“Distressing” is a trend that, overall, makes me feel a bit cranky. Ripped-up jeans have been a stylish on and off for decades but, generally speaking, it was expected that the owner would handle the ripping, washing, and crafting of the various holes and associated fringe. The very idea that premium denim manufacturers believe they can and should charge $200+ for “distressed” or “destroyed” jeans – jeans with pre-made holes, rips, and fringe – blows my mind. “Distressed” tees, jackets, and other clothing also sell for bizarrely high prices and the whole thing just seems like a racket to me.
Originally posted 2011-12-07 06:14:22.
Hayley popped this question into the suggestion box:
I’d be interested in knowing if you’ve ever had any pair of shoes altered in any way, and if you have any tips. I’m considering getting a pair of leather boots taken in a bit at the top around the calf area.
Why yes, I have! Here in the Twin Cities we have two leather shops both owned by various members of the George family – George’s Hockey Repair in St. Paul, and George’s Shoes & Repair in Arden Hills. The latter is now my go-to – and the shop that helped with my fringe bag – since they do great work and aren’t as mobbed as the St. Paul shop. But I’ve had one pair altered at each shop. This first pair was done at the St. Paul shop.
Originally posted 2015-02-17 06:15:06.
Reader Brenna had this request:
I love the look of a belt adding a waist to a shapeless outfit, but I hate the feeling of a belt squeezing me. I can’t stand the feeling of spanx or pantyhose either! What kind of belts would you suggest?
Totally understand, Brenna. Nothing like a squeezy belt to cramp your style. No pun intended. (I think that was a pun. And if it was, I definitely didn’t intend it.)
Squeezing can come in many forms, but if part of the issue is that your belts are thick or stiff, try out a few wrap belts. Wide, obi-style wrap belts like the one above can work, but do take up quite a bit of torso real-estate. So if you’re worried about shortening your torso, you’re better served to find narrower wraps. Look for something made from soft, supple leather or faux leather.
Originally posted 2015-09-22 06:31:06.