and the winner is: the knitted trophy jacket
this holiday season, i'll get by with a little help from my trends. namely, the trophy jacket. it's the best fashion term since jeans and leggings hooked up to produce the "jegging." what's more, it's cleverly derived from "trophy wife," which refers to the charming practice of ancient warriors capturing beautiful women to bring home as wives. (which is not unlike our modern version of the term, though i have a hard time imagining j. howard smith dragging anna nicole back to his cave.)
etymological appeal aside, the real allure of the trophy jacket lies in its offhanded glamour. it loves the nightlife, but is not afraid of the light of day. it can be worn with boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt or thrown on over a gown. it can be beaded, studded, sequined, feathered, and yes, it can even be knitted. one thing it cannot be is put in a corner. the trophy jacket makes a statement without saying a word.
thinking about a knitted trophy jacket reminded me of this matador jacket i've had in my inspiration file since the early 90s. i think it was designed by givenchy.
here's my take on that piece, which is still awaiting embellishments.
desperately seeking inspiration for your own knit trophy jacket? madonna's pyramid jacket was hot when the movie first came out in 1985 and it still rocks today.
or you could channel your inner chanel.
to knit your trophy jacket, find a pattern for a cardigan. simple shapes and uncomplicated stitch patterns work best. short and somewhat boxy with 3/4 sleeves would be perfect. then embellish to your heart's content with feathers, fringe, beads, buttons, you name it.
too many holiday projects queued up to knit your own trophy jacket? topshop has more trophys and just as much drama as tiger woods, including specimens in leather, lace, satin, faux fur, and wool. here are a few of my fave knitted ones:
so now you have no excuse not to give yourself a pat on the back. rest assured, this is one trophy that won't languish on any shelf.
next up: how to style your knitted trophy jacket
Posted by knitlit kate at 5:17 PM