FASHIONISTA FINDS

The Cardigan Chronicles.

Some people have a collection of cats, I have a collection of cardigans. There I said it. I love a good cardigan. From 1950’s styles to grandpa styles, from cropped styles to grandma styles, to oversized styles, to fitted styles, to a modern-day style cardigan you could say I have one (too many) for every season. Some vintage, some new. Either, or, there’s a warm sensation about throwing one over a tank and a pair of jeans, a v-neck and a skirt, a camisole and a pair of cut offs and saying to yourself (quietly) “I feel like a book-worm and I love it”. As a kid I would rummage through my parents closet and pull out my dad’s oversized grey knitted one with black buttons. No matter how big and worn it was I would walk around the house and pair it with my mom’s oversized heels. Not much has changed, except for the fact that I have now grown into those heels. In high school I would sport our uniform cardigan of black, white and green. But soon replace it with a cool knitted one that I thought suited my kilt more. Confidently prancing the hallways in MY dress code I felt cool that I, the stealth being that I am got away with personalizing my own look at a Catholic high school where we only had one “Out Of Uniform” a month. Not me. Until I’d hear a loud yell down the hallway from my principal, “Miss Sicoli, that’s not uniformed cardigan!”. “Yeah it – no it’s not. You’re right sir, I forgot it at home”. He would continue shaking his head. I’d continue pulling excuses out of my arse shuffling down the hallway and quickly taking it off. Good thing there was another corner to turn cause no one was gonna tell me what to do! I’d put it back on as soon as I’d be out of his sight. “Sucka”. Yes, I was a rebel. A rebel with a cardigan. You can never really have too many.  Even if you steal them from your father’s closet. – CS xx

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FASHIONISTA FINDS

Bonkers for Bow ties

My dad has a very eclectic tie collection that ranges from the 70’s until present day. Every time I go back home I thrift through his closet and am baffled at the gaudy  to the classic.  I’m particularly fond of his bow ties which seem to be the craze today.  Men and Women are simply “Bonkers for Bow ties”.   A little history of the Bow tie if you will.

Bow tie – The bow tie (or informally called a dickie bow) is a type of men’s necktie. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops. Ready-tied bow ties are available, in which the distinctive bow is sewn into shape and the band around the neck incorporates a clip. Some “clip-ons” dispense with the band altogether, instead clipping to the collar. The traditional bow tie, consisting of a strip of cloth which the wearer has to tie by hand, may be known as a “self-tie,” “tie-to-tie,” or “freestyle” bow tie to distinguish it from these.

Did you know that the bow tie originated during the Prussian Wars of the 17th century? And to think they are now considered  to be one of the hottest fashion trends today. From the iconic star, playboy bunny, action hero, modern man, chic geek the Bow tie is a winner. Try it in your hair too!

If you don’t know how to tie one, here’s some help:

Here are some of some of my favorite pics with people sporting the bow tie. (Two of Robert Downey Jr. cause I’m such a huge fan and Blue is my favorite color.) Also, Below I got a little Bonkers for my new multicolored Bow tie (Front and Company). C’est Chic? Geek? Chic Geek? Do you notice anything besides my discolored feet? I got bows on my toes! Or should I say on my beautiful vintage heels that were once my grandma’s. – Christina

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