Just a warning here, guys, as I have heard there are guys who read this column. This is going to be about women’s clothing, including unmentionables, which I intend to mention, so proceed with care!
Gals, I have discovered over the years some really fabulous, ready-to-wear clothing. I am a minimalist, and I do not like to iron – no, let’s say, I don’t iron, OK? So I am looking for clothing that looks good, keeps its shape, and doesn’t need ironing; but I am also looking for clothing that fits well and is comfortable and cool, and I want a good price.
So here goes. I have discovered a wonderful place, online of course, to purchase dresses, tops, pants, tanks, scarves, and bags, and it’s called Marketplace Handwork of India. You can find it at http://www.marketplaceindia.com/, and all the things they sell, including home interiors, are made by women in India. All the embroidery is hand done...and well done. It is all made of light cotton that never wrinkles, if you follow the washing instructions. After the first cold wash, in which I add a handful of salt to set the color, every wash is done in cold and tumbled on air for about five minutes, then hung. It’s absolutely easy to maintain. I always wear their tanks under the tunics or kurtas.
For a comfortable robe, also 100% cotton, I use Deva Lifewear, http://www.devalifewear.com/, and you guys can look here, as they are a unisex company, and their robes are wonderful for men or women.
On to shoes. George Marcotte, who taught with Raf years ago at Mineral Wells High School, turned us on to the absolute best, most comfortable shoes on the planet. They are SAS Shoes (San Antonio Shoes) http://www.sasshoes.com/. I almost always wear their Huggy style of sandals, and, in the winter, I wear their Easier or Simplify. There is only one, in my case BIG, problem with SAS. You have to go into the city to buy them, as they do not sell online at all, but, hey, that’s easy as they have a store on Hulen and another in Ridgemar.