Our mild weather is about to become quite cold. Already today, it was 10 degrees cooler than it was yesterday. Tomorrow begins the rain. All this means that I had been having this nagging sense that I was in need of replacing those sweatshop, cruelty ridden silk/cashmere blend turtlenecks I gave away last week.
I considered it a lucky coincidence to be strolling by local retailer Cotton Basics today on my way to buy a calendar. Seven years ago when I had less disposable income and was chubbier, I had purchased a few tops from this shop. I found the items to be well-made of good quality cotton with a good color selection for my autumn palate and a bit shapeless, which suited me at the time.
Susan Ciochetto’s shop caught my interest again because everything is designed, dyed, and constructed right here in the East (San Francisco) Bay, specifically Oakland. No sweatshop fears here. It was a bit disappointing that the shop girl was unclear about the origin of the cotton though they made no claims about it being organic. No matter. I was enjoying the idea of the garments being locally produced. It’s important to me now that my clothing has a story to which I can relate, sustainable and humane. It also needs to beautiful, built-to-last, somewhat unique – although today I was clearly in need of basics.
Remembering the sizing, I picked out 3 sized-small turtlenecks in black, espresso (a plummy brown), and rich yellow gold colors. I almost never try anything on in a store unless I have concerns about the styling. It’s much more informative for me to look at something in the comfort of my home in in the company of the rest of my wardrobe. I couldn’t wait to try on the gold piece. I was happy to find that the weight was what I expected, substantial and warm. The neck was surprisingly fitted which appealed. All of my recent turtlenecks of have been so loose as to be more like petit cowl necks really.
I love the color of the gold one shown here. It’s a rich enough color that works well with my yellow greens that were popular this fall. I plan to pair it with Eileen Fisher green, mustard, and plum sweaters accessorized with scarves in deep persimmon, steel-fade-to-gold, red colors topped off with an EF tomato red wool shawl coat for the rain.
Let rain, let it rain, let it rain …