I'm wondering what animals think about humans. Humans distinguish themselves. We're wearing clothing, lives in houses, have furniture and drive cars.
I don't go to malls because I like shopping online. I don't go because it's all expensive clothing stores. In fact, I do have a mall I like going to because it has stuff like a retro game shop and music store. Sure, the internet had a negative impact on retail, but it's no excuse for not adapting.
Oh, and the pandemic, of course
Small edit: what I mean is malls would be dying without the internet. Big box stores are cheaper and there is an overabundance of malls. The internet was just another layer of problems. The fact many malls are actually doing quite well means the internet can't be the mall killer.
I can remember being 17 and having my first boyfriend break up with me. I was wearing this cute little sundress that I adored. After we broke up, I couldn't even bring myself to look at it, let alone wear it! It reminded me of our break up so I let it sit in the back of my closet until I finally sold it.
It seems silly, and it is, but even as an adult I find my emotions can be tied to my clothes. Sometimes I have such a great memory in an article of clothing that I can't bring myself to throw it out, even if I never wear it anymore! I've gotten a bit better about that as I've gotten older, but I recently found myself staring at this cute pair of cloth overalls that I used to wear all the time, and feeling really bad in the pit of my stomach.
I had worn those overalls when I got fired from a job I really loved, and then never felt like wearing them again because it made me sad.
Has anyone else experienced this or am I just too attached to my clothing?
EDIT: Everyone's responses are making me feel a lot better and also sad that so many of your clothes were ruined for you! Thanks so much for sharing!
I’ve seen countless national clothing that looks very attractive, elegant, and/or unique. And I think it would be great if we could casually wear it, regardless of occasion or country. Sure, casual t shirts and jeans are nice. But I’d very happily wear lederhosen or a kilt.
When online shopping, I’ve noticed I subconsciously tend to gravitate towards buying clothing from stores where the models are relaxed, smiling/laughing, or posed in a well-decorated “scene.” I think it makes it that much easier for me to imagine myself finding an occasion for that outfit, or convincing myself that yes, with this next purchase of this particular shirt, I’ll be the effortlessly chic woman I aspire to be. I’ve also noticed this tendency is amplified when the models look more like me (I noticed this particularly with wedding dress browsing— sometimes, I would consider dramatically different dress styles, and realize in hindsight it was probably just because both dresses looked good on the same Asian model). It turns the sentiment from “oh, those are nice clothes” into “I want to look like HER.”
On the conscious side, I’ve definitely thought more highly of a brand with very diverse models in general (huge shout out to Aerie’s models with visible insulin pumps or colostomy bags, and their diversity in general for body shape!) and I feel like this played a large role in people accepting Abercrombie’s rebranding. Contrast that to American Apparel, whose models are decently diverse, but are all shot/posed in this paparazzi-like, over-exposed, very serious, somehow male gaze-y way. Even if people told me their clothes were amazing, I would still feel uncomfortable buying them.
So, what model-related or photoshoot-styling factors impact your purchasing decisions, conscious or subconscious? How do you weigh these factors with other considerations like cost, personal style and current wardrobe, sustainability, and quality? Would love to hear from the FFA community!
Looking for clothes that are tough and dont shrink.
I need to expand my horizons and shop different brands. I think this might be a good format. I’m sure it has been done, but I missed it in my cursory search, so I figured I’d start up a new thread.
Here’s an example:
If you like Madewell, you might like J. Crew.
^^ this one didn’t take much brain power because I know they’re sister companies and often have similar styles.
Hoping for some other great suggestions! Thanks friends!
Edit: this post has taken on a life of its own! I’m living for the awesome suggestions and I appreciate each of you for contributing to the discussion. Also, thank you for the awards!
All I have is an old track suit. But I see all you wearing this specific gear. Can someone help me identify what gear I need to buy? Road bike Giant Defy 4. Absolute beginner. Thanks in advance
This has been going on for a few months and it was the highlight of a few evenings.
Im a single mum to two daughters, and I'm teaching them complete acceptance unlike their father who's not as nice... Back in February my daughter got her first ken doll as a gift and after naming him, and playing with him for a few hours she wanted to change him into a little black dress(he looked gorgeous). A couple of days later he changed into a stripy number. The same day he got changed into said stripy dress, my kids dad video called. They were so excited to show him their dollies and all the beautiful outfits that they picked, including the stripy dress... He was mad. He accused me of confusing his kids, teaching them that it's okay to be gay, telling the kids that transgender people are normal, and a whole load of other bigot bullshit, then told me that under no circumstances could I put this doll back into women's clothing. Cue the malicious compliance.
I taught my oldest daughter about being gay and that its okay to love who you love, drag, transgenders (in an age appropriate way) and kilts. I told both my kids about their grandad who was Scottish and wore kilts for charity and was amazing, and after their approval I began sewing tiny kilts for their Ken. Right now he's wearing a lovely green tartan which my daughter said was her favourite and he hadn't worn a piece of womens clothing since.
Edit 1- My goodness thank you so much for the awards! He hasnt seen ken in his kilt yet, as they have so many toys they're playing with something different every time he calls. I have a tartan that's close to my dad's clan colours but I haven't found an exact match yet, and no sporrans yet either :(
Photos* damn it.
But it's not MY fault, it's the clothes!! Also, this is somehow related to the affordability and ethics of two very specific brands.