Week 7 of Wardrobe Architect focuses on prints. You can probably guess that of all prints, plaid is my favorite. Most of the shirts and a couple of skirts and dresses in my closet are plaid. In the past I’ve even had plaid shoes. Why such a love affair? I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s a holdover from my mid-nineties grunge days, or summers of Girl Scout camp. I like plaids because they tend to combine the colors that comprise the foundation of my wardrobe (like greys and navies), with colors that I like to wear but not go overboard on (like mint and red). The neutrals tempers the bolder colors and provide a lot of visual interest with the pattern. I also like how versatile plaids can be, rich, cozy, and wooly for winter, as well as light and breezy for spring and summer. I just can’t get enough plaid, period.
When it comes to prints that I wear, I go for the geometric and stay away from abstracts, florals, and whimsy. Interspersed with the plaid shirts you’ll find some polka dots, pinstripes, and a some herringbone tweed. If you open my t-shirt drawer it’s stripes on stripes. But then you go check out my craft closet and realize that what I’m wearing, isn’t necessarily what I’m buying. I have quite a few prints lingering in there that I bought with the intention of making shirts or skirts out of, only to get them home and realize they’re mostly a little too whimsical for me. I’m definitely going to be more mindful with my fabric purchases this year, just like I have become with my yarn stash. For a while I kept buying pink yarn, even though I hardly ever wear pink (it’s not really my color).
I’ve updated my Wardrobe Architect board over on Pinterest with some of my favorite prints. In the process I fell down the rabbit hole over on Spoonflower. So many great stripes! I’m really inspired to start making my wardrobe as I get my body back into shape. How do you feel about prints? Are you plaid and stripe crazy like me, or maybe a little more floral and fanciful?
Hope you had a great weekend.
One of my goals this year is to buy more American made clothing. This is actually something I’ve been doing for a while not, but I’d like to go beyond just basics from American Apparel, and I also want to incorporate the whole family in this endeavor. After all, we spend most of our time defending this country and it’s important to us to invest in it as well.
America once thrived in textile production and clothing manufacture. Of course, this was before the days of labor laws and safe working conditions. Remember a few months back when there was news of factory fires in Southeast Asia? That sort of thing happened here too. It’s unfortunate, but in our quest to have all the latest and greatest, we often forget that our clothes are often made by people who are slightly elevated above slavery (if at all). My point is this, while often more expensive, American manufactured clothing is made by people who are being paid a fair wage and there is more transparency as to the sourcing and production of garments leading to a better connection and understanding of where our clothes come from. There’s a huge movement to do this with our food, why not our clothing as well?
I love clothes, and I used to have a closet bursting full of fast fashion from retailers like H&M and Target. Then, a few years back, I cleared out all the junk and opted for a smaller wardrobe of higher quality that I could keep and enjoy for years. I’m not saying I don’t shop at these retailers from time to time, but I find myself doing it less and less, opting instead to work more creativity into a smaller collection. I realize that to buy completely American is impractical for more Americans, especially for those of us on small incomes and with small children who outgrow their clothing faster than you can say “Elmo’s World”. It’s really handy to go to Old Navy and stock up on $10 shirts and pants. After all, we live in a global economy, but I think it’s time we demand more transparency and quality in the things we wear, as well as fairness and safety for the people who make them. Buying American can be a big and important part of that.
This coat was made by Poppy Von Frolich in San Francisco, and it incorporates pretty much everything I am a sucker for like buffalo plaid and deer motifs. I actually have a similar coat that is unlined with bracelet sleeves, making it great for fall but impractical for winter. I had my eye on this one after I saw it on Pinterest, and decided it would be a great present to myself. I love the fabric (it’s Italian wool), the swing fit, and the details. A slightly peter pan-style collar, the swing style, and the overall quality and fit . I received absolutely phenomenal customer service from Trudy, It’s refreshing to have a connection to the person who made your garment, and to know how much pride they poured into their work. She will definitely be my go-to gal next time I’m looking for a coat that will last me forever and I can feel proud to wear.