Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Today's [Olympic] Game Face and Some Thoughts About Ski Wear

What's the 2014 USA Olympian wearing during these winter games? Unfortunately, it's this:


Ralph Lauren must have drunk way too many espressos while suffering a concussion when he designed this. What a waste of that highly-touted produced-in-Oregon organic wool! Oh, well, it's nice to know I won't be the only frump associated with the 22nd Olympiad (even though it's only from the comfort of my couch).

But ugly winter needlework garments have been around for a long time. I highlighted several garish and unpractical designs a few posts back, but in honor of the Olympics, I bring you yet more of The Best of the Worst in winter wear, vintage-style!

For sheer ridiculous ugliness, it's tough to beat the seventies. Here we have a bulky crocheted poncho, scarf, and gaucho pant outfit designed, apparently, by the Great Pumpkin.

 For those who prefer to knit, here's a pattern for a "knickered jumpsuit" for a "rainbow of fashion fun". Seriously. That atrocity on the right is a zippered one-piece knicker-length jumpsuit! Wonder if it has a button flap in back? The pink color-block sweater is lively, at least. Kind of reminds me of the massive Frankensteinian shoulder pad ones that were popular in the eighties--another horrid fashion era. (Think "big hair" if you need a reminder.)

Knickers must really have been the thing in 1970-71. Here are some more examples from the same McCall's Needlework and Crafts magazine, plus ghastly knitted pants in marigold yellow.

This issue also featured a twist on the traditional poncho. These peculiar hybrids are called "poncho-pulls". Hers isn't too horrible, but the guy looks like a yeti with manhood issues in his.

It's interesting to see how ski-wear has changed over the decades. Take a look at the great Jean Claude Killy in his heydey. Does this guy exude class or what?!



Of course, the skiers were probably half-frozen in those days and I imagine there were quite a few tragic head injuries since not many of them were wearing helmets. Still, one has to admire their style! No spandex Spiderman outfits.

I remember when stretchy ski pants became popular in the 1960s. They had attached stirrups that went under your instep. I loved mine! And I had a nifty pink quilted nylon parka to go with  it. I was just a kid and had never even seen an actual ski slope, but I wore them happily just the same. 

This was how the trendy skier dressed circa 1966, or at least how they looked in magazines and in movies back then:

Classic Scandinavian...  And a bit later, were designs like this one, featured on the cover of the 1969-70 winter issue:

Again, very Nordic. Notice that it looks less dated than the seventies stuff, though predating those, as they were designed along traditional lines. Her pants, I assume, were meant for wearing "apres-ski", while sipping cognac by a cozy log fire. Otherwise they'd flap a lot flying down the slopes. At least they don't make her look like she needs to sign up for Medi-Fast, like this charming "crocheted poncho and pants" ensemble made from Aunt Lydia's heavy rayon and cotton rug yarn (I do not jest!):

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Okay, you've plowed through all this blather and I know what you're really wanting to view--this morning's [Olympic] game face. Actually today I'm not doing too badly, despite the late night viewing, because I slept like a rock, I've had coffee, and church is canceled due to the weather so I have the pleasant prospect of a crash-and-burn nap before lunch. But here it is, as promised:

There! Are you happy now?

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