I really haven't made that many of my own clothes, or they're not quite suited for what I'm wearing right now. (A little cold for light, summer tank dresses, but where did all that knitting go? Oh yeah, to friends & family for gifts.)
I can see how this would be easier if I worked in or owned a sewing/crafting-related enterprise.
I have to expand my definition to include clothes I've mended or altered. (Thank god for the patched jeans I've been living in on the weekends.)
but it seems that it's not quite common knowledge: skinny jeans only look good on boys & girls with no hips. Really. It doesn't matter how fit or svelte you are. If you have hips, leave this to the ones who don't. A bootcut or straight leg is mighty attractive as well. You can still wear them tight if you wish. I've just seen too many women do themselves a disservice by thinking this trend applies to them.
So far, so good. An obvious result of this is the wearing of things I'd previously dismissed or ignored - mostly erroneously - although some things are begging for alteration. I already spend what I'd consider a fair amount of time thinking about what I'm going to wear (although sometimes it's just, "What fleece should I wear with these jeans?"), but now I'm asking myself, "Do I have something that I've made that could go with this?" It's like the other question I'd like to ask myself, which is, "Do I have a hat that could go with that?" But that's another project for another time.
"Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well-made pieces, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching up and altering our clothes are old-fashioned habits. But they're also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniformity of cheapness."
It was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday (technically*). When the ladyfriend said she was going to wear an orange sweater so we could match, I thought she was kidding. Now I know better. Here we are with our friends' son. Crazy matching aunties!
*I say technically because it drives me crazy that Canadians don't eat Thanksgiving dinner on the actual holiday; they're all eating on Saturday or Sunday. I'm not saying that American Thanksgiving is superior, but at least we eat it on the actual holiday.
It didn't take long to find me lying in bed thinking, "There are just some outfits that don't really have room for the handmade in them." I was thinking of certain dresses, which I didn't make but love, and how, well, I'd probably just be wearing tights, shoes, and underwear with them. I'm not making shoes (amazingly have no desire to), I'm not making my tights (although I will modify some of them into stockings, which should count), and when it comes to underwear...despite my interest in a local bra-making class, it may only result in a couple of pairs of bikini bottoms. Overthink much?
Can you imagine how exciting it was to discover a whole site dedicated to blogs about academia & fashion? I'm slowly making my way through them. Sometimes you really do discover new things on the internet.