Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Wool need not be fugly

Looking through Avoca's website today it made me a little cross that although they should be one of the go-to shops for knitwear they are still selling the same drapey shapeless dresses and cardigans they have been doing for years. Nobody less than 6 foot tall and more than 8 stone can wear such floaty saggy things without looking like a crazy cat hoarder lady. In a country where we're tripping over sheep you'd think we'd have a little more variety! There are a few young irish knitwear designers trying to break the mould alright but evidently it's not making it onto the high street........

Linda Wilson - Honeycomb coat

Edmund mcNulty dress

Edmund mcNulty flapper dress
 So we need more of this! Maybe some collaborations with shops like Avoca who claim to be proud to support irish crafts could help bring such creations down to an affordable level.

Speaking of, here are some affordable knit beauties.:

ASOS fifties dress €65

ASOS apple cardi €46

ASOS crochet collar jumper €35

ASOS floral jumper €46-but worth it!
 Now aren't the four examples above exactly what you'd expect to find in amongst floral teapots in Avoca? The floral jumper is the cutest thing ever.

ASOS cowl dress €46

Vero Moda top from €22

Karen Millen knit dress €164

ASOS knit maxi-on sale for €15!
This brown Java colour maxi is amazing on the model ( who looks happy in it, I'm nearly always sold when I see that) but then she is already amazing looking so must not be swayed by that.
This dress is available in grey, I think the lace bib I mentioned a while back would be lovely with it to fancy it up a little.

I do love ASOS's catwalk option when viewing clothes. Apart from the startling music it is a very useful tool, giving you a much better idea of whether the item will suit you or not, or the fit or the swing of the material etc. It has saved me much heartbreak. Although I can vouch for their returns system, it's quick and painless!

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