44:30 PM
i wanted to make a post asking what exciting things people have been wearing lately because i'm really nosey and i like things like that but i chickened out of posting a photo of my outfit because it means posting photos of 'yourself' online

today it's a full jaeger ensemble and i think very nice. perhaps post a cropped picture later if this is the kind of thing anyone is interested in sharing in
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: We Are Puppets on April 29, 2021, 02:59:10 PM
yes, I'd be interested. I've thought about posting a cropped photo myself. I seem to be more interested in style than most other things right now
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 29, 2021, 10:03:45 PM
Crosspost to 'how hard are you chillin' thread. Boss gone for weekend and I'm in charge. Crocs, thrift store maternity leggings, cargos, Ikea cargo strap belt, black tshirt (polyester)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMC5zkfQ/20210429-165819.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr Eggs on April 30, 2021, 12:52:12 AM
Crosspost to 'how hard are you chillin' thread. Boss gone for weekend and I'm in charge. Crocs, thrift store maternity leggings, cargos, Ikea cargo strap belt, black tshirt (polyester)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMC5zkfQ/20210429-165819.jpg)

Thrift store maternity leggings? Is that a kink or piss wick buffer for yer thin cargo shorts?



Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 30, 2021, 01:12:21 AM
Twofer
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr Eggs on April 30, 2021, 02:23:32 AM
A casual observer would think you've filled in a swimming pool to play indoor bowls.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on May 09, 2021, 10:43:36 AM
Has anyone else been going a bit wild in the charity shops now that they've reopened? I suppose lots of them will have a glut of stock after being closed for so long, there are some absolute corkers in the shops near me.

Got a ...And Other Stories denim pinafore, vintage leather shorts and a tags-on silk Zara dress which all fit like a glove. I probably need to stop.

The Crisis shops all seem to have loads of amazing mid-century furniture at the moment too, but that's another thread.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 10:49:59 AM
I got a men's Lambretta zip-up cardigan, good as new and very cosy, and a scarf with a watermelon print on it. Also a sheet of periodic table fridge magnets, which I was dead chuffed with.

I really must have a look round the ones in Bruntsfield when I get the chance. That's where all the posh stuff ends up.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Oz Oz Alice on May 09, 2021, 11:45:50 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/TcKCHLC/23730860-10215370718127273-1029825560-o.jpg)

I found this nice paisley shirt in a charity shop recently, here I am wearing it while showing my bandmate a phone cover that was in my jacket pocket for reasons unknown.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 11:48:50 AM
I was wondering how you managed to take a selfie with no phone in that cover.

Love the shirt!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 12:41:29 PM
Yeah that is a banging shirt!

Recently I've been gradually cutting as much animal-based materials out of my wardrobe as possible. I've not managed it with the shoes in this photo yet as I've not been able to find an affordable and smart shoe which also has the comfort of trainers for my job (which is walking 5-10 miles a day inspecting properties across the city), but I'm working on it.

Anyway my favourite purchase has been the belt, which is made from a recycled fire hose (the person who makes them is on Etsy and I'm happy to recommend her if anyone's interested, her service was fantastic). I've had a black leather belt for as long as I can remember and I've only just come to the obvious realisation that a colourful item on the middle of the body can really tie an outfit together. As well as the muted tones I'm wearing here (these are my work garms) it also looks ace with a white t-shirt and my fave mustard yellow straight leg trousers.

(https://i.imgur.com/Ht04ZZJ.jpg)

Also just wanted to share the photo as I used to dress like absolute shite, but in the last ten years I've gradually refined it and am really happy with how I look nowadays!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: An tSaoi on May 09, 2021, 01:15:19 PM
Very Doctor Who. In a good way.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 01:15:51 PM
I HATE Doctor Who!

*bin*
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on May 09, 2021, 01:20:02 PM
Love everyone making a real effor and i've been in joggers and ill fitting tshirts for over a year.

Dont think I want that to change ever.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 01:30:00 PM
You look dead cool, Mollusk!

The recycled belt seems a good way to go (and it looks smart). Cutting out animal products seems like a good ethical choice but a lot of the alternatives, like faux fur and polyurethane "leather", are plastics made with petrochemicals and they're non-biodegradable. Leather and sheepskin are by-products of the meat and milk industries and are biodegradable, and Merino wool (for example) does a better job than its synthetic equivalents, but I can understand why someone who avoids meat and milk wouldn't want those materials against their skin. It's easy to overthink these things but recycling is a nice compromise. Along with getting things from charity shops.

My favourite leggings for running are the Nike "Legend Pant", made out of recycled bottles, but is buying anything from Nike really ethical? Arrrgggh.

I've also just got a "neck buff" as modelled by Dennis from It's Always Sunny here (https://www.buff.com/). Made from two plastic bottles. I got it on the orders of my asthma nurse who said I should try ans keep my neck warm while running. Sexy. Also works as a Covid facemask which is a lot lighter and more breathable than the ones with ear loops, which is something I wish I'd known 13 months ago.

Also got some trainers from Camper while they had a sale on. Recycled soles which are very light:

(https://cloud.camper.com/is/image/JGVzaG9wcGRwMDViYmVnZyQ=/K201202-004_F.webp)

I'm not a veggie but I live in trainers so I don't buy much leather anyway. Might get those Camper boots if the price comes down below £120 though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Oz Oz Alice on May 09, 2021, 01:35:32 PM
Seconding that Mollusk is looking pretty cool there, big fan of the belt and the coat too! When possible we should have a "long coats of C&B" meet where we all look like a mid 80s Glasgow indie band.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: imitationleather on May 09, 2021, 01:38:14 PM
Yes, Mollusk looks gorgeous in that pic.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: gmoney on May 09, 2021, 01:42:22 PM
Looking swag as fuck Mollusk. I'd definitely be interested in finding out the Esty shop you got the belt from.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: seepage on May 09, 2021, 01:57:14 PM
Top shirt button done up but no tie though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Better Midlands on May 09, 2021, 02:01:20 PM
Top shirt button done up but no tie though.

Tie with button down shirt is always wrong.
Love the earth tone colour pallette and matching sock/shirt combo
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 02:09:25 PM
Seconding that Mollusk is looking pretty cool there, big fan of the belt and the coat too! When possible we should have a "long coats of C&B" meet where we all look like a mid 80s Glasgow indie band.

I've got a badass longcoat with a cape. Think the proper term is "caped greatcoat". Got it for £50 from a vintage place. Will try and post a pic once I've repaired the hem and lost a bit of lockdown weight.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: An tSaoi on May 09, 2021, 02:26:06 PM
I've not been able to find an affordable and smart shoe which also has the comfort of trainers for my job

There's a site called Vegetarian Shoes (https://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/mens/shoes/10022_0c.html) (they're actually vegan but too lazy to rebrand) which does formal and casual shoes. Can be a bit dear though.

I got steel-toed boots for work off them and they're quite good. Well, that was before Brexit made the customs charges too high. THANKS ENGLISH
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Janie Jones on May 09, 2021, 02:54:37 PM
Has anyone else been going a bit wild in the charity shops now that they've reopened? I suppose lots of them will have a glut of stock after being closed for so long, there are some absolute corkers

Aww man. I’m like Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web after he’s sneaked into the pig’s crate and gone to the fairground and feasted on trodden-on junk food until he can’t move. Such riches. Why don’t more people who like interesting clothes go to the chazzas? I’m posting stuff to people who live in the same town as the shop where I bought for £1 the jacket they’ve just bought for £18.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on May 09, 2021, 03:09:10 PM
lookin fab mollusk and oz xx

i'll throw my hat into the big coat ring with a picture of me skulking about the cemetery. you can't see my face and that's a good thing

(https://i.imgur.com/fGfvmk5.jpg)

i'll try and take a picture of something i'm actually wearing today
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 03:14:49 PM
Nice look, Goblin!

I've always been a bit envious of those women who can pull off the floaty dress/Doc Martens look. People either really suit Doc Martens or look ridiculous in them and despite not being very girly I'm definitely in the latter catergory.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on May 09, 2021, 03:23:15 PM
^ Looks like a Norwegian black metal album cover.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 03:32:43 PM
Nice look, Goblin!

I've always been a bit envious of those women who can pull off the floaty dress/Doc Martens look. People either really suit Doc Martens or look ridiculous in them and despite not being very girly I'm definitely in the latter catergory.

Agree, dress and boots is a huge vibe. You look swag Goblin.

Tie with button down shirt is always wrong.

Yeah absolutely. Also, a tie with a dark shirt? I'm not in Green Day so no thanks!

Thanks everyone for the lovely compliments! Huge confidence boost for me! Here's how I look when I'm off down the shops to grab some parsnips for a roast dinner:

(https://i.imgur.com/fsgxlnP.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 09, 2021, 03:37:52 PM
Dayyyum, you've even got a stylish home! Love the soviet print!

And the outfit of course! I imagine it's tough to wear mustard yellow trousers without looking like a Rah and/or Nigel Farage but you've nailed it! Nice contrast with the blue/green of the jacket especially. Think you've got contrasting colours but in the same tone so it works.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 04:02:42 PM
Thanks!! The jacket is my favourite as well, big puffy green denim Carhartt thing I got from a second hand place in Brighton. Yellow is my favourite colour, once I suddenly realised that a couple years ago I started really thinking about colours of decor and clothing and whatnot a lot more. I think if you can match colour (or lack of it) nicely then you can basically take over the world.

Our home is indeed lovely, owed in equal part to my fiancée and her obsession with plants, but I’m pleased to say the “Solaris” poster print was my addition. We had nothing but a bed when we moved in together but over lockdown we’ve accumulated so much stuff and I’m so proud of how we’ve styled it out together!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on May 09, 2021, 04:05:26 PM
So much colour!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: chveik on May 09, 2021, 04:20:47 PM
^ Looks like a Norwegian black metal album cover.

lol'd
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: TrenterPercenter on May 09, 2021, 05:57:30 PM
Mollusk I'd just like to echo Blue Jam's comment on being able to pull off the mustard jeans that is some serious fashion skills!  What also caught my eye was the lovely brown leather belt you were sporting in the pic; this is the way forward I feel.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 06:43:22 PM
It’s a red belt and it’s made from a fire hose! I explained this!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on May 09, 2021, 06:46:30 PM
Why have you blacked out the pictures of Ron & Ann?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Mr_Simnock on May 09, 2021, 07:07:12 PM
Whens your breakfast cereal bar opening?

(https://i.imgur.com/Ht04ZZJ.jpg)
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 07:08:45 PM
Why have you blacked out the pictures of Ron & Ann?

That wasn’t intentional. My semen is actually a thick, black tar-like substance and I’ve long since given up trying to scrape it off any particularly arousing imagery or items around the house. The noise rock section of my CD collection is entirely impenetrable now, it looks like some sort of fucking evil cocoon from a Giger painting.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 09, 2021, 07:09:02 PM
It’s a red belt and it’s made from a fire hose! I explained this!

Hey dude, they’re ragging on your cord fire hose.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 07:09:37 PM
Hose before bros.

edit: new page squirt
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 09, 2021, 07:35:44 PM
Also, a tie with a dark shirt? I'm not in Green Day so no thanks!

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGZmmLqK/F9584-DDD-B2-FA-4462-8-BD2-47-FDCDF37493.jpg)

Yes, not many people can carry that look off.

(And as you can see, I’m not one of them).
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: seepage on May 09, 2021, 09:15:34 PM
To be clearer: your top shirt button should only be done up if you are wearing a tie.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Oz Oz Alice on May 09, 2021, 09:19:17 PM
Or if you're David Lynch, or in the Jesus and Mary Chain.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 09, 2021, 09:31:56 PM
Or if all the ones below it are undone
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on May 09, 2021, 09:33:46 PM
Or if you're David Lynch, or in the Jesus and Mary Chain.

Or if you're Matthew Horne.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Butchers Blind on May 09, 2021, 09:39:05 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Ht04ZZJ.jpg)

"I'm a future detective, sent back to solve crimes of the past, with my knowledge of the future".
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: seepage on May 09, 2021, 09:39:51 PM
Or if all the ones below it are undone

yeah, OK, that works
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on May 09, 2021, 09:41:16 PM
Recently I've been gradually cutting as much animal-based materials out of my wardrobe as possible.

Where do you (or anyone else) stand on second-hand non-vegan materials? I'm very aware of the cruelty involved in the initial production of leather, suede and fur and I wouldn't buy it new, but if you're buying it from a charity shop then I suppose you're not contributing directly to the deed, as it were (in fact hopefully the money's going to a good cause).

I also find it does tend to last longer, is often more weatherproof and just looks better, if treated properly (I'm big on getting clothes altered/repaired where possible). I've had countless cheap handbags from Topshop and the like that become all frayed and peeling after a year or two, then I've got a real leather jobbie from Oxfam that I've had for donkey's (and was probably someone else's for donkey's before that). So hopefully in the long run it's less wasteful (although of course vegan products can be eco-friendly too, and there are plenty better places than Topshop to get hardwearing clothing obviously!).

Of course if anyone just finds it distasteful to wear a dead thing's skin (and be seen to promote doing so) then that's totally understandable, in the same way that many are put off the idea of just eating a dead creature's flesh as much as the actual inhumanity involved.

Fab outfit anyway, I'm a big fan of forest greens and earthy browns.

(https://i.imgur.com/fGfvmk5.jpg)

Love this outfit and photo too!

I've always been a bit envious of those women who can pull off the floaty dress/Doc Martens look. People either really suit Doc Martens or look ridiculous in them and despite not being very girly I'm definitely in the latter catergory.

Same, I find they're not always that flattering as they sort of "cut you off" above the most slender part of the ankle (on me anyway - I'm pretty short, and with dresses I think they can make me look a bit dumpy and stompy. Still wear them a lot though).
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: holyzombiejesus on May 09, 2021, 09:47:41 PM
The Mollusk should post that picture of him in a pink suit (?) that he wore to a bar once.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 11:05:44 PM
Where do you (or anyone else) stand on second-hand non-vegan materials? I'm very aware of the cruelty involved in the initial production of leather, suede and fur and I wouldn't buy it new, but if you're buying it from a charity shop then I suppose you're not contributing directly to the deed, as it were (in fact hopefully the money's going to a good cause).

I also find it does tend to last longer, is often more weatherproof and just looks better, if treated properly (I'm big on getting clothes altered/repaired where possible). I've had countless cheap handbags from Topshop and the like that become all frayed and peeling after a year or two, then I've got a real leather jobbie from Oxfam that I've had for donkey's (and was probably someone else's for donkey's before that). So hopefully in the long run it's less wasteful (although of course vegan products can be eco-friendly too, and there are plenty better places than Topshop to get hardwearing clothing obviously!).

Of course if anyone just finds it distasteful to wear a dead thing's skin (and be seen to promote doing so) then that's totally understandable, in the same way that many are put off the idea of just eating a dead creature's flesh as much as the actual inhumanity involved.

It’s a weird one, sort of equivalent to how I feel about wearing faux leather, in that I don’t really like to appear to be normalising it in any way. Faux leather is intended to look like the product of a dead animal which to me doesn’t really signify the progress I’d like to see in the world. But I do have a vegan friend who’s been meat-free for far longer than me and he doesn’t have a problem buying second hand leather boots whatsoever. As with other people’s dietary choices, this doesn’t bother me at all, since everyone’s moral compass is different. I’m still a stretch from achieving the all-or-nothing lifestyle which would personally make me happier about my contribution to the state of the world but I like to think it’s not far away!
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: The Mollusk on May 09, 2021, 11:06:41 PM
The Mollusk should post that picture of him in a pink suit (?) that he wore to a bar once.

It was a pink shirt and white trousers, and I had a moustache which everyone but my fiancée was very fond of. I’ll try and dig it out if I remember this week, it was a strong look if only for one night.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: bgmnts on May 09, 2021, 11:08:06 PM
I mean if faux leather and sheese and stuff stops people consuming the real thing I'm for it.

Anyway, I like green and brown as a colour combo, it reminds me of turtles and i fucking love turtles.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on May 09, 2021, 11:23:22 PM
I mean if faux leather and sheese and stuff stops people consuming the real thing I'm for it.

I guess my concern with faux leather, faux fur etc. is that a lot of it is plasticky stuff that was probably made in sweat shops and will likely take aeons to biodegrade, so in a way it feels greener to buy something that already exists, even if it did originally involve cruelty, you're not contributing to that financially. Of course you can buy the fake stuff second-hand too (and on the flipside, of course lots of fast fashion items will contain leather, suede etc. as well), but if it was a choice of "old real leather" or "new fake leather" then I'd probably go for the former. Completely appreciate why people find the whole look distasteful overall though.

Certainly lots of retailers like ASOS, Boohoo etc. had big campaigns a couple of years ago touting the fact that they sell fake fur (even though they most definitely also sell leather items too), which felt a bit like... whatever the animal cruelty version of greenwashing is.

Diet is a whole other matter IMHO - I don't think there's any question that a meat-free diet is more humane and better for the environment than otherwise (I only used the comparison about eating meat as another example of something which some people might give up because the idea of it makes them feel physically squeamish about/distasteful, as well as ethically irresponsible - e.g. when I first became a vegetarian I just really didn't like the idea of chewing up bit of dead bodies, as well as the whole cruelty/environmental aspect. So I can see why someone would feel the same about wearing dead things' pelts).

Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 14, 2021, 03:40:59 PM
Wearing my neck Buff™ as a Covid mask at werk today. Also wearing a smart new shert which I've got buttoned up all the way because it's got a fancy top button which looks wrong wornopen. The Buff™ kind of looks like a cravat. Think I'm gonna get a few more, be a right dapper plague gent.

Think I'm just a frustrated GQ Man.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on May 14, 2021, 03:41:56 PM
Now, what differentiates a Buff from say a snood?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 14, 2021, 03:51:55 PM
Now, what differentiates a Buff from say a snood?

The trademarked name... a Buff™ is just a performance snood I guess, or perhaps a tactical snood. I got mine for running to keep my neck warm in cold weather because this apparently prevents asthma attacks. Anyway, they're made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric so if you try wearing them as a mask they won't get damp, and they feel a lot lighter than the regular Covid masks, and you can wear one round your neck and just pull it up every time you enter a shop, which is much more convenient than faffing around getting one out of your pocket and inevitably losing it after a few weeks. I can't do exercise in a regular mask and still be able to breath so the Buff™ has been a godsend. They also block UV light for running in the summer- you can wear them as a head covering or a headband too. I might get a couple more for running and cycling and I might go for the most dapper patterns.

Saw this on the Adidas website- a three-stripe headscarf. Think it'd be cutural appropriation if I wore this but it looks badass:

https://www.adidas.co.uk/head-scarf/GN8254.html
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Cuellar on May 14, 2021, 03:57:29 PM
Right, that does sound more convenient than a mask tbh. I should have thought about this in the winter months really, don't want to get a hot neck now.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 14, 2021, 04:04:32 PM
I'm currently wearing my Buff™ indoors and it isn't hot at all, it's made of the same kind of stuff moisture-wicking gym gear is made from, but very thin. When I'm running in cold weather I find it makes everything feel less draughty and warms the air up a bit as I breathe in, they material is not stiflingly warm. The merino wool ones look proper snug though, might get one of those for winter.

They're not cheap, but they're also not as easy to lose as regular masks so it balances out.

Just realised they're not really like a cravat, more the the neckerchiefs in Red Dead Redemption 2 that you pull up over your face when you're about to rob a bank. Hehehe I feel a bit badass now.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on May 15, 2021, 02:50:55 PM
They're bandanas, the things in RDR, no? Fold it over so it's a triangle, tie it around your head, pull over your face when you want to rob a bank.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 15, 2021, 02:55:52 PM
Yes they are, but the Buff™ looks like a bandana when you pull it up out of Snood Mode.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: seepage on May 16, 2021, 08:42:25 AM
Those Buff™ things are great.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: icehaven on May 16, 2021, 10:49:20 AM
Never heard of Buff but I've got several similar things to keep the flies out of my mouth when I'm pillion on Mr. Haven's bike. I started using them instead of masks for a bit last year but found the elastic started to go if I used them every day so then they'd just slip down constantly, but that might be because they're probably cheap versions. If these Buff ones have better elastic I might get a few.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 16, 2021, 11:10:26 AM
The generic term is "neck gaiter" and there are plenty which don't have elastic, the fabric is just stretchy. When I went out Buff™ shopping I saw that Other Neck Gaiters Are Available: Mountain Warehouse do them for about a tenner (though the quality doesn't look great) and I saw some in some posh independent outdoorsy shop which were made of very light merino wool but cost about £35 which is just mad.

I might get one for winter because breathing in cold air triggers my asthma but yer traditional covid masks aren't breathable enough for me to wear during exercise.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 16, 2021, 12:04:00 PM
Can just cut yourself a buff out of the leg of an old pair of leggings/tights
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Blue Jam on May 16, 2021, 12:28:34 PM
Or just keep the tights intact and you can rob a bank.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 08, 2021, 08:31:05 PM
nvm lol
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 08:38:10 PM
Wearing my neck Buff™ as a Covid mask at werk today. Also wearing a smart new shert which I've got buttoned up all the way because it's got a fancy top button which looks wrong wornopen.

I broke out a smart black and white chequered shirt I got from LostStock during Covid for my first day back. When it arrived I was quite pleased with it but what I didn't notice in the cellophane it came in is that the stitching between the black and white squares are all silver and glisten when the lights hit them, bit too flash.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on September 08, 2021, 08:44:04 PM
vivienne westwood sale for all youse fancy binches out there. nabbed one of these

(https://i.imgur.com/acyHaz2.jpg)

Nice one! I would so wear that as well (would make an exception to my current vetting process of does it have pockets I can put my mask in -> no -> BIN).

How do you hear about these sales? I've never bought any designer stuff new, got a few good quality bits I've magpied from charity shops though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 08, 2021, 08:48:33 PM
ACTUALLY i've made a big fool of myself and got sent a dodgy website which is very disappointing :((

lol at me
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2021, 11:53:51 AM

Bought a pair of black pleather jeans yesterday, I like them a lot but phone won't fit in front pocket, wallet barely fits in back so going back to store today. Not going to carry some sort of tote for my stuff.
Look great with my DMs though.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Buelligan on September 09, 2021, 01:23:21 PM
Couldn't you stretch to a fanny pack?
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 09, 2021, 02:22:34 PM
Or a fanny magnet. The phone will stick to it.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: flotemysost on September 09, 2021, 05:55:10 PM
ACTUALLY i've made a big fool of myself and got sent a dodgy website which is very disappointing :((

lol at me

Ah I'm sorry, that's proper shite (and I'm sorry for quoting you, I can ask for it to be removed if it's a bother).

OT but if it makes you feel better, I got a text during the winter lockdown (when text scams were rife - a fact already well documented in the news at the time) stating that a new payee had been set up from my Natwest account which I needed to verify. I'd just moved flat and had recently set up lots of new bills for council tax etc. and so I started panicking that they wouldn't go through, and was literally hovering over the number when I remembered I DON'T EVEN BANK WITH NATWEST. So most definitely don't feel like an idiot.

Bought a pair of black pleather jeans yesterday, I like them a lot but phone won't fit in front pocket, wallet barely fits in back so going back to store today. Not going to carry some sort of tote for my stuff.
Look great with my DMs though.

*inserts generic rant about how contemporary dresses and skirts etc. hardly ever have pockets, or sometimes they're stupid fake ones just to add insult to injury, meaning tote is a way of life for some. I mean I normally carry some sort of handbag anyway for essential stuff but pockets are just useful*

The jeans do sound nice though. I sacked off "skinny" fit jeans over lockdown in favour of high-waisted wide-leg ones, but now that DM season is approaching I just can't think of another cut that will fit with them as nicely.
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 09, 2021, 06:22:04 PM
Ah I'm sorry, that's proper shite (and I'm sorry for quoting you, I can ask for it to be removed if it's a bother).

OT but if it makes you feel better, I got a text during the winter lockdown (when text scams were rife - a fact already well documented in the news at the time) stating that a new payee had been set up from my Natwest account which I needed to verify. I'd just moved flat and had recently set up lots of new bills for council tax etc. and so I started panicking that they wouldn't go through, and was literally hovering over the number when I remembered I DON'T EVEN BANK WITH NATWEST. So most definitely don't feel like an idiot.

thank you flotes! i did feel a bit embarrassed so that makes me feel a bit better lol

i did my first bit of charity shopping in months today and managed to get a lovely navy Hobbs skirt and a black Toast top (dress?) for under 12 quid altogether so that sort of makes up for yesterday's brain rot
Title: Re: CaB Fashion Thread
Post by: Jockice on September 10, 2021, 08:36:53 AM
I'm going to wear my old Levi's denim jacket today. This will be the first time for nine years. I know it's that long because it has travel documents from 2012 in one of the inside pockets. I've had it since the late 80s. I also have another much darker Levi's denim jacket (purchased circa 1998), a yellow Levi's corduroy one (1992ish) and a Wrangler denim jacket (swapped for a book about cacti with Lee Naylor circa 1984. Not the former footballer Lee Naylor though. Another Lee Naylor.)

That's one good thing about rarely throwing clothes out. You can rediscover them years later. Although my first (very faded) Levi's denim and my black one seem to have gone to the big charity shop in the sky at some point.