5.06.2010

SWEATERS AND PAJAMAS

I am normally the last person you would turn to for fashion tips; my priorities are comfort and timelessness (as in, I can wear this for the next ten years). However, so many women have asked me about what I'm wearing over my pajamas in the picture on the jacket of SLOW LOVE that I thought I would share one of my favorite sources: White+Warren. My "bathrobe" is a beautiful sweater that hangs below the knees; my sister got it at one of their sample sales. In fact, S A M P L E is stamped in enormous inky blue block letters on the back of the sweater, but I didn't realize that until I was out in the streets wearing it. (I've decided to go with the literary folksiness of the look.) My favorite part of the sweater is the ruffling down the front, and as you can tell, I often wear it over my pajamas. Entrepreneur Susan White is a Pelham Pal, part of our Train Circle (the friends who commuted into work on MetroNorth). She and my sister Nicole have long been close buds; she's also been a supportive reader of mine. When she saw the book cover picture, she volunteered to dress me for my tour--an expression I have not heard since Conde Nast days. Yowzers! A bag of sweaters arrived this morning, one more beautiful than the last. There's a new ruffled version that is light and lacy, so if I'm feeling bad about my arms (I haven't stressed about my neck yet but, thank you Nora Ephron, that's coming) I can wrap up in it, even if it is 80 degrees outside. White+Warren also has a terrific color palette; I'm going to buy this sweater in several colors and make it my uniform. California here I come! Thank you Susan, and thank you all for asking.

14 comments:

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Thanks for sharing your secret-I did wonder about the beauty on your cover. So....I am finished. Read every page. And, I can't really talk about it here for fear of ruining it for others. But, may I say 'BRAVO' in 100 font!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd love it if you'd post even more detail on your doc's diet. No wine. Really? Yikes...

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Hi Dominique,
My partner and I sat with you for lunch at a furniture showroom years ago. We were Canadians and you graciously asked us some political questions and you were just starting your position as editor at House & Garden. Since then, I always made a point of reading your editor letters, your garden book and always thought you were one of the best writers out there. Look forward to reading your latest book and reading the latest chapter in your life. Life has a way of putting us where we are supposed to be.....and you should always be writing. All the best.

Mrs. Blandings said...

I am enchanted that you took a picture of yourself in front of a mirror - you are an official blogger now.

And, as we are speaking of comfy clothes, one of my friends was a graphic designer for HG when you were editor. I was telling her a horror story of my middle son's breakdown over having to wear blue jeans for a program and she said, "Dominique Browning came in to work one day looking slightly dazed and said, 'They will only wear soft pants.'" I am assuming that has passed.

Maria Petrova said...

Just wrote an amazon review for your book. I love it so very much.... Thank you........

Shorely Chic said...

Hi Dominique, just found you through Habitually Chic's blog and I am running out to get your book this weekend :)

Glad to become a follower of yours!

Anonymous said...

Moments before I clicked on your blog tonight, I was visiting another lovely lady's blog I frequent and have to share with you her knitwear design of a very similiar version of your sweater. Knitters may find this their avenue of imitation!

http://marniemaclean.com/words/index.html

Have your book Paths of Desire/always looked forward to your essays in House & Garden/ delight in your sense & sensibility. Looking forward to the new book. An although my comment will be out of sinc to this day's posting, I thank you and commiserate with you on that post about your impatient son and your tech challenge....mother of three sons here and it felt entirely too familiar...

red ticking said...

dear dominique,
i have your book on order... would you consider a book signing at my vintage home store red ticking in seattle? please email me at robinson_pamela@msn.com

thank you, pam

Karena said...

Dominique, how wonderful I love the style and drape, it looks to be so comfortable! Such a small world isn't it?

Karena
Art by Karena

Blue said...

Today my vacation begins and the first thing I shall do after meeting Mr Saladino over breakfast today is go the the bookstore for your book. I need a good read.

Dominique said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE! So excited no one wrote to tell me to get back on that diet. Speaking of which, the entire thing is reprinted in the book, I kid you not. As I said, it looks like haiku. But there's nothing to interpret. What you see is what you get (and don't get, including wine...) I don't even want to tell you how tricky it was to get high enough to see enough of the sweater in the mirror, and etc. And yes, Nicole (that's my sister) those are pajama tops under the sweater. Sigh. In fact, I'm chuckling over the memory of the soft pants: that would be Theo, who had a rainbow assortment of sweats. And guess who won't get out of soft pants now?! I'm going to post someday on knitting, one of life's true pleasures....and re Seattle--would love to get out there! Portland too. I've never been and both places are the stuff of gardening legend. Please give MR SALADINO a big kiss for me; he's a terrific writer, to say nothing of designer. And Oh Canada (I always hear Joni Mitchell when I say that) WELCOME! So glad to be back at the table with you. d

Anonymous said...

Hello Dominique,
I just finished your new book and didn't want it to end. I savored it, as I always savored your columns!

Your writing resonates with me in so many ways, and I do hope you and your publisher already have the sequel lined up.... I'll be anxious waiting! You can continue to write guide books of life for all of us in these mid years....
and beyond. It's a grand journey and I love the way you view it...from nature, to sons, to lovers, to life...

I, too, noticed your sweater, and am thrilled to know where it came from.

Best to you on your Grand Book Tour!

Kelly
Minneapolis

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