I have a theory that dates back to my days at Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. In the fashion world, designers tend to specialize in either knits or wovens. I was usually a wovens designer, and I had a counterpart who designed knits. I knew enough about knits and could certainly design them (sometimes I did!), and I worked really closely with my knit counterpart so that we both had a hand in everything. But wovens were my specialty.
Anyway, fashion often trends between knits and wovens. Sometimes knits are more popular and sometimes it’s wovens. But we designers also noticed that we, in our own wardrobes, tended to wear more of one or the other–no matter what the trends. Not surprisingly, I tend to prefer wovens. That’s not to say I don’t wear and love to wear knits as well, but I’m generally more drawn to button-down shirts, trousers, and blazers for my personal style. In fact, I’m very specifically drawn to tailored apparel, while others are drawn more to the look and feel of knits. My knit counterpart at Tommy was also a wearer of wovens, although her personal style was very different than mine and she was a very talented knit designer.
So which are you–and why? Or are you a mixture of the two?
Interestingly, you might also find that you prefer to wear one and sew the other! I’m very curious to hear what you have to say about this.