Now, while we're on M&S and the changes in product...
Does anyone know a stockist of decent underpants for the "larger" man?
For the last few decades, I've bought my "classic briefs" at M&S. As part of the cost-cutting régime there, they've done two things to them: first, they reduced the quality of the elastic so they only last a few washes before they fail to stay up. Then, they reduced the overall length so they no longer reach my waist (hence they don't stay in position over the beer-belly).
I had a goodly stock of the last "good ones", obtained from a friendly rural M&S (Ipswich), but that's now running out. They no longer offer the real ones. Has anyone else had the problem, and know where to shop?
And before you suggest "lose weight", I've been this size since 1960 and don't have any immediate plans to change - certainly not to simplify M&S product policies.
JoeC wrote:If only it were that simple. I have black socks and black socks. Variations in size, fit, colour variation and material make this pursuit of perfection almost impossible. I too changed to the all black strategy (in my callow youth) but have now self-actualised and moved to a higher plane and gone for the full colour strategy: Blue, green, orange, red, purple, magenta, aqua marine, brown means that every sock has it's easily identifiable partner, not just in colour, but in fit, style and trim. Life doesn't get much better.
It is essential to match not only colour (and black goes with most stuff, and more importantly is never a lighter shade than the trouser); but consideration must be given to the weight of the material. Heavy wool socks are ok with corduroy, cavalry twill, tweed etc. More delicate textures are necessary for such as evening dress trousers.
And I too am sorrowed by M&S policy on undergarments. I did track down some proper waist-fitting y-fronts recently and stocked up. Longevity of elastic is yet to be determined.
Seriously, Keef, I suggest you ask the management what temp is in use, because it may be way more than is necessary with today's powders. (Hey, I sound just like an advert!). 40 degrees is more than enough, and elastic-friendly.
No, apart from the inevitable schoolboy gags, we're discussing the non-availability of a much-lamented item of apparel and the possibility of finding a substitute. Fruitless, as it happens, but one has to try.