The Space Between My Peers: TheText on Texture

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Friday, October 27, 2006

TheText on Texture

Vildy's comment hits me right in the uncertainty zone (at least we're there together:)

I'm not sure anymore how I feel about textures. I would wear this out to a casual evening but not stretch velveteen in the daytime. Not any more, anyway. I've just gotten rid of all of my flannel suit jackets, skirts, trousers. I realized I never wanted to wear them because I like smooth fabrics. I like fabrics with substance and crispness, too. This goes against the whole "there should be movement in your clothing" philosophy.

I get a lot out of reading your thinking about clothes and life. I'd love it if you'd write more about texture. Even though I'm rounded, I have a crisp personality and feel awkward in soft, draped clothes - like I'm selling a bill of goods.

The textbook answer to the taute vs drapy fabric question is this:

Skeletal (straight line) body types wear taut fabrics, muscular = semi-taut to semi-drape, molded (smooth, where the natural padding obscures the visibility of either bone or muscle) types wear drapy fabrics. Combination types wear taut on the straight parts and drapy on the smooth parts.

But that advice has never suited my personality either. And it seems to contradict Clinton and Stacy's regular practice of making chubby people look slender by putting them in structured jackets.

Lots more on this topic to come. What are your thoughts?


Blogger Jennifer said...

Hmm. I'm not getting why you would put taut fabrics on a skeletal body, etc. Doesn't that make you look more extreme? I am pretty stick-like, and if my clothing is too tight or structured, I look more like a stick. However, I do get lost in too much fabric or overly-bulky sweaters. Just wondering what's the idea behind the rule of thumb.

11:57 AM  
Blogger David said...

You reveal the rich diversity of inteligent but bizarre blogging with posts like this. Keep it up.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

hmm, I know that I feel more slender when I wear things that are structured and come in at the waist a bit (like a dress shirt with darts) And I am in the slightly more padded department.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I am not altogether sure there is a rule of thumb here. Perhaps it is as much related to personal style/style idiom as it is to shape, and to the particular garment. Or to what it is paired with. Or if you're willing ot spend time ironing?

I love textures myself, but I think texture is my substitute for pattern (although there is definitely pattern in texture).

7:56 AM  

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