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Found! Banana Republic Wool Shawl Collar Cardigan $108


Posted by Dain, Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:17 PM (Eastern)

This is perfect! Is it not pretty? It has personality. The knit goes horizontal instead of vertical on the body, the slightly belled sleeves, and the cardigan-cum-cape styling. At the same time, it's very subdued, so it won't compete with whatever I wear underneath it.

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12:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Nice... I like the grey one better though. I realize it's three times the price, but, I dunno. It's more youthful looking.

Well, there is utility in clothing, and there is anti-utility. Utility is something that "trickles up" because it starts with clothing that has a specific function...blue jeans, painters' pants, tee shirts, boots, sneakers, and so forth...the underlying function becomes the fashion.

Anti-utility would be something like skirts, high heels, long fingernails, white-collared shirts, stockings, and so forth...something that specifically keeps you from doing certain kinds of work...by wearing it, everyone knows you don't mop floors for a living.

In between I suppose there are items that don't fit either description but I tend to think first in terms of utility. Which I think is more of an American thing than a European thing. I'm not saying I wear only utilitarian clothes, it's more that I'm conscious of it.

 

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