Time for the second installment of Styling Your Apocalypse! This time we're taking on the "Kill All Humans" chapter of Doomsday Knits. This is the cyber-punky, rise-of-the-machines, robot-revolt type chapter, and as such the designs (and outfits) are a bit less gritty than some of the others. It would be tough to strip away all of the futuristic-y vibes in these designs (and why would you want to?) but you can still wear them without going full-on cyberpunk. (Unless of course you want to, in which case, I encourage it, and please send pics.)
First up is Grom-Mitts by Brenda K.B. Anderson. These are so dang cool- definitely one of the patterns in the book that is sure to elicit oohs and aahs. Actual grommets worked into cables aren't something you see everyday, after all. Since they're so long, they pair well with t-shirts, though you can scrunch them down a bit if you like (as in the first picture, there.) Though obviously you will try and keep your grommets in a line, because you are more conscientious than I am. This tee has a bit of that faux-leather detailing that was so popular last fall, which gives it a nice bit of edge that goes well with the hardware.
You could certainly wear these with jeans, but I figured this series was going to get boring fast if I pair jeans with everything, so I whipped out the ole shorts-and-tights trick. Far too bitter cold for this right now, but I love it in the transitional seasons (okay who are we kidding, I do it in the summer too.) Head-to-toe monochrome enhances that cold, futurey feeling. Though I also tried it with some yellows:
Personally I like it, but I thought it might be a bit too quirky for most people. Incidentally, this is a really good illustration of the "horizontal lines and light colors make things look wider" rule. Notice how my thighs look larger in the second photo. Part of that is the extra layer, but those socks are pretty thin. If you have spindly chicken legs like me, this is a good way to trompe l'oeil yourself some va-va-voom (but if it's not a part of your body that you want to emphasize, you may want to stick with darker colors and fewer bisecting lines.)
Next, we've got Alternating Current (by me, and which I perpetually want to misspell as 'alternating currant') and Spillyjane's Circuit mitts. Being wintery accessories, these are pretty easy to style- wear 'em with black and black and black and black. This jacket has a nice asymmetrical 'moto' thing going on, but they'd also look dandy with a black peacoat.
Technologica is the trickiest- there's no getting away from the "Jane Jetson"ness of it all.
My first instinct was to do a toned-down version of the outfit in the book: black jeans instead of leather leggings, riding boots instead of platform monstrosities. Maybe a jacket.
But, that kinda felt like a cop out. So I thought I'd see if it could pull off "angry futuristic businesswoman":
Good news! Yes it can. Pencil skirt, sky-high-and-horribly-uncomfortable-stilettos, and some trusty fishnets to keep it from being too buttoned-up. Hair chopsticks optional. Remember hair chopsticks? (PS, please don't tell Chef Travis what I've been doing with his chopsticks.)
And that's all for today! (No, I will not be styling the dreadfalls. Mostly because they got tangled badly in my luggage and I threw them away. Eep.) You can see more pics/all the outfits in this flickr set here, and can find the book on Ravelry or at the Cooperative Press website. More chapters to follow!
Here are the other installments of Styling Your Apocalypse so far:Dystopian Dandies