oh my gosh I want this
I had a dress almost exactly like this when I was a little girl! It was the bessst~
The Internet machine has been great for men’s clothing and men’s clothing sellers like me. But at the same time, it’s been a very bad thing for men’s clothing.
Beautifully staged and photographed pictures have sometimes trumped common sense (‘How can I get my linen suit to not wrinkle?’) A lot of me too-ism exists (‘Wow, that guy looks cool with the wrist beads/lapel pin/pocket square/glasses hanging out from chest pocket/scarf/pocketwatch chain on the vest/wallet chain on the pants/unbuttoned BD collar/back blade of tie showing, so let me do the same thing.’)
You need to be you. There are guys here that dress very in your face. Some get away with it, some don’t.
Your style has to be organic to you. An academic approach to dressing is fine, where the color wheel and textural discourses are brought out to the forefront, and of course we can all learn from places like this and from seeing and hearing others. But you can’t just do what everyone else does and be stylish.
Try different shit out, don’t worry about if your pocket square drops a bit in your pocket, don’t aim to look like a perfectly staged and photographed menswear blogger all day long. Clothing should come alive when you wear it, it moves with you, it wrinkles, pants get frumpy, jacket elbows wrinkle.
You should be as physically and mentally comfortable in a suit as you are in jeans and a tee.
Since I decided to nix the shoulder pads, I made some sleeve heads to make sure the sleeves would be well-supported and nicely filled out at the top. Baggy shoulders look weird.
There are probably fancy-schmancier materials out there, but I happen to have many large scraps of polar fleece from assorted robe/pajama projects. I cut a 4”x3” piece and doubled it over as shown here:
Next, I flipped the sleeves inside out and budged the sleeve head up against the top curve of the armsceye, then pinned in place. When you flip the sleeves right side out, the fleece nestles right in and supports the gathered sleeve.
Final step is to whipstitch in place. It’s hard to see the black thread against the plaid, especially when it’s further obscured by the puffiness of the fleece, so I traced the stitches in red.
Happy sleeves! :D I ended up liking the look enough that I decided not to add shoulder pads at all.
Ugh. I took a shortcut and installed these cheap store-bought shoulder pads in my winter coat rather than make some w/ batting or order high-quality ones from the internet. (Method: try the coat on, slide the pads in place, pin from the outside, remove coat, whipstitch the pads to the hair canvas/interfacing @ the top and 2 points).
But as I continued fitting the coat, I could. Not. STAND THEM. They make this dreadful rustling, crinkly noise that sounds uncannily like a baby’s diaper. I knew I couldn’t wear this coat through the winter with weird diaper noises right next to my ears, so out they came. I decided to go entirely sans shoulder pads, since my nice, quiet sleeve heads (will blog next) do a decent job of supporting the sleeves. This is kind of a silly post because the end result was… no forward progress! But a good lesson learned.