I'm guessing that most of you are familiar with the term "normcore" which, when applied to fashion, basically means ordinary, boring style. (You can read more about normcore here.)
Is there any better exemplar of normcore than that 90's staple, the (usually oversized) men's color-blocked corduroy shirt? It seems like all the mainstream American men's apparel makers offered one: GAP, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and so on. My sense is that today they're most often worn ironically, by a generation who were still wearing their Carters when these shirts were popular.
Here are some examples I found online:
Why am I even considering making one of these?
Well, the good folks over at Organic Cotton Plus reached out to me recently, asking if I'd like to whip up something using their fabric and blog about it, and I decided the time had come to experiment with corduroy. Now I must be honest: my original intention was to make color-blocked pants, which seemed much hipper. But the corduroy I ordered ended up being too thin for pants: a very, very narrow wale. But it was perfect for a winter shirt, especially given the mild winter we've been enjoying here on the East coast.
Here are the colors I chose:
My inspiration is the shirt below, the best-looking color-blocked corduroy shirt I could find. Of course I can't wear those colors but I actually think this looks nice, if a little...normcore.
Here's how things are looking so far. I know the palette screams We don't know the sex yet, but what can you do?
Still, I'm cautiously optimistic; I hope to finish this shirt before the weekend and show you the results ASAP.
Readers, I ask you: is your style secretly normcore when nobody's looking? I promise not to tell.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!