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France Makes an Aggressive Push Against 'Fast Fashion'

Rebate program will offer up to $28 to fix clothes, shoes instead of buying new, but some are wary

(Newser) - Don't toss those ripped jeans or that shirt missing a button just yet, at least not if you live in France. That's because starting in October, the French government will be offering what's essentially a rebate to people who mend their own clothes and shoes instead of...

SBF May Have Ruined the Disheveled CEO Look
SBF May Have Ruined
the Disheveled CEO Look

SBF May Have Ruined the Disheveled CEO Look

It now sends a disturbing message, writes 'NYT' fashion critic Vanessa Friedman

(Newser) - The financial misdeeds of fallen crypto wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried are being dissected everywhere. In the New York Times , fashion critic Vanessa Friedman explores an entirely different angle to the story, suggesting that SBF's demise might also spell the demise, finally, of the "schlubby" fashion style of tech CEOs....

Teeming With Inventory, Kohl's, Gap Resort to 'Pack and Hold'

Clothing retailers are tapping into unusual strategies amid an inventory glut

(Newser) - As summer tilts toward autumn, major clothing retailers have found themselves with a massive glut of inventory, forcing many chains to make tough choices. Per CNN, discounts and promotions are the usual strategies for clearing excess goods, but that's not good enough for Kohl's and the Gap. Both...

NASA Tackles Odd Space Problem: Doing the Laundry

Tide is sending up special detergent as a test

(Newser) - How do astronauts do laundry in space? They don't. They wear their underwear, gym clothes, and everything else until they can't take it anymore, then junk them, per the AP . NASA wants to change that—if not at the International Space Station, then the moon and Mars—and...

1 in 4 of Us Need a New Jeans Size
Levi's CEO: Number Who
Need New Size 'Staggering'
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Levi's CEO: Number Who Need New Size 'Staggering'

About 25% of buyers need either a bigger or smaller jeans size, says Chip Bergh

(Newser) - The pandemic didn't just change the style of jeans people are buying— skinny jeans are out and more comfortable fits are in—but something more fundamental: waist sizes. In an interview with the AP , Levi's CEO Chip Bergh estimates that 25% of customers are in need of a...

Alex Trebek Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, in a 'Perfect Way'

Late 'Jeopardy!' host's family, show staff donate his wardrobe so underserved men can go to interviews

(Newser) - Three hundred neckties, 58 dress shirts, 25 polo shirts, 15 belts, 14 suits, 14 sweaters, nine pairs of dress shoes, nine sports coats, three pairs of dress slacks, and two parkas sounds like a clothier's "12 Days of Christmas" list. Thanks to Alex Trebek's family and Jeopardy!...

Navalny to Russia: I Want My Clothes Back
Recuperating Navalny
Makes New Demand

Recuperating Navalny Makes New Demand

He wants his clothes back from Russia

(Newser) - Now that he's out of a coma and recovering , Alexei Navalny is back to making demands of Russia: This time, the opposition leader wants his clothes back. "Before they allowed for me to be taken to Germany, they took off all my clothes and sent me completely naked,...

She Thought a Ghost Was Taking Her Clothes. Not Quite

Andrew Swofford allegedly found Saturday in student's NC apartment

(Newser) - A student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro debunked her theory that a ghost was stealing her clothes, though the truth was no less terrifying. After spotting handprints in the bathroom of her apartment on the edge of campus and noticing several of her pants and shirts had...

After Website Blasts Barron's Clothes, Chelsea Goes to Bat

Clinton daughter stands up for first son after Daily Caller ripped his attire choice

(Newser) - If anyone understands what it's like to be a first child living in the White House, it's Chelsea Clinton. So it's not surprising she was one of many who came to Barron Trump's defense after a conservative website dressed him down—for wearing khaki shorts and...

Why Consumers in India Will Love This Washing Machine

Panasonic washer has a 'curry' button, 'daily sari' setting

(Newser) - Consumers in India may have to pay a little more for a just-debuted Panasonic washing machine, but those desperate to get a certain type of stain out may find the appliance worth the extra outlay. In what Gizmodo UK calls the "corporate holy grail" of customer-tailored service, the electronics...

What to Wear? Women Spend Months Deciding
What to Wear? Women
Spend Months Deciding

What to Wear? Women Spend Months Deciding

5 months over working life, according to UK survey of 2K

(Newser) - Women sometimes get a bad rap for having a hard time deciding what to wear, but leave it to a uniform supplier to try to quantify just how much time they spend pondering outfits before heading out the door. A study of 2,000 women, commissioned by UK uniform supplier...

Drying Laundry Indoors Is Unhealthy

Can promote allergies, asthma: study

(Newser) - Got allergies or asthma? You may want to avoid drying your clothes inside your home: A study finds that many households suffer from too much moisture, and laundry is to blame for up to a third of the damp, the BBC reports. "Going into people's homes, we found...

Amazon's Challenge: Selling Clothes That Actually Fit

Farhad Manjoo has some ideas

(Newser) - Amazon is looking to become a force in the apparel industry, but there's one rather big problem, as Farhad Manjoo discovered: Despite the site's vast selection, it's still difficult to find pants that actually fit. This is a big problem with online retailers in general, which could...

JCPenney Opens Facebook Store
JCPenney Opens
Facebook Store

JCPenney Opens Facebook Store

People can go shopping without leaving the site

(Newser) - JCPenney has achieved a watershed in online retail: It's opened a full-fledged store within Facebook, Consumerist reports. The store's application looks more or less like a conventional retail website, except with the characteristic social networking features: users can "like" an item and share product pages and reviews with friends...

Fertile Women Buy Sexier Clothes
 Fertile Women Buy 
 Sexier Clothes 

Fertile Women Buy Sexier Clothes

But it's for the sake of other women

(Newser) - Women are more likely to pick out sexy clothes when they’re ovulating, particularly if they think they have competition for potential partners, scientists say. A new study says women subconsciously lean toward the skimpy and seductive if they’re ovulating and see other attractive women nearby. “In order...

Inside the World of LiLo... Celeb Hoarder?

Shoes up to the ceiling, clothes everywhere in Lindsay Lohan's home

(Newser) - The latest question swirling through the gossip universe: Is Lindsay Lohan a secret celebrity hoarder? To say the embattled actress has a lot more shoes and clothes than the average woman is the understatement of the year, as Part 1 of her interview with The Insider last night revealed. Though...

A Year of First Lady Fashion
 A Year of First Lady Fashion 

A Year of First Lady Fashion

A look back at Michelle Obama's daring sartorial debut

(Newser) - After a year of big guns, big designers, and bold choices, New York takes a look back at the many styles of first lady Michelle Obama. Who can forget the inaugural outfits, the Grand Canyon shorts, and all those cardigans? For many more photos, and info on designers, click here...

Jenny Sanford's Clothes Send Clear Message

(Newser) - While Mark Sanford spews "sloppy verbiage" in the "salacious terms of a Harlequin bodice-ripper," his wife is also making a statement—with her wardrobe, Robin Givhan writes in the Washington Post. Givhan finds "something splendidly defiant" in Jenny Sanford's white shorts and flowery tops. Other...

Palin Shopping Spree OK: Feds
Palin Shopping Spree OK: Feds

Palin Shopping Spree OK: Feds

Commission nixes complaint that RNC's $150K in clothing purchases broke law

(Newser) - The Federal Election Commission dismissed today a complaint that the Republican National Committee broke the law when it bought $150,000 in clothes for then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The FEC said purchases were “coordinated party expenditures” for campaign purposes, and did not violate...

OMG, You Guys, Celebs Wear Outfits Twice!

As recession chic grows, old clothes become the new black

(Newser) - Just as fashionistas have come to terms with our first lady buying clothes off the rack and (gasp!) online, a new bombshell: celebrities are wearing outfits more than once. In public! And it's not just Mrs. O—Liz Hurley rocked the same dress twice, Cher apparently recycled a...

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