Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 06:48 am
I recently purchased a Hawke & Co. gilet at Costco, and went to put it on this morning before walking the hound.
I went to pull the toggle up on the zip and found that it was located on the right hand side, as opposed to the usual left.

I then remembered that I bought a coat at Costco about a year ago, and experienced the self same thing.

I assume, as they came from Costco, that they are American garments.

Is it an American thing that the toggle is on the right?

In the UK, male garments with a zip have the toggle located on the left, so the left hand is used to pull the zip up closed.
Female garments (UK) I believe, have it on the right.

How is it in the USA?


And continental Europe?


Australia?

Others?


Just curious.....
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 06:52 am
@Lordyaswas,

every jacket/coat i've ever worn has had a right-handed zipper handle...
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 07:02 am
@Region Philbis,
Ah, but do you buy male garments?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 09:31 am
@Lordyaswas,

ya damn skippy, hippie...
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 10:27 am
@Region Philbis,
You lot were probably still fast a-kip when I asked this question this morning......

Soooooo bump!

Or should I say zzzzzzzip!
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 10:42 am
@Lordyaswas,

it would be odd trying to do a lefty zip.
i would prolly struggle with it a bit...
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 10:47 am
@Region Philbis,
my leather jacket was purchased in england. it has a backwards zip on it.

nobody has accused me of wearing a girls coat yet...
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 11:00 am
So I take it that the USA uses the wrong side, like their cars.

What about ladies zips there? Left or right toggle? Or are you all on the wrong side?

Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 11:03 am
@Lordyaswas,
ladies shirts button on the other side.*

I've never been required to undo a ladies zip...

*(I had to come back and footnote this. I have no recent knowledge. they could all be velcro now for all I know)
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 11:07 am
@Rockhead,
I remember my Dad telling me how American bras were different to ours.

Ours had loads of clips, an American bra just needed one yank and it was off!
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 11:09 am
@Lordyaswas,
not a yank, a deft finger twist.

but we don't have page 3 girls...

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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 5 Dec, 2013 11:41 pm
ah, lordywas tells an ethnic joke (true that). I remember my mom telling me that yes, in fact, in the States, men's and women's zippers were on opposite sides. Every once in awhile I have gotten clothes that have the zippers (not usually called zips here) on what I think of as being the wrong side, but the change was not, to my knowledge, associated with the sex the garment was intended for, or it's country of origin. It's an enigma.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 03:50 am
@Lordyaswas,
There was the cowboy bra that would round them up and point them in the right direction. The woman over the road from me could certainly do with one of those. She spends most days leaning on the bins, chain smoking and glaring at the world as her tits point the way to Australia.
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