Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Loving the versatile

Stopping by Spank Clothing on Granville St. this past weekend, I came across a pretty wicked "cardigan" (I would use the term loosely) by Montreal label Covet. I saw it on the mannequin and thought it was just a normal drapey shrug-type deal, until I tried it on and discovered that it was one of those highly-convertible miracle garments. Since I'm the opposite of a frivolous shopper, and have a very hard time buying something that can't be worn in many ways, this little number was right up my alley. Needless to say, for $79 I scooped it up. Not exactly cheap but there's oodles of bang for the buck in there, as they say.
It's also very soft and comfy to wear. I considered buying it in the shade that Susie of Style Bubble would call grurple, but I thought the cream would mesh with my wardrobe better. But now I'm thinking of going back and nabbing the other one too...

There are so many ways to wear it boggles the mind, and I've been having a lot of fun playing with it. If you just pull it on it has a long drapey front panel like so (please excuse the bathroom setting, dirty mirror, poor lighting and sketchy photo taking):

But if you swing it behind your shoulders or twist it around there are infinite ways to wear it. Straight up cardi/shrug, shawl-top, cape-esque...

My favourite so far is the asymmetrical cardigan style:

Now if only this second winter will cease so I can flit about in light layers rather than a wool coat!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Let's call the calling off, off!

Time to dip my toes into the water, after so much trepidation. I don't really have a manifesto because I'm not quite so organized or focussed. I think to start with this blog will be more in the "scrapbook" vein, cobbling together various images and influences that are inspiring me at the moment. Apologies for the thoroughly underwhelming introductory post, hopefully it'll all be uphill from here!

Right now I can't get the image of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Shall We Dance, zipping around on roller skates and not missing a beat of choreography, out of my head. I think their roller skate routine captures what's so lovable about that pair - they always look impossibly stylish, but at the same time, they always look like they're having so much fun. All their films are exactly the same, but I think that's what makes Fred and Ginger movies such great comfort food - reliable, frothy romance. And every time I watch one of their films, I feel compelled to pin my hair up a la Ginger or add a sparkly brooch and try to channel some 30s glamour. I'm all for having fun with style so I think the spirit of Fred and Ginger is a good embodiment of what I plan on embracing with my little foray into style blogging.