Daily perils


life gets messy. besides fit and flatter, function is another "f" word that is relevant to the big F (fashion!). my idea of perfection is when clothing meets all three Fs. by function, i mean that you can function at normal capacity wearing the item. i don't tend to do fragile, personally.
if a beautiful new silk top gets ripped or stained during the course of a typical day, another f word is likely to come out, especially if the grape juice doesn't.

for some it's personal clumsiness, for others, cat hair (or cat claws, or cat irritable bowel...), pet hair in general, pet slobber, crayons...

do you have any particular daily hazards that take a toll on your clothes, or that simply play a factor in what you can and can't wear?

15 comments:

Shar said...

I work with my hands as an esthetician most days, so I need clothing that gives with my movements. I also am not great about taking my clothes to the cleaners, so unless I can throw it in the dryer with a sheet of Dryel, then forget it. Oh yeah, and I hate to iron (I've used the iron I recieved at my bridal shower twice....I got married almost 4 years ago), so fabrics like linen and satin do not reside in my closet....lots of matte jersey though.

Carlene said...

Coffee is my nemesis. I guess this falls under personal clumsiness, but I don't seem to spill anything else. For a while, I was handing down clothing to my sister, and she said she found a tiny coffee stain on every item. I now wear lots of coffee-colored clothing because of this, and try not to drink it when I'm not.

I love to iron, however, and I do wear a lot of linen (yes, even white...no coffee aloud) in the summer. What is that about?

Iheartfashion said...

I'm with Carlene. I spill coffee, usually while drinking it in the car, on just about everything. But since I quit smoking I don't have tiny holes in everything like I used to, so that's progress!

Anonymous said...

Delurking to comment..great blog!

I'm a coffee spiller too, so I wear a lot of dark brown and camel. I also have two cuddly golden retrievers so black is pretty much out of the question, unless I want to go through a lint brush a day.

I hate to iron too but I'm a big fan of the steamer.

Christine

Candid Cool said...

ive scuffed heels climbing up and down shelves at work & snagged delicated sweaters doing this too. oh well.

editor said...

shar - speaking of working with your hands, do your get dry? i am silk's worst enemy, the way my dry skin seems to snag my poor scarves.

carlene - coffee camouflage! quick, patent it! i just read a weird trick for skipping ironing linen handkerchief squares - after washing them, press them against a mirror, after they dry, peel them off and supposedly, no wrinkles. now if they could find a way to stick a shirt to a mirror, that would be magic.

iheartfashion - major congratulations on kicking the nic!

christine - thank you so much for delurking to post. posting a new comment every day isn't always easy, but if there are readers, then it's worth it.
is there a particular steamer you recommend? i'm afraid of all appliances.

candid cool - climbing up and down shelves?? intriguing.

i was about to wash out some paint jars the other day and someone said, 'no, your outfit. let me do it,' and i absolutely refused. i wear my clothes to wear them.

dreamecho said...

"if a beautiful new silk top gets ripped or stained during the course of a typical day, another f word is likely to come out, especially if the grape juice doesn't."

i love your wit.

anyway, i usually wear flats because i often find myself running to catch the bus (and then the subway, and then another bus) in the morning. also, i prefer pants because...i like the freedom/modesty pants offer in motion and in stillness - quite simply, i like to sit with my legs spread. (erm, hope that doesn't sound perverted... that's how men often sit, and it's comfy!)

TravelGretta said...

Chocolate.

landis smithers said...

chocolate! i love it!

my hazards? have you MET MY TWO PIT BULLS?

editor said...

travelgretta - perils to your clothing, not your budget!

dreamecho - that compliment, coming from you, means a lot. thank you. i write too many of these posts when i'm groggy late late at night, or early early in the morning. i strive for coherence and variety. wit is an almost entirely accidental occurrence.
me too, me too, foot and body comfort. i need coverage, flexibility, security, etc.

editor said...

landis - slobber, hair or nails? all 3?

GenX Theorist said...

On the days I take my doggie to doggie day care, I've discovered that wearing my burberry raincoat or my puffer is much preferable to wool coats. It's incredible how quickly 1/2 inch white rat terrier hairs get imbedded in wool. :)

a. said...

at one place i worked, co-workers of mine used to place bets at lunchtime on how long it would take for me to spill food on myself. thankfully those days are mostly over. i also wear only flat shoes to work, and lately i've been sticking to boots because the walk to my office can be quite dirty.

other than that, i just want to be comfortable. but what makes me comfortable has totally changed... for years it was pants, but for some reason this fall i just switched over to skirts (mostly full/circle, cos i love the piles of fabric) and i'm obsessed. (with leggings esp. which i know is a trend that is "over" but oh well. they are so freaking comfortable.)

when i was in school, my shirts and sweaters got worn out/dirty in two places: my elbows, and at my waist, from leaning on my drafting board. a favorite cashmere sweater of mine suffered this fate and i always wondered what it would look like if it had a waist patch along with elbow patches.

Shar said...

I add olive oil to my lotions and bodywashes, so no. Though adding a volatile ingredient like that does make them spoil faster, its worth it!

Teresa said...

LINT