I’m not very sure where to start.
My name, of course, is Amber Clisura. My profession is fashion designer. Outside of that I’m not really sure how I got to the point where I am right now… that point being more of a rut than a sharp point.
I got them when sample shopping, wash shopping, I’d get a pair of every jean we would design in my size, and then there were just the “lounge around jeans.” I wore them every day because it was my job. This was after wearing them every day at school learning to be a fashion designer, because really, it’s messy going to school. Did I really want to ruin my 1930s rayon dress while screen-printing my latest project?
It started becoming habit and not all habits are healthy.
It is time for NO PANTS.
I first started thinking about NO PANTS when my friend Kelly was joking about having a NO PANTS summer. She was going to pack one pair of jeans for a two-month vacation. She was tired of always falling into the same habit of the same clothes. It was rote for her and, I soon realized, I was suffering from the same dilemma.
My closet of almost 20 years of collected clothing was collecting dust. I pulled out one of my favorite dresses to see a layer of dust on the shoulders. I hadn’t worn other pieces in over 10 years. I kept buying and buying and not wearing. Why?
I wore jeans and a wife-beater every day, thinking that was “easier.” Was it really easier?
I understand why pants and jeans became the default, it’s because this look was something I could pull on and suddenly have an “outfit.” This look is one that no one questions. It has a home in boardrooms and bars. There are no boundaries of when this look isn’t “acceptable dress.” Jeans and a t-shirt are iconic. Our nation’s casual-wear expertise was born on this look. I realized I had to look at all clothing as easy. If I made it hard it would be hard. You know what? It isn’t hard.
I started thinking about not wearing pants for a month… then that started morphing into longer and longer stretches in my mind. If one woman can wear one dress for 365 days what is my problem??!! There is no problem… but PANTS. So I threw the gauntlet down.
365 days with no pants.
I want to shop my own closet again. I have couture from Betsey Johnson, Balenciaga, Helmut Lang. I have designers from all walks of life, knitwear, ready to wear, nameless designers, vintage, modern, my own clothing that I have designed and never worn. We won’t even talk about the 10+ years of fabric that I have in my design studio. Yards and yards of fabric that I buy “for this great dress/skirt/jacket” and never make.
I want to make clothes again. I want to do what was the impetus of becoming a fashion designer all those years ago – have fun with clothing.
So out with the pants.
I packed up all my pants on January 1 and put them into storage.
No culottes. No scants. No clam diggers. No burmudas. No sweats.
This means wearing and making. This means breaking my rut and moving back to who I am. This means having fun with clothing because clothing is who I am, who my family are, where I come from (more on that later.)
I’m committing to having fun by the simple task of just wearing the clothes I own rather than shopping. Making the clothes I don’t have rather than hoarding fabric. Education through clothing. Because one thing I learned in school is that clothing has a story to tell.
I’m going to blog about it here at Love and Trash for the next 52 weeks.
I’m also going to pack this area with NO PANTS DIY. I’m going to teach you to shop your closet and have fun with clothes again. I’m going to upcycle these damn pants into something else, something fabulous, something new.
Then I’m going to auction off these one of a kind creations for my favorite charity: The People’s Grocery of Oakland, CA. Trying to change the eating habit rut of Oakland’s poorest inhabitants.
So stop by every Friday why dontcha. Sit a spell. Enjoy the frivolity of NO PANTS. Cause hell, I am. Every day a photo. Every day no pants. Every Friday a post. Every month a new upcycled creation.
It’s a great new habit for the new year.
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