So recently I have become obsessed with finding unusual, but fun and attractive clothing options! I have even been giving serious thought to making some of my own pieces, even though the only sewing I've ever done was in a highschool textiles class. I made a vest with full interfacing and lining which actually looked pretty good... Until I tried it on and realized it was too short in the back and the hemming was lop-sided.
One of my recent fascinations have been Elizabethan-style neck ruffs. I LOVE them, particularly the soft ones. Traditionally, ruffs are wheel-shaped and made of highly starched, stiff linen. Soft ruffs are just that. Soft, fluffy, and without ten pounds of starch worked into the pleats. Call me crazy, but I think the following would look great over a floaty silk shirt, maybe navy in color, with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans tucked into some good boots:
I've figured out a very lazy, no-sew way to make something similar... But in kind of a trashy way, haha. I bought six yards of tulle yesterday in two shades of cream and some elastic from a local Hancock Fabric store. I'm going to make a tutu! For my neck! Haha, and maybe two small ones to use as cuffs. They'd probably work over a turtle neck rather well.
It might sound like a strange way to dress, but ever since I was in middle school I was frustrated at the lack of interesting options for menswear. A buttdown shirt with stripes, a buttondown shirt with plaid, a buttondown shirt with a tie, maybe throw in a vest if you want to get crazy. Well, now that I am an adult I'm going to dress myself in whatever "weird" way I want.