Monday, June 18, 2012

Knitting Tips - The Aesthetics

Often fashion advice tells us to find a style icon to help inspire us. Unfortunately the most photographed women tend to be at the far end of the range in what ever type they embody. I'm thinking of  tall, skinny super models or style icons like the Hepburns, both Audrey and Katharine. The so called "real" women are hard to find. I recently noticed how great the actress Margo Martindale always looks. She seems to have a style recipe going on, she typically wears a dark bottom, an interesting, detailed top garment that often flows away from her figure and she accessories with a great scarf or statement piece of jewelery that is on the large side, in proportion with her body.

In the photo above, the neckline of the top is low enough to show some skin, which breaks up her torso size and the sleeves are 3/4 length. Some stylists say that showing your wrists can make you look taller and slimmer. Her beads are large and bold. Margo wears her hair soft and a little full in volume, again in balance with her size.

In this photo, the colour is mainly at the top of the garment and the necklace creates a long slimming vertical line. All of these are details which could be added to your knitting projects and outfits. You could knit fabulous scarves, wear small brightly coloured shawls on top of simple dark tops, and make heavier knit jacket styles with big collars in a A line silhouette.

1 comment:

  1. Good tips!
    One of the things I've been learning is that I'm drawn to a sweater pattern more for its appeal to me as a knitter and not looking at it in terms of my body type and that's fine if I plan to give it away, but if I want it to look good on me then I need to pay attention to those patterns that emphasize the smallest part of me, camoflauge my flaws etc. Simply adjusting the sleeve length so it draws attention to the smallest part of you can be a huge help and getting the length right as well.