PULL the Cotton OVER Your Eyes

Flowers front Chateau Chillon - Lac Leman, CH | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFor most of us hailing from the Northern Hemisphere, spring weather has finally arrived.

For those of you still waiting to see the sidewalk out front, sorry.

And, for those of you just above, along or just below the Equator’s midriff, this post is definitely not for you, unless, in another life and locale, you used to weather winter’s blasts and prayed for spring’s hastened arrival.

As you know, it was only a few days ago that Old Man Winter was still lurking around my borgo (neighborhood), keeping spring at bay with cold, damp and rainy weather. Then, in an instant — like a horde of traveling salesmen on a Friday afternoon turning in their rental cars and boarding planes for return flights back to suburbia — POOF! OMW packed his bags and left town with nary a goodbye note.

Cotton V-Neck Sweaters | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFor the next few weeks, maybe a month, or for as long as spring wards off the sizzlin’ summer-like weather that’ll eventually arrive, I’m going to allow my closet to pull the cotton over my eyes.

For me, nothing says spring — a.k.a. “sweater weather” — better than a nice, light and soft, long-sleeve V-neck pullover with a color-coordinated tee underneath.

As with shoes, eyeglasses and blue shirts, I don’t lack for V-neck pullovers either. If anything, I have way too many. And, I just added to the GNP — Gross National Pullover — as I picked up a few more sweaters at an upscale clothing store just around the corner.

V-Neck Sweaters | ©Tom Palladio ImagesWith a 50%-off sale inside — promoted as Fashion Week — and warm weather outside, I just couldn’t resist. When the dust settled on the damage I had done, I walked out with a stack of NAVY (dark blue), PETROLIO (petroleum pastel blue), PRATO MELANGE (light field green) and VISONE (mink brown) colored V-neck pullovers.

Like the labels and string tags on my latest acquisitions state — PULL [some] LOVE [over yourself] — go on and add a splash of color to your wardrobe and welcome in the arrival of spring. Follow my lead and PULL the cotton OVER your eyes with a smart looking V-neck sweater.

Now, about those socks…

©The Palladian Traveler

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

©Tom Palladio Images


Written by

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Now I need one in green – to match the envy showing through my makeup. Nothing soothes the soul and brightens the spirit like a light-weight, soft cotton sweater. Have you seen bamboo clothing? I saw some socks at the Artisan Center at Berea KY that were made from bamboo and hand died delicious shades – they were oh so soft and $18.00 a pair. I feel a post perking up on socks.


      1. Am I hearing a note of arrogance????? Is the fashion conscious Italy too good for bamboo socks? They were so lush. After responding to your post I have been considering calling and having them send me a pair. I do have a weakness for socks – and they are cheaper than shoes.
        And yes, maybe I’m a little green (very pale) with envy over your post – but I really do want your sweaters. I’ve had a hard time finding light-weight cotton sweaters for women. Part of my problem is that I don’t enjoy shopping. 😦


    1. Tina — I’ve learned, albeit slowly, to wear more colorful sweaters. Hard to avoid pastels here in Italy where everyone wears pretty bright colors, like the shades they paint their houses. That said, I will accept your “vote of confidence.” 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: