Back to Styling

Not too long ago, I posted about learning to style your knitwear. It has been on my mind to follow up that post with ideas and tips for my own patterns. To begin, I will start with the free chunky fringed scarf I posted last week.

People come in the shop all the time saying they always buy the same yarn colors and need “to break out of their rut”. And while I am all for constant experimentation and expanding my horizons, I have to say that I don’t like to see people feel ashamed of buying their favorite colors. When you crochet or knit with your favorites, you are guaranteed to end up with lots of pieces that work together that you will love year-round. Styling is all about being able to swap items in and out of different outfits. As you may have already figured out, I am very drawn to reds (although that could change). This scarf is now going to serve me well no matter what season it is (and if you’re wondering, yes, it was about 95 degrees the day I shot these photos, so the winter look is here just for your benefit!) Hope you enjoy!

My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory!
My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory! And a pedicure, of course!
Yes, that's my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don't like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
Yes, that’s my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don’t like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
I never get tired of a winter whites look. In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warm about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warmth about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.

 

Styling

As most of you probably know by now, I am a fashion girl. Not that I have much time to read, but when I do, if it’s not knitting magazines, it’s probably fashion blogs and magazines. The two are closely connected, but one thing I’ve noticed a great deal of in fashion and not so much in knitting, is styling. I’m not sure why that is, but considering how much time it takes to knit something, I’m surprised we don’t talk more about this. Styling is, in my opinion, way more important than following trends, and is the best thing to learn if you want to maximize your wardrobe! Learn to style, and you can take a whole bunch of basics and get way more mileage out of them instead of buying new stuff all the time! And since most of us knit things to keep for a long time, it is especially beneficial to knitters so they can get more use out of the items they spent so much time creating! I plan on keeping this in mind and will post more about this subject as I figure things out. But to get all my fellow knitters started, here is a tutorial on 25 ways to style a scarf, as demonstrated by Wendy!

Doing It Myself

Not that I am ever bored, but every now and again, I feel the need to reinvent myself. I look at everything in my closet and FEEL bored, and wonder if I can really claim to have a good personal style if I basically throw on the same 5 outfits every week and don’t put more effort into being creative with how I present myself. The truth is that for awhile, I spent myself into a hole constantly trying to update my look and to feel stylish. (And let’s be honest, fashion and style for women is really more about emotions than it is about the “capsule” idea of having certain pieces in your closet that always work. Women want to FEEL the image their clothes are presenting.) Long story short, I had to sacrifice alot to get out of debt, and going back in is not an option. Plus, it goes against my nature to be (and feel) so wasteful, and so being creative in my dress has become an exercise in creativity itself.

This is one of the many reasons I love, love LOVE it when fashion magazines have little features on “how to update your look with what is already in your closet.” Often, it is just a matter of pairing things together you never wore together before or making small tweaks to separates. It does not usually require Project Runway-sewing skills, or a fortune spent at a craft store (because then really, why not just buy the damn thing at Macy’s and save yourself the trouble?!). Anyone out there who knows EXACTLY what I’m saying should check out this site, which expands beautifully on this concept! And if you have ideas about this, please share!