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Twist Style Friday: Esme

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 folks! Extra happy holiday Friday! I hope lots of you got to sleep in this morning, and if you are celebrating a holiday, I hope you have wonderful food and even nicer company.


The most exciting thing about this past week for me was probably the zillion or so hours I spent working on my bike last Sunday. I used to date someone who was really good with tools and mechanical stuff, and so I just always got him to work on my bicycle. When I moved to Toronto, I realized I was going to have to start paying someone to maintain my extremely silly vintage cruiser (and trust them with my precious precious Betseybike- that's his name), or else I would have to get my hands dirty.


I mention this because I am starting to feel about my bike the way I have recently started to feel about knitting. I am starting to understand how it works, which means I can fix mistakes, make changes and anticipate their results, make more complicated decisions about what I want out of these hobbies. Plus in the bike shop (I live super close to a DIY shop where they have tools and parts and volunteers to teach you how to use stuff!) I get to hit stuff with other stuff, use a vice, and get filthy with grease. It is really fun and makes me feel super tough. I took apart my back wheel hub and now I know how it works! I got the same feeling as when I made changes to the increase patterns in my Maroni scarf to change it's shape and it totally worked out the way I wanted it to.


Knowing how stuff works is so cool.

 

This sweater is not *too* complicated, but it does have some neat multi-direction stuff going on! I think it looks like it would be super fun to make. Meet Esme.

 

Esme from the back

 

 

Such pretty details!!! The stitch patterns, the waist-defining belt, the flared sleeve. This sweater is elegant and a little whimsical. Plus the slight drop-shoulder makes me think that it would also make a really lovely vest if you just left off the sleeves. Perfect for springtime, no?

 

I have springtime on my mind something fierce, and not just because we're working hard on the upcoming Twist issue. My winter coat has been retired for the season, and I'm feeling the pull towards lighter fabrics and colors. I know not everyone loves a good pastel, but here's Esme, all dressed up for spring. A knee length skirt (with a little fullness maybe) and a pair of delicate flats are all you need.

 

Styling options for Esme

 

How would you wear Esme?

 

 

 

Quick Dispatch: Working Hard

Since the folks who put together an issue of Twist mostly live in different cities, sometimes we have meetings on the internet.

Sometimes this happens.

 

 

Kate and Marnie meet on Google plus

Twist Style Friday: Porto

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, weekend-friends! Here in Toronto, we have been celebrating the "first week of spring" with a resurgence of winter. It snowed all day yesterday, and a few times last weekend. Grumble. At least I am getting a lot of wear out of my handknit sweaters and accessories? My super-snuggly Maroni has sure come in handy.


You know what else would be great to have around? This sweater. Because it's perfect.

 

Porto

 

You probably want to take a closer look at that elegant neckline, gorgeous waist detail, and the simple lines of the whole thing.

 

Porto detail

 

I'd like one in pale grey please, or that ochre-y brown color that almost looks like peanut butter. The third size up (40.25) should be about right, but take the length up a little, would you? I'm petite. Anyone?


If you wanted a little more coverage, you could wear this over a collared shirt, or a pretty camisole. Me, I love an open neckline, probably because I have a pretty big tattoo on my chest, and it's like a pretty necklace I never take off. Here are some things you could pair with your Porto. Think of me as your knitwear sommelier.

 

Styling Porto

Lots of solid brights to make your own springtime, that's my prescription. How would you wear Porto?

 

Quick Dispatch: Inspiration

Inspiration can strike anywhere. Can you see knitting in this image?

 

Geometric shapes

Twist Style Friday: Shoofly

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.


 


Folks, I have so many feelings abot fashion these days!!! Last week I was freaked out because I was wearing a lot of black. This week, I bought pants. Jeans, actually. I haven't really worn pants in years, mainly because pants don't seem to understand my body shape. I have a smallish waist, but my butt is bodacious and I have serious thighs. I don't want it to seem like I'm complaining about my body; I am complaining about pants. Pants are the problem, bodies are awesome. But I found these extremely stretchy high waisted, bright coloured jeans on super sale, so I got them in two colors and I think I really like them. Who am I?

 

I'm exaggerating the identity crisis a little, but only a little! Being a flouncy femme is a major part of how I situate and understand myself in the world. Clothes are communication, and it seems like I have some different things to say right now, even if I'm not quite sure what they are yet.

 

We're on the precipice of springtime here in Toronto. I've seen some serious overeager underdressers this week, folks with bare legs and hoodies instead of jackets. It's supposed to snow all this week, but we had one warm day, and some people packed up their winter stuff and refuse to take it back out. I sort of admire that kind of gumption.

 

This week's sweater is a dreamy one to have around when the teasing seasons are messing with your mind.

 

Shoofly

 

Let's take a closer look at those details. These colors are gorgeous, and think of the possibilities when making your own! I would love to see someone knit the contrast colors in an ombre pattern, with three variations on the same color. A greyscale would be lovely as well. Now that I'm thinking about color variations, if the main color was dark, that would also shift the look of the whole thing.

 

Shoofly closeup

 

This sweater is so classic, so clean. My first impulse was to style it similarly, with solid colors and simple shapes.

 

Shoofly with Solids

 

Yeah, you know me better than to just leave it at that. I call this set PATTERN ATTACK!

 

Shoofly with prints

Have fun with your clothes, whatever that means to you (even if it means pants).


How would you wear Shoofly?

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