Before the site was fully functional, I started a blog called “pet peeved” to help me adjust to the rigors and joys of continual posting. Today’s PSA would have been well suited for it. This post is primarily directed to women who need to understand that the ribbon draped across the back of a boat neck, off the shoulder slouchy shirt or deep decollete neckline isn’t a design element of the aforementioned apparel. That slinky little scrap of fabric is intended to keep a slippery shirt on its hanger. I kid you not.
When a garment of this nature leaves the manufacture, it is usually shipped on a hanger. To prevent the article of clothing from falling off the rack, the thin strap is twisted around the hook of a hanger so that it will remain hanging. A lot of high end retailers will switch out the cheap hanger with one of its own, yet keep the support strap to ensure the garb isn’t falling on the floor.
It is up to the consumer to remove the band as one would remove sale tags and inspection stickers (unless we’re talking about ball caps with those ridiculous mylar stickers on the bill which is a trend I find perplexing). It is same concept as the a strapless dress – you wouldn’t assume the flimsy ties are meant to be worn as straps, you know their purpose is for hanging the dress on a hanger.
These straps are a real visual blight and people need to know they are doing fashion a terrible injustice. My suggestion is to arm yourself with a small scissors and liberate the uninformed from the ties that bind.
You’ll be providing your community an invaluable service.