This post elaborates on the ninth of ten elements of my fashion philosophy, which is if I were caught on security camera, there’d be no trouble describing me.
This one would be a stretch to tie to visual images in the rough nature as would be seen on security camera. Indirectly, if something were practical to care for, and the person did it, at most, the impact here would be no badly wrinkled clothes seen. It would also ensure I won’t be designing anything too crazy or out there, whether in looks or materials used. However, this is one of the most important elements in fashion design for me.
I’m a low maintenance person. For the important things in life, I am willing to put up with a lot. For the everyday things, which includes clothes to wear and laundry, I don’t. That is why clothes I design will be practical to wear and to care for. I just wouldn’t wear it if it weren’t. I won’t put up with clothes that:
- Are awkward or uncomfortable to wear, put on or take off;
- Are delicate, easily ripping when worn, washed or dried;
- Require special washing or drying by themselves, and definitely not dry cleaning;
- Can’t easily be steam ironed, or ironed the old fashioned way;
- Require excessive maintenance in any way beyond regular clothing.
This may limit the clothes I’ll end up designing, for myself or others who may be willing to put up with more, but that’s just how I roll on this issue. For those willing to put up with more, if they say so as a condition of designing and making something for them, I will then make the exception if I need to. An example may be fleece coats that one just can’t throw into the wash and dry, but those are rare occasions, and I have some myself. Some clothes just have to be that way, so I’m not really talking about such garments. However, I’ll start with trying not to design and make anything requiring excessive efforts to care and/or wear beyond regular clothing, and won’t ever press anyone I design for to put up with any such silliness, either.