Isn’t it ironic that some new clothes are made to look old and worn in? I like to think that this is a stepping stone towards buying second hand. The other irony is I like to buy old that looks new. We humans are a strange lot!
When working at KingGee, one of the feedback from focus groups was that they liked the KingGee drill but would wash them several times before wearing. This lead to a range of ready worn-in workwear with some distressing added to the edges of pockets. The old guard just shook their heads.
I see the appeal. It is about comfort, about adding history to a garment (albeit a false history) and has a sense of “je ne sais quoi” about it, giving the wearer a certain edge. Here are some of the fashionable favourites that have been given that old and loved treatment.
This look will be a future of what we wear…as we accept new to look old now, so we will accept truly distressed garments as valid clothing. After all, how will we really tell the difference? Make do and mend is on trend.
If you want to learn more about creating your own distressed, mended and loved clothing using what you have there are workshops that pop up in Brisbane. Here are some sites to check on regularly: Reverse Garbage, Avid Kitchen + Garden, Textile Beat and Artisan.
Have a good week, don’t get too distressed and enjoy your worn out clothing, it is right on trend.