An under-appreciated aspect of fashion, and clothing in general, is the role that fabric and drape play. What frequently separates great items from poor imitations or executions is a bad composition. It is very important to look at those percentages on the care label! The information gives you handy clues to the longevity, functionality and care needed. It is a Shakespearean truism that ‘clothes make the man’; fabric makes the clothes.
Viscose shirts are both on-trend, and a great choice for summer. Being made out of a sort of artificial silk, viscose shirts are “floaty”, breathable and soft to the touch. The fabric has an interesting history, and some controversial aspects. Made of cellulose, it is eco-friendly; but the processes used to make it can be harmful to workers. For me this makes this item a one-off in my wardrobe. It is also the newest addition to my capsule wardrobe, being a birthday gift from my generous fiancee.
Not looking back…
When I first got into fashion, what helped me a great deal was the listing of possible combinations. I had very little clue when it came to colours (being colour-blind) too. This led to me going for quantity as I vaguely, if intensively, searched for a personal style.
I was talking to a friend about this the other day, and something he said struck me. He is not a minimalist as such but I find his style very inspiring, because it follows a minimal aesthetic. Now he follows the rule of quality over quantity, which I see as key to the minimalist mind-set, full-stop:
[I] can’t really look back now. Thing is I was always buying trashy things, and my wardrobe changed every time a new season came along. However now I have stuff for Autumn/Winter locked away that I just cannot wait to wear, that’s the difference.
I haven’t been clothes shopping, in the conventional sense, in quite a while. By that I mean the idea of browsing and picking through items and then deciding based on that search alone. I have bought clothes, no denying, but I have done so because I have identified a need, or an item that would really improve my day-to-day (like a more comfortable pair of jeans), sticking always to a strict list. Admittedly a few of these purchases were to fit aesthetic gaps in my wardrobe, which is a more subjective reasoning for buying an item of clothing than, “I will wear this for x‘.
Outfit Combinations: Viscose shirt and…
It makes sense that an item should have the maximum amount of combinations, or the maximum amount of utility, when you are keeping your clothing collection small, as a capsule wardrobe. Summery viscose shirts are one of those tricky seasonal items that have little utility at one time of year, but a great deal at another.
- Open, over a t-shirt. This would work well on a casual day.
- Done up, with the top two buttons left open.
- Wear with:
- Jeans. Black jeans would be an obvious choice, but perhaps white denim or light grey jeans would suit the summer vibes better.
- Trousers. Some cropped or relaxed/tapered fitted trousers in a light, summer-ready cotton, linen or wool. Given the shirt is patterned, a solid pair like in a black or grey would work best for me.
- Shorts. Plain shorts in cotton.
- Sleek footwear. I am thinking leather sneakers like white or black Common Projects, Chelsea Boots, Loafers. Derbies at a push.