Sunday, February 26, 2012

Altering and painting shoes

Ever since I got my Helmut Lang blazer I've been thinking that the shoulders are too strong for me. The shoulder pads are huge, definitely intentionally, to create a strong Lang look. I used the blazer, but never felt quite comfortable wearing it even though I love everything else about it. I finally decided to bring it to a tailor to see what she could do about it. She removed the pads and tried with some smaller ones, but it didn't turn out good. So finally she altered it completely and removed the shoulder pads and about an inch of the width of the shoulders.  Some people might think that that having a designer's piece altered in a way that completely changes the designer's idea would be a faux pas. I was very hesitant about it, but really wanted to wear it more often and feel comfortable about it. I'm so happy with the result. It still has a great shape, and I don't feel self-conscious wearing it. What do you think, am I guilty of  blasphemy?

Helmut Lang blazer, Etoile linen tee, Rag & Bone jeans and L.D Tuttle boots

I had a similair problem with my green suede L.D Tuttle boots. I mean, green suede, what was I thinking? They hardly go with anything. I love the design, and finally decided to get some black suede paint and dye them myself. I actually painted them with a paintbrush. I was nervous about it at first, but happy with the result. 

I've had quite a few thing altered recently, and for me it's been a great way to improve my closet. It takes some guts and a tailor you can trust!

On a completely different note, lately I've been so tired of my wool cardigans and knits. I'm so ready for spring knits and boots! The weather today is actually very spring-like, so here's what I'm wearing today. An open knit with a shirt, a nice alternative to a cardigan. 

Isabel Marant Etoile knit and shirt, J Brand jeans and Isabel Marant boots