Q Notes 9: WFH wear

We have seen a strong demand for the giant collar blouse this spring.

Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director of Net-a-Porter/ The Guardian
Clover Stitch Collar and Cuffs by The Spool Cotton company / ravelry.com

The Guardian recommends, in the days of working from home and online meetings, a collar in order to stand out on screen. It’s more significant that that, I feel – such a collar is drawing attention back to the face.
And it drew my attention to handmade fashion of the 1920s and 30s, when fabulous handknit and -crocheted collars and cuffs were used to pep up their outfits.
So, I‘ve been looking at designs for collars (not jabots, those ruffled collars now inextricably linked to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

 


My favourites so far:
Collar and Cuffs Militaire by Spool Cotton company (crochet)

Sunday Collar by PetiteKnit

Ruby by Luisa Harding proves that a collar doesn’t have to be large, the color contrast can work wonders as well.

A Crisp Collar in Crochet by Patons & Baldwins (crochet)

Those gals sure knew how to change up an outfit with the minimum of fuss. A few evenings knitting or crocheting can give quite a return on the time invested. Looks lovely.

 

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