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Your Fall/ Winter Scarf

As the temperatures begin to dip, it will be important for you to have a few scarves on hand. If it’s cold enough, you’ll obviously wear yours with an overcoat or some kind of heavy winter outerwear. If it’s not, however, a scarf can be even more important, as it may be your only source of warmth. 

When buying one, it’s important to pay attention to a few key things:

  • Material: Generally speaking, cashmere will be softer and warmer than wool or lambswool, but it really depends on the quality. A lambswool/ angora blend by Alex Begg, for example, will be nicer than any cheap cashmere. You can also get scarves in either silk or cotton, but those tend to not be as warm. Whichever you choose, I recommend staying away from acrylic. There are too many affordable, good scarves, made from natural materials, to justify buying an acrylic scarf. 
  • Nap and size: Pay attention to the size and nap. I personally prefer scarves to be around 70" long, and never go below 63". As Will from A Suitable Wardrobe shows, if your scarf is too short, you won’t be able to tie it. You’ll also want to pay attention to the width. If your scarf is too thin, it will hang like a silly noodle around your neck. Lastly, note that rougher materials, such as some lambswools, will be more difficult to tie into knots.
  • Color and patterns: As I’ve written before, I think scarves are worn best when they complement, but not match, the rest of your ensemble. That means picking one with complementary colors or a secondary color that matches your jacket or coat. I personally find solid colored scarves, or those with plaids, windowpanes, and stripes, to be the easiest to wear, but you can also get scarves in Fair Isle, dip dye, or houndstooth designs. 

So with that, what are some of your best options? 

Of course, there are hundreds of good scarves to be had, so the above list isn’t meant to be exhaustive. If you’re on the market to buy one, however, the above can be a good place to start. 

Consider the Office Cardigan

When I get to work I usually hang my jacket up immediately, leaving me looking somewhat sartorially incomplete for the remainder of the day. I like putting together odd jacket looks for office wear, but keeping my jacket on all day would be a bridge too far, even for me. So in the event of a staff meeting or an interview, I like to be able to put something on over my shirt and tie, without always resorting to re-donning my sport coat (especially considering some of the wilder plaids I tend to favor from time to time).

That’s where the office cardigan comes in. Something simple, like this navy blue 100% cashmere number from Johnsons of Elgin (thrifted) is versatile enough to go with almost anything, but with enough unique details (MOP buttons, an extremely soft hand) to not be boring. Plus, it can be handy in dealing with the harsh climates of the office air conditioner system.

Consider the office cardigan.

JULEKONKURRENCE

Vi er i julehumør og har derfor lyst til at forkæle én af vores… dedikerede fans ekstraordinært!

Derfor har vi smidt et par Faguo Limited Edition sneaks på højkant, som er lavet i samarbejde med det traditionsrige skotske tweed firma “Johnstons of Elgin” der har eksisteret siden 1797. Der er kun produceret 400 eksemplarer worldwide og vinderen af konkurrencen kan vælge mellem de to modeller.

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Vinderen findes den 21. December 2011, så du kan nå at modtage din gave inden jul : )

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CHRISTMAS COMPETITION

The Christmas spirit has hit S.T Valentin and we therefore wish to spoil one of our dedicated fans extraordinary!

We are staking a pair of Fagou’s Limited Edition sneaks, made in corporation with the proud and traditional Scottish tweed company “Johnstons of Elgin”, which has existed since 1797. Worldwide there have only been produced 400 pairs of these two exclusive models and the winner of the competition gets to choose between either of them.

All you have to do to participate in the competition is:

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The winner will be announced on the 21st of December 2011 just in time to receive it before Christmas : )

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If there is one thing that has ruined our modern world it is the single occupancy vehicle. Henry Ford’s dream to create an automobile for the middle class has placed us into a culture of entitlement. Automobiles are a destructive force of community. The idea that you own that piece of land your vehicle is under. How much for parking? Stuck in traffic again? The common complaints that come from public spaces is saying they is either not enough, or that they are underused, or poorly designed. When I think of public spaces I think of the road systems and how much we have devoted to the idea of the auto. I think of fashion and how it is a world of being scene, the idea of capturing a moment in space and time. A vehicle moves though space and time at speeds greater than the mind can travel. Being born and raised in an urban centre walking has always been my mode of transportation. This compliments my environment and my lifestyle. I should also say I am not anti car - I have a licence, and I await Top Gear releases like water from a well. What I have never been able to understand is the culture around vehicles. The idea that we give massive amounts of public space to roads, and parking. And how the only thing that comes of that is complaints about traffic and parking. Imagine a world were transit was a priority. High speed rail and trams connecting our communities. All of the money that has been invested into personal automobiles instead invested into the community. In a country as vast as Canada these are ideas that seem to completely defy logic. But the history is there from long ago. We became a country due to a massive cross country rail network. The establishment of telecommunications from wires, to satellites crisscrossing our landscape. These are both frameworks that required massive investment and built connections, and community. But it was these new found connections that actually pull us apart. Our culture is now full of - Me, I, and Want. Its a lot harder to say words like - Us, Together, and Create. We’ve been told to live, and dream. Well… 

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How to Wash a Sweater

Sweaters don’t have to be washed after every wear, but they do need to be cleaned every so often. I wash mine after every seven to ten wears, and at the end of each winter season. Doing so keeps them safe from critters such as silverfish and moths when I store them away in the spring. 

Generally speaking, tough cotton knits (such as sweatshirts) can be thrown in the laundry, while finer cottons and anything made from wool or cashmere will need to be hand washed. Thankfully, the process of hand washing something is pretty easy:

  • First, scrub out your sink basin and fill it up with cool water. Then put in a small amount of gentle detergent. I use Woolite Extra Delicates Care, while our advertiser The Hanger Project sells formulas from The Laundress and Johnstons of Elgin. I’ve also heard of people using gentle shampoo. Whatever you choose, put in a small amount and swish that stuff around until you see suds. 
  • Submerge your sweater and gently move it around, just to loosen up the dirt. Leave it in for about ten or fifteen minutes before returning to swish it around some more. If you want, you can scrub the collar and cuffs, but be gentle. 
  • Drain the basin and fill it up again with water, so that you can rinse the soap out. Don’t let the stream of water hit your sweater, however. Otherwise, the fabric can felt.
  • Once you’ve gotten the soap out, drain the basin again and carefully gather your sweater into a ball. Squeeze the water out by compressing the ball, but don’t wring. Yarns are extra delicate when wet. 
  • Now lay your sweater on a clean, dry, white towel (colored towels can sometimes transfer dyes). Roll the towel and sweater up together, squeezing as you work, to get any excess moisture out. 
  • Finally, take your sweater out and lay it somewhere to dry. Try to put it as close to its original form as possible and set it away from direct sunlight or heat. To get some air circulating from underneath, I like sweater drying racks (which you can get built-into a wall if you’re fancy), but you can also just lay your sweater out on a table. If you do, put it on a different towel, since the previous one is probably a bit damp and can cause mildew. 

Bonus tip: Button a cardigan before washing. This will help help maintain its shape. 

The process sounds kind of involved, but your actual work time should only be about ten minutes. It’s a small price to pay to make a sweater feel new again. 

(photo via Because I’m Addicted)