We received an email from Graham recently that got us thinking again about one-side clothing that is awkward for us lefthanders to wear and use.
“As a pilot I can get a pilot's pullover with a pocket on the sleeve to stow pencils etc. However as a left hander it is simply on the wrong side (pesky right handed designers). Can you let me know if I can get one with the pocket on the correct side, that is on the right arm so I can reach it with my LEFT hand and go straight to work.”
We have reported before on left-handed underwear and we will be doing some more research on this for the next newsletter, but we wanted to get your initial views and experiences to help us get started. Clothing items that come immediately to mind include:Pants / briefs with the openings going the wrong way
- Shirts with pockets in the wrong place (left arm or left breast)
- Trouser with one back pocket (on the right)
- Zips and buttons that open the wrong way (though there is a whole issue here about mens and ladies clothing and the opening directions being different)
- Technical clothing such as Tactical Vests and Gun Dog Vests.
After our short feature on one-sided clothing last month we got some interesting comments about other items that cause a problem for lefthanders:
- Coin pockets in men's suit jackets
- Bras, especially front fastening ones
[Keith – I don't understand this one so please tell us about it!]
- Nurse's uniforms seem to be made only in right-handed versions
- Jacket zippers, for men and ladies, is there something “handed” about zips that is not obvious? Linda has such a problem that she ends up going around in winter with her coat undone!
- Belts – most are designed with a symmetrical fastening so it doesn't matter which way you start threading them, but some have a “directional” buckle design and can end up being upside down if you do them the wrong way. We have started a Poll on our facebook page to see which way left-handers thread their belts and will let you know the result next time
- Tool belts – these are clearer and need to be designed as a mirror image so the tools can be hung on the left hip. We have found some suppliers for left handed tool belts in the USA
- Thomas says his shooting vest has patches on the front of both shoulders but only the one on the right is padded, so shooting left-handed is literally a pain!
- Jessica tells us that most “scrubs” (sterilised medical theatre clothing) are right handed and cause her lots of problems as a lefthander.
- And Barbara tells us… I recently found a lovely hair barrette with a butterfly design but when I was trying it out I quickly discovered that the clip was right handed, the butterfly was UPSIDE down. For the life of me, I could not get the barrette straight using my right hand and now it sits in a drawer. Evidently all my life (66 years) I have purchased plain barrettes where their was no upside or downside. We need left handed hair barrettes!
We are sure you have a lot more ideas on this and look forward to seeing your comments – add them below.