You CAN wear the Red DressMarianne Henio
A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style
You CAN wear the Red Dress!
Fashion is all about looking and feeling good. We all know the impact that looking good can have on a woman’s self worth. We go through a series of chapters in our lives, each one bringing on potential harm to our self esteem if unchecked; adolescence, career moves, having a family, leading busy and demanding lives, juggling our many responsibilities as women, ageing, changing body shape, seeing our children grow up and the realisation that we are now the older generation. But each episode can be the beginning of a rediscovery about our inner self; one that can be embraced and looked upon as a positive move forward in knowing and understanding ourselves. So what’s all this about the Red Dress?
As part of these changes, being aware of our body shape and the styles which suit us and make us feel good form an important part of the journey; more important than you perhaps realise. Our bodies do change as we move through life, and what suited us at twenty may not be the most appropriate attire in our 50s. Being able to recognise this is the first hurdle. Knowing what to do about it is the object of my blog: You Are What You Knit. You can knit whatever you wish to knit. You can certainly wear that Red Dress! The secret is in knowing how to look good in your knits and adjust them to suit your shape and style and this is what I want to talk about here.
I had the sudden inspiration for creating this line of discussion in my blog a week or two ago when I met for coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen for 8 years. Her first comment after our initial hug was: “My goodness you look so slim and gorgeous!” Well, the fact is that I am at least a stone heavier in weight than I was 8 years ago! And my shape has definitely changed.
My point is not that it is important to be slim, but that clothes can be deceiving. Knowing how to use shapes and styles to our benefit is what I want to share. Being skinny is not what it’s all about. We are fed this lie by the media far too often. Feeling attractive no matter what our shape and being confident in what we wear and how we wear it is the key to high self esteem. We are all gorgeous!
There has been a lot written on this subject and there have been some great TV shows with celebrities showing us what to wear to enhance our morale. I am going to stick with knits! As this is what we do and what we are good at. My knitwear patterns are not just aimed at a particular age or shape. This is why they are produced in sizes XS to XXL. No, they are intended for every woman who wants to knit a garment, wear it and feel good in it. Red Dress or otherwise!
So here’s a good starting point…recognising your shape and embracing it.
Do we all know our shape? Are we really aware of how we look? Not just as we catch a quick glimpse of our face as we rush passed the hall mirror and out the front door on our latest errand! I mean really aware…from the front, from behind, in all our glory (not that we would be rushing outdoors in our nothings!)
To have a chance of suiting your knitwear shapes and styles to your own shape it is important that you check out your shape and really get to know which parts of you you’d like to show off and which parts may be in need of a little wardrobe help in the knit department. But the main point here is that whatever you discover when checking out your shape is that it is all ok. We are all different and we all change shape as we move forward in life, and this is all fine.
Earlier this year my Red Dress graced the catwalks of the South Coastal and New Orleans Fashion Weeks. The Red Dress was admired and adored on Facebook but a couple of comments brought something to light. Although in admiration, some ladies couldn’t imagine themselves in such a dress. I want to show that no matter what our shape and size, with a few tweaks and tips we can wear whatever we like! Fashion is all about looking and feeling good about yourself and, even if we have never imagined ourselves in the Red Dress, or any other garment for that matter, with a few adjustments or additions to suit our individual style and body shape we can wear it and feel great!
In my following blogs I want to look at body shapes and how to wear our knits to suit our shapes and styles. We need to think about the shapes and styles we wear, what we feel comfortable wearing, and what we can use as additions or adjustments to suit our individual needs…but let’s wait until the Christmas festivities are over and we can look forward into the New Year with fresh eyes and an eagerness to get knitting again!
My Red Dress pattern for machine knitters is available here on my website. Be brave! The pattern is for XS to XXL and is quite a simple to knit pattern. Click here for the pattern link…
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