I call it Modigliani Syndrome

Modigliani painted women with long  sloping shoulders, just like mine.

Sloping shoulders were apparently a feature much admired in a female form historically.  Fashion has moved on, and I’ve always longed for broad shoulders. Short of wearing shoulder pads with everything, I’m better off finding clothes that are flattering.

I think that Marie Antoinette’s get up might be a bit much for the school drop off! I’ve been following Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter series with interest – its an amazingly comprehensive guide to choosing knitwear patterns that are flattering. One of her points, (and it is a point that is not often mentioned) was that knitter with rounded shoulders should avoid yoked or raglan sweaters.  For myself, boat neck, and high collared set in sleeve sweaters are undoubtedly more flattering, and get worn all the time.

Unfortunately, the patterns that are pulling my interest at the moment are yoked and raglan knits like the Hellebrous Yoke, and the February Lady Sweater, and I need to avoid them like the plague.  It’s boring having a figure that is several hundred years out of fashion, and so tempting to cast on a Tea Leaves Cardigan when all the cool kids have knit one.

This is what I should knit (without the flowers):

I even have more than enough Silky Wool in stash (if I’m being honest, I have enough Silky Wool in stash to knit quite a few things…) The only problem?  Finding a copy of Rowan 36 without spending an absolute fortune on postage – does anyone have a copy that they would like to destash? I’m happy to Paypal, or swap…It’s for my own good!

I’m not judging our new Prime Minister on her physique, but she does seem to be a fellow sufferer of the syndrome.


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6 thoughts on “I call it Modigliani Syndrome”

  1. I have the opposite problem. Once years ago some one told me how great I looked in shoulder pads, patting my shoulder as she did so, realizing just as the words were out of her mouth that it was my plain, unadorned person under that sweater. And congratulations on having a first female Prime Minister. I don’t know when that will happen here.

  2. I can’t help thinking of that red jumper from Sportsgirl. The colour was great, but was the shape right? I loved this post – talking about fashion, bringing in art, and the practical aspect of what flatters.

  3. I knitted bloom and loved it – but it shrank and I had to gift it to a friend.

    thanks so much for the article it has taken ages as a knitter to work out what works for me and doesn’t

  4. it’s so hard to know isn’t it what works and what doesn’t. Well it is for me. I wish someone would tell me if yokes work on me or not – I have a feeling they don’t work as well as I imagine. They’re so tempting to knit aren’t they – I can see you’re really longing to!

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