A year into this blog (Wow! How did that happen?) I feel I am entitled to a little rant that can easily be disguised as a public service announcement.
Because there is a difference between not taking care of these things out of laziness and because you just don’t know they are supposed to be addressed.
The other week I took my dear friend out to celebrate a special birthday at a speakeasy that actually had a dress code. What fun! Unfortunately there weren’t too many other beautifully clad ladies there in the mode of The Great Gatsby, but we did happen to see a youngish man committing a fashion faux pas, likely because he didn’t know any better. And that got me to thinking about other fashion faux pas that are committed on a regular basis, possibly because the wearers just don’t know they are doing something wrong. I’ll save the one that bothers me the most for last.
Labels on Cuffs of Jackets
These are meant to be removed. If you’re spending the money for a designer label, it will be telegraphed to those in the know without you needing to leave the label on the cuff.
Kick Pleats and Vents
Kick pleats on dresses and skirts and back vents on jackets, both mens and ladies, are stitched closed for shipping purposes only. They permit the garment to hang properly while being transported. Then they are meant to be snipped open, because the functionality of the design element is rather lost if it’s stitched closed!
Often stitched closed for shipping and to maintain the smooth, clean lines of the garment when hanging for sale. This one is really up to you – leave them stitched closed to preserve the line, or carefully unpick with a stitch ripper to access storage capability. Ah pockets! That might need to be another blog post entirely.
This one is my personal pet peeve. Forgive me if I stray too far into crotchedy old woman territory here. As a height challenged woman I have spent my entire life having to get my trousers hemmed so that I can wear them without tripping. I think the only time I have ever put on a pair of trousers that fit as they should, they were actually meant to be cropped . . .
Anyway, shuffling around with your trousers dragging on the ground so that they become frayed is definitely not ok. Just think for a moment what this says about you. It is one thing to have your trousers hemmed to just skim over the floor when you wear them with your heeled boots (tres chic) and it quite another to be stepping on your hems and dragging them through the rain and the snow until they are not just frayed, but dirty as well.
Although according to Levis and Lucky Brand, frayed and destroyed hems are de riguer this fall. I guess that was the expected progression from the artfully ripped jeans that I still haven’t been able to embrace. A little bit of me getting older, a lot of me feeling I shouldn’t be paying for pre-distressed clothing and a lot more of feeling cold just looking at the built-in air conditioning.
Get a Tailor!
I’m also going to add my voice to all the other stylists and fashion advisors who go on and on about finding a good tailor and using him/her. Even GQ for men!
Not too many of us are getting our clothes custom made for us and our fast fashion world has traded the ease and availability of fashion for clothes that actually fit us. Please, please, include the cost of tailoring into your clothing budgets. Almost nothing fits as it should directly off the rack and when you are investing in a piece that should be tailored, get it tailored! It will look much more expensive and will flatter you so much more. And soon you’ll learn what styles you can wear without tailoring and those that should be adjusted. I’ve found that buying pieces on sale and then having them tailored means I spend about the same as something not on sale, but I end up with something that fits and flatters. Definitely worth it.
So the next time you bring home a new garment you can’t wait to wear, please do the right thing. Your wardrobe, and I, will thank you.