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Twist Style Friday: Hemingway for Men

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 folks!

 

I spent the afternoon yesterday at The Room, a very fancy fashion boutique inside of the Queen Street Bay store downtown in Toronto. I just walked around and looked at things, touched a few. I've been interested in the world of fashion since I started watching Jeanne Beker on Fashion TV when I was a little kid. When I stand in a room full of Oscar de la Renta and Prabal Gurung and Moschino clothies, I feel both like I am in a room full of celebrities, and also in a museum full of works of art. It sure isn't shopping- even if those clothes were made for bodies like mine, I definitely couldn't afford them- but there is something weird and peaceful and inspiring about being in a room with that much beauty.

 

Speaking of beauty (and totally changing the subject), have you seen this sweater?

 

 

both versions together

 

 

Hemingway is a stunning classic pullover. The shawl collar and button placket are lovely details, and the allover basketweave makes the sweater extra cozy and also keeps the knitting process interesting.

 

 

front

 

 

I love this deep heathered green, because it's neutral enough without being overly plain. This would also be lovely in navy blue, burgundy, and any undyed natural.

 

 

back

 

 

In pretty stark contrast to that fancy fashion room full of (mostly unattainable) possibility, the selection of stuff on Polyvore for masculine folks is SLIM, and a little boring?  I know some dudes who are pretty snappy dressers, and I try to think of them when I am styling menswear for this column. My favorite piece (probably obviously) is that pair of red and gold shoes. BLING!

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Hemingway?

Throwback Thursday: Stormsvale

We are having a little reprieve from cold weather in Toronto. I biked to work the last two days, and without a jacket or scarf!! It's been lovely to be outside in springlike weather, but also with the stunning falling leaves. I was wearing a pretty snuggly sweater today, but it was open at the neck, and once it was dark, I will admit to being lightly chilly for my ride home. It was dark at 6pm, because daylight spending time is the literal worst. 

 

I pictured this exact sweater in my head. I wished I was wearing Stormsvale.

 

 

full shot

 

 

In addition to being  classic and pretty, the colorwork bands over your throat and wrists are nice and toasty. Keep those pulse-points warm, people!! Also the allover herringbone texture is really lovely, don't you think? Let's take a closer look at those stranded bits, shall we?

 

 

waistline colorworkcollar color

 

 

I don't know if you share my fear of steeks, but if you do, this might be a great project to cut your teeth (cut your steeks!) on. The colorwork bands for the neck and waist and knitted in the round and then sliced open like magic. I believe in you.

 

 

Robin also wrote an amusing and very helpful blog post about Stormsvale, which includes a bunch of other possible color combinations, in case choosing from an infinite selection of colors seems overwhelming to you. There is some math, which I found charming.

 

 

This beauty is from our second issue ever, from Winter 2008! It's a special issue to me, because it's the first one that I had any hand in! I wasn't on the masthead yet, but you can see my name nestled in the thank-yous. Happy #throwbackthursday everyone!

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Sissonne

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 Friday!

 

I had to bust out my fingerless gloves last night, some volunteers I work with were hosting a walking tour of neighborhood history, so we were a group of weirdos walking around in the cold night air for a few hours. I think after being alive for close to 32 years, I may have finally figured out how to dress warmly, so with my assorted woolens, I was fine. In some ways I have always been old for my age; tonight I was everyone's granny. I brought a couple of extra pairs of gloves in case someone was underdressed. They came in handy (see what I did there?).

 

Sweater season is totally here, in Toronto anyways. I'm sort of thrilled about it. I am thinking about pulling my Ravenscrag WIP out of hibernation so I can actually wear it this season! If you don't already have a sweater on the needles (ok ok, even if you do...), consider this delightful prospect.

 

 

collar and yoke detail

 

 

Sissonne is an asymmetrical cabled cardigan with a pretty curved hem and a cozy folded collar. The cables are lush but also minimal, and this stunning yarn is an excellent combo of workhorse polwarth wool and a sprinkle of silk.

 

 

curved hem

 

 

That mitered edge on the buttonbands is the kind of tiny detail that my knitter brain just LOVES. So tidy, so precise.

 

 

backsleeve detail

 

 

I think the collar makes this a statement piece no matter what else you're wearing, so you decide if it's the only bold piece you want to wear, or if bold on bold is more your style. The color combo of this stunning pale ocean with cool grey and pinky red was really talking to me, so I did some variations on that as a theme.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Sissonne?

 

Throwback Thursday: Urbanite

Hey everyone! We are throwing all the way back to Fall 2009 today, to a really stunning men's pullover. Do you remember Urbanite?

 

 

full view

 

 

I find the cables in this piece positively hypnotic. It's a great sweater in a classic shape, but the knitting looks SO fun! Certainly, if you have a few skills in your toolbox for making alterations for patterns, you could make this for a person of any gender (and any body shape).

 

 

back

 

 

When I went back to look at it, the shoulder detail really struck me. It's a continuous rib panel from the sleeve right through the collar. Smart, smooth, simple.

 

 

shoulder detail

Twist Style Friday: Alodia

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.


 

 

If you saw yesterday's Throwback Thursday, you know I'm covering for Carly this week while she does the amazing things she does when she's not being brilliant here on the blog. I'm glad she trusts me in her absence but I do look forward to her posts.

 

While she's gone, I get to pick what I want to style next and it's never easy to choose, even this late into the season. I ended up landing on Alodia. This is outerwear for sure but that doesn't mean there aren't styling options to be had.

 

 

alodia

 

 

This piece is equal parts hood and scarf which means it's the perfect accompaniment to a jacket or outfit that isn't quite warm enough to take on the cooling temps.

 

 

back view

 

 

With that deeply-textured hood, you can get the benefits of a hat minus the inevitable hat-head. For people like me, with long, frizz-prone hair, that is a mighty tempting feature of this beautiful piece.

 

 

The great thing about Alodia is that it's practical enough for everyday wear but beautiful enough to be worn out for a special occasion. That's a hard line to walk and Moira Engel pulled it off beautifully. I envision three occasions when I might pick Alodia to finish off my outfit.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

On the far left, a plaid (of course) fitted jacket with and casual outfit. This is the jacket you can wear to work or the grocery store and since it doesn't have a hood of its own, that hood and scarf combo is really going to come in handy. In the middle, a gorgeously tailored long wool coat with simple lines and a shawl collar, can go over that gown you picked out for the symphony. And at the far right, we get our sparkle on with a jacket that is more form than function. Since it won't keep you as warm as a heavy coat, Alodia keeps the outfit looking polished and you toasty warm. Bonus points for folding up small enough to tuck in a larger purse, if required.

So, how will you wear Alodia?

 

 

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