From the first, I have advised that when you find a garment that fits and suits you perfectly, you should buy it in two colors. I live, and would die, by that advice.
So when my Favorite Rag appeared on The RealReal in gingham, you know what I had to do.
Perhaps you are saying, “Oh no, Directrice. You didn’t compound the ill-judgment and poor taste of that pre-tattered shirt by –“
Yes, I did, Directorate!
A different fabric gives different life to a garment cut from the same pattern.
This gingham is crisp and much stiffer than the chambray fabrication — presenting different ways to appreciate all that is going on here.
As you may remember, this shirt is fairly normal from the front. There is a little asymmetry on display and perhaps an innocent bystander might not be able to say whether it is fitted or loose (because it is fitted and flanged with a massive ruffle), but it’s borderline normal.
As I start to turn, it becomes apparent that this is not a full shirt.
All of this leads to the question: Is a backless shirt really a shirt at all?
You the jury, Directorate.
The cut and assembly of this shirt are easier to see in this fabrication.
See the gores that have been added below the bust? They are cut or sewn on the bias and give the shirt a lot of swing.
I know this might sound crazy, but I think this shirt — cheery and crisp — will be very useful this summer: lightweight while protecting my shoulders and forearms from the ravages of the sun. I might even use it as a little jacket over a sun dress. I am going to think about that.
Shirt: Marques Aleida from The RealReal; Pants: Prana; Little bag: Pasticcino bag by Max Mara Weekend; Tote: Seabags Vintage Insignia