Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wardrobe Change

I own hardly any black clothes. I think I could count on one hand how many black articles of clothing I own. And it's not even that it's a bad color, it's supposed to be really flattering - I guess I haven't seen many black outfits that call out to me from the racks when I'm shopping.

It's interesting to see how our clothing tastes change over the years. I don't mean with fashion trends, but what our preferences are. Before I moved to the US nearly eight years ago, I NEVER wore jeans. NEVER. I found the denim itchy and uncomfortable, so I was one of the only people in the Western world who didn't own a pair of jeans.

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Fast forward to now, and I am a 28-year-woman who loves them. I wear them at least twice a week. Jeans, Denim shorts, Denim skirts, Denim vests... I don't even know how I transitioned over to my jeans-wearing lifestyle, but I'm loving it! But my first love has always been dresses. Pretty, girly, floaty dresses that you picnic in at Easter time by day, and then the slinky, hot ones that you feel like a million bucks in by night. The only thing that stops me from getting certain dresses more often is that annoying little tag sewn into some of them that says: DRY CLEANING ONLY. To me, that tag is like a BEWARE OF DOG sign hanging over someone's fence. It clearly tells me to stay away.

Speaking of what's in wardrobes, don't you think that these hanger covers by Tanya at Strikk would be a lovely addition to your wardrobe?

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My spaghetti strap dresses like to slip off the sides of some of the hangers I have now, and I think that these gorgeous hand-knitted covers would be the perfect pretty remedy to that. I love how dainty and feminine they are - much better than the ugly plastic, or cold wire of most hangers.

Tanya has such a unique shop. She handknits things like scarves, and clothes, and even pillow covers and makes them all available to you in Strikk. Each piece is inspired by something marvelous - like Scandinavian fabric designs or Interior Design magazines, and most especially yarn. Seeing her products makes me want to perfect my very primitive knitting skills. Tanya was taught when she was young by her Grandma, but only reconnected with the art of knitting in her adult life when she moved to London. And guess what her very first finished knitted project was? A heavy Aran-style sweater for her boyfriend. Can you believe that? My first project was a stubby little scarf that people couldn't even recognize as a scarf! Tanya definitely has the gift! The thing that really inspires me about her knitting is that she's made everything look so contemporary - I have never seen knitting look so trendy and modern before! But despite the modern look to her knitted pieces, Tanya still likes to sit down to an old-fashioned serving of Banana Custard, hehehe.

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Are you ready to pretty up your wardrobe? Tanya is giving away a pair of her lovely Hanger Covers to one lucky reader! For your chance to win, visit her shop and let me know the color combo you'd like, and also let me know what your favorite article of clothing is in your wardrobe.

*Photos taken by Strikk

63 comments:

Lucie said...

"Beware of the dog", oh that did make me chuckle, THANKYOU! =]

Its funny how different countries differ in their fashion. My nan hates me wearing jeans, as they did wear them in her day and she sees them as untidy. Weird!

I absolutely LOVE those hanger covers! The green and yellow combination featured on your blog has to be my favourite, they are so adorable!

My favourite article of clothing in my wardrobe has to be my mini floral dress from the 60's. It used to be my grandmothers, and its so "in" now, i treasure it!

Lucie x

Hilary Leister said...

I liked the "berry & ecru" colored cables... those were great! I also really liked her bright-pink hand-knit cushion with tulip cables :)

My favorite article of clothing, (besides the saucy silk cocktail dress I bought for Valentines Day @ The Limited), is my boyfriend's Perry Ellis boxers... They are SO comfy & I sleep in them almost every night!

Kristin said...

I was missing jeans already, and now after reading this, I seriously cannot wait to put on a pair of jeans again! I never did buy any maternity jeans (because it's summer and I'm wearing nothing but dresses now), and I can't believe how much I have missed them. Even this morning on the train to work, I was totally admiring the girl next to me with her cute little cropped jeans and gladiator sandals.
I can't wait to wear them again! (I hope they fit me again soon!)

Carol said...

I feel like I always default to black clothing, so I'm trying to branch out. On Friday at work we get to wear jeans, which totally makes Friday even better!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I wear jeans all the time and I never wear dresses! almost never! don't know why?
I adore those knitted cushions and I love the grey-red combination! xo

L'Atelier said...

i always have a current favourite piece- which changes all few weeks- at the moment it is a royal blue top or my new leggings.
the thing i wear most is my loungewear- as soon as i get home i change into it- so comfy!!
but my all time favourites in my wardrobe are my floorlenght silk dresses- i wear them always when i want to feel special- or just because :) in winter i layer with warm poloneck underneath and knitted vest on top, summer just as they are
my favourite colour combo is grey/red

SK said...

Ooh Tanya is one talented lady!! Her pillows look so soft and warm. I think I would want the coral and the yellow? Something to brighten up my rather drab collection of white hangers.

As for my favorite article of clothing... currently it's a simple jersey dress that I can wear whenever!

Jaime said...

So cute- I like the mint and buttercup hangers.

My fave item of clothing is leggings!! :)

DesBisoux said...

funny reflexion over what our wardrobe say about us!jeans are my ultimate favourite! but lately i found myself really keen on dresses.very odd! i have no idea why in the space of 2 months, i bought 5!and i even wear them!xxx

Katie said...

I love the orange and ecru hangers. The orange looks like salmon or melon, very fun punch of color!

My wardrobe must-haves are loads and loads of jersey-knit dresses. They are so easy to wear, and I have fun dressing them up or down. They are also easy to adjust for the seasons. Sweet sandals and a lightweight scarf for summer, or tights and boots for winter. I also turn the strappy ones into jumpers in the winter, layering them with tops underneath. Like you though, I have troubles with the straps slipping off the hangers... Which is why I hope to win this giveaway! :)

Lindsey said...

I love dresses too! My favorite piece of clothing (at this moment) is a green linen dress I got at the Gap. It is light and airy (in this heat that is a GREAT thing), comfy and cute too.

Loving those hangers and pillows too. You are right they are very contemporary. My favorite color combo is the mint & buttercup

Maki said...

Oh my goodness, Tanya's hanger covers are so adorable!!!!

You know that I NEED to buy a whole set of new wardrobes. Hehe. :)

Love you~~!!

Annie said...

the hanger covers are way too cute!

my favorite clothing items right now are dresses! perfect for any summer day ;)

A Balancing Act said...

I am such a seasonal person. Even my closet is seperated in seasons. I only wear jeans in the late fall and winter, because it gets way too hot here to wear them any other season. But i do love me some good jeans! Staples in my closet include a lot of black...which i always have to resort to, because yes, they are more flattering. :) This season though, I am wearing alot more summery colors and frilly, girly dresses.

And those dresses would look fabulous on that cute yellow/green hanger!

b. said...

i am the same way about black clothes!!!

those hangers are cute and they would be great for things that like to slip off!!

2 questions...
what country did you move from?
where do you get all of these cute pics on your blog that you post?

Dionne said...

Hi B!
I moved from over from Australia.

And all the photos on my blog are taken by me (except photos of pics from giveaways, they are from the seller). And the illustrations are all drawn by me too.

b. said...

yes, your illustrations. they are adorable.. you do such a GREAT job!!!

Ali said...

I was going to ask about the illustrations too, Dionne! You're a wonderful artist!

I love the pink and white hangers, but any color with these is great!

And my favorite item in my closet? I'm going with you on this one: dresses!

Phoenix said...

I can't adequately express how much I love your blog pics and your drawings. And yes, I too avoid "Dry Cleaning Only" like the plague. Who needs that baggage with their clothes?

And can I just say how awesome it was of you to watch some of my web-series?! You're the coolest, girl. I appreciate it so much.

Periodspacecapital said...

Great Blog!! I love the illustrations. The knitted hanger covers are so inspiring. I like the blue and baby blue set. I agree that it can be hard to make knitted items look contemporary. I also love how her items escape looking too "crafty." Very sleek. Way to bring tactility to housewares!

Maria Confer said...

I always look forward to your illustrations.

Adore the cable knit pillow.

Kris said...

I'm a fan of the baby blue/blue and my god is my closet a M-E-S-S. I think my favorite thing in my closet (that I can find) are my leggings. manly because I have a lot and leave them on the bottom so they are the one thing that I can find! whau whau!

mindy said...

i know just what you mean! i used to be all about skirts and now i'm such a denim girl. not that i don't love skirts, i just don't have as many occasions to wear them.

favorite clothing item right now: my fitted wool blazer from j. crew...goes with just about everything!

Lily G. said...

Those hanger covers are adorable!! I like the orange and ecru!

My favorite item I have right now is my black boyfriend blazer. I just love how versatile it is!

Little Miss Tiara said...

Ahaha... me likey jeans, I use it everyday, always, really (well... when I go out...) and I barely have any casual dress, which caused me headache when I have to attend important meeting, lol. I should start collecting ones now :P my wardrobe is full colors, most of them are bright colored fancy outfits, my friends always say my fashion style reminds her of kindergarten kids, lol. whatever.

Oh, I love the blue-turquoise ones! :D

T i f f a n y said...

Ha ha, I think we are totally opposite in the wardrobe department! I love tons of black and white and hardly ANY color :) And I wear jeans every. single. day. I love 'em. But I do get excited when I get the opportunity to dress up a bit. Even if it means putting on black dress pants.

a little twig birdhouse said...

Jeans for sure! I live in them (except when at work) and my husband knows that's my splurge item. Being pregnant I've tried to save money on buying maternity clothes, but I did spend some bucks on 2 pair of nice, super cute, preggo jeans.

And fitted tees, my other fave.

Dash said...

Like you, I didnt quite like wearing jeans a couple of years back. I found them rather restrictive.BUt i wear them EVERYwhere now! Althoguh, i love airy skirts:)

michelle said...

love the hangers....so cute...

black..I wear black everyday...wow you don't ever wear black....:)

my fav right now is any kind of sundress...

m:)

shelbeyfaye said...

She has some adorable items in her shop!
My favorite color combo is the berry and ecru (although berry and grey would be gorgeous as well!)

My favorite article of clothing in my closet is my comfy VS boyfriend black pants. I love lounging around doing my crafts and reading while I'm wearing them. I think I may just go put them on now......:)

Kristin said...

I enjoy the berry and ecru. Perfect for a girly girl's closet! I attempted to put on my very favorite pair of jeans on today. First time since post baby and he's over a year old. Ah ha. My mission is to get back in 'em!

oh, hello friend. said...

lovely giveaway!

i don't really own or wear much black either.. and when i find one pair of jeans, i wear it till it has holes in it.

my favorite item from strikk's lovely shop is the handknit vase cosy! SO lovely! i would love to decorate my vases with these!

+ i'm not sure if scarves count but i LOVE wearing scarves! I am so sad in this hot weather that I can't wear scarves right now ;) but come winter.. my 2nd favorite item right now is DRESSES! i love dresses! (prob. cause its so hot!)

xo.

Nicole Marie said...

that drawing is gorgeous! i love it! i think maybe i own all the black clothes you don't and you own all the colorful clothes i don't!

my favorite article of clothing is a big grey sweater. i wear it allll the time to everything! i can dress it up or down and its so comfy!

piglet said...

Oh I was the opposite!
I used to live in jeans, but now it's dresses!

Hello, darling said...

I hate when you buy stuff that says dry cleaning only!` It drives me nuts, cause I know that if I buy it I have to start footing this massive dry clenaing bill everytime I wear it.... haha anyway, back to the hangers...my favourite combo would definitley be the orange and ecru. Beautiful colours ♥

Children of the 90s said...

Wow, I love the illustrations! I also may have to investigate those hangers, those are too fun!

cabin + cub said...

i love my jeans now too... never really wore them as a kid until i got older.

ooooh the hanger covers are so cute! the grey and red combo is my fave. and my fave article of clothing would be my denim skirt, since its so comfy and worn in.

TheBeautyFile said...

I love the blue and turquoise ones! They are so lovely!

Bri said...

I like the yellow and green ones, and i just LOVE that green ruched pillow. Too cool!

My favorite article of clothing in my closet is this antique dress that came from my friend's grandmother. She was a very hip granny, and she dated a maharajah in the 40's. He gave her lots of gorgeous stuff. This dress is skin-tight white ivory silk with gold and turquoise embroidery, with a neck collar and a split up the front. I wore it to prom. There's just nothing in the whole world like it.

avant garde said...

i love all things sweatery especially that pillow you featured. and hmmm...i am the opposite of you, i wear alot of black and am trying to wear more color, at the suggestion of my teenage son :) so i have been. my favorite article of clothing in my closet right now would have to be a very non black outfit, a flowery dress i picked up in finland while visiting my best friend there. whenever i wear it i think of her and i love that :)

the Lost Earring said...

Funny, I think I'm moving in the opposite direction. I used to wear jeans all of the time. I'm 30 now and I just wanna slip into comfy slacks with a little stretch (in the fabric--not an elastic waistline lol) or an airy skirt. The hanger covers are cute. I also like the hot water bottle cover in her shop :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful giveaway I have never seen such cute hangers...I love handmade goods and my favourite color combination is mint and buttercup.My favourite wardrobe item is my winter coat and parka...I love autumn and winter and love to be cozy with snowflakes and a gingerbread soy latte.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Lindsey said...

I would have to pick the gray and red. But I love that pillow too! I'm crocheting a cabled scarf right now and I can't imagine how long the pillow must have taken. Phew!

Elise said...

Hi - I'm really loving your blog - thanks for sharing your writing and great pictures !

JaMean said...

I would LOVE the handknit set of hanger covers in blue and turquoise. I would use them for my pretty silky top that stays on NO hanger. :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Pajama pants & a tee...not so glam, but it's what I "create" in, so they must make me feel "creative"... ;)


m ^..^

Tracy said...

Hello, Dionne! Thank you so much for visiting me today--so nice to meet you and find your fun, pretty place here in blogland! :o) Love the treats in your Etys shop... and your features work of Tanya here--gorgeous finds! I love lovely clothes, but being petite I find it a big challenge to find things I like and that actually fit. I do wear black, and there's a fair bit of it in my wardrobe. But there are lots of bright colors too--like white, pink, lilac and aqua blue--my favorites, as I'm a pastel girl. :o) Look forward to stopping by here again soon--Happy weekend ahead!

M.M.E. said...

Those hangers are great! Not only do they look cool, they help keep your garments nice and neat.

Audrey said...
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Audrey said...

what a great shop!! Love the prize - my grandma used to knit hanger covers too.
Would definitely want this color combo:
mint and buttercup

My favorite article of clothing? would have to be my pajamas. Cozy and good for being lazy in.

audreyscountrycrafts at gmail.com

free indeed said...

The buttercup and mint that she has is just the right colors for my bedroom! So soft and feminine.

My fave clothing right now is a new top I bought...in a gauzy cotton floral. It has a cami beneath in an antique rose pink...I feel so pretty in it and it is so cool against the skin!

Chelsey said...

I like the navy / turquoise combo best of all. My current favourite article of clothing is a burgundy long sleeved tee with a floral design at the neckline. It looks dressier than a regular tee and is so cozy! I liked it so much I bought two the same and one in a different colour.

PS: I don't wear jeans ever...

Monica said...

Your wardrobe illustration is adorable, and so are those hangers. I went through a no-jeans phase for a time. Now I'm in a jewel-tone color phase.

Aik said...

I like the handknit set of hanger covers in berry and ecru. My favourite article of clothing is a sweet pink party dress.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Summer said...

The gray and red are just perfect!

I must say that I'm pretty boring...but jeans are my favorite. When they're worn down a bit...they can be used for work jeans (for working on the house, sculpture, painting, or helping my partner in crime on his car)...after that, they can be used in the garage as rags!

Emily said...

I wear a ton of black. We should trade. haha I like dresses too and know exactly what you mean about the way they change your mood.

f.sarah said...

i love the orange and ecru combo.
my favorite are long skirts and blouses.

Anonymous said...

I really really like the coral and ecru ones. They are so very cute.

amers290@yahoo.com

bison61 said...

I picked the grey and red and my favorite would be my little black dress!

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Ľubaša said...

my fav is set of hanger covers in mint and buttercup. and my fav clothes are long black dress made of linen. i look really skinny in it.:-) Thanks.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite outfit would have to be my turtleneck sweater dress. I rarely where dresses in winter, so the turtle neck is great bcause it's warm enough to where in winter.

Meninheira said...

My favorite color combo are "handknit set of hanger covers in grey and red (adult)" soo beutiful!

My favorite clothes are jeans!! :O

meninheira at gmail dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments! This Giveaway is now closed.