The only piece of clothing that is perhaps more elusive than the LBD itself is the perfect chambray. With so many washes, buttons, and cuts, there are a lot more ways for a chambray to go wrong than right. This one, hailing from H&M, passes the chambray test I developed and refined during the course of my months-long search: No tacky buttons, no unflattering “women’s” cut (see below), no acid/other crazy wash, and save the stretch denim for Pajama Jeans.
I don’t know if this is just me, and I suspect it’s not, but the tapering on the sides of clothes designed to flatter women always seem to be, well, less than flattering. Maybe this is because they give off the illusion that your natural waistline is, in fact, not a waistline, but a ski jump (See example A). For the record, this is also the reasoning behind my extensive boys’ J. Crew button up collection. They’re designed for a small torso, but with a more forgiving (read: less like a ski jump) waistline.
If the shirt underneath looks familiar to you, perhaps you rented textbooks recently, specifically from eCampus. This shirt arrived alongside “Earth: Portrait of a Plant” and, while the front was dismally designed at best, the massive QR code on the back displayed some potential. With that, off went the sleeves, bottom, and neckline, and it became a rather wearable shirt, perhaps even more useful than the textbook itself. The irony is that I don’t have an iPhone, and so alas, exactly what is such a “sweet deal”, as per the tagline above the code, remains a mystery. But for now, that isn’t stopping it from serving as a license to tell horrible pickup lines such as “What’s your carrier, baby?” and “Scan me maybe.” So far it hasn’t worked, but I’m holding out hope.
And with that, I’m back to live streaming fashion week. Did anyone else stop breathing for the duration of Prabal Gurung and Proenza Schouler’s shows?