Ohmigoodness. Don’t even get us started with all the problems in women’s clothing. If you ever stroll through the aisles of female fashion, you’ll know what nuisances I’m talking about: from the fact that a lot of fashion is plainly non-functional, to a lack of clothing for women with big busts, the absence of pockets, inconsistent sizing, and pink tax, to name just a few.

So no wonder when someone asked women “What’s something about clothing that irritates you?” they had too many things to get off their chest. Let’s see some of the most eye-opening responses right below, which will surely change the way you think about clothing marketed for women, which is often nowhere near as pretty as the ads would like us to believe.

Have yet another annoying thing to add to this list? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section!

#1

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Buttons over my prodigious breasts that never stay closed, collars on shirts, leggings that ride down, things that claim to not roll, but ALWAYS do, fussy extraneous details (stop putting button tabs on sleeves. Just no.),bras with lots of fkn lace details. Give us real, comfortable, sturdy bras, not fluff for the male gaze, Jean's that fit you bum, but leave a 10in gap at the waist. Why?

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Tara Myanna
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1 month ago

Wish I could upvote this more!

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Bored Panda reached out to Redditor u/TheRightEquilibrium and author of this thread on r/AskWomen who got women sharing what things about womenswear they dislike the most. The Redditor told us that he’s actually starting his own clothing brand and he needed to get a feel on how people view clothes.

“I also wanted to make the brand known in different communities so that way they get to know me and I can create my own community from the connections I’m making,” said u/TheRightEquilibrium. “The question itself came super late at night kinda randomly now that I think about it, I had asked multiple subreddits the same question hoping to get a broader range of answers and r/AskWomen was the most engaging.”

The author was very surprised with the great number of responses on the sub, “because I got very little to no replies on other subreddits, especially ones that are centered around fashion.”

#2

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing No pockets or bad quality pockets.

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Princess Procrastination
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1 month ago

FAKE POCKETS

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#3

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing See through shirts. Seriously, I hate that so many shirts in women’s clothing are thin or nearly sheer. I don’t enjoy having to put a tank top under my shirts or having my bra show through.

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Satirical Duchess
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1 month ago

the fact that I have one "boys" school shirt and the rest "girls" and the "boys" shirt the thread count is higher and the opacity is twice as much on "boys" SCHOOL shirts- I would like to emphasise- SCHOOL. GIRLS 4-16. HAVE TO WEAR SEE-THROUGH SHIRTS. EVERY DAY. AND SCHOOLS WONDER WHY THEY HAVE A HARASSMENT PROBLEM.

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#4

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Inconsistent sizing. Sh**ty fabric. Over-priced.

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Potatogamers2
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1 month ago (edited)

I got 2 (different) jeans from Primark. Both the same size. One of a taddd bit too big, the other I had to suck in my stomach to even close it. What the F..

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Moreover, u/TheRightEquilibrium has noticed just how much more vocal the women are about their problems with clothing. “And they actually seemed to care about the subject,” he said. “I really needed the women’s perspective on this subject because I would’ve never realized how much women struggle with size inconsistencies, having ZERO pockets on pants/skirts, shirts being tacky or crop tops being ill-fitting.”

The Redditor said that “without this information, I would’ve been continuing the same problems that already exist within women’s fashion and I believe the brand would be worse off this way; however, now I know exactly what the issues are and I can help solve and create solutions to those problems.”

#5

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Quite literally: scratchy tags. I also don't know why certain kinds of itchy wool clothing are still made.

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Francis
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1 month ago

or super long tags? i have a shirt that had 5 tags in side-seams and each was like 6cm (almost 2") long. wtf?!

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#6

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Plus size clothes that have too much decoration on them. I don't want to look like a garden.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

There should be a variety. I prefer patterned clothes coz they camouflage the bulges much more. All my wobbly bits stand out more in solid colours.

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#7

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Unnecessary details on women’s clothing and accessories eg awkward cut-outs, tacky looking non-functional zips and buttons, random “quirky” words on a t-shirt, ugly frills, handbag chains that look out of place… the list goes on! I just want a plain jumper, not a cropped one that has “good vibezzz” in bubble writing on it. Also… we want pockets!

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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1 month ago

GIVE US POCKETS!!!!!!!

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“Being a guy, I don’t experience most of the problems that women do, but I do have a wife and I notice she prefers to wear my clothing more than her own, not because she misses me, and mostly due to the fact that it is more comfortable and open.”

u/TheRightEquilibrium also said that while shopping, his “wife looks at both sections for clothes but only the men’s for shirts or hoodies, maybe sometimes sweats. She’s not a fan of crop tops, jeans, or dresses; they're just uncomfortable.”

He continued: “It seems that most of women’s clothing is form-fitting at the waist or arm hole area, but the form the clothing is targeting isn’t a form 80% of women have. It’s like most clothing is aimed for the supermodel look and if you don’t have that type of figure, you’re outta luck, which is why I think most women prefer men’s clothing (mostly T-shirts) because they aren’t clingy/tight.”

#8

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Each black piece is a different shade of black.

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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1 month ago

How do they even have this many different shades????

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#9

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Pants need to come in more inseams than short, regular and tall. Men can get all sorts on inseams, why can’t women?

Also, shirts need to come in tall and short sizes too. I’m sick of the sleeves and torsos being too short.

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Lj
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1 month ago

And clothes are too long for me!!

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#10

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing The crop top trend. I’m tired of looking for a shirt that actually covers my belly. I like cute shirts, but i don’t like how revealing they are.

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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1 month ago

Agreed! As a more modest person, I love cute clothing that makes me feel fashionable, but I'd like to be able to do that without showing half my stomach thanks.

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When asked which responses he found the most eye-opening, u/TheRightEquilibrium said: “There was a comment about how clothing for women isn’t to be comfortable but it’s made so the women can be looked at, which I agree with, which is super strange and kinda rude. Also, what’s up with the no pockets thing? Just add pockets! There are a few other things, but then I’ll just be ranting,” he added.

#11

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Branding. They ask customers to become walking billboards with giant their logos and unfortunately most buyers happily oblige.

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Pau Tea
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1 month ago

Exept for sports clothes which seem to all have some kind of logo on them, I refuse to wear anything casual that has the brand on it. So tacky.

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#12

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing dresses where you can't wear a bra, like backless ones. They know big women will need to wear a bra, so why design a dress that we can't wear a bra!

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1 month ago

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#13

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing I wish sizes would be consistent across brands! I hate having to remember what size of jeans I wear at American Eagle and then again at Hollister.

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Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Even in one brand, they change for each model !

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We also talked to Carry Somers, the founder and global operations director at Fashion Revolution, who shared some very important insights on the flaws of womenswear, which turn out to be much bigger than simply the lack of pockets. “The global fashion industry relies upon the exploitation of natural resources and people working across its supply chain, producing more clothes than people need and manipulating them into overconsuming clothing at increasingly faster rates,” Carry said when asked about the current state of the clothing industry.

#14

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing When pants or shorts fit your legs but not your waist.

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Princess Procrastination
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1 month ago

Opposite for me. Fit my waist but are wayy too short length-wise

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#15

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Clothing for heavy physical work. I choose to buy mens clothing, because that was actually designed for hard work outside in all kinds of weather. The option for women was only designed to look sexy, too tight to properly move or lift or work.

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Avriel Schwartz
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1 month ago

Buy Carhartt, their women's line addresses exactly this issue..

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#16

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Athletic clothing is always bright colors or bizarre patterns. I love dark neutral colors, but they're so hard to find in woman's options. Men's gear doesn't fit me

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Johnny
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1 month ago

I have the opposite problem - 99% of men's athletic gear is black, but I'd like brighter colors so I'm not so invisible on the biking/hiking trail at dusk or in the rain. I want cyclists to be able to see me, and as a cyclist, I *hate* people wearing all black at night... I don't want to blind people on the trail with my bright headlight, but also it's very hard to see someone dressed in head-to-toe black without my headlight on high.

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“Injustices are endemic because supply chains are fragmented and opaque, and because some people have great power while others have very little, and because the fashion industry rewards economic growth and profit above all else.”

Carry continued: “We also need to recognize the interdependence of human rights and the rights of nature, because garment workers’ right to a healthy environment depends on the health of our planet. With garment production predicted to grow by 81% by 2030, there is ever-growing demand for agricultural land to produce cotton, viscose, wool, rubber, and other natural fibers.”

#17

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing My problem is in bottoms. I can either fit them to my waist and they are too tight around my thighs or I can go up a size and they are comfortable around my thighs but too big around my waist. If I wear a belt then they bunch up funny around my crotch area.

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Anne
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1 month ago

Ah yes.. the jean-peen..

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#18

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing I wish more companies would tell you the height of their models on their websites. The amount of dresses I've bought that show as being knee length, so I've thought it would probably come to mid thigh on me, and I've bought it and it doesn't even cover my crotch! It's like the models must be 5' or something. Shein tell you the height of their models and it makes it so much easier to know how long it will be for me. And as others have said, inconsistent sizing.

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Julie Richardson
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1 month ago

I wish more companies would just tell you how long the dang dress is!! The ruler was designed for a reason people, use it.

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#19

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Most pants are ankle length. Can I just have some normal freaking pants? Why are crop tops expensive if it’s less material? Same with shorts. Why did my shorts cost the same as my pants?! Why is athletic wear so tacky? I’m finding a lot of tops are short. I have a short torso so it’s not a good look. Shirts that aren’t tagless.

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BetterBitterButter
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1 month ago

I don't like wearing ankle length pants too but these days it's becoming hard and hard to find non ankle length pants (especially jeans).

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It’s no secret that the clothing industry is one of the biggest pollutants of microplastics and microfibers, both plastic and cellulosic-based, on our planet. Not only are they “hugely damaging to the marine environment and wildlife, but they are also impacting human health through the chemicals they harbor that leach into the surrounding environment, including air, water, food, or body tissues.”

“The textile industry uses over 15,000 different chemicals during the manufacturing process. Currently, we have little way of knowing what chemicals are, or aren’t, allowed into our clothing. Fertility rates are decreasing 1% a year globally due to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, with the average person in their 20s having the fertility their grandmother had in their 40s,” Carry said about the grim reality of fast fashion.

Carry concluded that those at Fashion Revolution believe that “the fashion industry’s problems are bigger than any one company’s actions, and bigger than just the fast fashion sector. It’s systemic failure. This is why we are actively working to avoid binary arguments and bring a higher degree of nuance to these conversations."

#20

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Bras and swimwear without pads.

Clothes with fake pockets

Cheap fabric. Fabric that needs to be ironed.

Stuff that doesn't fit even though you bought the same size.

Finding good fitting pants is a struggle for me. I have IBS and hate tight fitting pants. It needs to sit a bit loose on my tummy. But if it is comfortable around my tummy it's too loose on my butt. Leggings are great, but I can't always wear leggings, especially at work.

That clothes for oversized women are always so damn ugly and unflattering. Luckily I have a great body and don't need to shop oversized clothing. But no one can tell me that those women are happy with the choices they have. Just because they are overweight doesn't mean that they don't have any taste. What the hell are all those ugly patterns?!

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Rhea
Community Member
1 month ago

"Bras and swimwear without pads..." Other way around please! Nothing is as gross as getting out of the water and having to walk around with those soggy pads in your bikini top. Also; I get that some people want an extra layer between their boobs and the world, I however don't like to wear all that extra stuffing around my body. People have to accept what other people choose to wear, whether those are bras with or without padding :)

Iron Eddy
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1 month ago

So it should be like this (?): all bras have removable pads.

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L Venn
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1 month ago

Life's too short to iron.

Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

The plus size thing: I am plus sized, and some years ago one of my friends got married, so I needed something pretty to wear. It was totally impossible. Even on a website for plus sized clothing. Backless tops, tops with illusion necklines. I am fat, I have boobs, I NEED to wear a bra. Who the hell who is a european size 56 does not neeed a bra?

JP
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS!!! I bought a pair of pants, in store, and they fit great. Loved them, but the store had limited colors. Went online, bought the EXACT SAME STYLE/SIZE, only in a different color. Doesn't fit at all. It's like they don't even keep the size the same for the same brand/style! Oh, and pockets!!!

Carrie DeHaven
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1 month ago

I've had a similar experience. I bought pants that fit loose, which is my preference. I can take them off without undoing the button and zipper. I bought a second pair in the same size & style in a different color and can't zip them up they're so tight.

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Linziaj
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1 month ago

I hate padded swimsuits

Isabella
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't buy them, simple.

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Bei Stenhaug
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1 month ago

"Luckily I have a great body and don't need to shop oversized clothing"

Thomas Sweda
Community Member
1 month ago

Pants with already ripped knees?

SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
1 month ago

What is with the fake pockets, tell me! How many posts online through the years scream (literally) we want pockets! Jeez, some companies need to learn to read

StellaLehggs
Community Member
1 month ago

On the flip side of the plus sized clothing issue, I consistantly find plus sized clothing on Shein that is cuter than other sizes. My mom is plus sized and is always talking about how ugly or unflattering most clothing is that fits her. I've seen it, too, most of the places that cater to plus sized clothing are trying to make the women look like mormon house wives, or they OVER frill.

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

I just sent 5 dresses from shein back. Complete crap. Whatever they give their models, it's not what they ship.

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Shadowcat
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1 month ago

I hate swimsuits and underpants that have high-cut legs and/or large leg openings because they ride up. I don't want to have part of my butt hanging out and it's uncomfortable when my own clothing gives me a wedgie.

Mona
Community Member
1 month ago

And clothing for pregnant women totally suck too!

Ladyvischuss
Community Member
1 month ago

I also have the IBS issue to factor in when buying pants. I shouldn't have to make such changes in shopping plans but I usually end up with maternity pants. They often fit where I need them to, and give me the abdominal flexibility but then I'm looking for long tops that cover the pants that aren't maternity! We need less constricting waistlines.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

Fabric that needs to be ironed can be a sign of quality - linen or heavier cotton or twill. Suck it up, ironing is relaxing.

OhForSmegSake
Community Member
1 month ago

Bikini tops that fit well and support. Big boobs mean you can't wear a halter neck. Being slim-ish means that straight sized ones are too big around the back.

Lola
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you need pads on bras and swimwear? It was almost impossible finding a bra without padding at Victoria’s Secret. It is so frustrating for someone who is bigger breasted. Even the big sizes have padding. For the love of god, why?

Lucia Trubanová
Community Member
1 month ago

Because my nipples can be really easily seen if it's not padded a bit and I don't want that.

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lazy panda
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1 month ago

Whoever decided that sports bras and swimsuits need removable pads should be charged with a war crime.

Lyne Richard
Community Member
1 month ago

I have IBS also and have the same problem finding pants that fit. I sit at a desk all day at my job and if my pants are too right at the waist it hurts especially after eating. Fortunately I can wear leggings at work but I get tired of wearing them too often.

Serendipity
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1 month ago

I googled it. Irritable bowel syndrome, right?

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Heather Faust
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1 week ago

I want to find whoever decided removable cups were a thing and whack them on the nose with a newspaper. Just... why?! I have *never* successfully put them back in without them being lumpy and skewed. I LOATHE them.

TJay
Community Member
1 month ago

A bathing suit with support and coverage that's is age appropriate is a dream for me...I bought something with "support and padding" off of the VS website years ago and I looked like a playboy model...I never wore it and sold it on Poshmark

Jamie Lyons
Community Member
1 month ago

I think if they're going to put pads in swimsuits...sew them in! Drives me nuts when you wash them and the pads get all bent and out of place and trying to get this squeezed back in there just right.

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

i hate bras and bikinis with pads and it's damn hard to find anything without it

Amanda Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice humble brag. I'm skinny but those poor fatties....

Sunflowercray
Community Member
1 month ago

"Luckily I have a nice body." I wouldn't even call that a humble brag. That was just straight bragging. Haha!

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H Moore
Community Member
1 month ago

Bras and swimwear without pads. Pads? Why? I HATE pads in bras, what you want bigger boobs? The rest of us don't.Really hard to find a normal bra these days, either padded or insane colours and lace.....try that under a thin top, whore alert.

Caligirl20
Community Member
1 month ago

It isn't the massive padding you are thinking of. A little padding around the nipple area. Nothing I love more than having thin swim top or bra and pointy nipples either rubbing on everything and hurting or having an @$$ make a comment.

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#21

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Them stretching out after 2 uses.

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SlartyBlartFast
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1 month ago

Shows you the low quality of the material

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#22

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Women's graphic tees being so tacky

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Alethia Nyx
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes!! Particularly band t's, so often bands put a different design on their women's fit shirts and when they do its always crappier. I want the same shirt design as men, I just would like to have some that aren't oversized because I have to buy men's to get the good design!!!

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#23

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing I wish there would be clothing for curvy people. I’m in between an XXS and a M.

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JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Blouses for different cup sizes, so you don't kill your client with your button in a meeting because you have to take a deep breath

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#24

24 Of The Most Irritating Things About Women's Clothing Also I noticed that shops often offer less variety in certain products like padded bike shorts because apparently women don't want to wear them

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg yes, athletic wear designed to be athletic in

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