Prepping


cute new black maryjane flats with a comfortable square toe really really really don't go with pajamas. or blue socks. but i'm wearing them right now with the notion that they will be a little softer, a little more ready to carry me through the day, come spring. i've been known to spray a shoe down with some weather-proofing ... spray. i've slept in jeans (as instructed by the sales woman: buy 2 sizes down, sleep in them, eventually get the zipper to close, never wash them, get fed up and move on - i added that last part myself).

ever do any prep work for an item, pre-debut?

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sleeping in jeans? That's a new one to me! :-)

Alas, I am short, so 99% of my jeans require hemming before I can debut them. The one exception - skinny jeans!

xo

Sabina

Iheartfashion said...

How about A.P.C.'s recommendation that you take a bath in their jeans to get them to conform to your body just so?

editor said...

^^^well who do you think told me to sleep in the darn things - totally worked, by the way, but that's not the point.
and um, oh dear, must have been a repressed memory, and you just reminded me - i have sat in a tub wearing jeans. oh my.

TravelGretta said...

I beg to differ one one point: pajamas go with EVERY type of shoe. Particularly right after you've purchased the shoes, and are dying to wear them around your living room.

Candid Cool said...

I'm with Travelgretta

The Inspired Shopper said...

I also have to take up the hems of new jeans, and it takes forever -- they have to be just the right length!

And I love playing dress-ups when I buy something new -- seeing how it looks with lots of different, older clothes items.

landis smithers said...

i'm kind of in the camp of "if it don't fit when you buy it, it isn't something you should be buying".

Stacy said...

I can't believe you slept in jeans!?!

I know I would wake up angry in the middle of the night and yell at Kev to get them off of me...as I do when I fall asleep with socks on and get too hot!

editor said...

^^:D and i'm sure he'd happily comply.
as for me, i can sleep in anything (shoes? no problem), almost anywhere. i snored during a philosophy class in college once (once that i know of)...

fashionaddict said...

sleeping in my jeans! i've only that when i'm rumbling along in some overnight train and i'm didn't manage to book a sleeping cabin.

i do the same thing with my shoes while grumbling to myself that if they needed breaking in, i shouldn't have bought them. especially since it doesn't really work for me anyway.

i also can't wear anything i bought (first hand or vintage) without washing them first. i'm a bit grossed out by the number of hands they've passed through, and the number of people who might have tried them on before me.

editor said...

fashionaddict - that last one sounds like a combo of prepping and a neurosis (which i share with you) for the post a few days back.

enc said...

Yup: when I get new shoes, I work in the bit behind the heel down so it won't rub. I also scuff the leather soles; this stops them feeling like ice skates. I spray new shoes with waterproofer, too, by the way.

Anything launderable is laundered. Especially underwear.

Editor, do you ever defy washing instructions?

editor said...

enc - i had a post about that, washing instructions. but i can't find it now. yes, i do. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. i had great success last night with a silk top - it came out soft and perfect, with the pleats still knife-sharp. on the other hand, right now i'm wearing a skirt i made using upholstery fabric (also silk), and it was wonderfully stiff originally, but i washed it and it's like a deflated balloon now. i still like the pattern, but it's a disappointment.
and yourself?

enc said...

Oh yes, I defy washing instructions all the time. My italian underwear goes into the dryer, in defiance of recommendations. My cashmere goes into the washer, also in defiance. I absolutely murdered a silk gauze camisole recently, by following the washing instructions, and putting it in the washer, on cold, on the gentle cycle. It shortened so much in length that I couldn't wear it anymore, not without grimacing!

I'm sorry to hear about your deflated skirt. I wonder if you put a stiff underskirt or crino under it if it'd be bearable (or should I say wearable) again?

(I really like what you're doing here, btw.)

editor said...

enc - while a layer of tulle would fatten the silhouette, it wouldn't really replicate the effect of the original material - the color is now duller, it has a slight, natural wrinkling to it. before, it could practically stand by itself. i need to hit the fabric stores and find similar material is what i need to do. but i haven't abandoned this skirt - i am wearing it. or was, before my shower. :)

(thank you, i love to hear that - 238/9 posts later, i'm not sure how it keeps going, but it does.)

enc said...

Please keep it going; I'll be here!

editor said...

i'm glad of that!
hopefully this month or next month i'll put up another mini-contest (my word searches). those are fun.

enc said...

I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Cut off tag. Wear.
:)