The Return of Pencil Skirts and Crayon Pants

Come visit the Wornettes at City of Craft 2012


City of Craft is back for another year of celebrating all things handmade, and WORN will be there with our super fun activity table Pencil Skirts and Crayon Pants. Reminisce over your most memorable milestone outfits, the fashion triumphs and style-tastrophes of days gone by. We’ll provide the paper and drawing supplies necessary for you to transform your sartorial history into art.

If you’re in Toronto from December 8th to 9th, come say hi to the lovely Wornettes (and pick up a copy of the latest issue, or two, or five) while browsing lots of local handmade goodies. For all the details, visit the City of Craft website.

Not in Toronto? Can’t make it to these events? You can always visit your nearest WORN retailer or check out our web store.

Make a Bow, Take a Bow

Learning to tie a bow was likely crossed off your bucket list at an early age. I, for one, learned to tie my shoes around the age of four and then imagined I had that skill for life. My bows were sometimes sloppy, but that didn’t faze me. I never deeply considered the alchemy that was being put into pretty, perfect, balanced bows.

As it turns out, while there is no magic to bow tying, I was doing what is known as a granny knot. A granny knot is an unbalanced knot that becomes looser as the day goes on. It’s the culprit on those days when your laces keep trailing across the floor. The granny knot’s glamourous sister is the reef knot which tightens as you walk and produces a happy symmetrical marriage of laces.

While this may sound highly technical, fixing the problem is extraordinarily easy. You need to pass your lace around the front of your loop when you begin to tie your knot to produce a reef knot. If that sounds confusing, I’ve put this tutorial together to prove it isn’t. When in doubt, if your bow is ugly, untie it and redo it the opposite way.

text and photography by Hillary Predko

The Girls Who <3 Leather

From the mid-1990s to early 2000s, there was a sort of moral panic associated with “hackers” and this crazy newfangled thing called the Internet. Movies like Hackers and The Matrix treated their characters like lawless individuals in a new Wild West—no rules, no moral compasses, just a bunch of hooligans speaking a lot of gibberish. And how did they use clothing to let people know they were scary? LEATHER. All leather, all the time. Pale skin from all that time indoors, facial piercings because they weren’t concerned with getting a good job, smudged eyeliner because they just didn’t give a fuck. Paired with some ridiculous sunglasses, outlandish hair, and huge jeans, they were dressed like every parent’s worst nightmare. Of course they all looked amazing.

Today, the stereotypical image of a person who works with computers is more likely to be a young female blogger or a clean shaven man in his mid-30s. But the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, released today, is set in 2002, and Lisbeth Salander is still intended to look as scary as possible. I’m personally finding her look unbelievably cool. Of course her tattoos are amazing, but I’m equally inspired by her bleached eyebrows, severely cut hair, and clothes that aren’t so much “disheveled” as “so torn up that they are actually hanging on by a thread.” I want to look just like her, but I’d probably cross the street if I saw her coming.

The difference today is that I think Lisbeth is supposed to look aspirational—H&M is even selling a line of clothes based on her costumes from the film. In retrospect, I think all the women look pretty amazing: Angelina’s motorcycle jacket from Hackers, Trinity in her head-to-toe skintight leather, even Ms. Calendar (R.I.P.) in her leather jacket. Maybe when we all get sick of the 1990s grunge look we can move on to 90s hackers?

I can’t defend what’s going on with Julia Stiles though. That console cowboy is whack.

text by Haley Mlotek
video by Daniel Reis