As I'm approaching delivery at 36 weeks pregnant, I feel it is my duty to pass along an important piece of wisdom I have acquired by this point to save those of you from following in my mistaken footsteps: DO NOT buy maternity clothes that are made of primarily spandex or nylon material!
Now, I know that it seems like a good idea at the time, right? "The ultimate stretch fabric! Helps hide the extra pregnancy weight I put on in the first trimester that I shouldn't have! Guaranteed to fit even at 9 months pregnant! And cheap, what a find!" Gives self proud pat on the back
If you are a FTM like me, please don't beat yourself up - you couldn't have known, just like I naively didn't!
Getting into and out of anything made of these materials is impossible while you are 6lbs lopsided in one direction. Even the slightest bend over requires sumo-wrestler style strategy and leaves you out of breath for a few minutes so putting on ANYTHING that is resistant to being put on or taken off is literally the last thing you want to do with the very limited energy and flexibility you have for any given day. Don't. Bother. And then on top of that- that material you got to cleverly hold in all your extra weight? It is now putting even more pressure onto a torso that already feels like it has no room for expansion and is restricting further the limited space leftover in vital organs, such as your lungs or bowels. Trust me, you need all the space you can get in these areas at this point.
Take it from someone who is currently wearing such leggings (I only have so many clothes that fit me and can't justify spending more money on clothes that will only be useful to me for another 4 weeks): I just realized that I put them on backwards this morning, but I sure as shit don't have the energy required to take them off and THEN put the back on again.
Stick to standard cotton when it comes to maternity clothes and save yourself the energy. Motherhood maternity had the PERFECT leggings on sale for $12 a couple of months ago and I regrettably only ordered one pair because I couldn't justify even more pairs of leggings to only wear while pregnant. And it goes for tops, too--camis and shirts are so difficult to pull down over a huge belly.
Best of luck to you all in your pregnancies and maternity clothes journeys. If I have helped but one of you, I have succeeded with this post. Thanks for reading!
I honestly get annoyed at the Raimi and Webb films trying so hard to make Peter a relatable, financially struggling teenager, while at the same time he turns around and makes a $1000+ suit with raised webbing, intricate texturing, and perfectly shaped logos, without explanation on where he got the money and time to make such good-looking suits.
To me, the closest to being the most comic-accurate, yet believable is the Eaves Brooks suit used in the 1970's for the Japanese Spider-Man and the Nick Hammond show. They look cheap and simple, but at the same time still recognizable as Spider-Man. I also love the way Alex Ross paints the character as well. Ironically, the simplicity brings out the colors much better.
I think the Eaves Brooks suit, but with Romita Sr-based reflective motorcycle lenses would be the ideal suit I'd use if I made my own Spider-Man movie.
I've seen in here over and over men talking about being embarrassed in spandex shorts, getting made fun of by passers by , etc. I just want to say as a very straight female that I think men in cycling shorts are hot. Sometimes I have to look away because I'll accidentally start checking out an old man when I see his glistening calves approaching in the distance. Dont be ashamed and anyone who makes fun of you is just jealous!
Edit: thank you for the upvotes and awards. I never had a post with so many upvotes and I got my first awards today!
I meant to write "men IN spandex as the title but cant change it.
Yes, we cant see glistening calves if your cycling toward us, but I took a creative liberty since "glistening shins" sounds un-sexy
Edit 2: wow friends thank you for silver, i was happy with just the giggles and snek award so what a cool surprise.
The driver overshot the white line that marks where the crosswalk begins by about one-and-a-half car lengths.
I was cursing under my breath as I navigated around his car, placing me into the onrushing traffic.
He must have heard as he shouted at me after I passed. Keep riding I told myself, but against my better judgement, circled back and issued a fairly standard reply:
"WHAT?!!!!", I shouted back.
It's a busy intersection servicing an even busier interstate interchange. There must be 10,000 cars passing through daily. I've passed through myself on a bike countless times and have long since ceased being surprised by what happens here.
It's an important transition point between riders who stay local and those who want to continue in the greater metro area. To say it's not built for cyclists is an understatement, but this is the only way out of town.
"Nice Spandex bleep bleep bleep", was his reply.
"Fuck-off", I told him nonchalantly and turned back onto the original pathway.
I thought it was over, but this is when his engine roared to life and with tires squealing, he made a right-turn from the left-turn lane, cutting off the other drivers who were in the right-turn lane. He next made another right-turn, hopped the curb, crossed my path and forced me to brake hard to avoid a collision. Clearly this cat's off his MEDs.
I quickly went around his car yet again, back onto the path and made a beeline for the nearby Circle-K service station, where I knew there'd be witnesses in case the situation escalated further.
Apparently he wasn't interested in having witnesses and continued on shouting epithets and speeded away.
I was mildly shaken, but continued on with my ride.
On a scale of 1 to 10 this was about a 5. I've had much worse. From a danger perspective, it was fairly low. More of an irritation.
I'm not unique, ride enough miles and this kind of event becomes fairly commonplace.
I've given up trying to figure out the why. There's no pay dirt in it. It's more about trying to make sure it doesn't bring me down, discourage from engaging in an activity that I have every right to be doing.
A little while later, on the trail, still a bit down, when I passed by a young mother walking. I slowed down and overheard her telling others that her daughter was on a bike but the two separated. I remembered seeing the little girl, stopped, assured the mom that it was going to be OK, that I'd seen her a hundred meters away, and would help them get reunited.... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have store credit for a returned Christmas gift, and the only item that is my style is a 5% spandex, 95% cotton dress. Problem is, it only comes in red and black, neither of which I like to wear. Which of the two would be easier to bleach and dye into a quieter color like charcoal and navy? Red is obviously the lighter shade, but I'm worried that the remaining undertone would be too bright.
Freshly moved here and just unpacking my bicycle (which will remain unridden 'till April, I imagine) got me to thinking: How is Toronto (within old boundaries) as a city for just farting around on a bicycle?
I've lived in Ottawa (great paths, but terrible to cycle through the actual city itself), Vancouver (all-round good but the 4th to 10th Avenue hill will kill ya), and other places (Japan was great everywhere; Thailand nearly killed me), but wherever I've gone, I love to get to know my new city on the back of a bike.
Reading other posts and looking at the layout of the city and its paths, I feel a little hesitant being a velo-flâneur. Seems like it might be kind of... dangerous? Sure, I wear a helmet, signal like a real human being, and try to be a "responsible road user," but I'm getting the vibe that doesn't count for a whole lot if you stray off the paths, or even if you stay on them?
I have a shirt from Banana Republic that I bought in '08. It's still with me! It's a really nice, basic white button-down, and one of the materials used in this 95% cotton shirt is "Lastol." Does anyone know what Lastol is? I can't google it.