Do you ever find yourself possessed by what we might call, if we felt silly, a Sartorial Dybbuk?
Otherwise known as an Outfit Vision? Do you ever then struggle with Outfit Reality?
Materfamilias’ post, here, got me thinking about straight loose leg dark wash Levis 501-style jeans. I pictured them with neon soled oxfords, an Ann Mashburn shirt, and Eliza B. belt. I’d probably keep my pearls on. Katherine Hepburn reborn as a butch hipster. Once I’m thus seized, imaginatively, I have to explore.
I went to the San Francisco Levis store and snapped up a pair of dark wash Levis 501s. On to Nordstrom’s for Cole Haan Alisa Oxfords in blue and violet. They call the colors Blazer Blue and Cobalt, but we’ll hold back our guffaws because that’s what polite people do.
The oxfords are divinely comfortable, and I remind myself only tolerably of a clown. But those Levis 501 failed, failed, failed. The denim is lightweight and, to add insult to injury, scratchy. They are mine but they are not my friends.
Back I went to Mater’s post for a refresher. Aha! Japanese denim, in this case by Denham. Heavy, smooth, improves with age. What could be better?
The dybbuk laughed, “Not so fast, old lady.” I dare you all to Google raw denim. Or selvedge, right now. You are immediately drawn into the maelstrom of an obsessed sub-culture. In my world, denim is just cloth. But what do I know?
I withdrew from my research, disheveled, after 20 minutes. I thought to myself, “What now? Aha! Perhaps the Privilege[d] can help? Perhaps one or more of them have been down this path, and returned with advice for new and the old?
So, how many of you own raw or selvedge denim? Perhaps I should back up. How many of you have even heard of it? Know what it is? And finally, can anyone recommend a few more brands for women?
Thank you in advance. My obsession thanks you too, having taken on a life of its own.