What kind of a bogus Clip & Save is this? Maybe people would rather learn the Turkish Cast-On, but that’s not what’s been on my mind lately.
I don’t know if it’s my ahem maturing process, or the kids growing up and out, or the KonMari-ing and Whole30-ing of the past couple of years, but suddenly I’m very interested in clothes again. I haven’t revisited my so-called “look” since maybe my early 30s. I’ve always loved clothes. To me, clothes are right up there with art, food and books as great pleasures of life that are available to us all, daily, if we are lucky. The women who were most influential on me when I was young were my mom, of course, but also my great-aunts. Great-aunt Carrie in particular took immense joy in her appearance: clothes, hair, perfume, jewelry, makeup. She was in her 60s the entire time I knew her, and she was, to my eyes, a paragon of glamour and self-confidence. She had only 9 years to transmit her message to me, but quite a lot of it stuck. Costume jewelry: good. The concept of the “signature scent”–roger that. Impeccable hairdressing and makeup: much less so. I remember her being harshly critical of teenagers of the day wearing unhemmed jeans. If I run into Aunt Carrie in the afterlife I will have to explain to her about jeans. She will not believe me.
Today, my guide in all matters Middle-Aged Style is The Women’s Room blog. I’ve experienced the adventure of shopping with TWR’s Amanda Carr (who is also the fragrant force behind We Wear Perfume), seeing what she picks out and quizzing her about why. It all boils down to the idea of pleasure. It’s fun to dress well. Knitters know this. When we’ve bound off a new piece, be it a pullover, cardigan or accessory, we can’t wait to drape it on our person and WERQ the aisles of the local supermarket.
I’ve been guilty of knitting a sweater just because I like the sweater (which is an excellent reason), and then pairing it with (a) black trousers, (b) jeans, or (c) black jeans. I do this over and over. The sweater is the whole outfit. I’m a walking billboard for The Knitting-Centered Life. But I do not want sweaters, or shawls or wraps, to be the boss of me! So, consider today’s Clip & Save to be the beginning of an exploration of How to Wear Handknits.
My current hypothesis: handknit + flashy pencil skirt.
I wish I could remember where I found this arresting picture, but I think it was on The Sartorialist, and I think it was taken in Italy. I just love everything about this woman’s style. She’s warm, she’s comfy, she doesn’t give a rat’s ass. For all I know, she’s famous. If not, she should be. Note: marled pullover, busy print skirt.
Technically, these are the dreaded black trousers. Photo credit: The Frugality. It’s not a handknit–it’s from Top Shop–but its embroidered Xs remind me of True Brit Knits’ Highland Bling. And the black trousers are leather, which gives them a little zing that I do not think is a zing too far for the foxy and 50+.
More pullover + patterned skirt. This time with baby blue booties. From knitwear master Christian Wijnants. Why are all my skirts black? Lost opportunity for pattern!
Marimekko shuts it down. This is a great look, for any age. We have the knitting skills. We just need to ditch the mom jeans.
PS Ann: A few weeks ago, you sent me a link to a beautiful Dries Van Noten Flashy Pencil Skirt on super-duper-ridiculous sale, instructing me to Buy It Right Now. I don’t know why I hesitated. You never send me links to things; I should have realized the significance of the moment and the message. I deeply regret my failure to act.
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