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Twist Style Friday: Weft

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 


Along with a warm-filtered photo of my pretty brown Fluevogs, leopard pencil skirt, and parquet floor in my living room, I posted the following Facebook status earlier this week: "BOOT SEASON!!" A few days before that it was a selfie of me wearing a truly hilarious navy velvet square-neck later minidress declaring "VELVET SEASON!!!"

 

I'm so into fall you guys. It's like we have a tiny romance every year, and I'm all crushed out and glowy until the first snowfall, when autumn leaves town on a long journey around the world. Sigh. 

 

This week's featured sweater is just the thing to stave off the time of jackets. A cozy sweater (and perhaps a knit hat too) can keep you snuggly warm on those chilly evenings. Plus this whole inside-out colorwork thing is really speaking to me these days. I am making a pair of gorgeous mittens (Perfect Storm!!) and they're coming out super lovely, but I can't stop looking at the inside! The floats look so pretty and tidy. It's oddly satisfying, like playing tetris or snood or dr mario; row by row they just get more amazing. 

 

detail shot of Weft sweater right front, colorwork floats exposed

 

 

Weft takes advantage of how lovely floats can look by exposing some of them on the right side of your knitting. It's clever, warm, and looks great. 

 

 

modeled shot of Weft sweater on model with grey skinny jeans and black boots, standing next to a bicycle

 

 

A cardigan with a good collar and a bit of structure like this can be treated like a hoodie, or like a blazer. It's versatility is only limited by your color choices. Keep it neutral if you want to be able to dress it up or down, or go for some high contrast and a rich bright to make it a real special occasion kind of garment. 

 

Here are some ideas; mostly they are all about the boots. 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Weft?  

 

Twist Style Friday: Corvina

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


  

Hey fashion fans! 

 

It's September (can you even believe it??) which means it's the one month that I splurge and get myself a Vogue magazine. This has been an annual tradition for me since I watched this movie 3 years ago. The September issue is always massive; it literally weighs several pounds and has close to a thousand pages. Although I will probably never be able to afford anything those pages contain (or if I could, would still probably not choose to spend $900 on metallic sneakers or $2400 on a dress covered in squirrels), there is something oddly wonderful and decadent about just flipping through the shiny pages. Since fashion is part of my *job* I figure it's my responsibility to be in touch with the fashion world at least a little. That's right readers, I did it for you.  I learned that shoes get weirder all the time, and that everyone rich loves Paris.

 

This week - in addition to lamenting the weather in Alberta -  we are looking at Corvina, the lovely raglan cardigan from our newest issue. Take a look. 

 

 

full shot of Corvina, modeled. Sweater is purple raglan cardigan with split cables. ending at the hip.back view

 

 

I love the way the lace pattern breaks at the split for the body and sleeves, and continues down both. The wide neck keeps it from being too prim. Corvina is pretty, understated, and cozy! I think she is a super top to be worn as above, just with some jeans, but I also think you could take Corvina out on the town. Just wear some shoes with a little punch, and maybe an odd piece of jewelry. Keep the shapes simple and the colors rich, and you can't really go wrong. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Corvina

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Heyday

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Hello hello! 

 

Happy Friday fashion fans!! I'm not afraid to tell you all that I missed you these last few weeks. The internet was down in my apartment for a while, and then I moved (yes, again!) and Marnie has been kind enough to fill in for me! I'm saying thanks (well, in addition to actually saying "thanks!") by featuring one of her stunning designs this week. It is nice to be back. It feels celebratory even! I have a lovely new home, two delightful housemates, my bedroom walls are teal and my closet is big enough to hold all (70 or so) of my dresses. I even have an office! Well, a kind of office/overflow closet/shoe library/yarn storage room place. 

 

Do you know what else feels celebratory? This top. Heyday is pretty much bringing her own party. You just have to go along for the ride. 

 

Heyday!

 

The yoke, hem, and sleeve pattern reminds me of hanging streamers, or maybe little paper lanterns. There is a sweetness to it, but it's not remotely twee. This top reminds me of birthday cake, but also of drinking cold cream ale on a patio in late summer as the sun sets. 

 

sleeve and hem detailyoke detail, from the back

 

 

I don't know about you folks, but this time of year, as the weather cools a little, makes me want to buy so many new clothes. I have mostly been quelling the urge, or sating it with swaps with friends, but I did buy a pair of pants last week (so unlike me). They are kind of harem-y, really voluminous and high waisted (or low crotched, depending on how you wear them), and I maybe kind of love them? The pair on the right in the set below are a little like them, except mine are in my favorite neutral- leopard. So far I have only actually worn them at home, but I think they might make their debut sometime soon. I hope you all know that writing this column has challenged me to be more adventurous with my clothes! Has reading it done the same for any of you? 

 

Heyday

 

 

Let's keep up this celebration motif, shall we? The outfits above are all for women celebrating something. The one on the right is celebrating her small human's first day of kindergarten. The girl in the center is celebrating the first day of her last year in grad school (she is studying library science), and the one on the left is celebrating her best friend's birthday. There may be karaoke in the cards. Whatever the occasion, Heyday is totally there for you. 

 

So, how will you wear Heyday

Twist Style Friday: Cliona

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

Carly is currently without internet access (I know! How does that even work? Does she have to ride a dinosaur to work too?) So she sent me a message by carrier pigeon and asked if I'd do another Style Friday until she's back online.

 

If you are on our mailing list, you know that we just released a new pattern, Cliona. And if you are not on our mailing list, you can sign up over there to the left.

 

 

I don't know about you guys, but I think this design is really worth the wait. Let's give it a look.

 

Front view of Clionaback view of Cliona

 

Check out those beautiful cables climbing up the center front and joining, perfectly, at the center back. I've always loved v-necks and this cardigan doesn't just have the one in front, it has another one in back, that perfectly mirrors the shape of the cables. The rest of the piece is worked in seed stitch, which gives just a bit of texture without competing for attention.

 

cliona button detail

 

The first outfit I put together pays homage to my 90s-era teen years. I was channeling my inner Daria and pairing Cliona with some plaid, black tights and, of course, some clunky boots. Where are you all going? Wait, no, come back!

 

Ok, so if you aren't stuck back in the 90s like *ahem* some of us, then maybe you'd be more comfortable in a cotton tank, jeans and some seriously cute accessories. Red and green are complimentary colors but they can read a little Christmasy, so shifting to a pinker shade, still gives a bit of pop, but feels less jolly, more chic. And if you're looking to get your pretty on, throw this cardigan over a dress with a similar shape neck, pair it with a few accessories and you can pretty much go anywhere.

 

Styling Smartie

 

As I said last time, while the cat's away, the mouse will put together some sort of unapologetically over-the-top outfit and this week's version was inspired by those shoes.

Styling Smartie

Those shoes! I'm not even a shoe person but I'm oddly drawn to them. And let's be honest, if I wore those, I'd probably snap my achilles and face plant before I got to my front door, but were I a person who could wear shoes like this, I'd pair them with leather pants and gold and black accessories and probably look like a real housewife of somewhereville in the process. And you know what? I would strut it, or face plant. Maybe sitting would be best.

  

So what do you think? How will you wear Cliona

Twist Style Friday: Smarty

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

Marnie here, trying to fill Carly's always-fashionable shoes. This week, I want to take a look at Alison Green's Smarty. The name was inspired by the candy (either the chalky American version or the superior coated chocolate variety many other countries know). Those clever cables intertwine in the sweetest way and bring to mind colorful candy pieces. But the name, Smarty, suits the piece in other ways. Worked, as the sample was, in a soft neutral shade, with two of your favorite accent colors, this could really be a wardrobe staple. That's what I call, smart. I love that the two shades used in this piece, are fairly close in color and saturation, but this would be pretty striking in two colors with more contrast, too. 

 

Front view of Smartyback view of Smarty

 

And did you see that sleeve detail? Sometimes a little goes a long way. Alison has an eye for just enough to be bold without being busy.

 

smarty sleeve detail

 

I really think this sweater has versatility. Worn with a pencil skirt and a button-up top, this is perfect office wear, and back when I spent a lot more time in an office, this could be in regular rotation. I've always been fond of a lot of black or gray and a pop of color, and boy, does this sweater deliver on that. In the middle and on the right, I wanted to play up the use of analogous colors. With the red and orange in the sweater, we can add one more color to the right or left of the color wheel (yellow and purple respectively) and get a whole new look. Either of these outfits would be suitable for day events and casual get-togethers with friends.

 

Styling Smartie

 

I've decided that any time Carly leaves these style posts in my hands, I'm going to post at least one absolutely ridiculous outfit, just to remind you all why we leave this sort of thing to the professionals (i.e. the fashionable), so tell me what you think? Could you take Smarty out for a hot date?

Styling Smartie

I don't know about you, but when the night chill comes on, I would love to throw something soft and pretty over my dress. Of course, these days, a hot date night is generally over by 9, but 27 year-old Marnie would have been all over that asymmetrical hemline and sparkles everywhere.

 

 

What say you? How will you wear Smarty

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