Today I awoke to golden light filtering through the equally golden sweet gum trees along my street. I also awoke to the striking addition of my breath leading me along by its steamy leash. That means it’s time for layering, a clothing tradition with which walking to work in San Francisco made me all-too-familiar. Layering for the chilly autumnal mornings in New England is a different ritual than it was in the Bay Area, though. Sweaters are 100% my favorite part of any layering strategy. I almost never wore sweaters in San Francisco because the dampness in the air would mean that by the time I got to wherever I was going, I no doubt smelled like a damp dog. And then what if it was one of those days that began in the 40s and ended in the upper 70s? Those days always leap up to bite you in Oakland and SF. But NOW the bright crispness and crunch of beet red Maple leaves under my feet let me know that it is officially sweater weather!
I associate sweaters and therefore knitting (the way by which sweaters were made for ages) with my ancestry in The Netherlands and Denmark, but according to the internet, knitting originated in Egypt with socks! True story. It didn’t even make it to Europe until Spanish Christian royal families began employing Muslim knitters. And then it was just more socks. My favorite kind of sweater–the Aran sweater of Ireland–didn’t even make it onto the scene until the early 1900s.
Anyhoo, I’m so excited about finally composing a sweater collection, I thought I’d do a round up of all the awesome possibilities out there. Sweaters are also seemingly all over every runway and on one million racks in every sort of store this season. So if you worry about those sorts of things, don’t.
S W E A T E R S!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s start with my favorite sort of sweater (beyond the classic Aran). The high-necked sweater. Sometimes you’ll see really creative approaches to sweaters that incorporate elements like a plunging neck line, or bare shoulders. This is not ok. It looks nice, but why are you wearing a sweater? Because it’s bloody cold out. So why would you want a sweater that does a slacker job by leaving your shoulders and sternum unprepared for the intensity of the wind’s bared teeth? No no no. High neck line, all the way.
That reminds me, soon I need to do a post all about the awesome potential of ear muffs–a look that Thomas McBee and I will both be bringing back this winter.
Guess what. It’s going to get dark at like 3pm in a couple of months. Get a bright sweater to fight the inevitable depression that accompanies life in the hibernation season!
I want one of those sweater coats SO BAD. I bet he doesn’t make XX[X]S, though.
Remember how pashminas happened however many years ago and all those Gap girls were running around draped regrettable decisions? Someone recently told me those were coming back. Help defeat that possibility by opting instead for a cape. A cape is not a sweater, but it’s a pleasant enough digression.
This amazingly warm looking sweater that incorporates toggles–another wonderful invention–is from Topman, which consistently has better items than its female counterpart: Topshop.Topshop for some reason thinks that I want to wear skirts and ugly things all through the winter. Topman, on the other hand, respects my desire to both wear fun clothes and while at the same time avoiding frostbite. Their XXS fit my small frame and I highly recommend plundering their beautiful coat selection.
Despite the way in which this model looks mean or maybe high on something that makes her unhappy, the sweater itself is totally acceptable. It’s bright, it’s jaunty, it has ELBOW PATCHES. Elbow patches are the bees knees!
And so here I sit, thinking about the chill awaiting me outside, wearing my favorite soft wool hooded sweater with large patches of red over a cream background (my boss said I look like the MoMA…in a good way), contemplating the variety of textures and patterns and materials I should look for for my growing collection. Sweaters: a girl’s best friend.