I like to pride myself on my superior Googling abilities, but lately my mad search-engine skillz have utterly FAILED. I’m turning to you for help on these fashion-related quests, because you guys always know everything.

• I’m lusting after a 3Free dress of my very own, but I can’t find them online anywhere. Apparently they’re carried in a small local shop, but I’m hoping to find them on the web somewhere. Any ideas?

• I tried on a sleeveless linen shirt, brand name “Ratio”, at our cheapo Fred Meyers store the other day, and loved it, but the only one they had in my size had a big gross oily-looking stain on the back (nice, huh? This particular Fred Meyers is always super classy, from the slack-jawed customer service to the mysterious body secretion stains). I thought I’d be able to find it online, but no luck whatsoever. I can’t even verify that there IS a Ratio brand, but I’m positive that’s what the tag said.

• Also, those goddamned Lululemon yoga pants — are they sold online, like, at all? I know there are some brick and mortar stores in Seattle that carry them, but what can I say, I like the hassle-free option of the Buy button.

In other news, during my commute over the last two days there have been three separate occasions when a car has nearly changed lanes directly into my car, only to swerve jerkily away at the very last second. This morning it was almost a twofer as a car merged into a lane, nearly bashing another car, who nearly bashed into me trying to avoid the collision.

I don’t know what’s going on—funky planetary alignment triggering boneheaded driving techniques?—but I’m starting to feel like one of those characters in a Final Destination movie.


39 Responses to “Asking the experts”

  1. Rumblelizard on June 5th, 2007 2:36 pm
  2. sundry on June 5th, 2007 2:50 pm

    Can’t buy online from any stores linked from the 3Free site, but hey, maybe I should just email them? WHOAH.

  3. Rumblelizard on June 5th, 2007 2:52 pm

    Yeah, looks like you’re SOL unless you actually go to NY. :( OTOH, great excuse for a trip to NYC! :D

  4. Karen on June 5th, 2007 2:55 pm

    Good god, I know what you mean about some sort of blip in the universe: in the last 24 hours… (1) child gets bitten by some mysterious insect, wakes up with ginormous swollen ear and lumpy head, (2) dog mis-judges flying stick and lands in awkward, knee ligament-splitting position ($3K surgery to other knee was exactly 2 years ago)… what ELSE can possibly happen?

    What does the linen shirt look like? I’d be happy to browse the racks at our Fred Meyer.

  5. Janet Powell on June 5th, 2007 3:01 pm

    EBay !!!!! I did a quick search and found 790 items under Lululemon. If the pants you want aren’t there now, you can set it up to e-mail you whenever new Lululemon items are listed.

    Janet in Miami
    mom of 4
    23, 17, 6, 4

  6. BethanyWD on June 5th, 2007 3:28 pm

    I’m pretty sure that the Ratio line is a brand of Liz Claiborne. I couldn’t find it on their brand site, but I’m pretty sure it’s replacing the Axcess line (http://www.lizclaiborneinc.com/ourbrands/brand_axcess.htm). It’s only sold at Kohl’s and Fred Meyer. I bought a shirt from them a few weeks ago at Freddy’s; I love it. I’d also be happy to check out my local Fred Meyer for you – I’m in the Bothell area.

  7. Mack on June 5th, 2007 4:02 pm

    I miss Fred Meyer from my Oregon days. All we have here are Wal-Mart…not even a freaking K-Mart or Target!

  8. Jessamyn on June 5th, 2007 4:05 pm
  9. Aunt Linda on June 5th, 2007 4:06 pm

    Did you know that I wrote the ‘You’ll find it at Freddy’s” line a zillion years ago? I had in mind shirts individually stained by hand with unidentified oils. You can’t get that just anyplace. AL

  10. sundry on June 5th, 2007 4:20 pm

    Bethany, I think you’re right — I seem to remember the tag saying something about being an offshoot of Liz Clairborne. I found exactly one picture of the shirt (linked here, it’s that style in blue that I’m looking for) listed as discontinued at Goody’s. MYSTERIOUS.

    Jessamyn: thanks! That’s the first online availability I’ve seen. Those particular styles seem kind of hard to wear, but thank you for finding it — maybe they carry more of their stuff.

  11. harmony on June 5th, 2007 4:25 pm

    We have a Freddie’s on every corner here in Portland. I’ll be happy to scope out the shirt here as well. Just let me know if you need a personal shopper, Portland style.

  12. Naomi on June 5th, 2007 4:27 pm

    It’s a full moon. All the loonies are out. Gnome

  13. Heidi on June 5th, 2007 4:49 pm

    Stop driving in peoples’ blind spots.

  14. sundry on June 5th, 2007 5:11 pm

    Well now, what a good idea! When I’m driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway, I’ll just make sure I’m never next to another car.

  15. coffee stained on June 5th, 2007 5:33 pm

    sorry I can’t help you with the shopping… have you tried ebay?

    as for the car situation, I drive a black Civic and I SWEAR that it is invisible to other drivers. I make sure to always have my headlights on and this seems to help, but seriously, lately I have been thinking that I would be a lot safer on the road if I drove a big honkin red pickup truck with a cowcatcher on the front. Unfortunately that would mean that the citizens of Massachusetts might drive me out of the state for being such a gas guzzler.

  16. jonniker on June 5th, 2007 5:56 pm

    Am I the only one who’s afraid to buy clothes on eBay? Is that irrational?

  17. Shawn on June 5th, 2007 6:30 pm


    (found on the image page of one of Arial’s pictures you linked to. According to her, they carry them. *shrug*)

  18. dani on June 5th, 2007 7:01 pm

    there’s a lululemon store just around the block from my office. i’d be happy to help hook you up.

  19. Josh on June 5th, 2007 7:02 pm

    I tried to go shopping today. I scientifically verified the “men are hunters, women are gatherers” theory. I haven’t been to the mall in years. I forgot how much I hate that den of evil. You could almost smell the teenie bopper girl throngs spending money that wasn’t theirs. It was horrible. I was in and out with everything I needed in fourty five minutes. And I needed a lot. I knew what i needed and went straight to them, picked out the items, payed for them and left. I didn’t browse through every single shirt and pair of jeans in the entire department, like some sort of fat camp field trip to the Golden Corral. I will never understand what the hell you ladies find enjoyable about shopping. But God bless you with your bizarre quirks and all. We love you guys, as long as we don’t have to come with you. Good luck with your e-search.

  20. Lesley on June 5th, 2007 7:23 pm

    I don’t recommend buying LuluLemon pants on-line. I own several pairs and the styles may fit you in different sizes. For example: one pair I own is a 6 and another pair is a 4. Also, you really do want to see how they look in the mirror. Ditto for their tops.

  21. Sundry on June 5th, 2007 7:50 pm

    Josh, you are just so CUTE. Whooshy whooshy whooshy!

  22. deanna on June 5th, 2007 7:54 pm

    [1] i second lesley on the lululemon. totally go and try them on. the sizes are so funky and totally dependent upon which style you choose. that said, if you find some you like and they dont have the size in store, im more than happy to head to my lululemon and pick up a pair for you, if they have them here. im on a first name basis with the people in that store, im in there so much!

    [2] also as a resident new yorker, let me know if youd like me to go and pick up a 3free dress for you. im actually thinking i might try and get one of my own ;)

  23. Eric's Mommy on June 6th, 2007 4:17 am

    I know what you mean! I live out in the middle of nowhere and I had to start taking the turnpike to work (when my company moved) which is totally out of my way. Needless to say I take another route now, my biggest fear was somebody changing lanes at the same time as me and smashing into my car at 70 miles an hour. I’m all set with that thanks.

  24. christine on June 6th, 2007 6:33 am

    Yes, I too advise buying Lululemon in person. The sizing is weird — you’ll definately need a smaller size than you think you do (I’m currently wear size 10s and I’m 8.5 months pregnant and HUGE — eh, the baby likes cookies) and it seems each style fits a bit differently.

  25. Pickles & Dimes on June 6th, 2007 7:02 am

    Weird, I just saw Final Destination this past weekend and it was one of those movies that stuck with me.

  26. taerna on June 6th, 2007 8:23 am
  27. Brooke on June 6th, 2007 8:44 am

    Can’t help you with the clothes, but seriously? I think I should get hazard pay for my commute between Malibu and my home in Ventura County. So many crazies, so few places to hide.

  28. Tracey on June 6th, 2007 8:50 am

    Regarding the near-hits, have you checked your invisibility device? Perhaps it’s been jammed and is on the fritz, coming on at most inopportune moments and switching off coincidentally before any rush hour accidents can occur. I suggest contacting your local witch or wizard. You might try to bribe them into bewitching your car so that it can actually fly, thus avoiding all rush hour near-hits.

    Can you tell I’ve been reading Harry Potter?? ;)

  29. MRW on June 6th, 2007 8:54 am

    I am also useless on the clothing – the Freds I shop at is one of the old ones so it doesn’t have a clothing section. However, I feel you on the car thing. I swear, people aim for my car. My friends thought I was kidding until they rode with me for awhile. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to start at the school at the end of our street and I can start taking the bus to work again – sure the bus smells funky sometimes, but no one seems to actually head right for it in their car.

  30. SJ on June 6th, 2007 9:37 am

    Unfortunately I have no shopping advice for you today, but I would like to say that I love your taste and just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for the new found vision on What To Wear. I’m always stuck in a slump when it comes to style…

    But anyway, the point of my comment is this! A Zombie Survival Quiz!
    I share this with you because I read your blog everyday, and I know how much you LOVE zombies, and when I came across this, I immediately thought of you! So go on, go take it!


  31. JH on June 6th, 2007 10:00 am

    I know it’s not online but you mentioned being in SF–for the zombies, of course, and there’s a couple Lulu’s here-they tailor the pants for your height for free and they fit great. On Union St. lululemon is right across from Lucy.

  32. Heidi on June 6th, 2007 1:38 pm

    Sorry. Smartassery doesn’t come off cute when you can’t see the dimples.

  33. Anonymous on June 6th, 2007 3:22 pm

    Lululemon doen’t have an ecommerce site however I have discovered lucy who has more stores (Seattle and Portland, plus 50 or so nationwide) AND an ecommerce site AND yoga pants that are even better than Lululemon. Try them out at http://www.lucy.com I love the low rise pants for yoga and they come in lengths!!

  34. Abigail on June 6th, 2007 4:13 pm

    I love lucy too! I discovered it about two years ago while I was in Arizona. Now, I shop there as often as I can. I can go to yoga in A.M. and wear the outfit throughout the whole day and feel like I look decent enough to go out in public. Not to mention the sales associates are super helpful!

  35. lara on June 6th, 2007 11:40 pm

    i was going to offer to buy/send lululemon pants as well, but since the consensus is that you need to try them on, sounds like you need to come on up here to Vancouver. house being torn apart = perfect excuse, if you ask me.

  36. Lulu Girl Too! on June 8th, 2007 10:31 am

    Amazing Lululemon is available online in the online shop: http://www.YogaGirlGear.com

    Their service is second to none, and their Lululemon product assortment is amazing. We use them for our photo shoots, and have had Lululemon flown to us in North America and in Europe at the drop of a hat. They also provide personal shopper service, and will get you any items you like and courier them out to you.

    I can’y say enough about this online shop – they’re awesome.

    In our business, we refer to them as our personal Lululemon Concierge! :)

    For buying Lululemon Online its: http://www.YogaGirlGear.com

  37. Ariel on July 17th, 2007 10:54 pm

    Your best bet is Andaluz in Columbia City for the 3Free — they’re just not online at all — I actually made (and host) http://www.3freenyc.com. One of the founders is the friend of a friend, and she’s too focused on making dresses to worry about web stuff, but I found it totally unacceptable that they weren’t online anywhere. I made them the simple page so at least folks could email them for more info.

    That said, even if you emailed Karina of 3Free via the website, she’d probably just send you to Andaluz.

    And as for Lululemon, get thee to Bellevue Square!

  38. Kristina on May 28th, 2009 11:44 am

    I read your post and thought you would love to know that you can buy lululemon online now! (lululemon.com/shop).

  39. alicia on June 25th, 2009 10:38 am

    I know you were looking for 3free clothing like a million years ago, but there is a store here in Taos, NM. It used to be called the Chan Chan but now it’s called Rebeccas Shoerific. The phone number is 575-751-3450, and they carry 3free. I also bought myself a maxi drees from there a couple few weeks ago. I just don’t think I’m going to wear it. I really, really, love it, but I don’t think I’ll ever really wear it. I’m too short. I just loved the colors! It was a purely emotional purchase. In any case if your interested and are still looking for 3free, email me….

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