There’s a clothes shop I quite like called Pull and Bear- it’s like H and M, but originating in Spain, and the clothes are slightly better and £10 more expensive. Their masthead reads ‘Pull and Bear 1991’. I was a bit surprised at that. They’re going all ‘Gap 1969’ on our asses, romanticising the year. That’s jarring for me because for ages I was fully convinced the early 90s were nothing more than a joke. The entire time I was growing up that was the received wisdom, and I didn’t question it. MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, ho ho ho. But now I turn around and it’s ‘Pull and Bear: Birthed in the cultural firestorm of 1991’, kind of thing. Probably there’ll be an ad with a languid whispery voiceover (or maybe a more assertive tone is the thing now, I’m not sure): ‘Pull and Bear: Nighting nighty one’. They’re completing an about-turn that started a few years ago. It appears I’ve been a pawn in some vacuous cycle. All just a bit of fun you could argue, but I’m pissed to realise that I’ve been holding fast to an idea, about the early 90s, that I had no input on. It was handed down to me by the fickle overlords of taste and I complied. I still hold it, this post was originally going to be me joking about ‘Pull and Bear 1991’ being silly, but I realised the joke’s on me. Someone more enlightened than me is going to come along and explain that 90% of my opinions are like that, that this is just a glaring example of it. You live and learn anyway. Blogging saves the day again.







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  1. Hm. Well after looking over their site, specifically the women’s gym wear which is where I would start in any clothing store, I have to say that only about ten per cent of the offerings there look useful (so we see that 90% vibe coming back). I mean a gym T-shirt slit up the sides is not real compatible with a leather lifting belt cinched tight, neither is a crop that doesn’t come to the top of your pants, the shoes don’t look very supportive and the sport bras even less so. And there’s a *cologne* called “Gym.” Let me tell you, if I am working out and breathing like a bellows, I do not want to be sucking in some fakey-smell cologne vapors off the waif-like thing next to me attired in a slit gym shirt and waving a pair of three-pound dumbbells in a vague imitation of a bicep curl. Just sayin’.

    I’d go that long denim jacket though.

    • Yeah a lot of their stuff is daft, just like with h and m, but I’ve found the odd gem that’s become a real mainstay for me. The shoes are shit, you’re right there. I bought a pair and they cut the feet off me. LOL at the cologne called ‘Gym’. Yeah, that was ill-advised. I checked out the denim jacket. Yeah? What women are interested in wearing is utterly mysterious to me. You wear a lifting belt!? For squat is that? Does it assist with bench press too?

      • Squats, dead lifts and rows of various sorts, and cable flyes if I go heavy. You need a shirt that doesn’t pull out of the belt (even with a shirt I’ve had more than one boil where it rubs) so that’s my first expectation of a gym top. Any lift where you might overbalance and strain a muscle in your back or overstress your abs just cries out for one. I’ve never been hurt in 30 years of going heavy and I think that’s why.

        What most women are interested in wearing is utterly mysterious to me, too. The longer I live, the more I just want to be comfortable, and I’ve almost forgotten how to wear a dress. And bugger most women’s shoes (hm, there’s probably a fetish site for that). I see where Birkenstock makes some of its sandals with gold and silver straps and if I ever have to dress up again, that’s what I’m getting — I had a client for 25 years that wore those to fancy-ass dinners with her country-club friends and no one ever noticed she wasn’t tottering around in heels.

      • Not too often you see anyone in a belt the gym I go to. It being called LA Fitness tells you most of what you need to know. But ive just cancelled that aftet a few years and have joined the university gym again which has been renovated and expanded to the tune of millions. More belt wearers there. Plus 25m pool and divimg pool. I like swimming now because the ‘look’ of being gym jacked, even in a minor way, doesnt work for me. Makes me self conscious. Even more so. Its annoying because its obviously amazing for your health, we’re meant to be doing it as humans I reckon. Dresses seem comfortable to me! Id totally ultilise that little option if I was female.

      • You can’t move in em. They get caught in things if they’re too roomy and bind if they’re too tight. Gym baggies and tee shirts. I can make them work for the opera.

        I know about LA Fitness. Kind of a weird name for a gym. I used to be at one called Planet Fitness, on account it was taken into that chain after being a decent iron gym for years, and they had signs telling you not to grunt. *oy*

  2. Great post, loved it. Only recently did I find H & M. There’s a lot of stuff in there that I wouldn’t touch but when it comes to little white t-shirts or even grey ones for that matter or little black dresses and my new yellow cardigan, they’re spot on and super cheap. I don’t think I’ve ever followed fashion and in fact, I’ve probably gone out of my way to not do so.

    • It looks like that’s the wise move. I bought grey t-shirt from h and m, put in the in the wash, then had to go and buy another one, hoping it doesn’t come out of the wash like a rag cloth this time!

      • I’ve worn mine more times than I care to mention and they are as good as the day I brought them home. I guess it depends on the fabric.

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