Monday, February 10, 2014

A SNOWY DILEMMA

photography: illgander.com
I found myself in a conundrum these past few days. A number of creative urges to go out and do fanciful things in the snow were successfully halted by my lack of ability to stay warm. What does one do when they have no snow gear? Stay inside, obviously. 

I was reminded of my younger years when my family would visit my grandparents in Bend, Oregon during the winter. My grandpa would climb up to the roof and push all the snow from the rooftop onto the front yard. My siblings and I had a good five or six feet of snow to build snow caves in for hours during the day; coming inside only to defrost our fingertips and eat. Those were the good times. That childhood resilience to the cold has left me. 

photography: illgander.com
photography: illgander.com
So what does an apparel design student in the PNW do on a snowy day without snow gear? I resisted the urge to go out and buy snow boots and a big puffy jacket. I'm too broke for that, and this weather won't stay long. 

That scarf? It's just fabric yardage. I had an epiphany about this because I always fight the urge to just wear fabric around my neck on a daily basis, but this was the opportune moment. Bought the fabric last year for my spring collection, it was just sitting on my shelf waiting to be used. With my unhealthy obsession with neck accessories, this rocked my world for the short amount of time I was outside. 

photography: illgander.com

photography: illgander.com
photography: illgander.com
photography: illgander.com
Taking it back to freshman year, remember this look? Yep. Basically almost the same. My unsightly large mens wool blazer makes an appearance again. Admire my consistency, people. This time, with my thrifted Steve Madden boots, puffy vest, Asos Jeans, knee socks and DIY Scarf. 

If there's anything you take from this blog post, its to just buy pretty fabric and wrap it around your body. No need to buy "scarves."  Or just wear a blanket. That was my next venture if this didn't work out. Or, wear all your scarves at once. Maybe that'd be out of control. But that's what you get here on StyleInterplay.com. Scarves everyday. 


Big thanks to the talented ILL GANDER for photography. 
Now go buy some fabric and wrap it around yourself. 


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