Friday, January 10, 2014

Styling Your Apocalypse: Nuclear Winter Meets... Regular Winter

I'm excited to introduce a series that I've really been looking forward to doing: Styling Your Apocalypse! (Any excuse to play dress-up, right?) I know when you're looking at a book like Doomsday Knits where the photos are quite costumey and fantastical, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine them fitting into your actual wardrobe. So, I want to work my way through the book and see if I can't give some examples and tips for pre-apocalypse wear. (I was waiting in hopes that I'd get a better outfit-photographing set up figured out, but that probably won't happen any time soon. Darn itty-bitty house!)

I'll admit, I'm starting with an easy one- many of the outfits in the "Nuclear Winter" chapter aren't really that unwearable anyway. But given the several feet of snow and below-zero temperatures I've been putting up lately, I'm in a bit of a wintery mood. (We'll save Global Warming for later in the spring, eh?) But regardless, let's dive in!

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com 

The very winteriest of all: Alpacalypse! First thing to note: this sweater is WARM. This is some Polar Vortex gear right here. On all but the coldest days, you probably won't need a coat on top of it. Alpaca does not mess around. Because it's fairly chunky, I paired it with tight jeans and sleek-ish boots (a good rule of thumb for outfit proportion is to make sure that if the top is big/bulky/oversized, the bottom is not, and vice-versa.) Neutral colors make matching easy...and also allude the fact that 90% of the clothes I own are neutral colors. So you'll probably be seeing a lot of those. Heh. 



Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Next up, the Fission mitts! A cropped cardi with 3/4 length sleeves is great with fingerless gloves because it keeps the majority of your arms covered and warm without overlapping and looking weird. Because the tops are fairly tight, jeans with a little more volume work well (plus, the cropped cardi adds a bit more visual interest at the shoulders, and the slight bootcut-flarey silhouette balances that out well.) If you're not insane enough to try to wear ballet flats in the snow, sneakers or booties of some sort would work well too (or just wear big ole boots and change when you get there.) I think you could do some cool stuff with the ties on the Fission mitts, wrapping it up your arm maybe...but as I'm home alone, I'll have to explore that possibility later.

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com 

Because cheating is easy, I slapped Fallout and a jacket on top of that outfit and called it another outfit! Hooded cowls look great with hoodless jackets (insta-hoodie!) and personally I really like the mix of knit and leather.

  Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com  

(Apparently my default modeling pose is "stand like a flamingo.")

Now, I'm the first to admit that while Fallout looks stylish down, it looks a little silly when it's up...

  Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com 

But it's WARM! The close, balaclava-ish fit and relatively small opening are designed more for practicality than style, and it does its job well. The wide collar tucks underneath the jacket to make sure no air sneaks in. And you can totally bunch it up over your chin and go Kenny-style: 

 Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com


Let's move along to I Was a Teenaged Mutant (and a very cool t-shirt.)

 Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Yes, obviously I wanted to pair that shirt with Alpacalypse, but bright-white and off-white just do not look good together. It's the thought that counts, right? 

Styling hats is weird because, at least as far as I'm concerned, knit hats go with just about everything. So I grabbed a very casual everyday-ish outfit, stuck some combat boots in there just to tie in with the tee a bit, et voila. Easy peasy. 

Also easy to style? Socks, such as the scrumptiously squishy Long Road Ahead...

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Don't mind me, just waving my feet around (I was NOT going to let those socks come in contact with our constantly-fluffy-no-matter-how-much-we-vacuum-and-we-vacuum-a-LOT floors.)

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

These socks, y'all. These socks. I don't like knitting socks but I need to own a pair of these. I'll probably make them go up to my knees. Or possibly my neck. (Long Road Ahead? More like Long Johns Ahead.)

Significantly harder to style is Baby's First Principles, because a) it's a blanket and b) I have no babies handy. Didn't think Amy would appreciate me swaddling Rupert in it, so I went for the next best thing: Captain Apocalypse superhero cape!


Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com

Styling Your Apocalypse: outfit ideas for the patterns in Doomsday Knits, on dull-roar.com 

And now you know why I have like three friends and the neighbors think we're weird. Please join us next time for...whatever chapter I feel like doing that day! Happy knittin'!


Other installments of Styling Your Apocalypse:
Kill All Humans
Dystopian Dandies
Wasteland Vagabonds
Global Warming
Sky Pirates
Misc Mayhem

5 comments:

  1. Fun! I think styling these with everyday clothing is a great idea.

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  2. Love the knits; but can we talk about those boots some more? What brand are they?

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    1. Sorry about the error posts above! Lol... Took me a few to figure out why they were showing up as "Unknown".

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    2. Which ones? The riding boots are Franco Sarto boots that I found at Nordstrom Rack (I don't know if that means they're not available anymore or not? I like them a lot though, I'd definitely recommend the brand.) The combat boots are cheapo ones from gojane.com and I actually am not a fan- the ankle is all loose and baggy and weird. I forgot to return them in the 30 day window though so I guess they're mine! Haha.

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