As we may all remember from early in my Barding career, my favorite shoes are Irregular Choice. The original post on the matter is here, for nostalgia's sake. (And to prove that I hearted booties before everyone else hearted booties. Though I still loathe the word 'booties.') For most people, UK-based Irregular Choice are the shoes they love to hate, for reasons I just cannot fathom. In a world of trend-stalking knocked-off recycled shoes, Irregular Choice creates shapes and styles that are actually novel. I don't care if they swing and miss, since when they don't miss, the hits are out of the ballpark. You see what I did there? That was a sports metaphor. I get a cookie.
This is why I am very, very excited about all of the possibilities for when I.C. launches its debut clothing line this year. The preview is online for one week, from July 1st.
Like the shoes, I find I.C.'s aesthetic to be young, edgy, and risk-taking. (You know how I could tell they were those things? Thumb holes in the sleeves! Also, in one photo, the model is leaning against a motorcycle. Badass!) I particularly love the Granny's Tea Party (shirt? dress?) piece seen above. I wouldn't have anticipated approving of saddle-bag style pockets, but Irregular Choice proves the 'you don't know until you try' theory. And, mysteriously, sometimes you still don't know. But it's gonna make you think. And that's just one shirt. (Dress?)
I would heavily advise against pairing I.C. shoes with any I.C. item. These are feature items, folks, they are not to be overlapped. That's not an ironic fashion statement, it's a statement like, hey, I'm vision impaired- and now you are, too! But alone? As a focal piece? Absolutely.
If you go look at the rest of Irregular Choice's offerings, you can leave them some feedback and be entered into a drawing to win a free article of clothing. Also, for no prize whatsoever, you can let me know what you think. It's up to you.
I can't wait to see what else they do as this line matures.