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Twist Style Friday: Eliza

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 night I went out to a play (RENT at the Lower Ossington Theatre) and I didn't wear a jacket. Not even my hilarious shortie denim jacket. Spring is officially here!!! Have you taken a nice slow flip through our newest issue? There is a whole lot of gorgeous in there. I'm super excited to play with these clothes over the next few months!


These days I'm trying to remember how to dress for warmer weather, and thinking about being fancy. I have three weddings and a b'nei mitzvah in the next six weeks, so outfit planning is taking up all my brainspace. What I should be thinking about is packing; I'm moving in two weeks!! I'm not leaving town, just moving to a new neighborhood, and a real pretty new apartment. There's no closet in the (loft!!!) bedroom, so it looks like my clothes will just have to be on display. Good thing my things are awesome.

 

Want to see something else that's awesome? Meet Eliza, my new best friend.

 

Front detail

 

Slightly sheer lace, vintagey shape, and a gorgeous neckline? Yes please.

 

Eliza

 

The above outfit (plus the name Eliza...) reminded me a little of Audrey Hepburn. This top is the perfect thing to wear with ankle length, black cigarette pants and ballet flats. You could also let the 50s-ish shape inspire you to wear it in a more Betty Draper sort of way (like the outfit on the left, below).

three outfits with Eliza

Spring is the perfect time for some of my favorite fashion tropes: florals and layering! I know some of you are going to hate the below outfit on the left; if the idea of wearing a sweater underneath a dress makes you itchy or angry, think about it with the sweater on top instead. That's how I had originally styled it, but when I swapped them, just to see, I couldn't resist this look! Things that are sheer across the shoulder have been trendy for a while now, and I think this is a sweet interpretation of that sort of look.

Two layered floral outfits

How would you wear Eliza?

Quick Dispatch: Paris Outtake

We hope you think our newest issue was worth the wait. We had a great time putting it together. Paris wasn't too bad either.

 

Shooting in Paris

Twist Style Friday: TRIPLE Feature: Uji, Burrard, and Fitting

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 everyone! This is our last style post before the next issue launches- it's a mega-post! Three lovely garments! You should be really excited. I won't even be mad if you are more excited about the knowledge that our Spring launch is imminent than the outfits I'm about to show you.

 

These garments are amazing. You might already know that I love this jacket- like squishy wearable waffles.

 

Uji

 

Yum. This next one too, is a little bit blankety, but with a trimmer silhouette and just a smidge of a shawl collar.

 

Burrard

 

Now let's talk collars. Drapey, elegant, shoulder-grazing collars.

 

Fitting

 

This week is all about texture.


I have to retract my proclamation that winter is over since my last post. This is hard for me; I am extremely stubborn. Today I was walking around the trendy Roncesvalles neighborhood in west Toronto, keeping my eyes peeled for "for rent" signs (looking for apartments in this town is a crummy task, fyi), and pellets of ice were raining down on me. There is snow on the ground, and there may be more tomorrow. April is a cruel mistress. I came home and stubbornly ate ice cream while listening to the radio, and I haven't quite stopped shivering. I feel better just looking at these scrumptious sweaters.


Let's start with Fitting. I went with unadulterated girly on this one. You could also wear this more casually, with jeans or whatever. I think this sweater does the same thing to an outfit as a blazer does- makes you look fancier and more put-together- but without the masculine edge of a blazer. It's so pretty. Those textured columns are so lovely.

Fitting outfits

Next up, the lovely Burrard. In the middle outfit, I definitely went full on hot librarian. You can also toss this darling over a summer dress when the evening is chilly, or add a softer, nerdier element to a harder-edged outfit, like the one on the left. It's fun to dress as all the parts of yourself at once. At this very moment, I am wearing my boyfriend's plaid shirt and sparkly nail polish. So there's that.

Burrard outfits

Uji was really fun to style because the coat is a pretty major element, and although it is visually stunning with all that honeycomb texture, those pockets, and the generous collar, I felt as though it was my responsibility to provide a counterpoint to all that beige. Patent and studs and prints and acid brights!

Uji Outfits

I would love to know how you would wear Uji, Burrard, and Fitting. And I can't wait to start playing with our spring garments!!!!

Quick Dispatch: a last look at winter

I know you all are dreaming of spring as much as I am, and we are so excited to show you our next issue.

 

Rocky coast

 

But don't you feel just a little bit wistful about the passing of winter? The season, I mean. Cool mornings, handknit accessories, snuggling, cozy blankets, rosy cheeks! Winter is pretty wonderful, isn't it?

 

cute face

 

I thought while we're all waiting anxiously for buds to bloom, it might be nice to take one more long look at some behind the scenes shot from our Winter issue.

 

Ladybug

 

Touchup

 

Savor the end of the season! The next one is imminent.

 

Spiderweb

Twist Style Friday Double Feature: Whirlpool and Lavandula

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 friends! Despite the chilly weather we are having this week in Toronto, I have decided that winter is over. I have put away my winter coat, and even my sort of fake winter coat. I still wear wooly handknit accessories most days, but the decision has been made. I'm also back to biking, although yesterday the breeze was awfully chilly on my face coming home from the computer lab. I have been spending most days typing and being grumpy about it lately. I think I need to dress extremely cute today if I want to set myself up for scholastic success.

 

We're doing a double feature this week because we have more clothes to play with than we have weeks left before  the launch of the spring issue (!!!!).  I can't be exact about the date, because I am both sneaky and not in charge. Today's completely accidental theme seems to be this; when in doubt, take a hot pink purse.

 

First up, a seriously adorable vest. You know her as Whirlpool. Graphic and neutral; square and round; elegant and cute. You can wear her lots of different ways. 

 

 

Whirlpool

 

I just love that pattern! I am afraid of colorwork, because I can never figure out how to manage long floats. This pretty lady you see here- no long floats!I'll even show you what I mean. This is a knitted thing I am pretty proud of, because I charted it myself, and it was a commission from lovely and talented friends. Leah and Corey. You've seen Corey before. Remember this?

 

Corey wearing Neko

 

If you clicked that link on her name, you saw her lovely logo which says "Corinna Rose" in some awfully lovely font. For an EP she made with Leah, who plays the autoharp and knits like a boss, I knitted it! Be excited for me, but also check out those visible floats! Yikes.

 

i made it!

 

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Let's take a look at some outfits featuring Whirlpool.

three outfits with Whirlpool 

I used to have an eggplant colored leather pencil skirt just like that one. I found it at a thrift store years ago. I think i gave it away at a clothing swap a few years later. I swap things pretty often, because my body fluctuates in size pretty often, and I can't afford to just buy new stuff all the time! Plus i often buy and wear hilarious things that I get bored with after a few seasons. Swapping with friends is a great way to keep wonderful things in circulation, and if the friend is nice enough, you can sometimes ask for them back if you have pangs of regret. Too bad I can't get that skirt back! 

 

The other garment I'm playing with today is Lavandula. What a pretty little cardigan. 

 

Lavandula

 

A pop of pretty lace draws to the eye to your pretty face, and the fine gauge ribbing provides gentle shaping. Me, I'd pair with really sweet girly stuff. See?

three outfits with Lavandula

How will you wear Lavandula and Whirlpool

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