When you write a book about following the tags on your clothes around the world you get a lot of questions. The most common is “Why?” which acts as a constant reminder that there is a fine line between first-time author and crazy.
At a book reading a woman asked me to check the tag on her bra. In case there are some fellas that think this might’ve been a good thing, it was not.
People continually ask me where I am wearing. I normally know. I’ve pretty much committed to memory the countries of origin of every item in my wardrobe.
I also get “Guess where my shirt was made,” as if I were a carny that guessed things about people including their age, weight, and country of origin of their capris. The thing is, I’m getting pretty good at the country of origin guessing. I prefer to stay away from age and weight; those are dangerous waters, just one step better than running a “pregnant or not pregnant booth” where you guess if there is life or Oreos in a woman’s belly.
In case you find yourself confronted with the “guess where I am wearing” request, I thought I would share some of my secrets with you.
Shoes are easy. Always guess China. You’ll get it it right at least 80% of the time.
When I have to guess the origin of a T-shirt, I always guess Honduras. About 2 million new shirts hit the shelves per year in the U.S. and 20% of them come from Honduras. If you’ve given a second chance go for Mexico. (Here’s a graphic representing where we import our T-shirts from).
If something is knit go with India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh. I don’t have any numbers to back this up, but it works pretty good.
If someone asks you to guess where their underwear was made, they are trying to pick you up and they could probably care less what you answer. Run or enjoy it.
I’m still working on my methodology, but I’m honing my skills. Actually, I could use some help. Tell me where you are wearing in this comment thread and/or participate each Wednesday on Twitter. I’m starting a new hash tag – #whereamiwearing.
So, today I’m wearing: T-shirt = Honduras / collared shirt = Thailand / jeans = Turkey / boxers = Nicaragua / flipflops = china #whereamiwearing.
How about you?