Welcome! I'm Holly Chayes.

This online space has been around in one form or another since 2010, it focuses on making, creativity and living a curious life, plus a lot of clothing.

Some of the projects I've worked on in the past 10+ years include...

Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes

An interview podcast that's all about clothing (and also, not *really* about clothing at all). Find all the details and listen to conversations about comfort, style, change and shopping here. Or search for Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes wherever you listen to podcasts.

Who Wears Who?

A personal style coaching and content practice devoted to helping you own and wear your clothes intentionally, instead of being worn by them. Discover your own style guidance, and learn more about the practice of intentional style at WhoWearsWho.com

The Self-Made Wardrobe Project

Predecessor to Who Wears Who, a year-long challenge in 2014/2015 where I only wore clothes I made. That year would have been a lot easier if the clothes had magically made themselves. Learn more about The Self-Made Wardrobe Project and explore the archives here.

The Shawl Geometry Book Series

Enough shawl shapes to keep you knitting for a lifetime. A multi-year exploration of math, shape and space in knitting, where I documented traditional shawl shaping, and iterated on those traditions to create new recipes of shawl shaping. Ultimately this lead to 75+ shapes, and 400+ pages of common and uncommon shawl shaping instructions. This project was inspired by a dozen individual shawl designs, each encapsulating a love of geometric lace design. You can find The Shawl Geometry Series here.


Thank you for being here with me. –Holly

pumpkins and a wardrobe challenge

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. PUMPKINS! This means it officially feels like fall now. Which is probably good because we’re almost at the end of October, and fall had to come around at some point or another. I wrapped up my Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge over on Who Wears Who last week (which is another reason I’m glad fall has finally landed in NYC). The 10×10 wardrobe challenge is a low pressure capsule wardrobe challenge, and I had a ton of fun participating again this season. There’s a wrap up/review here on Who Wears Who, including my favorite and least favorite looks plus links to all the looks throughout the challenge. Still plugging away on Shawl Geometry Three (editing is pretty boring to talk about). No related posts.

editing, reading, writing – thankfully not all on the same topic

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. Editing, reading, and writing – this is all that it feels like my week has consisted of. Thankfully it hasn’t all been on the same topic, or I think my brain might have gotten totally fried. I’m editing Shawl Geometry Book Three, and now letting it rest before diving into the next (I hesitate to say final, but quite possibly final) round of edits. Reading and rereading a pile of new, and old books. Writing daily outfit posts over on Who Wears Who. Today is Day 8 of my Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge, and I’ve been daily-blogging the whole challenge, so lots of writing about clothing, and looks, and outfits each day. If you haven’t been following the challenge, come catch up here. No related posts.

the book is back, and the boxes are gone

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. Got the edits on Shawl Geometry Book 3 back from my editor at the end of last week, and am plugging away making changes (primarily adding and removing commas). Tedious, but necessary. But the boxes filling my hallway are mostly gone! (And I only shoved a couple into the closet to make it happen!) I spent the weekend emptying the remaining boxes from my move, so now I just have a couple bags to empty out, and piles of things to find spaces for. And over on Who Wears Who, it’s time for the Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge! I had a ton of fun with the 10×10 wardrobe challenge this summer, and so I knew I wanted to participate when the fall challenge came around. I started my Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge...
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