Earrings, Elbow Sleeve, Embroidery
Happy day, reader dear!
It’s Style Glossary time! If you are new to Closet Play Image, Welcome! Starting in January, I began taking a letter of the alphabet and exploring a few style words starting with the letter of the month. For our fifth installment, I’d like to introduce you to the ever so stylish letter E! (Please pray for me a few years from now when we get to X… I’m going to be in serious trouble!)
Grab yourself a cup of something warming, or cooling if you live near me. (There just isn’t enough ice to stay cool right now…) and read on for some sartorial musings on the letter E.
For your amusement (and possibly edification), I present to you: Earrings, Elbow Sleeves and Embroidery! (I expect you know what most of these are, but I hope to provide a surprise or two along the way.)
This one is easy! And one of my favorite accessories! Especially during the hot summer months when you might prefer not to be wearing necklaces or bracelets. Jewelry worn on the ears is a great way to add sparkle and color near the face. (And who can’t use a little color and sparkle?) There’s an earring for every personality style, from the classic pearl stud to mismatched statement earrings that might appeal to the more dramatic or creative. Yes, statement earrings have been on a run for a few years now. I’m partial to hoops, which don’t catch on my scarves (And work pretty well with a mask, too!). If a subtle dangle is more your speed, enjoy! I am frequently asked about wearing glasses and jewelry; here’s a post that starts to address that.
This one sounds like what it is. A sleeve that ends at, just below, or just above the elbow. What you might not know is that an Elbow Sleeve is perfect if you want to draw attention to your waist. Proportionally, on most of us, the elbow is just about at waist level. Now, if you have an undefined waist, and don’t want to draw attention there, you might prefer a short sleeve or 3/4 length sleeve. These create a horizontal higher and lower than the waist. Elbow Sleeves create waist flattery for the waisted figure. Don’t know if your figure is waisted? Read here.
Embroidery is ornamental needlework, either done by hand or by machine. Embroidery is a most ancient form of decorating clothing. Archaeologists have found examples of embroidery and beadwork from 30,000 BC on a hunter’s clothes, boots, and hat. Lest you think all embroidery looks the same, there are more than five pages of distinct types of embroidery listed in A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion, taking us from Anglo-Saxon to woolwork. (Which I grew up calling crewel.) Sorry, there are no Z embroidery entries!
Some of the most amazing embroidery I have ever seen is the tapestries in the Vatican Museum of Art. They are gorgeously mind-boggling, and the care and feeding of these works of art is equally mind-boggling. (Tapestries are both woven and embroidered.)
I don’t normally go in for embroidery, but I couldn’t resist it on this blouse…
How About You?
Do you wear earrings? Like elbow sleeves? Are you partial to embroidery? All these things say something about YOUR style that is different from anyone else’s! Did any of what you read today surprise you? What E fashion or style words might you have chosen? Do you have any F words you’d like me to explore for next month? (No, I’m not talking about that F-word.) Do tell! There’s plenty of room in the comments, and I do so love to hear from you…