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Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Crawford made famous, a straight skirt and, often, a floppy silk bow tie that Little Lord Fauntleroy would have been at home in. The 1980s power suit was designed to ignore a woman's shape so it didn't hinder her mobility as she worked her way up the corporate ladder.

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.

There are all sorts of ways people save money on clothes: comparing prices, using coupons and membership club discounts, shopping online, buying used. But there’s one cost-cutting strategy that doesn’t get a lot of attention even though a lot of people are doing it.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Taylor Quimby of New Hampshire Public Radio confesses he’s among the many adults buying kids XL-size clothing instead of adult size smalls.

This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Jul 3, 2014

If you've ever struggled with finding shoes that fit your feet perfectly, take heart. A Japanese designer has taken that universal need to a whole new level — and it all started with cheese.

American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney

Jun 19, 2014

The board of clothing chain American Apparel voted Wednesday to replace founder Dov Charney in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.

In a statement on its website, the board said that it notified Charney of its intent to terminate his employment as president and CEO. He is expected to be fired following a 30-day period, the statement added.

Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Changes Teens' Shopping Habits

May 11, 2013
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Seattle-based Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" has topped the charts multiple times. But besides getting people humming along to its catchy melody, "Thrift Shop" is also creating a lot of interest in actual thrift shopping amongst Eastside teens.

Can The Next Bangladesh Factory Disaster Be Prevented?

May 8, 2013
AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

The death toll from last month's Bangladesh clothing factory collapse is now over 800 people. The scale of the disaster has prompted many people here in Washington to question our role as consumers.

Ross Reynolds talks with Morgan Currier, a senior at University of Washington and member of the coordinating committee of United Students Against Sweatshops, Paul Guppy, vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center, and Kristen Beifus, executive director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.