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April 26, 2013

Raffia Shorts

The utility of big shorts in the warmer months is unparalleled.  After wearing out quite a few pairs of big blacks in the last couple of years, I thought I could create something that was a little bit more of a statement.  I saw this black and tan striped raffia at Mood one day and thought it would look great fashioned into a pair of big shorts.

Assembly New York hooded sweater, raffia shorts of my own design, Guidi shoes

Assembly New York hooded sweater, raffia shorts of my own design, Guidi shoes

I thought it would be funny to design a pair of basketball-esque shorts in a material used to make baskets.  Full circle.  Also of note: the fabric is marked as an Oscar de la Renta fabric, and I have seen this turned into a women’s trench at Burberry Prorsum.  The design process was easy, really.  I saw these long pleated tulip-shaped Ann Demeulemeester shorts on LN-CC, took print-outs to my tailor, mocked up the measurements on my body with measuring tape, and after a few adjustments, I had my favorite new statement shorts.

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Shorts with sharp lines---creases and pleats show up well on the fabric but I wish I had the time to have this lined; it's a bit like having a nail file in your inseam.

Shorts with sharp lines—creases and pleats show up well on the fabric but I wish I had the time to have this lined; wearing them without under-shorts is a bit like having a nail file in your inseam.

The nubby pilled thick cotton, wide neckline and generous hood all make this Assembly New York piece the perfect spring pullover.

The nubby pilled thick cotton, wide neckline and generous hood all make this Assembly New York piece the perfect spring pullover.

with kangaroo leather Guidis

with kangaroo leather Guidis

and Illesteva Leonard wood sunglasses

and Illesteva Leonard wood sunglasses

photographs by Sophia Callahan

7 Comments

  • Patrick Wilson
    April 26th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I really like this look. You and your tailor did a good job on the shorts, and the photos are excellent as usual!

  • Mia
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Great story for these shorts, they look great too.

    Simple and memorable outfit. Fantastic.

  • Andrew Meyer
    April 27th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Loving this!

  • Charlie
    April 28th, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I absolutely love those shorts!!

  • Hannah
    April 28th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    So cool!

  • Mr Essentialist
    April 29th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I want a pair – please and thank you x

  • ChicTrends
    May 1st, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    That sweater is everything. We want it now! The nude and black shorts just look dashing together. Loved finding your blog on CNN, pleasant surprise!

    Here at ChicTrends we’re absolutely happy to have found you blog and look forward to more from you! If you’ve got some time check out our site http://chictrends.co.uk/. Best to you! x


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