Archive for the ‘Styling guide’ category

Styling Guide: Shana for Fall

October 30, 2012

Wearing a knitted skirt can be not only flattering, but so comfortable too.

The softness and drape of a knit skirt looks great on most figures, and the warmth is always welcome when temperatures drop.

When planning a skirt, do not forget to choose a springy yarn like Cascade 220 to guard against a baggy booty.

In cooler weather, I also like to wear opaque support hose under my knitted skirts for a smooth line from hips to toe. They eliminate lumps and bumps and make me feel more secure and well…supported, as if I’m not jiggling like jello under my knit skirt.

Shana is a perfect example of how great looking a knitted skirt can be. The trumpet shape visually balances out larger hips and the pretty lace detailing adds interest to a flat stockinette knit. I also love the sophisticated pairing of Old Rose and Black.

Styling Guide- Burlesque Beauty

July 19, 2012

I love that Burlesque has re-emerged in popularity (thanks Dita!) and have put together a Styling Guide to celebrate it’s return. Knit up our sexy Trish Corselette and Madeline wrap, then accessorize with items from around the web. (The huge ostrich feather fan is so awesome!!)

The Retro Suit- Bringing Back Elegance

May 3, 2012

In my mom’s day, if you knitted (which practically everyone did) then somewhere along the way you’d knit yourself a suit.

At the time you might have done that on very tiny needles and it likely would have taken the better part of six months to complete.
However, when finished you’d have a beautiful addition to your wardrobe and if you were careful with storing it you’d probably keep it for many, many years as she did and proudly show it off to anyone interested. I found it amazing that anyone could have the patience to do such an involved and seemingly endless project.

Since I am so enamored of vintage fashions, I decided to give a nod to the days when knitters proudly wore their suits to any and every fancy or dressed up occasion. In these times when it is becoming increasingly popular to go out in public like this, it is a joy to see a woman taking enough pride in her appearance and talent to create and accessorize a beautiful outfit like the Retro Suit.
If you’re a real vintage afficionado, there is no better place than Ebay for a selection of vintage accessories, many of them quite affordable (the 40′s hat in my Styling Guide below went for a mere $24.99).

Clarissa Styling Guide

December 14, 2011

It’s been a while since we posted a new styling guide and today Clarissa is the lucky girl.

My dad was a Navy man in WW2, so I have a soft spot for sailor pants on both guys and gals. If a blue jean can be elegant then these certainly are, especially when paired with the lovely Clarissa cardigan and a gaggle of beautiful accessories.

I must point out the Italian millefiori ceramic mosaic brooch worn at the neck of Clarissa; a vintage find on EBay. It’s amazing to find lovely folk art such as this for under $20.

Boho Chic-Madeline

April 25, 2010

Everyone knows that I love the 40′s as one of the most inspirational fashion eras, but there is another time that is also near and dear to my heart.

The 70′s had it’s moments for me and I love many of the hippy/folk/boho fashions seen during that time. Think Janis Joplin, Cher,  David Bowie and Jim Morrison.

This outfit featuring my Madeline Shawl Jacket underscores the flowy, handmade charm of that time while simultaneously referencing the romantic elegance of today.

WLD Styling Guide: Julianne from the Top

March 10, 2010

Spring is starting to break through the clouds here in Sacramento, California and for once I am feeling ready for it.

The warm-up makes me want to start putting away the winter things in favor of something fresh and cool, but there’s still a chill during mornings and evenings.

Our Julianne top is the perfect piece for this time of year; all those good looks knit into a fitted, short sleeve sweater. On goes a linen jacket for chillier moments, off it comes when the sun is out. A great dressy-casual look for Spring, Summer and beyond.

WLD Styling Guide: Breaking It Up with Julianne

February 21, 2010

Suits are an under-ultilized concept in my book. 

I have two suits and I can count on one hand the times I’ve worn them with their matching pieces.  However, I wear them as seperates VERY often. The jackets go over jeans and the pants are worn with sweaters and other tops.

Julianne is no different; there’s a lot of mileage in those two little pieces.  Get over the  preciousness of  the two matching knit garments and look at each  as if none other existed.

WLD Styling Guide: Julianne for Day

February 7, 2010

I love the idea of a two-piece knitted dress or suit.  Wearing the pieces together is one of the dressiest ways one can wear their knits for a daytime event, yet there is a comfort factor there that is inherent by virtue of the knit itself.

Julianne is a perfect outfit for a wedding, brunch or family occasion that requires one to look dressed but may also require movement such as bending, stretching, dancing or even extended periods of sitting .

WLD Styling Guide: Krista, Two Ways for Day

January 24, 2010

The Krista Tee is one of my favorite quick-to-knit garments. She delivers a lot of  feminine good looks for just a little effort.

To the left is one of the photos from my book, Knitting Lingerie Style, which shows Krista beautifully styled for day.

I love the tiny shrunken vest juxtaposed over the wider pant and the way the lace hem peeks out from below the vest almost as if they were made to be worn together.

If I recall correctly, this outfit was from  H & M.

With Spring and Summer approaching, a Krista Tee should be on everyone’s list for a pretty, fast project destined to be worn on the first bright , warm  day.

 If you can’t wait that long, layer it over a long sleeved tee or blouse for just a little breath of the season to come.

WLD Styling Guide: Shelley’s Lace Cardi for Day

January 19, 2010

I took a quick trip over to our local community college the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the outfits I saw several of the female students wearing.  One was dressed in a jeans/velveteen blazer combo with a lovely colorful scarf to finish it off and the other wore a long sweater dress with flat boots under a well cut jean jacket. Both were lovely, appropriate outfits that made me think that these girls were serious about whatever it was they were studying.

Others that I saw….not so much.  Pajama pants, bedroom slippers , oversized hoodies , floppy men’s t-shirts, exposed tattoos above the butt all say  I DON’T CARE.  If you’re a young person  educating yourself  for your career, practicing dressing yourself  for that future is time well invested. 

Appropriate doesn’t have to equal stuffy, expensive (any of the pieces shown can be found in a wide range of price points) or boring. Shelley’s Lace Cardi  is a pretty way to get there.


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