One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of clothes) made for the general market and sold through stores rather than made to order for an individual customer; off the rack.
ready to wear, off the shelfView synonyms
- ‘Most of all I want to create forward-thinking, beautifully cut clothes, and have my own ready-to-wear womenswear label.’
- ‘His clothes are neither ready-to-wear nor couture - they are startling constructions which can frighten people.’
- ‘I once heard a rumour that you could go into a shop and buy a ready-to-wear suit.’
- ‘They pioneered ready-to-wear suits and shirts, back in an age when made-to-measure tailoring was still very much the norm, always with reverential customer service.’
- ‘The disappearance of bespoke tailoring has been offset by better ready-to-wear clothes and the coming of certain designer labels only the more discerning will recognise.’
- ‘This second line is a collection of women's ready-to-wear outfits but more luxurious.’
- ‘Although easily raveled fabrics may look great with such a buttonhole, if you examine ready-to-wear clothes, you'll often find a much looser stitch used.’
- ‘Don't get me wrong; buying a ready-to-wear suit isn't a bad thing.’
- ‘This was an eveningwear line that was beautiful and sophisticated, a more grown-up version of the ready-to-wear collection.’
- ‘Sewing machines brought mass-produced shoes in standard sizes and ready-to-wear clothes within universal reach.’
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