It’s really hard not to weigh in on my would you wear it posts. You know I have an opinion because I have one about everything, especially fashion. I keep my responses brief on Saturday because I want to hear what you think about the clothes. Since readers have asked me to share my thoughts on these mannequins I thought I’d begin with the two from yesterday.
Yesterday’s mannequins were wearing shorts and a denim skirt with raw hems. The shirt on the left was released (let down), the one on the right was frayed. In the comments, some were worried the trend wouldn’t last, some thought the threads would itch, many thought it looked unkempt and some would happily wear the look.
The recent frayed or raw hem look began several years ago. It’s almost exclusively on denim fabrics. It started with jeans, then progressed to denim skirts, jackets, and shorts.
They say if you wore something the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it the second time it’s in fashion. Who they are is inconsequential because I believe we should wear what we love that makes us happy. If I wore a look 30 years ago I may wear it differently this time but I won’t automatically dismiss it.
I wore the frayed hem in my teens. We were all cutting off our jeans which resulted in frayed hems. Mine were never very successful because I couldn’t get them symmetrical. My strongest association with frayed hems and edges are on garments designed by one of the most celebrated fashion designers of all time, Coco Chanel. Her boucle and tweed jackets often have frayed necklines, front edges, and hems.
So would I wear these outfits from yesterday? I would wear the jacket and shirt on the left because I love a great denim jacket and shirts tied at the waist slim my torso without having to tuck it in. I’m not a fan of the released hem look because it looks unfinished. If I Ioved the skirt, I would simply hem it.
The yellow blouse is not a flattering color on me and the neckline is too closed to flatter my broad shoulders. I would also skip the frayed shorts because the fray is too long and I’m just easing my way into shorts.
I resisted the frayed hem look on jeans this time until I realized it could be worn subtly and customized to my comfort level. I now have two pairs of raw hem jeans. Both have a tiny fray which I trim after I wash them, if they need it. They don’t tickle my ankles because the fray is less than 1/2 inch. I also have several tweed jackets with frayed edges that I love and never feel shabby wearing.
Would you feel different if the frayed edges were on a tweed jacket?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.