Hi! I searched your archives but couldn’t find anything addressing my question, so here goes: I have two skirts and a pair of pants, all from different companies and of different materials (one’s a lightweight wool, another’s a cotton/viscose/spandex mix, and the last’s made of polyester/viscose/spandex). All are black, yet their shades don’t match. I need to purchase a basic black blazer to make a suit for interviews (and hopefully my first job). If I get a blazer that will match at least one of the bottoms, can I wear it with the other two, or is that a office faux pas? Will other people notice, especially if I won’t be working in a conservative field? I don’t have the money to get several pieces in the same fabric. Please help.
Maybe I just haven’t seen this done well. But I think Reader E is wasting money to try to mix different fabrics to “create” a suit — and yes, I do think other people will notice. Some thoughts, off the top of my head:
a) it is incredibly difficult to find the same fabric/weave/color, even if you’re talking about something like black seasonless wool. Some blacks have more reds, some have more greens.. some wools are shinier, some are softer, some are blended…
b) even if you CAN find the same fabric, how you care for your items affects the cloth — if you’ve drycleaned or washed one piece 15 times and the other only once, they will look different. [Read more...]