Shirt: 45rpm. Pants: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi.
“You look cute today” was the first thing my husband said when I came home from work. This made me incredibly happy because I felt good wearing this outfit. It was raining all day and the temperature is about 30 degrees cooler than usual for this time of year, so I felt like wearing warmer clothes and boots.
Both of these items are new and from the packages I received last week. I’m incredibly happy to have clothes from 45rpm. I always admired their indigo dyed collections and the quality really shows, even in something as simple as this long sleeve shirt. The cotton is thick and feels substantial. I love the three line stitches at the collar, sleeves and bottom. The top part has a button I can undo if I wanted to, but I prefer the keyhole look. I will have to undo it to get the shirt off though. It is indigo dyed and there’s a tag in the shirt that mentions how the color may change over time with several washings and to only wash it with like colors. I washed it when I got it in cold water with other navy and dark blue clothes I had.
The pants I was afraid of buying, but so glad I decided to do it. I got them from the ROSEN store, which is run by Gracia Ventus. I’ve been a follower of her blog for a while and really excited to see how her store has grown so much over the years. She specializes in avant-garde clothing and has even branched out into her own designs, which I’m loving quite a bit. There were another pair of Yohji pants in her store I’d been wanting, but waited too long and someone else got them before me. So I looked at the ones next on my list from her store that I liked and noticed they were listed as XS. I’ve never worn Japanese clothes so I wasn’t sure where I fell in with their system. Generally I think I’m a size 1 in tops and maybe dresses, but then a size 2 in pants and skirts based on the measurements. I was conflicted about an XS because I think that equates to a US size 2, but could also be 0 – neither of which would work for me. I emailed her asking about the pants and she assured me I could fit them, but I might have to really extend the side buckles (or maybe not even use them at all). She even sent me a detailed photo of the buckle in question so I could get a better idea of what I’d be working with. I decided to pull the trigger on them and bought the pants plus a Yohji skirt (I’m going to wear to a wedding this weekend).
I am glad I wrote to her and bought the pants. They fit even better than the skirt and I thought the skirt would be the easy item out of the two. I can actually use the buckles on both sides – just. There is a tiny bit of the tab at the end and I’m ok with that. They fit as snug on my waist as the Everlane E2 pants. I’ve got just a teensy bit of wiggle room, but they aren’t too tight, even after eating. I love the big, draping pleats up front, the baggy legs, and how they taper down at the ankles. So very 80s. They do hike up a little when I sit, but I’m not bothered by it.
I ironed these a little the same night I ironed the Ys shirt I talked about yesterday. You really do notice a lot of things about the design of clothing when you iron them. The ends of the pants have the teeniest curve in them where the stitches meet on the inside seam and both legs are perfect stitched that way. Those tiny details make me sigh and give me all the more reason to love these clothes.
These boots are barefoot style, meaning they roll up and flex easily and feel almost like moccasins. That’s how much ground feel I get with them. I wore them religiously last winter. There’s shearling on the inside to make them warm. I won’t say they are perfectly warm (regardless of what the company says) because my feet did get cold when I was tromping through snow last winter in them, but with wool socks or walking around a lot my feet were fine. I do have a small brace on my left ankle to give that leg more stability as I deal with tendonitis, so the boot on that foot looks a little weird and so will other shoes I’ll be wearing while using the brace.
I wore these boots on Sunday for a hiking trip I took with some friends and even though I felt the rocks under my feet I was still perfectly comfortable in them. I may be wearing these a lot again this year as well. They seem to be a go-to for me.
PSA – Newbies to barefoot shoes beware: you have to build up a tolerance for this sort of thing to be able to hike much in this style of shoe. I’ve been wearing barefoot styles for a few years now so my feet aren’t as sore, nor are my joints or back after walking/hiking for a few hours in them. I like wearing these styles of shoes despite the limited amount of styles available in them. I rather have comfortable feet than painful feet in tight shoes.