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[May. 18th, 2005|07:59 pm]
Today was a lot of running around on various errands that resulted in me mostly feeling somewhat foiled, but I did get some things done.

I finally got my glasses fixed! If you recall, the earpiece had broken off, and I finally got down to Arvada to have them fix it. I love my optician, so I will shill for anyone in the Denver area: Arvada Optical is a million times better than any chain store in existence. I will probably have to get lasik when the owners retire, because I won't be able to wear glasses anymore because I'll have nowhere to buy them.

I tried to stop by my grandmother's house and say hi, since I was in the neighborhood, but she wasn't home. So I wrote a note and left it on her door. Not quite the same, but I know she'll appreciate it.

I did some clothes shopping, too, with limited success. I managed to find the shirt I found last Saturday in my size, and another shirt that will work well for a dress shirt for my sister's wedding, but I still have no idea whether I have any pants that will work. I found flat-front slacks (pleat-fronts look awful on me), but apparently I can't wear synthetics because they hang all wrong on me. I was also confronted with the fact that my legs are freakishly short, because the 38/30s (a size that normally fits) were four inches too long!. So I need to find some cotton pants that are cut for stocky men, rather than the long-legged.

Oh, and the shirts were more expensive than I thought because I was dumb and was reading the wrong sale signs.

Also unsuccessful was the quest for some shoes that (a) look okay with shorts, (b) don't look totally stupid, and (c) fit comfortably.

So all in all, a somewhat frustrating day. But, n the other hand, I did get my glasses fixed, and I'm quite happy with the new shirts, and I was reminded yet again that my partners are wonderfully supportive and understanding and patient and I love them very, very much. Plus, there's two of them! So I'm happy despite being foiled.

[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-20 05:16 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that some folks will disagree, but I have yet to see anyone for whom pleated pants are flattering.

Skinny folks? Nope.
Medium-sized folks. Not at all.
Large folks? Uh-uh.

Why then do pleated pants so dominate the market. Comfort? Maybe, but flat-front pants seem no less comfortable.

Some have told me that larger folks like having that flexibility in the fabric. Um. . . ok, that might work for the rare male body that is thicker below the waist than at the waist. But that's really a female shape more than a male shape. Most men have the expanding belly when they get thicker.

So. . . what the hell? It's a conspiracy, I tell you. I'm not sure for what, but it's gotta be a conspiracy.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-05-20 06:04 pm (UTC)
Many clothing manufacturers seem to have this delusional idea that men wear their pants with the waistband at the navel, as opposed to at the top of the hips. Maybe that's part of it?
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2005-05-20 06:49 pm (UTC)

We just managed to find dress pants for my boy, and actually chose pleated. His Nice Suit (tm) has flat front pants, and they look kind of funny when he doesn't have the jacket on. This is probably due to the fact that he has absolutely no butt, so all of his pants look like they're on the verge of sliding off, probably because they are. The pleated pants looked far better on a jacketless Uboat- somehow they did hang better. They didn't manage to make him look like he's got a butt, but at least they weren't so obviously about to hit the ground. I figure this is a Good Thing when pitching to potential government clients.

I'll note that they had one rather flat pleat instead of several pleats, so perhaps we just got lucky.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-05-20 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty medium-sized, and I look better in pleated pants. Dunno.
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[User Picture]From: ciddyguy
2005-05-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that many guys that are tall and slender or like me, have average torsos and height (5'10" or so with a 30 inseam) tend to do well in pleated front pants.

What I hate most are pants that just look baggy in all the wrong places, especially in the butt. Thankfully I have a decent bubble butt. My Dad was not so fortunate however.

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