Friends, when it comes to clothes I actually wear on a regular basis, I'm pretty conventional.
Sure, I'll tiptoe around the edges of avant-garde -- leopard pants here, flower power shirt cuffs there -- but usually with trepidation and not a little regret. I know what I'm comfortable in and it's generally the tired and true (whoops -- that should read tried and true, LOL!).
But now that I have both red and black versions of the same cotton fabric, purchased yesterday at Elliott Berman, I'm wondering if I should challenge myself and try something unusual, like, say, a shirt with a single black long sleeve and cuff, or a contrasting side front and pocket -- or both.
I don't quilt and with the exception of traditional Indian madras, I'm not a big fan of patchwork, particularly in men's shirts. The look has grown popular lately, however, especially over at Commes des Garcons and Ralph Lauren. A few "heritage" brands like Orvis and Woolrich Woolen Mills have done patchwork looks too: sort of, "preppy with a twist." Or you might call it, "how to squeeze new profits from old fabric scraps" -- like turning yesterday's roast turkey leftovers into today's turkey soup.
For me, a little of this goes a LONG way. Too cutesy and...
Here are some recent Commes des Garcons versions of the patchwork/contrast look:
Gant (below left):
Woolrich Woolen Mills:
Assorted Chinese knock-offs:
|This is actually my favorite of the bunch.|
So, what do you think, readers? Are these novelty shirts cool and avant-garde, or scream -- be honest -- fashion school graduation project?
Is this how I should use my contrasting fabric from Elliott Berman, or should I hold off and experiment down the road with the (tons of) cotton shirting scraps I've already accumulated over the last three-plus years?
Can you see me (or would you want to see anyone) in this sort of look?
Patchwork shirts -- YEA or NAY?