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Twist Style Friday: Greenery

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.


 


I should tell you, I am generally kind of a Halloween spoilsport. I get stressed out about costumes, I don't really like parties, and most candy is unappealing to me (I only want chocolate). I know folks who are super into it, and I support them, but most years when this day rolls around, I plan to stay home. Tonight I am cooking a nice dinner with a small group of friends, and we are going to watch movies about witches. Probably The Craft, and maybe also The Witches. We will eat chocolates that are not tiny-sized (those aren't on sale yet).  

 

I was *more* Halloween-y yesterday. A colleague of mine suggested that it might be fun to dress as each other for our volunteer meeting closest to Halloween. He is a tall thin south asian man, and I am a curvy short white girl, and we both have very distinctive styles, so this was pretty comical. We both took this project on pretty seriously; he gave himself a colorful manicure, wore purple lipstick, and a floral velvet Betsey Johnson skater dress. I also brought him a knit hat and scarf to wear. My costume might seem more regular - I wore jeans and a T shirt and a hoodie with some activisty buttons on the kangaroo pocket, with a plaid grampa hat, glasses, and sneakers - except that I literally felt like another person. Those clothes are "normal", but they aren't at all normal *for me*. I didn't wear makeup, guys. Ok, I wore neutral-ish nail polish and tinted chapstick. If we're Facebook friends you can see the photos. 

 

The thing David and I have in common is a serious commitment to color coordination. This week's sweater, Greenery, is a total dream for people like us who like to match things to each other, because you have so many delicious accent colors to choose from! 

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

My favorites are obviously the brightest ones, the blue closest to the neckline, and that amazing chartreuse. This sweater would also be super amazing in tonal neutrals, like gradient browns or greys. Obviously, I like a pop of color, but mostly I just can't wait to see the amazing combinations that knitters come up with. 

 

 

full shot of Greenery sweater

 

 

I also really love the detail on the sides. In addition to looking totally pretty, this also seems like it would super fun to knit. I would be so excited, watching the pattern emerge! Then, compulsively matching your shoes or earrings or purses to the perfect colors you've chosen... or maybe that's just me. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Greenery

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Cahoots

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.


 


Happy Friday fashion fans!! It's been full on sweater weather here lately (and leather weather, velvet weather, sweater-tights weather... all the best kinds of weather) and I have been so happy to be pulling out my handknits and boots. I don't even mind the bit of rain. 

 

Fall happens fast, so I'm doing my best to relish these days; walking home from work and eating my lunch outside.  I want to breathe all the air while it doesn't hurt my lungs. It makes me want to listen to fiddle tunes and darn socks and stay up too late so I don't miss it. 

 

 

full viewsleeve detail

 

 

Cahoots is the perfect cardigan for this time of year. She's cute and shaped enough to look adorable with whatever outfit you have on, but she is also thick and cozy enough to hold off jacket-wearing until the mercury falls just a little bit further. 

 

 

frontback

 

 

Snuggly and sweet, right? You could totally wear this over jeans and a t shirt, and the neckline is high enough to work with a collared shirt as well, so you could blazer it too. In this color though, with those bright buttons, Cahoots was calling to me. She said, "make me pretty!" 

 

One of the best ways of keeping a pretty dress and sweet cardigan from looking overly twee is to butch it up a little with your shoe choice. A little gender-blending can add an edge to an outfit that's otherwise potentially toothache causing. So pick yourself a nice brogue, or a chelsea boot to go with your frock, and get outside where the leaves are falling! 

 

 

 three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cahoots?

 

Twist Style Friday: Calais

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.


 


I wore pants to a party last weekend and someone asked me if it was because I'd lost a bet. They weren't saying that I didn't look great (I did), just that they had literally never seen me dressed that way, and so there had to be some kind of justification for it. Incidentally, there was. My actual party outfit was well, minimal, and it was cold, and I rode my bike to the party. The sweater, stretchy jeans, and boots ensemble I arrived in was just my transportation outfit. 

 

Still, this exchange has been making me think about how much a particular *look* (or a few variations on a theme) can be almost like a uniform. Our clothes can be part of how we show ourselves to the world, and also give others information about who we are and how we want to be perceived. 

 

As someone who moves through the world as a woman, and as someone pretty sensitive, I think about balancing strength and vulnerability a lot. I often think of my clothing, makeup, and accessories as armor that I wear to feel protected. 

 

This, my fashiony friends, is a pretty piece of armor. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

The ribs and cables seem protective to me, but also this top is kinda sexy. It's a bit like putting your body in a pretty sweater-cage. 

 

 

full shot from the frontback

 

 

I paired Calais with other things that make me feel tough. Animal print, stompy boots, leather, and bright colors. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Calais

Twist Style Friday: Akebia

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.


 

 

Last weekend I took a very last minute and poorly planned trip to Montreal. I lived in that town for 9 years, so many of my top humans are there. I was only in town for about a day and a half, so I didn't even tell many of my loves that I was going to be around, there just wasn't enough time to make plans to see everyone. On a long shot, I asked some of the ladies that I used to knit with all the time if they were free for lunch. By some magic, they were all available, and so Kate, Sue, Leah and I had a wonderful lunch in Mile End. Kate showed up wearing Akebia, and I kind of fell in love with it. 

 

 

Akebia from the backfront view

 

 

Aside from the gorgeous colorwork, the simple shape, and the contrast hems, what really got me was how light the sweater was. It's knit at a tight enough gauge to have a bit of structure, but it feels like a feather. 

 

 

hem detail

 

 

It's an amazing lightweight warm layer and it's so so pretty. I can't wait to see the color combinations that knitters choose. I would want it in a warm neutral and a bright, maybe a light sandy brown and a coral-y pink? 

 

In these colors, I think a pop of red brings out the contrast hems, and silver toned jewelry complements the neutrals. 

 

 

 three outfits

 

How will you wear Akebia? 

 

Designer Post: Latifolia

headshot Tori Seierstad

 

Today's post comes to us from Tori Seierstad, and you can also find it here, on her blog. She is the designer of the lovely Latifolia mittens and hat set from our newest issue, as well as this amazing yoked sweater. She uses positive and negative space in brilliant ways that make colorwork gorgeous and modern. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

submission pic

 

 

Here's the first version of Latifolia hat and mittens - in the photo I sent with my submission to Twist collective.

When I designed this set, I was thinking of the paper decorations we made as kids - with black and white paper, cutting out motifs in black, then gluing them to the white paper to get a mirrored motif. Makes sense?

The yarn here is Dale Cotinga, a blend of merino and alpaca.

 

 

sample knit for the magazine

 

 

Here's the sample I made from the yarn Twist collective chose, O-Wool's Legacy DK, 100% merino, which is also a nice yarn, a little thinner than the Dale Cotinga (as I suggested, to get a nicer drape for the hat). I like the colour they chose for me too!

 

Tori wearing her Latifolia set

 

 

Here's me wearing the sample, before sending it off to the US. You can see some snow in the background, but I did not really need hat and mittens that day.

 

 

hat and mitten set on blonde model with pale skin.

 

And here's the main photo on Twist Collective's page.
 
It's a fabulous issue, see the patterns on Twist Collective. I find it impossible to choose a favourite.

 

 

 

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