February 07, 2020
For Some Reason
I've been getting a TON of spam in the comments section to this old post
And in visiting it again and again over the last few days, I find myself asking the same question about this comely mechanic's PPE that I did two years ago.
Those buckles on her skirt/waistcoat....
What are they for?
How are they fastened without tripping her?
Don't they leave a potentially hazerdous gap ?
How exactly does that knee guard work and not contribute to potential injuries?
Reader suggestions are welcome.
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The buckles are for securing her shop apron and welding vest to her skirt.
Posted by: J Greely at Fri Feb 7 11:41:24 2020 (ZlYZd)
Or they are not meant to be fastened while it is being worn, but rather are for securing the whole outfit into a convenient bundle.
Posted by: David at Sat Feb 8 00:30:36 2020 (rweeV)
Or they're merely meant to be ornamental, like the gears randomly glued on all kinds of steampunk stuff.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Feb 8 12:37:41 2020 (Ix1l6)
One could also reflect on the apparently non-functional buckles on her boots (with no prongs) that seem to be facing the wrong way nonetheless. (An amazingly common mistake for some reason.)
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Feb 8 12:39:00 2020 (Ix1l6)
I think we are dealing almost entirely with non-functional, illusionary gear that is just about appearances (as with much of feminine fashion). Buckles that are sewn on and never buckle or unbuckle are much the same as pockets permanently sewn shut, dickies that only look like there's a shirt under the jacket, and straps with no supportive features.
My best guess on the leather garters is that they are actually elastics with a leather facing. She probably broke the garters on the other side, and/or ripped the other black sock.
My best guess on the skirt/coat straps is that they are entirely for show, or that they link up to some kind of cowhide welding apron. Obviously she is not using this apron at the moment. I assume that she also wears the protective cowhide pants and spats.
I think the knee guard is actually some kind of tool or decoration that has been attached to the top of the boot.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Feb 11 15:36:22 2020 (sF8WE)
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