Readers, I'm in a quandary.
I'm trying to figure out how I want my new gray suit to look and I feel overwhelmed with options. It seems like nowadays any style can work provided you can pull it off. I don't even know what's in fashion any more.
Do you ever find yourself longing for the days when fashion was dictated from on high and everyone was expected to fall in line? It was oppressive but it sure was easier to get dressed in the morning.
Part of the problem is that menswear in particular is experiencing a creative surge (at least as far as the designers are concerned; how much actually translates to the streets is anybody's guess) at the same time that commercial men's sewing patterns are few and mostly out-of-date. So with nearly a century of commercial sewing patterns at my disposal thanks to eBay and Etsy, I could go in pretty much any direction.
It seems like every jacket style, every hem length, every color, every cut, every fabric is being shown by some designer somewhere. If you can pull it off, you can wear it. So many silhouettes, so little time!
There was a book written lately about the problem of having too many choices and I can't remember what it's called or who wrote it, but basically it's like when you go to the drugstore for deodorant or toothpaste and have to choose from among hundreds of options. It makes you wish you lived in Soviet-era Bulgaria. In the end you buy nothing.
I'm also frustrated because, after cutting and inspecting Vogue 2616, I decided that it looks dated. It is also likely to be too broad in the shoulder, and too square at the hip (notice there's no tapering curve beneath the center button). I''d be better off using one of my Sixties patterns.
Friends, three questions:
1) Do you ever wish somebody else would do the deciding for you and just tell you what's in fashion, rather than to have to scrutinize your best and worst features and decide which styles are most flattering to you?
2) Where do you get your sense of what's in fashion and what isn't these days?
2) Can too many options be worse than too few?