The Aran Islands, a set of three islands located off the west of Ireland in graphic terms.
The Aran jumper (Irish: Geansaí Árann) is a style of jumper (sweater) that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast. A traditional Aran Jumper usually is off-white in color, with cable patterns on the body and sleeves. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils (lanolin) which made the garments water-resistant and meant they remained wearable even when wet.
The islands are still known today for those sweaters. Back in the 1930s, the Irish government made a concerted effort to promote handcrafted goods, which they felt could economically stimulate the region while also allowing many of the more remotely located citizens to work from home. And the plan worked — mostly. Aran sweaters are made through a sprawling cottage industry in the region, although there are also a ton of designer brands producing the same style offshore. Of the tourists who visit the islands, however, few leave without a sweater.
The great thing about an Aran knit is how it can be worn in almost any context. This is especially useful if you’re just starting to build a wardrobe, as it’ll allow you to explore different areas while developing your personal style. Aran sweaters pair naturally with jeans, dress pants, or a long skirt. They can be worn singly or layered.
Part of the appeal and popularity of Aran Jumper comes from the array of myths propagated by Heinz Edgar Kiewe:
The moss stitch is said to signify an abundance of growth.
The blackberry stitch represents nature.
The honeycomb is a said to be a lucky stitch, signifying plenty.
Lattice or basket stitches to represent the old wicker basket patterns.
The Ladder of Life and Tree of Life represents the stages of life.
Very generally speaking, Aran knits can be made in one of three ways.
Hand Knit: What you think of when you hear “handmade,” even though not all sweaters marketed as handmade are indeed hand knitted. Here, a knitter juggles two knitting needles to create a set of intricate stitches (some of which machines may not be able to handle). The results are sweaters that are often more textured than their machine-made counterparts, although a lot depends on the specific constructions. Today, the work is mostly done by elderly women in Scotland and Ireland, who knit sweaters at home for part-time pay.
Hand-Operated Machine: A sweater made on a single-operator machine, where the operator can adjust the stitching pattern between rows. The best sweaters in this category are said to compare well to hand-knitted ones, although sometimes they’re not as tightly knit. The upside: there’s less labor involved, so the resulting sweaters are a bit more affordable, and since they don’t require the complicated set-up of automatic machines, you can get custom one-offs.
Automatic Machines: The most variable in quality, as you can find everything from ~$80 sweaters to luxurious $750+ pieces from the likes of Luciano Barbera. The difference is mostly in the quality of the yarns, density of the knitting, and if there’s any hand finishing.
Look at Vintage sweaters! The nice thing about Aran knits is that they’re hardy — often densely knitted from thick, sturdy yarns, which means vintage ones are typically in good condition. You can find them at thrift stores and eBay for around between $25 to $150.
The only problem is the fit, sometimes vintage sweaters are made to strange proportions that may not work in every wardrobe. When buying online, pay attention to measurements and make sure there’s a good return policy. Using eBay, you can search for brands such as Aran Crafts, Carraig Donn, Blarney Woolen Mills, and John Molloy, or just browse more generally for “Irish sweater” or “fisherman sweater” or “Aran Sweater”. If you can find one that fits well, it will be better than the Aran-style knits you find in shops such as American Eagle, J Crew, LL Bean, and The Gap.
dievca still has the classic crew collar Irish Sweater she wore in college. It’s boxy, bulky, and itches – but she cannot get rid of it due to the memories attached. she wore it everywhere – to classes, then football games and parties with Guess jeans, a turtleneck, Nine West sweater booties, Tweed overcoat, Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses and Busch Light tucked into the coat pockets:
As a return to college days nostalgia, dievca has updated her Aran Sweater with a lighter weave, merino wool option with the Donegal Jumper from Stable of Ireland. she’s planning to pair it with a light t-shirt, cargo pants, combat boots and knit cashmere hat.
A “Thank You” to putthison.com
It hurts dievca to watch as multiple Stores/Brands close down. Some because of COVID, some using COVID as a cover. The face of retail is changing rapidly as is Fashion. Can anyone keep up?
That said, dievca made a last visit to the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus store which had just opened up, last year….
And she was roped into spending some of her stimulus money.
The original Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the items dievca bought at the Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards Store Closing would have been:
$3590–Burberry Cashmere Hoody Overcoat
$895—Blue Chloé Ruffle Cuff Ribbed Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater
$890—Brunello Cucinelli braided wrap leather sandals
$280—Lily and Lionel Cashmere/Modal Astrology Scarf
$280—Lily and Lionel Cashmere/Model Colored Paisley Scarf
$260—I.D. Sarrieri Lace Balconette Bra
$125—I.D. Sarrieri Briefs
These items would have been out of dievca’s reach – but she was able to get them for 24% of the List prices.
Items that were considered, but did not make it to the cash register:
Does dievca feel guilty?
No, the items were going to go to someone and they are items she will use a great deal. she just feels worried about the economy and making sure all her ducks are in a row.
How are you holding up? Did you purchase any wonderful items with your stimulus money?
Patent leather, sheer tulle, sequins with an o-ring – sounds good!
dievca knows that Gingham is “IN”, but she is not interested in this piece:
After refining his craft at Central St. Martins, David Koma worked as Mugler’s Creative Director before turning the focus back to his eponymous label. A firm fixture on the red carpet, the designer counts everyone from Beyoncé to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fans of his impactful, polished eveningwear
All pieces about available at Net-A-Porter for pre-order
Back in the day, dievca might have chosen a romper (playsuit) like the images above.
Something cute to walk the beach. She hasn’t worn one since the 1980s.
Then she ran into this Loretta Caponi Anita Playsuit in white:
Cute and Sassy, right?
Then dievča saw this photo:
she’s rethinking the whole romper/playsuit idea with her age and current body shape…
What is your take on age/body and playsuits?
Inexpensive, simple design, excellent for upcoming cooler nights and … on Sale.
Gap Jacquard Pullover Hoodie
Originally $79.95 on sale for $56.00.
Quilted jacquard knit.
Drawcord tie at the hem.
Olive Green, True Black, Frosty Grey, and Cosmetic Pink
98% Polyester, 2% Spandex
2: an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity,
A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one’s accustomed sphere.
dievca decided to look like a human rather than a slouch when making a foray to the Eastside. she figured out a way to beat the heat, too:
Do you own an apron? Do you use it while BBQ-ing or baking?
dievca has never owned one. she’s not sure of what she is missing Her friends have laughed at her and asked what she does for dinner parties.
she cooks, changes, and hopes for the best afterward.
What about an Apron as a D/s Presentation Outfit?
Hmm, could be interesting but one might need to be careful when sitting or leaning against the countertop.
dievca found the apron she wants:
The RE/DONE | Levi’s Denim Apron is created from scraps of vintage Levi’s, reducing production waste and creating functional, machine washable, and collectible kitchen-wear. Each apron is upcycled using a waterless process from unique vintage materials and is completely one-of-a-kind.
The shades of indigo will differ from the product image due to each item being one-of-a-kind. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. RE/done
Something for the NEW Dad~
Happy Father’s Day to my favorite Men.
It takes a lot to be a good Dad.
Corset suit by Jean Claude Jitrois
Red leather suit
Corset front closure
Two side pockets
Slight shoulder pad
Boning in the jacket to create the shape
Red leather skirt
High waist skirt
Zip and snapback closure
Made in France
26.5″ length (from back center to bottom hem)
***Click to Buy***
Something of Use
dievca admired someone’s workout bra at her gym and was turned on to a Fitness Brand that is very comfortable, yet holds all your pieces in nicely. Splits59
Just the thing to wear during Skype workouts.
Established in 2008, Splits59 is the culmination of co-founders Jonathan Schwartz and Keith Peterson’s mission to create the best activewear on the market. Their workout clothes mix high-tech performance fabrics with flattering silhouettes—including the super popular Splits59 Raquel flare leggings, supportive sports bras, and graphic tanks—all made in Los Angeles with loving precision. Even the name represents the company’s exacting attention to small details: A constant reminder that a split second can actually make all the difference, especially for an athlete.
Dominatrix moving to Ladylike:
- Flowing Satin with hints of skin
- Commanding boots
- Leather Belt with locking hardware
- Arm length leather gloves
- Sleek black shimmer
- Form-fitting style
- Sharpened talons
For Master or Mistress’ Eyes Only
- Posture turtleneck collar
- 1980’s shoulders
- Mobile shimmer
- Statuesque Heels
- Plunging Neckline
- Statement jewels pointing to the bodily jewels
- Easy access to reveal whimsical stockings
- Pirate Boots
- Elegant simplicity
- Easy access
- Statement boots
“I ain’t exactly the Fleur du Mal or Agent Provocateur type. I like a friendly bra, not one that intimidates.”
dievca read a great article about how long you should keep your bras. It made her laugh.
An intimate look at our worst intimates.
(click top line for the link to the article)
dievca’s daily favorite bra?
Master’s favorite bra:
Not quite comfortable for daily use. 😘
“I’m just waiting to see if my coffee chooses to use its power for good or evil today.”
Here’s hoping your coffee has a more simple choice to make this morning.
dievca has found herself reading Reddit Chemistry and Physics threads, lately…
Something about wishing to be a student, again?
This might be an inspiration for a Presentation Outfit:
Foreigner’s ‘Blinded by Science’ doesn’t have a video to inspire, but Thomas Dolby does!
- Thick intelligent glasses
- Lab coat
- Pusssy bow blouse
- Circle midi skirt
- Black heels
- Pencil in bun
The Norma Kamali Sequin underwire top and bottoms are exclusive to Net-A-Porter and are something to dream about~ Can you see the suit poolside in Miami, FL?
dievca has a little over a month to work on her poolside presentation. The best full-body workout that will be easy on a torn hamstring/calf and back is swimming. Reality is that dievca will be wearing Stella McCartney for Adidas and Speedo. Let’s hope she can be disciplined for Master and her training.
Midwestern weather in February calls for winter dressing.
dievca dug into her closet and came up with older items that still generated a couple of compliments.
she was astounded.
A whole discussion on fashion and Bricks & Mortar VS. Online Shopping occurred in an airport restaurant because of her coat. The discussion continued because her flight seatmate worked for ShopBop.
Two adorable Millennials noticing the exhausted Generation X-er’s style – a shocker.
Who said that women over 50 are marginalized?
The Barneys sale (Madison Ave) … is still too expensive for this dievca~
Everything she wanted to buy calculated out around $700 -$800: Tate earrings or a ring. Marni sweater, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Zero Maria Cornejo coat. But nothing special enough to pull the trigger – as dievca’s friend said, “If these Louboutin boots were $450-$500, I would do it”.
So, nothing of use – but at least she got back to the store before it was gone.
dievca moved away from Barneys when they rebranded the Co-op in 2013, ‘sidelined’ Simon Doonan – and seemed like they lost their sense of humor. When they closed the UWS location? Ah, well….no reason to schlep across the City.
Here are some of the items dievca considered at the sale:
dievca doesn’t see Master in these boots:
Maybe these ones instead:
Photos: dievca Barneys NYC 2019
Click on each photo, a link to buy the item is set if wanted.
Everyone is doing a suggestion list (Have you seen Buzzfeed?) dievca’s is from magazine/catalog clippings she has kept throughout the year – thinking of the men in her Life. Right now she is stuck on her Dad – he needs “gummy” in the waist of his pants…the comfort-waist runs a bit larger than his svelte (very) 30″ waist (28″ maybe). He IS eating. Wish her luck!
dievca has a Luncheon to attend. It is not her normal scene – she doesn’t own a great suit…she’s out of practice on the ‘lunching’ circuit~ Yes, she did quite a bit while growing up. Mother/Daughter events, but not so much in recent years.
Ladies Who Lunch is a phrase often used to describe well-off, well-dressed women who meet for social luncheons, usually during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a high-class restaurant, but could also take place in a department store during a shopping trip. Sometimes the lunch takes place under the pretext of raising money for charity.
Looking for a
costume, uh hem presentation outfit, gah – just ideas for something to wear!
One outfit option…thinking about other options. Trying to shop the closet. XO
dievca was looking to be inspired for Presentation Outfits: she ran into this video and it made her smile and think about options for Master. It seems like the most ‘ladylike’ outfits are from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The 1910s are too covered and too involved for finding clothing pieces, the 1970s seem like novelty outfits – Disco-oriented, dievca lived the BIG HAIR era of the 1980s (she has a vintage Norma Kamali red satin dress…), the 1990s are back in style – now.
Ceil Chapman was an American fashion designer who worked in New York City from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was noted for creating glamorous cocktail and party dresses and for working with celebrity clients including television and movie actresses.
- Designed by Milton Glasser in 1975, at the request of the New York Commerce Commission
- The most successful effort to brand a destination.
- The logo has appeared on hundreds of millions of items
- Offered July 15, 1977
- The original drawing is held in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
It’s not just about the classic bomber anymore. Leather in all shapes and forms is making its way to Street Style snaps around the World. Take a look in your closet and see if there is leather lurking in the back corner. Air it out, condition it and if it’s got an 80’s vibe – rock it.
If there isn’t a leather piece to be had — take a look at the following for inspiration:
REMAIN Birger Christensen Bologna Leather Shirt Dress
(dievca just bought the dress and its KILLER!)
Saint Laurent Red Leather Cape
Chloe Crocodile Embossed Leather Knee Boots
Balenciaga Hybrid Leather Coat
Unravel Red Leather Dress
Gucci Leather Cuff Boucle Sweater
(dievca picked up the black on Auction)
Thome Browne Unicorn Leather Bag
Mira Mikati Fox Handpainted Leather Jacket
Aquazzura Croc-effect Leather Boots
J.W. Anderson Leather Assylum Jacket
J Brand Carine Black Leather Pants
(dievca owns them)
Moncler Black Leather Puff Down Jacket
So…what was in your closet?
Jamin Puech Bag
The Batignolles is a bouquet whose beauty will remain eternal. It brings a touch of elegance and freshness to your style. Decorated with silk flowers each adorned with a brilliant pearl.
Vintage-inspired metal clasp
Also available in Black, Blue, and Tan
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 15x15x7 cm
Composition: 50% rayon; 50% cotton
And that is where dievca is going for Master’s future Ladylike looks. Hello HVN!
What it means:
A lewk is a curated outfit, following a theme, your mood or the occasion.
To use the term of art, a lewk is a personal style signature so individual it’s almost indivisible from you. It connotes something noticeable: wearing jeans every day isn’t a lewk, but wearing a Schiaparelli lobster hat might be. It might be something you wear every day, but is not the same thing as a uniform. It’s not about saving time and brainpower by cutting out frivolity; it’s about embracing a particular brand of it, one that is yours alone. – Veronique Hyland, The Cut
dievca missed it on her ‘sweaters as lingerie‘ post. Katie Holmes’ lewk. Katie’s trying to step it up and be sexier, more mature – not the cute kid next door. She’s using the brand, Khaite to do it. The cashmere lingerie and sweaters are what dievca would truely consider ‘sweater lingerie’.
dievca loves cashmere, but this is an expensive ‘lewk’=
Way out of dievca’s range – but Katie rocks it well.
graceful, polite, and behaving in a way that is thought to be socially acceptable for a woman:.
In dress, it is controlled, elegant, classic and conservative:
Master’s favorite look.
dievca has gotten away from it. The process takes time and patience. A consistency of body-size.
Worrying about elderly parents, travel, aging takes its toll. A general tendency towards quirky and downtown chic pulls dievca when given a choice to spend money on clothing…
Master does like to see His dievca in her downtown chic plumage, but D/s-wise He prefers “ladylike”.
Why does this matter?
dievca has been clearing and revamping her closet – she’s sold a great deal on the RealReal, eBay and at Buffalo Exchange. Her money has not gone towards any ladylike items…
she’s gone more practical, focusing on items that she desired during the past year, which went on sale:
she will have to ask Master how He feels about her negligence of ladylike dressing. He is entertained by her eclectic closet and He knows her focus has been on Family/Life items.
The luxury of being “Ladylike” will just have to wait until dievca can refocus.
It took a while – 3 years to be exact – for Master to bite the bullet and agree to get measured for another custom suit. He’s attending an event in the UK and needs to look “spot on”.
dievca will be reviewing her own advice (above link) and checking out what is currently in fashion for suits. she does know that the “Thom Browne” look isn’t going to fly for Master.
Charcoal grey is in the initial plans, excellent fabric quality and a slimmer cut (but not shrunken) for Master’s solid physique. He’s been working hard on it.
A well-informed dievca is a “prepped and ready” dievca.!
Master just passed on a note. He only has to wear a suit jacket and pants. An easier option from the closet. All of dievca’s research is null and void.
dievca is back home and she caught up with Master for D/s, Gin & Tonics, and sushi.
A mental support moment before dievca flies to her Parents for the weekend.
dievca and Master are going swimming, but not in the Hudson River.
The river is a bit dirty and the currents can be significant.
Instead, they will be hitting a local lap pool.
- Stella McCartney x Adidas Orange Snakeskin One-Piece Swimsuit.
- Speedo Black Silicone Swim Cap.
- Speedo Clear Hydroplex Goggles.
OK, the suit is not super-glamorous on the sundeck. It is reasonably flattering.
dievca really wants to buy this sweater for a close friend. It would be given with a great deal of humor.
Because dievca is returning to Scandinavia for work, she’s been running around buying hair dye, allergy meds, Coach items, etc. Some are items people have requested and the rest are gifts dievca has found for friends.
One of her very close friends speaks excellent English. But sometimes words take a different meaning in another country. Like the word “Special” – here’s the Mirriam-Webster definition:
Definition of special
Definition of special
None of these definitions apply to how, dievca’s friend uses the word, “Special”. The friend uses the word to describe someone who is high maintenance and demanding or a little bit crazy. Someone who is a pain-in-the-neck. that one? she’s special
The word is said with an inferred eyeball roll.
OK – its sarcasm.
Wouldn’t this sweater be great for someone who is (wait for it….) special herself? dievca’s friend would laugh so hard if she received this sweater as a gift.
Do you know anyone who is…..Special?