Posted on September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I sometimes wonder at the sartorial rules we make for ourselves, cordoning off all kinds of things we have decided are wrong for us. Bright colors, cat eye liner, shoes with any slope steeper than a panhandle highway, yoke sweaters . . .

Knitters with broad shoulders have told me this about themselves: “I can’t wear yoke sweaters because I have broad shoulders.” I think it has something to do with the horizontal they think a yoke design emphasizes across their (horrors) broad shoulders.

Hm.  Well don’t tell that to Amy:


Now, I don’t want to say everyone with broad shoulders will look this good in this sweater, but I do want to say that I think this is a fantastic sweater on Amy, broad shoulders and all. Maybe it’s because the lines in the pattern are pointing at her lovely face (are there better eyebrows anywhere in the world than hers?) and the horizontal isn’t a horizontal at all: it’s a ovoid, if anything, softening the horizontal line of “broad shoulders.”

And while I’m on this topic, who in the world ever said broad shoulders were anything but fantastic?

So broad-shouldered-yoke-sweater-cravers: Rejoice!

And as for the rest of you with all your rules about what you can and can’t wear: step out every once in awhile. There are exceptions to EVERY rule (including this one).