I’ve always loved clothes, Gentle Reader. Even from a very young age, I was all about the bow tie and cardigan combo, much to the consternation of my mother.
It should therefore come as no surprise that I wanted to make or alter everything in my wardrobe for this year’s List.
The Task: Make or Alter everything in my wardrobe.
The Execution: Obviously, this is still in progress; I’m a bit of a clothes-horse, you know, but I’ve made a solid start. Obviously, I’m leaning rather heavily on alteration; my finances are tight and I have just too many beautiful pieces to part with. Obviously, I’m not counting underwear or socks.
That being said, while I’ve made a start on this item, I want to reflect on my aims with my alterations – I’m taking my basic staples – dress shirts, trousers, those timeless sorts of things – and tweaking them towards the current trends. Based on observation, rabidly reading about various fashion weeks as they happen, and trusting my instincts in these matters, I’m fairly sure of several things that should be quite fashionable shortly. Men’s shorts, for example, are still above the knee this year –
– except when they’re tight. Then they’re cuffed, below the knee.
Furthermore, the bulk of my alterations thus far have been tied up in collars and cuffs. I have strong feelings about collars and cuffs that are in complementary tones.
Floral prints remain quite popular for men this year, and toile seems to be making an appearance as well.
Of course, as always for the last several years, Breton stripes remain strong.
So. These are my sartorial ambitions for summer. Will I be able to make my wardrobe follow these seasonal styles? Um.
The Verdict: I’ve altered a few shirts thus far, so that the cuffs and collars are flashing. My beloved vintage Alexander McQueen pants were altered years ago, and strangely enough, are very current cuffed shorts. Apart from that, my ideas are spot on, but between work and school, I haven’t been able to get much sewing in. We shall see how this task develops.