Posts Tagged: wool

Fiber Clashes and Fiber Formality

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In my experience, even people who say they don’t know or care much about fashion have very definite opinions about levels of fiber formality and how they can contribute to fiber clashes. In other words, there are folks who feel that a cotton tee shirt looks utterly preposterous with a silk skirt, that fluid jersey knit and robust wool do not belong in the same outfit, and that cashmere looks awfully odd with twill. When pressed, many people cite their moms. Previous generations had VIEWS on which fibers were dressy and which we casual, and many of us have those views printed on the backs of our brains. Because when we were little and tried wearing favorite graphic tees with Sunday School skirts, we heard a few things about outfit assembly, fibers, and appropriateness. read more

Originally posted 2014-06-23 06:15:53.

Reader Request: Favorite Fibers

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Becky dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I found your discussion of ponte very useful and I’m wondering what other fibers you seek out and/or avoid. For example, I’ve noticed that many brands label certain rayon blends as machine washable but said garments quickly fade and pill, even on the delicate cycle. I’ve learned the hard way to avoid buying them. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that some (usually natural) fibers/fabrics that are labeled “dry clean only” actually hold up well to machine washing on the delicate cycle (and air drying).  … Do you have any fiber-related rules of thumb that you follow when selecting clothes?  read more

Originally posted 2012-05-01 06:01:33.

Gracey Wears: Warm Colors

No, not those warm colors.  I’m talking about clothes that are warm and are a color, instead of the usual winter black:

gracey the giant in LOFT pants, cashmere sweater & wool printed scarf

gracey the giant in LOFT pants, cashmere sweater, wool scarf & Franco Sarto boots 2

Although, I guess technically the sweater counts as one of those warm colors as well.

On Friday, which is when I wore this, it was freezing here in Pittsburgh and made even colder by the wind.  And all I could think to wear was layers of black.  Because it seems that all my warmest clothes are black and gray.

But, I didn’t want to wear black and gray.  I wanted to wear color.  Of course, I also wanted to be warm.  So I dug out a bright cashmere sweater and paired it with some non-black pants: read more