Clothing Items you just don't understand

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So I was watching a series when a character came on screen wearing what may have been the oddest apparel ever, in another mans words it looked like a cross between a french maid and a vietnamese hooker. So the big question is, what bits and pieces of clothing do you just not understand the point of?

personally I don't see the point in fingerless gloves unless you're using a firearm. Nor do I understand having frills on clothing, or those weird ribbons some dresses have.

EDIT: Seeing as some people have also posted about fashion statements, I believe that would also be something constructive here, fashion statements that boggle the mind shall be posted also!
I really don't understand the whole leggings or denim short-shorts/underwear + ugg boots combination that teens wear (Singlets and mid-riff exposing tank tops optional!)

Fingerless gloves are actually pretty useful when it's cold and you need to type, or do anything that requires a lot of finger finesse.

Clothing items I don't understand - Uggs and sleeveless hoodies.

YingDerpington:

personally I don't see the point in fingerless gloves unless you're using a firearm.

Oh, it's useful alright? It keeps hands warm while you're typing or writing. Also, very cool to look at.

I don't understand thongs. I get it when someone is wearing a bikini or a short skirt, but what about when some one is wearing jeans? If you want to look like you aren't wearing underwear, don't wear underwear.

Whats not to understand about finger-less gloves? They keep your hands relatively warm without interfering with your ability to use your fingers and some just like the look. I hate wearing full gloves.

I don't understand fake pockets. I get that pockets are used for look aswell I guess but why not just give me a real pocket? its annoying

It's been like, what, 20 years since they started becoming a thing, and I still don't get why people have their jeans around their thighs.

I also don't get ties. I get uncomfortable in a tightly knit turtleneck. I can't imagine why you would want to basically have a silk noose around your neck.

Not so much a clothing I don't understand, but guys, why do you call your undershirts 'wifebeaters'? Don't you realise how awful that sounds?

Do high heels count? Because I can't for the life of me understand why people still wear them.

Now, I don't mean all heels, mind, just the large ones, those that are several inches high. Short heels are fine, as they allow for more even weight distribution than the others, and can even be quite comfortable for short periods of time.

No, I'm talking about the type that put all of your weight on overstressed toes. The ones that are 3+ inches in height and bend the ankle sharply. They're literally torture devices that are willingly worn for the sake of fashion. It's absurd. They're never comfortable, a pain to walk in, and can lead to compression fractures in your foot bones. There is literally no good reason to wear them.

DementedSheep:

I don't understand fake pockets. I get that pockets are used for look aswell I guess but why not just give me a real pocket? its annoying

Here, here.

Oh, and any pre-damaged jeans where you pay for them to be worn in places. Why? Just do it yourself!

Suits. Specifically business clothes. I don't own any, and I'll never wear them to an interview or anything. Just no chance.

You might be the best person in the world at your job. Or the worst. Sharp clothes do nothing to convince me either way. They don't inspire my confidence, that's for sure. Are you hiding something? Did your mother dress you? Who knows. I'm not crediting you a damned thing.

No amount of expert ironing of unpleasant clothes will erase the possibility from my mind that you're an inept sod who doesn't know shit about shit. So why not wear whatever makes you comfortable instead?

Doesn't matter I suppose. As long as I don't have to tag along. But with the above in mind, what's the point of them...

Nathan Crumpler:
I don't understand thongs. I get it when someone is wearing a bikini or a short skirt, but what about when some one is wearing jeans? If you want to look like you aren't wearing underwear, don't wear underwear.

For one, denim is not the most forgiving of fabrics when it comes to your junk. Thongs help. For two, things help reduce camel toe.

Candidus:
Suits. Specifically business clothes. I don't own any, and I'll never wear them to an interview or anything. Just no chance.

You might be the best person in the world at your job. Or the worst. Sharp clothes do nothing to convince me either way. They don't inspire my confidence, that's for sure. Are you hiding something? Did your mother dress you? Who knows. I'm not crediting you a damned thing.

No amount of expert ironing of unpleasant clothes will erase the possibility from my mind that you're an inept sod who doesn't know shit about shit. So why not wear whatever makes you comfortable instead?

Doesn't matter I suppose. As long as I don't have to tag along. But with the above in mind, what's the point of them...

A good suit is comfortable to wear and makes you look great. Both are important.

I find your snap judgments on suit wearers hilarious, by the way. I suppose we should all wander around in holey jeans and slipknot shirts.

Pretty much any clothing which serve no practical purpose whatsoever.
"Slut fashion" for women especially.

Alcamonic:
Pretty much any clothing which serve no practical purpose whatsoever.
"Slut fashion" for women especially.

What the heck is 'slut fashion'?

On Topic: High heels. They look uncomfortable and for me personally they are a turnoff.

AccursedTheory:

I find your snap judgments on suit wearers hilarious, by the way. I suppose we should all wander around in holey jeans and slipknot shirts.

Make it Korn shirts, more hilarious that way :P

OT:Those hats you see at horse derby's or in fact any clothes you see at fashion model thingies. Just...why?...it's like Lady Gaga en masse.

A girl I was friends with in school had a pair of jeans that had fake pockets.

Fake. Pockets.

I just... I don't... Why would...

DementedSheep:

I don't understand fake pockets. I get that pockets are used for look aswell I guess but why not just give me a real pocket? its annoying

Well, it seems I've been ninja'd. I honestly didn't know that happened regularly. I really don't know why someone thought that was a good idea.

FalloutJack:
Oh, and any pre-damaged jeans where you pay for them to be worn in places. Why? Just do it yourself!

I agree. (Though somehow my jeans only ever want to wear in the crotch.) I have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt that had a pre-worn design, which I think looks awful. I also have a Donkey Kong shirt (displaying the first screen) the design of which has worn over the years. Looks much more better, and noticeably more authentic.

Aris Khandr:
Not so much a clothing I don't understand, but guys, why do you call your undershirts 'wifebeaters'? Don't you realise how awful that sounds?

Far as I know, way back in the '40s there was a big domestic abuse arrest, and the man was wearing a tank top (only tank tops are wifebeaters, not all undershirts). The media called him the wifebeater and the name stuck through association.

I could be wrong. But it sounds right.

I don't get propped collars.
I love wearing shirts and the concept of propping one collar to protect yourself against the wind in a coat or a trenchcoat is ok. But what is it with wearing multiple shirts at once and propping their collars up?
I don't understand where that thing even came from and I also don't understand people finding that look cool or swag or whatever...

can anyone explain this?

TheKasp:

Alcamonic:
Pretty much any clothing which serve no practical purpose whatsoever.
"Slut fashion" for women especially.

What the heck is 'slut fashion'?

On Topic: High heels. They look uncomfortable and for me personally they are a turnoff.

Super High heels, bleached hair, large hipster sunglasses (even while indoors) far too much makeup, short skirts, shirts which are possibly a few sizes too small.

This is fashion among young women and teens today, especially those who are more "outgoing" and fear that men will hate them otherwise.

Candidus:
Suits. Specifically business clothes. I don't own any, and I'll never wear them to an interview or anything. Just no chance.

I wear a suit to work and I don't quite get it either. But I guarantee any interview you have will go a lot better with a suit and a clean shave. It's just an old custom of the business world. Really depends on what type of position you are applying for.

Anyway, you know what I don't get? Pre-ripped jeans or pre-ripped anything really.

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Pant chains, just...why? It really doesn't look that cool.

Fingerless gloves on the other hand (see what I did there?) are good for doing tasks that require careful fingerwork such as typing and they keep your hands nice and toasty.

high heels, shit just looks uncomfortable.
pink shirts on white men, it just makes you look weird, stop it.
not exactly a clothing item but if you have a beard, groom it properly or you look like a bum.
turtlenecks. i always feel like i am being chocked in those

Underware.

I'm not claiming to be particuarily ignorant here, but have a serious think as to the point of underware.

That's aside from having someone else take them off for you.

Hot pants.
High heels.
Those completely misleading fake pockets that somehow managed to get attached to a lot of trousers (women's) that are supposed to be smart or smart causal. Bad enough that the designers think women don't need pockets (we do), but why on earth get our hopes up with the little fake pocket part? /rant

Come to think of it, I don't understand a lot of 'fancy' women's clothing. Probably comes of buying for functionality and practicality rather than what'll get me attention on a night out, for example. Oh well...

As for fingerless gloves, I use them when I'm out filming/taking pictures/messing about with fiddly rope work in chilly weather. They're quite useful, and you can almost always stick a pair of properly warm gloves on over them when you're not doing anything.

DementedSheep:

I don't understand fake pockets. I get that pockets are used for look aswell I guess but why not just give me a real pocket? its annoying

Changes the shape of the clothing.

OT: It's time to talk about fedoras. You all look terrible in them. No exceptions. People seem to think they're some kind of magic coolness device. They're not, they're just something that, for some reason, has been picked up by people on gaming forums - undoubtedly a great place for fashion advice - and labelled as 'cool'.

My ex-girlfriend had this one piece short-suit thing. It was like called a romper or some shit and all I could think about was that sounds like something a baby would wear why is grown woman wearing something like that. It makes you look your pregnant even though your skinny, it has a similar type of pattern as several couches I've seen, you have to be completely naked in order to take a piss, and there is nothing fashionable about them.

TizzytheTormentor:
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Pant chains, just...why? It really doesn't look that cool.

Fingerless gloves on the other hand (see what I did there?) are good for doing tasks that require careful fingerwork such as typing and they keep your hands nice and toasty.

Depends what the chain is for. I have one but that is because I own a pocket watch that is attached via chain. And ive known some people to have keys on them due to always losing them.

But other than that yes silly chains.

OT: Personally as a glasses wearer I dont understand anyone who wears fake glasses for fashion. Glasses arent sexy....(unless on cute female librarians but thats a different topic).

False pockets you say? May I introduce false flies: possibly the most useless and irritating things on the planet. If not have a fly is bad, then teasing you the possibility of there of there being a fly should be made a criminal offence.

Okay so the fingerless glove thing has been pointed out to me, but now I feel I must justify my logic. I figured that despite doing typing, writing etc. your fingers would still feel like freezing over (they did the one time I used fingerless gloves so I figured why the hell keep my palm warm but not the fingers?). 'Twould seem I was mistaken.

Anything that isn't loosely comfortable completely boggles my mind. Sure, dress attire for special events is one thing, but wearing uncomfortable clothing just for the fun of it?!? Take slim pants for instance... especially on guys... WTH? They not only wish to look silly, but also don't want to be able to move normally. Mind-boggled.

Frieswiththat:
False pockets you say? May I introduce false flies: possibly the most useless and irritating things on the planet. If not have a fly is bad, then teasing you the possibility of there of there being a fly should be made a criminal offence.

I'm going to need evidence or pictures of this before I can believe such an outrageous claim. Please do so at the next opportunity. Such a truly terrible abomination surely doesn't exist.

TizzytheTormentor:
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Pant chains, just...why? It really doesn't look that cool.

Like fingerless gloves, when you're using them for something it makes sense. For myself, I'm often seen with a paracord lanyard (more or less the same thing but made of paracord) clipped to a belt loop and tucked into my pocket. On the other end of that lanyard are my keys so I don't lose the damned things.

That said wearing them for the sake of wearing them I don't get at all.

YingDerpington:
personally I don't see the point in fingerless gloves unless you're using a firearm.

Another use for fingerless gloves that's not already been mentioned: any physical activity where you need both grip and finesse. For example, I work as an events technician, and over the course of a shift I'll have to throw around staging (grip), be running and plugging in cables (finesse), programming control consoles (finesse), or be climbing truss towers to re-programme lighting fixtures (both). Yeah I could wear full-fingered gloves and take them off when I need the fine control, but that just gets annoying after a while. Much easier just to put my gloves on at the start and forget about it.

OT:> The whole sagging trousers thing. How do you people not just fall over/trash the crotches of your trousers in record time?

Also girls that wear fucktons of make-up. It just looks like shit.

And of course those... bizarre over sized, slatted 'glasses' things. what's the point? All you're doing is half blinding yourself, which doesn't help, especially if you're out for the evening and getting hammered/high. Normal sunglasses I can understand if you're getting high but those things? No. Just no.

Me55enger:
Underware.

I'm not claiming to be particuarily ignorant here, but have a serious think as to the point of underware.

That's aside from having someone else take them off for you.

Underware is used to keep your body odor from staining your clothing. Much cheaper to replace underware every week/month/whenever than your entire wardrobe. Also used in some places as added insulation.

Oh, you know that guy you work with who underneath his over-use of cologne has a slight aroma of bittery sweetness to him that makes him impossible to stand next to for too long.. he doesn't wear underwear. Now you know.

Why the fuck do people suddenly think it is socially acceptable to be seen in public wearing a onesie?

They are almost acceptable as pajamas, if you're like 6 years old, but they are certainly not acceptable attire if you are an 18 year old student at lunch in university halls. Especially not in a dinosaur onesie.

Also, why would you want trousers that if you broke into a jog they'd fall round your ankles? Even ball-crushing skinny jeans make more sense than that. You even have a belt on, just tighten it!

And WOMEN. Black leggings alone are not acceptable clothing. It just tells me that you are a slut but your actual legs look like shit.

Daveman:
And WOMEN. Black leggings alone are not acceptable clothing. It just tells me that you are a slut but your actual legs look like shit.

Wtf? Wearing black leggins has nothing to do with being "a slut".

Forobryt:
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Thamian:
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Yeah, I am talking about the people who wear them for the sake of having chains on their pants.
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Things like pocket watches or keys, they are fine, but chains for the sake of it...makes me confused.

Uhura:

Daveman:
And WOMEN. Black leggings alone are not acceptable clothing. It just tells me that you are a slut but your actual legs look like shit.

Wtf? Wearing black leggins has nothing to do with being "a slut".

While I don't agree with slut shaming, the point is that leggings in general (not necessarily black ones) are really, really revealing in terms of shape and junk.

I don't understand this recent trend of denim shorts and underwear becoming one and the same thing - seriously, I can see more of your arse now than I'd be able to if you were wearing a bikini. Ordinarily I'd be okay with this, but I've seen many an arse that I haven't wanted to see.

YingDerpington:
So I was watching a series when a character came on screen wearing what may have been the oddest apparel ever, in another mans words it looked like a cross between a french maid and a vietnamese hooker. So the big question is, what bits and pieces of clothing do you just not understand the point of?

personally I don't see the point in fingerless gloves unless you're using a firearm. Nor do I understand having frills on clothing, or those weird ribbons some dresses have.

Oh, God. Is that a Code MENT reference? :)

OT: following this theme, pretty much anything worn in fantasy/ some sci-fi. Women especially get turned into fashion plates with their chainmail bikini's and non-nonsensical dresses, and blarg...

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