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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! I've been off all week, so for me, Friday came way too soon. The university calls it "reading week" but it could be more aptly named "sleeping week" and "catch up on emails, clean your filthy kitchen and do laundry week" as far as I am concerned. It's been a great balance, actually, of being cozy at home and going out with friends, which means I've gotten to dress lots of ways over the course of the week, with a blatant disregard for the words "business casual."


Carly's new silly shoesAnother view of the silly shoes


Also, yesterday I bought these truly (madly deeply) ridiculous shoes. I should know better than to walk into the sale section at Fluevog and start trying things on "just for fun." I had a chat with the lovely girl who works there about the fabulous overlap between knitters and shoe people, particularly Fluevog people. Maybe someday we can all get together to pitch the idea of a knitter's discount? A girl can dream, right? I took a page out of the (internet based) book of some of my favorite fashion bloggers, and wore these with an all-black outfit to see some experimental dance and theatre at the Rhubarb Festival. I didn't even fall. Sidenote from what is already kind of a sidenote; this new fashion blog is heavy on the handknits. You should probably give it a glance.


Let me introduce you to the squishtastic glory of this week's featured garment, Dressage.  Please feel free to bask in the cabled and ribbed coziness. I feel more relaxed just looking at it.


Dressage front view


Toggles in the cables! Brilliant. Let's have another look.


Dressage, side view


That's what fashion is really about for me; clothes can actually change the way you feel - and to some extent - the way other people react to you. You can dress to project something, or to protect something. I always wear lipstick if I have to speak in front of people, and I always wear wooly socks on (cold) days when I feel grumpy. To me, this sweater says comfortable, elegant, confident, and calm. Various outfits can make some of those elements speak louder.

I love the way this was styled for the shoot. I think a simple slim pant with a pop of color and some cute boots are great additions to this gorgeous sweater. I also think that these outfits would look fab on literally all body sizes, types, and shapes. Here are a few variations on that theme.


Three outfits with pants and boots


Maybe it's because I had my tarot read for the first time a few weeks ago, and then shortly thereafter got myself a deck of my own (and they're super beautiful and inclusive), or maybe it's because I've been watching too much Vampire Diaries, I'm having a bit of a witchy revival. Think low heeled black boots, dark lipstick, swishy fabrics, and lots of eyeliner. These next outfits were sort of inspired by that. These would be ideal with burgundy nail polish. You know, if you're into that sort of thing. I present  witch's day off (right), and witch goes to the bank (left).


Witch goes to the bank, Witch's day off


How will you wear Dressage?