- Sources of Inspiration
- The Fine Print
- And Whatnot
- Semi-Ironic Crazy-Buttoned Military Jacket: BCBG Max Azria Runway (“resort 2008″), gift from then-fiance D.
- White and Yellow Striped Oxford: J. Crew
- White Tank: Banana Republic
- Boot-cut Jeans: Kut from the Kloth, via Nordstrom
- Black Tweed Heels: Bandolino, via ShoeWoo!
- Necklace: David Yurman, gifted
In our discussion about the rise of the skinny, the ever fabulous Other Emily mentioned that she really ought to keep a diary of trends she’d never wear, only to be able to laugh at herself a bit when she ends up wearing them. I’d add to this list another, slightly more daunting category: trends about which I was skeptical, only to end up buying something from them and never figuring out how to make it work.
When husband D. fell in love with this jacket at the BCBG boutique in New York all those years ago, I was right there with him, swooning over the whimsy and the detailing and all the ways I was sure I’d wear it. Flashback to now, when I’ve worn it a depressingly small number of times. The whimsy that entranced me felt overwhelming, it felt too goofy and strange to actually wear out in the actual real-life universe, and mostly, I was too big of a wimp to wear it.
As I’m trying to find new ways to style a number of these elephants in my closet, I’m giving this one another go. Here, I’ve styled it more or less as I envisioned wearing it most often: as a casual item with jeans, in this case over an oxford shirt and with high, feminine heels. The fact that I seemed to like it way more today than I have in the past may speak to the power of accessories: the fine silver necklace and feminine shape of these heels kept the jacket from seeming too aggressive or serious, preserving its goofiness and whimsy.
While I think this outfit gave this jacket a serious stay of execution, I need your help, style nation! How else should I style this jacket? How would you weave something so silly in to the more aggressive and serious military styling trend that seems to be in now?
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