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While it would be easier to wear a complete column of black, changing it up a little makes it a heck of a lot more interesting.

Several women I dress love a twinset, and for good reason. Practical, conservative, and not as straight up as a jacket. Here’s more info on the twinset lifted right from Wikipedia:

The classic twinset is knitted in wool or cashmere, though modern interpretations can be knit from synthetics such as acrylic. The under-sweater is usually worn tight-fitting, with the cardigan unbuttoned to reveal accompanying jewelry, most typically a string of pearls.

Twinsets have been associated most closely with women’s work wardrobes during the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in secretarial work or teaching, but were occasionally viewed as too casual for more conservative workplaces where dress suits were preferred. However, their popularity was largely driven by Hollywood stars such as Grace KellyMarilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn who were frequently seen wearing them on and off the set.

The twinset is often chosen by costume directors and designers in the modern film industry to portray a character’s conservatism or frumpiness. For example, Joan Cusack in the 2004 film School of Rock wears a grey twinset with pearls, intended to indicate how conservative she is. On the other hand, interest in the twinset returned thanks in part to the pink set worn by Elizabeth Hurley in the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

The twinset, in a variety of lengths and sleeve styles (set-in or raglan, short- and long-sleeved for both cardigan and pullover), has remained commercially available to the present day through numerous design houses, manufacturers and retailers. Its current appeal is to older women and to “retro”-styled younger women drawing from ’50s and ’60s-inspired influences such as the AMC drama Mad Men.

Here’s a look worn a week or so ago on the porch of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford PA. Guests dressed a bit for breakfast so conservative in the morning would be good. And, the word ‘Resort’ kind of calls for a color, aqua and clover work. Couldn’t do the pearls but mixed in the Rockstuds instead. Yes, again the skinnies are a little tight, this travel thing can get the best of you. All okay, pushing back from the sticky buns and getting the body moving a little more. Lots of weeds to pull in the garden this time of year. 🙂

Every day dress does a twinset, a little unusual but felt kind of fun.


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  1. Love that twinset! And bravo for wearing color!

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