Pleats? Yes, please.

I’m a computer science major at college, but I have a deep love for the physicality of clothes. There’s a reason why people return far more clothes bought online than clothes bought in store. Only in person that you can understand fit and feel, only in person can you see what shade the fabric truly is, and only in person can you truly understand the designer’s vision and evaluate whether it was successfully executed. There are dimensions of data that are lost unless you are holding the item in your hand. With this in mind, I will review a pair of Issey Miyake Pleats Please pants that I purchased blindly off eBay years ago, but have come to love, wear after wear.

Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer who is famous for his Pleats Please line – a collection of clothes all made from his process of using heat to pleat specially designed and sewed polyester clothing. This process creates clothes that permanently retain their pleats, but are incredibly light and durable. They do not wrinkle and can be rolled into a small ball and stuffed inside luggage, making them perfect for travel. They are warm enough to be worn in the winter yet light enough to feel comfortable in the cooler days of summer – my pair of Issey Miyake pants are the only item in my wardrobe that does not get put away in the season transition.

These pants are beautiful. Sleek, textured and black, they look like architectural sculptures rather than pants. I receive compliments on them frequently. What people don’t know though, is that they are my lazy pants. The pants have an impossibly stretchy elastic waistband, and due to the expandable nature of polyester, are one size fits all. You can wear these pants regardless of whether you weigh 100 pounds or 200 pounds, regardless of your gender. When I go out to eat, regardless of whether it is at a fancy restaurant or McDonald’s, I will put these pants on. They are kind, and grow with my belly. They do not make me self conscious.

In contrast, many clothing items designed by high end fashion houses are uncomfortable and impractical – they sacrifice usability for aesthetics. In fact, I own a few of these impractical items, but they sit in the back of my closet, unused. Meanwhile, I’ve wear my Issey Miyake pants at least once a week for two years now. This is the main reason why I love Pleats Please. Issey Miyake took the time to think about the people who would wear his items, to consider what would make their lives easy, what would allow them to live and move free. His clothes are not meant to fill a void, but rather to complement a rich and dynamic lifestyle.

And this has been my philosophy for designing good products. Good products should not take center stage. They should not monopolize your time. Rather, they should help you life your best life, unrestricted and free.

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Sikk Sales returns!

Hey guys!
It’s been awhile! Yeah, I know it’s sale season, but prices are often still too high to stomach, especially if you have a lust for designer items, so I have combed through the internet to find more sikk sales to share with you all. My friends recently shared with me this amazing consignment shop in Canada called VSP Consignment that has some really low prices on designer stuff. You do have to pay for international shipping, but since the Canadian dollar is so low right now, it more than makes up for it. Keep your eyes on this store because stock constantly moves in – my friend got a Margiela daisy t-shirt for like $50, which should be borderline illegal with how cheap it is.
If you have any great deals, please share them in the comments! I may feature them in the next Sikk Deals post 😀
Sikk dealz

Bless bomber coat, size S– $381.70 (originally $1735!)
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HOLY SHIT MOLLY I CAN’T STOP FREAKING OUT OVER THIS HNGGGGGG GET IT NOW (practicing fiscal responsibility of course)
Maison Margiela black wedge boots, size 39 – $375 (originally $1255)
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You want to look like a fashion goat? Now’s your time to shine!

Martiniano smoking heel, size 39.5 – $165 (originally $548)
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Super comfy and super chill!

Haider Ackerman pants, size L – $119.60 CAD (secondhand, originally $598)
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If I were a size Large I would have bought these awhile ago. Let me live vicariously through you!
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Introducing: Shuz’s Sikk Sales

I normally don’t like encouraging rampant consumerism, but sometimes don’t you just want to get cool things for less money?? And since I already waste so much of my life browsing the internet, you should just let me do the digging for you! Saving you money and time – that’s me.

This will be a new post format from now on. For every Shuz’s Sikk Sales post, I, Shuz, will be posting clothing, shoes and accessories that I find on the Internet that are either a great deal, or so awesome that I think you, the reader, should snap them up RIGHT NOW  (while considering your finances and needs first, of course!) There will be items for every price range!

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  1. Issey Miyake Pleats Please Blouse, Japan Sz 3 (Medium)
  2. Rachel Comey Legion Pant, US Sz 6
  3. Dries Van Noten Suede Platform Sandals, EU Sz 38
  4. Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palma High Sandal, EU Sz 40
  5. Marni for H&M Charm Earrings
  6. Intermix N Nicholas Ponte Long Sleeve Crop Top, US Sz 4

 

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The Problem with “Flattering” Fashion

iyananeWearing: Black sweater from Etsy, Aritzia turtleneck, Issey Miyake Pleats Please pants, Margiela tabi boots

“11 Fashion Tips to Flatter Any Body Type”

“The Best Dress for Your Figure”

“How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner”

Magazines, blog posts, fashion sites, TV commercials – every corner you turn, you’ll find these sorts of headlines trumpeted at you. They all promise in colorful and cheerful letters to help you hide your flaws and dress your figure to best effect. No matter where you go, if you’re a woman, you’ll be inundated with media that tells you your body is not sufficient in some manner, and then offer you a solution to fix the problem.

This type of advice that shows you how to flatter your figure should frankly be banned. It’s toxic, unrealistic and is based off the false premise that an ideal body type even exists. First of all, women come in all shapes and sizes, and pressuring all of them to conform to whatever shape society deems ideal is unrealistic and unhealthy. Second of all, why should women restrict themselves to these shapes? There are an abundance of interesting silhouettes clothes can create beyond the slender hourglass preferred by fashion nowadays. Round, square, bottom-heavy, short and stocky, even ball-shaped – there are so many options. Yet many people become incredibly uncomfortable when women choose to dress in ways that are consciously different, and consequently label these women as weird and ugly. They are considered “undesirable” – and it is this description that is perhaps most damning of all.

This is the big problem I see with the word flattering. It implies that a woman must dress in way that society considers appealing to the opposite sex, and choosing to dress in another manner is tantamount to social suicide. Of course, I’m completely fine with women dressing in ways that are considered conventionally flattering. We just need to stop telling women that flattering is the only way to dress.

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First post, welcome!

Hi there! This blog will be a place for me to put my thoughts on fashion down into words. I will also sometimes post pictures of my outfits.

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Wearing: Madewell drape top, Tibi culottes, Cote&Ciel Moselle pleats bag, Margiela techno tabi boots

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