|The Ralph Lauren store at Southpark Mall in Charlotte displays some |
new fall fashions.
As I left the mall, I wondered when the fashions would change and women would be able to find classic clothes that actually possess some shaping and definition. While some stores and catalogues catering to mature women do carry clothes in muted colors, those companies have seemed unwilling to give up the whole peasant-/maternity-top look—for the last few years anyway. I was happy, therefore, when I received the September issue of Vogue, and saw lots of fitted jackets, pencil skirts, and generally structured clothing. The magazine also presented me with lots of inspiration for knitting. A Ralph Lauren ad features Fair Isle vests paired with herringbone tweed, hounds tooth, or surprisingly conservative-looking leopard coats. Michael Kors’ glossy images reveal creamy, bulky fisherman’s sweaters, and Belstaff England (a company with which I’m not familiar) displays pictures of men sporting chunky sweaters—one of them with cables. A white sweater—with distinctive cables that widen into a triangle from the neck—are in an advertisement for Chloe Boutique. And a model for Tommy Hilfiger sports an interesting rich brown cowl—more like a turtleneck due to its snug fit—with a belt and buckle around it. Hilfiger’s ads also include a man wearing a cabled sweater with suede elbow patches, a woman sporting an unusual Fair Isle sweater (almost a jacket), and another wearing knitted boot toppers.