Subscribe



Receive HTML?

Twist Collective Blog

Twist Style Friday: Quiver

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.


 

Hi Friday friends! I spent a bit of time this morning cleaning up my office. I'm a super lucky kid with two rooms in my house, and so one of them is this "office" that is mostly packed full of yarn and craft supplies, but in an effort to have my laptop not live literally in my bed, I'm trying to actually use this extra space! I get great sunlight and have a view of rooftops wearing thick snowblankets. 

 

Probably because of the big window, it gets a little chilly in here, and I'm wishing I had a really squishy wool sweater to put on (with my leopard print pj pants and batman t shirt, I'm a fashion plate, okay??). Specifically, I wish I had this one

 

 

Quiver from the frontfrom the back 

 

 

I really love the way the cable pattern looks like super zoomed-out plaid, and also like a grid, and also like arrows. This sweater seems like it would be a relaxing knit, and the finished product is so awesome, whatever your gender presentation. I have to confess, I don't totally believe in the idea that some clothes are for women and some clothes are for men. I think that humans should wear and make whatever clothes they like. The amazing thing about knitting is that you can make a garment literally fit your body. Some women don't want waist shaping in their sweaters. Some men do; it totally depends on how your body is shaped and how you like your clothes to fit. I tend to wear stuff that's pretty fitted because I like to, but with a garment this squishy and cozy, I might actually prefer it a size or two too big, and not so shaped. Anyways, there is also a lady version of Quiver (it's lovely) which we will look at for styling another day. Today we are just focusing on the more masculine nebula in the gender universe. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

If you (or the person you're knitting for) is the kind of guy who has plentiful face-hairs, all of these outfits could be perfected with the addition of the ultimate winter accessory (bonus for warmth), a stellar beard (or a particularly festive holiday beard?). The one on the right in particular is an ode to the current trend of "lumbersexuality" or as I call it, Canadian masculinity. I have to admit that the pickings for men's stuff on polyvore are a little slim - and let's face it - normative masculinity is pretty restrictive. So I'm sorry if this week's outfits are a little lower on whimsy than you're used to seeing from me! You can imagine with me a fourth outfit that I couldn't assemble- skinny black pants, shiny black creepers (pointy toe, please), a crisp white buttondown, a blood red bowtie, and Quiver, but in charcoal or black. You know, for a little of that Jack White/Jack Skellington flair. 

 

How will you wear Quiver

Twist Style Friday: Quarry

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, sartorially inclined readers!! I'm feeling pretty chuffed today; I had this week off and have been cavorting around Montreal, visiting old friends, meeting my friends' newish small humans, snuggling dogs, and generally having a super nice time. Oh, and knitting, of course! I started a Wheelwright and it's a really steady and satisfying lace pattern. I love when charts are predictable and the resulting knitting is easy to read. I feel like the pattern is patting me on the head in a reassuring way every ten stitches or so. 

 

It's chilly here, a damper cold than in Toronto, and one more wooly layer might have been a wise addition to my wardrobe. Maybe one with some geometric detail, like Quarry

 

 

front yoke detail

 

 

This top has a classic shape and simple lines, but the graphic yoke gives it a modern punch. Right now I want to make this in a warm, pale grey-brown with a super jazzy bright as the contrast color (like this one I just got a skein of when I went yarn shopping with Kate earlier this week). I think it would be super stunning in lots of color combinations, but I would stick to pretty high contrast, and maybe steer away from heathers to keep the lines crisp. Mustard and charcoal would be another of my top picks, or raspberry and chocolate brown. Basically any color named after food is probably a solid choice. 

 

 

back detailside detail

 

 

Packing for a trip can be a bit stressful. I dress to match (or sometimes, to counteract) my mood, and it's hard to know how I'll feel six days from now. Also color coordination is important to me, as are dry, warm feet. I wanted to only bring a backpack and a purse. Also I packed in the hour before I left my apartment, because I'm smart and organized like that. Don't worry, I had a strategy! I chose a limited color palette, only packing things that are black, purple, or leopard print so literally every piece could be mixed and matched.  I brought things I could layer for warmth and combine in different ways. I brought lots of wool socks (some that I made!), and only at the very last second added a pair of (leopard print) sneakers to my bag. I haven't worn them, it seems I legit could have gotten away with just my tall purple docs! They even worked with the black and gold sparkly gown I wore to the semi-fomal event I attended on Saturday night. Yep, I got it all in the backpack. 

 

I employed a similar palette approach when looking at Quarry this week. Black, white, red, and metallics all mix together to make a bunch of pretty sweet outfits. You could swap around any of the bags and shoes and jewelry, and they would all still make sense. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Quarry

Twist Style Friday: Hyssop

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.


 


It's always a great week when we release a new issue!! I love visiting the Twist site and being surprised by the new cover. I hope you've had a chance to sit with a steaming mug of your warm beverage of choice (I'm favoring nettle tea these days) and take a nice slow flip through the pages. 

 

It also means I have tons of choices when starting to put together styling posts! I haven't picked my favorite pattern from the new issue yet, nor have I chosen which one I'll knit (first...). I'm pretty enamored with lots of the sweaters, but I am most definitely having a pullover revival right now. Hyssop is a gorgeous one, with her deep v neck, simple cables, and pretty lace. 

 

 

model wearing Hyssop, a mauve pullover. model is standing in a forest with lots of yellow leaves

 

 

I love the way that the lace down the front echoes the shape of the neckline, and the reverse stockinette field is a great way to show off yarn with some depth of color or texture. 

 

 

side view back

 

 

I wanted to try some different looks with this one. On the right we have a party outfit with a bit of a sexy edge. You can only see a little peek of it, but the layer under that sweater is a little leather bustier. I don't have a ton of leather in my wardrobe, but when I wear the things I have, I am always surprised by how warm they are! Pleather has less insulating properties, but is still totally fun to wear. In the middle we have a layered look, featuring pants in a color I deeply love. If you wanted to push it a little more androgynous, a skinny tie or some collar clips would be a totally nice addition to this outfit. The one on the left is kind of the wild card. 

 

 

I've been seeing a lot of these kind of loose, blousy pants around lately. Seems kind of like a distinguished way to wear pyjamas! These ones are silk, which means they're also pretty warm! If I'm totally honest, these remind me - in shape and color  - of a pair of plaid flannel pants I fully wore to bed and to school in the late 90s. My mother thought this was wildly unreasonable. I still have a flexible relationship with clothes as sleepwear/worldwear, but now that's more related to slips and dresses than to pants. For this outfit I picked shoes that look a bit like very fancy slippers to keep with the whole going out in your jammies thing. With a bit of bling I think you could wear this to a cocktail party. You could also add a sparkly camisole underneath the sweater so the sparkle could peek through the lace or at the neckline. 

 

Take a look: 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Hyssop

Twist Style Friday: Paria

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'm so glad it's Friday! Mostly this is because I have some of my favorite humans in town this weekend and I get to make them pizza tonight, but also because I need a break from my office. I love my job, don't get me wrong, but my office is in the basement of the building and it is positively polar in there right now! Another part of my job involves going to local schools and doing workshops, and the classrooms are nearly always boiling hot. The name of my clothing game right now is LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS, and each of them has to be presentable so I can survive and still be appropriately dressed in the multi-climate world that is my life right now. 

 

It really makes me wish I had one of these. Sigh. I have such a crush on this sweater! 

 

 

Paria from the front, a plain orange sweater modeled by a brunette in a canoe.

 

 

At a glance she's a simple sweater. A little bit of a boat neck (in a boat!), fitted in a pretty way, but mostly plain. She's subtle, but folks, she is also totally magic. Check out this side shaping, and the sleeve details! 

 

 

twisted ribbing on side body and sleeve, stockinette "ribbons" spiral around sleeves

 

 

Wearing Paria, you're wrapped in ribbons, like a pretty present! I love it. I think I'm really having a pullover revival right now! I was super committed to cardigans for a really long time, but I am really feeling drawn to tops like this one (and my Ravenscrag that I won't shut up about). 

 

This special/basic duality makes Paria a super versatile piece. You can toss her on with jeans or sweats, take her skiing (or apres-skiing), or wear her to something a little fancier. Let your shoes determine how dressy the outfit is, and if you're going to a special occasion thing, up the jewelry ante a little. Here are some of my ideas. I actually super want to wear all of these outfits, but the one on the right is a strong favorite for me. KABOOM! 

 

 

 three outfits

 

How will you wear Paria

 

 

Twist Style Friday Double Trouble: Falkirk and Ravenscrag

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 friends!!

 

I've been thinking a lot about clothes this week. I've been wanting to dress a little tougher lately, reaching for my stompy boots on more and more mornings. I've been choosing darker and darker colors for my nails (currently a deep grey with green shimmer, called Sally), and my dear friend Clara gifted me a black lipstick. I've been wearing burgundies and purples for a long time, but had never quite made the leap to black. I wore it for the first time yesterday (yup, to work, in daylight!) and it was a surreal experience. I'm someone who strangers feel immediately comfortable with- maybe a little too comfortable. When all the single seats on a train are taken, I am always the person who gets a seatmate first. I have weird hair and tattoos and piercings and I'm usually wearing at least one strange item of clothing, and probably I'm knitting in public. People often seem to feel super comfortable approaching me and talking to me and asking me about my knitting or my body modifications.

 

While on the subway wearing black lipstick, not a single person made eye contact with me. I often describe my clothes and makeup as my femme armor; things that make me feel appropriately guarded as I move through the world. Black lipstick seems capable of creating a literal force field around me. It's so fascinating how differently people reacted to me with this one small change. It's not that I want to be scary, but there was something really fun about subverting the whole idea of makeup as a tool to achieve attractiveness; this is something I put on my face that actively repelled people. 

 


Anyways. I likely won't wear it with my Ravenscrag (in progress) because I think I will want to talk to literally everyone about this sweater. I'll be shouting from the rooftops. I'm a little in love with it, and right now it's just a back piece and one sleeve. Mine is about 12 shades brighter than the original, but let's just gaze at it lovingly, shall we? Sigh. Hello pretty. 

 

 

Ravenscrag modeled, from the back.

 

 

The cables are amazing, the shape is so bombshell, the neckline is super pretty. I just flat out love this sweater. It would be awesome in a rich caramel or coffee brown, in a solid bright, or a soft heather. You probably want one. 

 

 

detail of scoop neckline and cables on front

 

I'm going to wear mine with pencil skirts and pointy boots, or with skinny jeans and legwarmers and doc martens. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

But wait, we have another gorgeous sweater to look at today!!  If you've been paying attention, you know that also means that our next issue is almost fully baked. I can barely wait for you all to see it. For now you will have to console yourself with this cozy wonder. Hello Falkirk

 

 

Plaid knitted jacket with tie-belt

 

 

Fall and plaid are a really excellent pair. At my friend Alysse's family cottage, there are a bunch of plaid shirt-jacket things (I call them lumberjackets) that everyone wears when it gets chilly at night. Falkirk is the refined version of that. Super cozy, and exactly what you want to wrap yourself in on a icy night, ideally near a roaring fire or wood stove. The details keep it looking super polished; the contrast edge on the buttonband and collar, the perfect rustic buttons, and the perfect saddle shoulder. Take a look! 

 

 

shoulder detail

 

 

This sweater does have a little bit of a gentlemanly air about it, so I nodded at that a little in my styling. The plaid also gives you lots of colors to work with. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Falkirk? What about Ravenscrag

Subcategories