Last Week, This Week: Twisted – February 12-16

At this point in my life, I’m feeling a bit twisted as in forced out of my natural or proper shape by the stresses and strains of life.  I say this mostly for the SEO value of having my keyword for this post, twisted, appear in my opening sentence when the real reason for the use of the word is more about textiles. Specifically, my fondness for clothing made with marled yarns which are formed by twisting together plies of different colors. So fond am I that I opted to base my entire week’s OOTDs showcasing several of my favorites.

Last Week This Week is a look back at what I actually wore last Monday thru Friday as long as it was a workday. I’ve included a brief description of each outfit and if I wore it for a specific event other than a typical workday. Without a specified dress-code in my workplace, casual Friday isn’t really an official thing but I usually adhere to it nonetheless.


This cardigan is an oldie and in the twisted yarn is a mix of brown, cream, mustard, and blue.  I haven’t worn in years because I find the sleeve length to be somewhat awkward.  With its chunky knit look, the sweater is great for cooler weather but with the elbow length sleeves leave my arms feeling too bare.  Sorting through my closet, I landed on this top with its bell-shaped sleeves as a solution to my problem.



Another day, another cardigan (or something like that).  In this outfit, I’ve added my olive wide-leg crops into the mix rather than stick with just a black and white combination.



My collection of marled yarn pieces are mostly toppers but not all are cardigans.  There are some who might say that my jacket is more of a tweed but I’ll stretch the case for it to be included under my twisted theme for the week.  A couple of other twists in this ensemble include pairing the jacket with striped pants and plaid pumps.  Yes, I said plaid.  I apologize for not giving you more than a peek at them but I don’t mind telling you that they were commented on by several people at work that I only saw in passing.



Back to the cardigan and one of my favorites even though I haven’t worn it much recently.  It’s one of those pieces with detailing in back as well as the front and I think that the hi/low curved hem is very flattering to a curvy gal like me.



No jeans today but these black pants are a pretty close second when it comes to casual comfort at the end of the week.  I adore the large-scale plaid in this vest and the various marled thread panels.  And the fringe.


From a simple black and white combo to a more complex color palette, the effect from a single strand of yarn with multiple colors winding around one another is that the hues are softened and blur somewhat together.  Not quite a solid color but neither a bold pattern, a marled item can add a twist to your style.

And there you have it, a look back at what I wore to work two weeks ago.  How do you decide what you will wear to work? Let me clarify … unless you’ve declared yourself to be checked out from any type of routine, anything you do during daylight hours (and sometimes nighttime ones as well) whether or not you get paid for it, I consider that to be your “work” and you should/can be dressed accordingly. And even if you are retired, in whatever manner you’ve enjoyed your day is good enough for me.

I expect that in future posts there will be repeat wearings of some of the outfits shown above or a mix and match of the pieces as has already occurred. If you missed the post where I explain the reasons behind this weekly feature (minus the link up), you can read about it here. I’m inspired by the creativity I see shared on the many blogs and Instagram accounts that I follow and I hope that you’ve found some from me. Won’t you share and tell me if you have?

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8 thoughts on “Last Week, This Week: Twisted – February 12-16”

  1. Rean, you have some of the coolest cardigans with such fun details on the back! I love that. It’s like a pretty little surprise when you walk away! And twisted up fabrics are so much fun. The textures are so interesting. I think I may want to try to do a weekly theme for my outfits. It seems like you have so much fun planning out 5 outfits with one theme!


  2. Did we share our mutual love for all things tweedy or were we to busy braiding our hair? 🙂 I LOVE a multi-colored , textural yarn!! Jackets and sweaters in this sort of yarn are especially yummy. When my husband and I traveled to Ireland for our 20th anniversary I brought several sweaters of this kind to deal with the cool and often rainy spring weather. People with our tour kept asking if I’d purchased them there!
    I recently was introduced to the most interesting woman here in the Black Hills who spent many years raising sheep, goats ( no Yoga) and Alpaca. She had them sheared and sent the wool to be spun into yarn but did the dying herself and also a lot of weaving! She is such an authentically genuine, salt of the earth woman who is also very well educated.
    I love ALL of these tweedy examples of yours Rena !! They also compliment your hair wonderfully! Such a fun new cut.

    1. I don’t recall tweed as a subject of conversation but I’m not surprised to find a kindred spirit in you. I, too, have a fondness for yarn and how wonderful for you to have met someone who crafts her own.

  3. i love when you do these posts. It is fun to see what you have been wearing in the normal every day life. I like all of these outfits and marled sweaters are such interesting pieces. I think my favorite was the Tuesday look. There is just something about that combination that looks so classy to me…but all of your choices are winners. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

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