Getting to know your Ad Hoc Clothing Barista

A review by Rosalie T.

My body and style doesn’t fit what’s available 99% of the time. The styles I do prefer tend to be shaped like a box and my hips are too wide for that. I don’t want to show my belly when I raise my arms, and I don’t want the lower part of my body to look suffocated in my clothes. I’m also short, and I have a nicely round tummy.

Given that, I prefer clothes that tend to be made for people who are 3-5 inches taller than me. I don’t like wearing bras either so I need looser clothing to help with this. 😛 Lastly, I’m not a fan of things that won’t last more than a year of frequent use and can’t age gracefully. I tend to want things that I believe I can buy and love, even if they cost a bit more.

That’s what I mean when I say it’s not easy to find clothes.


Shirt Recommendation: Ratio Clothing’s Hunter Green Monochrome Oxford

  • Price: $$$
  • Current Age: 1 month
  • Queer Employees: Unknown
  • Queer Catering: Yes
  • Effort to Get: High

This is the first piece of Ratio Clothing I’ve tried, and I really enjoy it. You can see how serious Ratio Clothing is in the details, stiffness, and durability of their shirt.

I used one of the two tailored shirts I have to measure out what could be the right size shirt. They also allow you to send your first shirt back many times until the fit is right. I think it’s a little loose around the chest, but other than that, it fits great.

They recommend that you wash the shirt and wear it several times before you make a decision on the size. They do size the clothing according to what it should shrink to. At first the shirt was a bit big, but after a wash, it was perfect. They setup everything so well. Wild.

The downside to getting this shirt is that it takes a lot of effort. Hahaha. You have to have a tailored shirt or piecemeal different measurements that you think fit you. Then you make an order and wait for a month while they create it and ship it to you.

I knew I was going to have to wait several months before I could say I was settled. I was just so tired of how I looked in other clothes. I found them on a list of queer clothing brands, but Ratio doesn’t brand themselves as a queer clothing store, which I, personally, like. They’re a shirt company.

I do think it would be nicer if they changed up the pictures they have on the website a little. All of the pictures on their website are of cis men. I’m definitely going to try another one of their shirts after I save up for it.

This was submitted as part of Morena’s 2018 Pride Month series. Morena matches people of color and underrepresented minorities with the right products. Sign up now for early access!